Learning Online: Working Practices
Following Government announcement in January 2021 that schools would only be open to children of key workers and those who are vulnerable all schools are obliged to provide remote learning for children who are unable to attend school, and that this reflect the schools original curriculum intention. Our Remote Learning Policy and information for parents may be accessed via the following links:
Remote Learning Policy
Remote Learning – Information for Parents
Our teachers will be preparing lessons with the same learning intention as if all children were in school, but delivering the lesson by making the best use of the technology that we have.
We have been provided with limited hardware from Government to support our remote learning offer. If you need to borrow any equipment please contact the school office. Likewise, should you require technical support. Some mobile companies are also offering free data and updates for those who meet the following 3 criteria:
- do not have fixed broadband at home
- cannot afford additional data for their devices
- are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education
Please contact us if this may be of use to you.
We will be delivering our remote learning offer, to Years 1 – 6, via Microsoft Teams – all children have been provided with the necessary information to be able to log on to access their lessons.
Reception Class may use Microsoft Teams or continue to use Tapestry https://tapestryjournal.com/login
Whilst learning from home all our school policies still apply as if a child be in school.
Microsoft Teams may be accessed from a variety of devices, including PCs, laptops and even Xbox or PX-4. Access information is given below:
Please ensure that you have age-appropriate parental controls on any digital devices and use internet filters to block any malicious websites.
The ‘chat’ function is for children/parents to make comments and ask questions during the session time. Teachers will answer any questions in due course, may be not right away, if the lessons are not live. Please remember that all messages written on the Teams channels may be viewed by everyone else. If parents wish to contact the teacher directly, please use the homelearning email address: email@example.com
As mentioned above our meaningful and ambitious curriculum has not changed – just the way that it is delivered. Teachers will prepare lessons that are progressive, so whilst children may undertake the lessons at a time convenient to the household they do need to do so in consecutive order, not dip in and out.
Government have also indicated that schools should set the following amount of work:
Reception Class: 3 hours per day
Years 1 and 2: 3 hours per day
Years 3 – 6: 4 hours per day
These hours include a maths and English/phonics lesson each day and at least one other subject. Reading should be done daily and extra comprehension work, times table work and spelling work will also be added.
Every Monday morning each class will have a timetable uploaded onto the general channel.
Lessons will be uploaded each day by 8.50 am at the latest.
Children in Years 1 to 6 will be asked to upload work through assignments in Microsoft Teams. Reception may upload work on Microsoft Teams or Tapestry
All children have been provided with a school exercise book to record their work. The work in these books should remain neat and tidy and follow the school’s presentation policy.
You can only access Accelerated Reader from home on these devices:
- Windows computers
- Android tablets
- Kindle Fire HD
Children should use their own username and passwords (as they would for school or home connect) to access Accelerated Reader. Click on Accelerated Reader (yellow tab) and type in the quiz number or search for the book to start quizzing.
Please make sure you have enough time to finish the quiz. If you don’t complete it, it may ask for an authorisation code and it will be tricky for Mrs Berrisford to do this from home! Please send any requests or questions to our home learning e-mail titled: AR Help! they will be picked up asap.
We have also created home learning accounts for Spellingframe (an online spelling programme)
Some extra ideas for sharing books and reading at home
Please click here for Top Ten Tips when reading with your children.
If you are already a Somerset library user, you can log onto to borrow ebooks, e-magazines and e-audiobooks for free. If not, you can sign up and get information about what’s on offer here: www.somersetreads.co.uk .
The White Rose website is a fantastic resource to use for your maths learning whilst at home. There are three weeks’ worth of maths lesson for each year group from Reception to Year 8, and new lessons are being added regularly. For each lesson, there is a video to watch, then a sheet of questions to answer. Don’t worry if you are unable to print out the sheet, just do your workings and write your answers straight into your exercise book. There are answers available too!
It is important that all children keep working on their recall on maths facts and their mental and written calculation methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. If you are unsure about which facts/methods your child should be working on, please click on the links below:
Mathsframe is an excellent website for finding some maths games to play, once you have finished your White Rose lesson. We have not set up logins for MathsFrame as there are lots of free games on there that anyone can access without the need for a login. Go to https://mathsframe.co.uk/ then click on Most Popular Free Maths Games (look for the red triangle in the corner of the game), and they are good fun!
The NCETM (National Centre for the Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) have launched an area on their website to provide support to parents. Over the coming few weeks, advice should be available to support families with their maths work at home.
Instruments – Unfortunately, we are no longer able to loan instruments.
SingUp – Singing resources, warm ups and songs with backing tracks (currently being added to)
BBC Ten Pieces – orchestral recordings, lesson plans
BBC Bitesize KS1 – music educational videos
BBC Bitesize KS2 – music education videos