From Tuesday 5th January, our school will be closed to all but the children of key workers and vulnerable children. If it is at all possible for children to stay at home then the advice is clear that this is where they should be.
For parents and carers who are now supporting their children with home learning, children will have access to their Year Group Padlet pages and many helpful websites can be found below.
As well as these, please help your child to keep mentally and physically healthy by following the ‘10-a-Day' choices towards balancing your mental health.
You can contact your child’s year group teachers directly during normal school hours using the email addresses provided.
SEN - If you require any advice or additional support from the Student and Family Support Team (SAFS) please email the senco on firstname.lastname@example.org
Padlet Page for Week: 25 January 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
Our process for developing Remote Learning arrangements has been very thorough and we have been following these overarching principles:
- Keep children's mental and physical health and wellbeing as top priority
- Children’s core subject learning can continue in some form as much as possible
- Ensure there is still breadth to the curriculum learning
- Make it fun!
- Be sensitive to family demands, work demands and the fact that parents are not teachers!
- Be sensitive to teacher demands, workload and online protection
- Make learning as accessible as possible for children and parents
- Have whole school consistency, but also progression from Nursery to Year 6.
We will be using 'Padlets' as a remote learning wall. This will host all of the learning and instructions for children and parents in a simple, clear, engaging and visually engaging way. There will then be a mixture of documents, web links, written instructions and images to support children's learning. The link to each padlet will change weekly and you will be sent an email out on Monday mornings for the weeks learning and links for all year groups will be placed in the table below.
Padlets can be opened on smart phones and devices also via the padlet link.
Children's learning, in year 3-6, can still be found and submitted via google classroom. Parents can also send images of learning to the new year group email addresses. Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children can also add learning to Tapestry. Learning will not be 'marked', but teachers will do their best to value learning and encourage children.
Obviously, nothing replicates children being at school, but I hope that these padlet learning, video lessons and resources allow remote learning to be successful for our teachers, parents and most of all, children and that we can keep the LittletownBigTeam and community connection strong despite us all being apart.
If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, positive or constructive, please don't hesitate to contact me on email@example.com.
Here is a list of useful websites where you and your child can access a range of learning resources, ideas and activities.
Young Minds - advice for supporting those dealing with anxiety linked to coronavirus.
Commonsense Media - to help you check any websites/games that children are accessing.
Hungry little minds - recommended by the dfe and full of ideas for 0-5s
Body Coach - PE lessons with Joe Wickes.
Oxford Owl - e-books from the Oxford Reading Tree
Virtual Museums - Google arts and culture provides links to many museums
Go Noodle sensory breaks and mindfulness videos
Scratch – computer programming
National Geographic Kids
Duolingo – languages
Mystery Science – science lessons and activities which can be carried out at home
CBeebies Radio – listening activities
Red Ted Art – arts and crafts activities
DK Find Out – quizzes
Kiddle - child friendly search engine
www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/- Scouts have come up with a number of fun indoor activities
Times tables rockstars
Accelerated reader - to take quizzes on their reading books.
Mathletics - Mathletics is an online Maths resource that all our children are encouraged to use from Year 1 to Year 6. Mathletics switches kids on to maths. It’s engaging, supportive and targeted to the various National Curricula of the UK.
BBC bitesize website - A really useful starting point is the BBC Schools website where a lot of information and resources for teachers and parents are held.
Websites for Literacy/Numeracy
ICT games also provides a range of activities and games to help with literacy and numeracy skills. The site does contain adverts.
Topmarks The Topmarks website contains a dedicated parents section as well as a wealth of ideas and resources for all areas of the curriculum.
Like the Topmarks website, Crickweb contains a large range of resources and activities for all subjects across the curriculum. You can go to Nrich for maths problems.
Websites for Phonics
Letters and Sounds Whether you are a parent or teacher, you can use the free resources on the Letters and Sounds website to help support the DfES Letters and Sounds phonics programme. The site contains lots of useful information if you are new to the phonics approach.
Phonics play Another very useful website for phonics is the Phonics Play site which contains activities and resources for teachers, parents and children.