Good Afternoon families
Our mantra is and continues to be – to keep things as normal as possible for as long as possible, but inevitably ‘normal’ is impacted and each day brings something new to adapt to.
The Department have made some clear directions and with these in mind, we are now left with no choice but to postpone Sports Day and the Term 1 Interviews..
Sports Day has been rescheduled for 30/10/2020 when things will be both warmer and hopefully calmer!
Term 1 interviews will be picked up at the earliest convenience and we will be in touch to advise when this might be.
We are starting to see families keep children at home and whilst we absolutely support your right to make that decision for your children, we are only just working towards having learning at home packages. Whilst we are still teaching face-to-face, the planning for and delivery of these lessons is our priority. When a family is self-isolating for medical reasons such as pre-existing health conditions or on medical advice, we will support with basic work packages. For families that choose to self-isolate out of personal preference, we point you towards the resources listed below. This is a work-load issue for teachers and whilst out terms work is pre-planned, it does not always simply translate to ‘at home’ environments. We will be using the Pupil Free Day on Friday to dedicate time towards preparing for possible home-learning scenarios.
This list is being updated frequently to add new resources. Please use your own judgement when accessing each resource with your own children. It is jammed with plenty of activities and learning… but you may also just want to read books, build cubbies, and be together. 🙂
Scholastic Resources for School Closures
the EduBlogger: resources, schedules and links for during isolation
Specifically published for school closures! Handy hints about maintaining a “routine” if that’s how you’d like to go with the isolation time.
Live feeds all about nature!
This links to an article which lists zoos and aquariums and botanic gardens which have live feeds and educational resources.
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
This particular link takes you to a list of 49 Montessori inspired activities – but the Motherly website/blog itself has many resources
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
Nature Play SA
To support families in a shift toward more time spent outdoors this website has a “Families” section which hosts a range of lists and information sheets available for download – free for anyone who’s interested.
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming – lots of games but also amazing resource that many schools utilise for making their own games and coding.
All sorts of engaging educational videos
Barefoot Books YouTube channel
where music and storytelling come together to inspire and empower.
Australia’s most popular kids radio station, playing family-friendly music and educational shows and stories for children.
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Educational online games
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.