Learning Online: Working Practices
Now we are all adjusting to learning online, instead of in the classroom, we all need to be aware of the following:
- For any photos that are received on the homelearning email, it will assumed that permission has been given for them to be shared in our school newsletter. If you would rather not give this permission, please state this in your email. Thank you.
- We will not use photos sent to Class Dojo in our school newsletter.
- Teachers will provide links to websites, but please check them yourself before allowing your child to view them. Please ensure that you have age-appropriate parental controls on any digital devices and use internet filters to block any malicious websites.
- Teachers will only be able to respond to any shared work or messages/emails during our normal school hours. Each day, some teachers are working on our school site with the children that are attending, so this will mean that they are unable to respond during those days and you may not get a reply until the following day.
To stay better connected during school closure we have signed up to a school communication platform called ClassDojo. We are kindly requesting parents/carers to sign up to ClassDojo so we can share class learning easily. If you are new to ClassDojo you will need to:
- Go to https://www.classdojo.com/
- Click on sign up to open an account.
- Select to sign up as a parent.
- Enter your name, a valid email address and provide a password.
- You are then taken to a ‘Welcome’ page. Please click through the introduction slides of what ClassDojo is and how it informs and updates you about what your child is up to at school.
- You will then come to an enter parent code
- Please enter your child’s unique code from the letter you should have received from school
If you require advice or further guidance you can go to the ClassDojo parent helpdesk at: https://classdojo.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/205417305-Create-a-Parent-Account#web
When you have signed up you will receive updates from the class teacher on your homepage. Every class teacher has a ‘Class Story’ on ClassDojo which is unique to their class and is where we will be posting home-learning activities. There is also a ‘School Story’ where teachers can post news and other updates.
You can navigate to ‘Your kids’ or ‘Messages’ by clicking on the links on the top of the page. ‘Your kids’ will show you your children. There is also another opportunity on this page if you have more than one child at Tatworth to add them by clicking on ‘Add a parent code’. On the main box there is a behaviour report which signifies learning behaviour rewards that have been given over the past day/week/month. The ‘Messages’ link allows you to have conversations with teachers.
Please refer to our Online Teaching and Learning Policy.
Please find below web links that offer advice about how to log on to a student’s account and then how they can post work onto their own portfolio for teachers to view.
Of course, you can also message your child’s teachers via the messages tab with any questions about your child’s work too.
Spellingframe and Learn Bug Club
We have also created home learning accounts for Spellingframe (an online spelling programme) and Pearson Active Learn Bug Club (where your child can access a wide range of e-books and reading comprehension activities). Details of your child’s login details and passwords were included in the Class Dojo letter.
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.
Oak National Academy Online Classroom and Resource Hub
The sector-led Oak National Academy has launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people. The Oak National Academy can be accessed here: https://www.thenational.academy/
The BBC has also launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents. BBC Bitesize can be accessed here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
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.
Some extra ideas for sharing books and reading at home
- Puffin Storytime: From Monday 6th April, Puffin will be bringing 20 minutes of storytime magic to homes daily at 3.30pm on weekdays. This will include readings and draw-alongs from their stellar list of authors and illustrators. Caregivers, teachers and children can view Puffin Storytime on Puffin’s YouTube, Instagram and Facebook channels #PuffinStorytime
- The Full ‘Puffin Storytime’ Schedule:
Mondays & Fridays, 3.30pm – Storytime & Draw-alongs for little ones 0-5. Launching on 6th April with Look Up! By Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3.30pm – Sam Copeland will serialise, in 20-minute episodes, the entirety of his hilarious book Charlie Changes into a Chicken for readers 7+
Wednesdays, 3.30pm – Story Starters for ages 6-11. Puffin authors will read extracts from their books to help inspire children to discover their next read. Launching on 8th April with an extract from the bestselling Murder Most Unladylike read by Robin Stevens.
- The Puffin Podcast: A new 3-part Puffin Podcast series will launch on Sunday 19th April (via Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Acast and YouTube Kids), where comedian, children’s author and YouTube personality Humza Arshad hosts laugh-out-loud stories, games and jokes guaranteed to give you the giggles! Aimed at unlocking creativity, taking stories to imaginations worldwide and inspiring children to dream big, the podcast will be available at puffin.co.uk/podcast
If you are already 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 .
Instruments – KS1 children may borrow a recorder or an ocarina. KS2 children may borrow a ukulele (please let us know if you require left-handed or right-handed). These can be collected on your daily exercise around the village, we can leave instruments out, please just email and let us know what you would like.
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