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
https://www.scholastic.com/…/scholastic-learn-at-home–free…#

DailySTEM
https://www.facebook.com/dailystem/

the EduBlogger: resources, schedules and links for during isolation
https://www.theedublogger.com/teaching-online-school-closu…/
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!
https://www.nytimes.com/…/18/us/coronavirus-zoos-webcams.ht…
This links to an article which lists zoos and aquariums and botanic gardens which have live feeds and educational resources.

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org
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.

Motherly
https://www.mother.ly/…/montessori-inspired-indoor-activiti…
This particular link takes you to a list of 49 Montessori inspired activities – but the Motherly website/blog itself has many resources

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/‬
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.

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
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
https://natureplaysa.org.au/families/
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.

Seneca
https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/‬
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.

Blockly
https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/‬
Creative computer programming – lots of games but also amazing resource that many schools utilise for making their own games and coding.

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos

Barefoot Books YouTube channel
https://youtu.be/Lrd0TiER_J0
where music and storytelling come together to inspire and empower.

Kinderling
https://www.kinderling.com.au/music
Australia’s most popular kids radio station, playing family-friendly music and educational shows and stories for children.

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/‬
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids‬
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio‬
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetec…/‬
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find‬
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/‬
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home‬
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html‬
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges‬
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/‬
Good, free art activities

Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com/‬
Educational online games

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/…
Activities and quizzes

Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk
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.