Much of the children’s learning can be done online during any period of self-isolation and/or closure of the school. We use many online programmes in our day to day learning which can be easily accessed from home; staff can log into them, leaders can log into all classes and, most importantly, children can log in from home.
There are also a number of other sites and programmes which, in the event of a national directive of school closures, will become free to access until schools are told to reopen. We will list the ones we think will be good to support children’s learning on this page if and when this applies.
January 2021 has brought us yet another lockdown and we have learnt many lessons from the provision in the summer and October’s partial closure which will improve the experience for children learning at home. First and foremost, anyone who needs one, has now got a Chromebook from school if needed. We purchased headphones for many families who indicated on their survey return that they didn’t have some which should make it a bit more peaceful when we’re on live lessons!
We have also learnt about the parts of children’s education which didn’t keep pace with normal expectations as we might have liked so we’ve introduced weekly 1:1 reading sessions using the new virtual software we purchased for virtual parent’s evenings.
We have published a clear, concise document outlining the provision available for home learners.
Each child has their own log on and unique password to Google Classroom. Google classroom is a virtual classroom where teachers and children can post their work in the form of documents, pictures, videos and presentations.
Teachers have created ‘classrooms’ on there and will post work for children. You DON’T need a computer with Word on (or any other programmes for that matter) as you can work within Google classroom which has an inbuilt version of Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
Many of you will be familiar already with Class dojo as a means of seeing your child’s learning and success in school on a day by day basis. Children use dojo in 3 ways:
Each week, Miss Caws, our science leader, sets the children an online learning project on their Google Classroom. Each week focuses on a different STEM challenge and encourages the children to use their scientific or engineering skills to best effect. Of the first week’s results, she says, “I have been really impressed with the enthusiasm and time spent on the Science challenge this week. I have received so many great clips, presentations, fact files and photos of birds and wildlife you have all discovered while out on walks and cycle rides! KS1 have been experiment with the diets of different birds and how this links to the size of bird’s beaks. While KS2 have been creating detailed presentations on endangered species from ducks and birds to snow leopards and pandas! I am really looking forward to seeing our new science projects for this week as we all become engineers! Across the school, we will be busy building dens, bridges and structures – thinking carefully about the materials, your design and the best ways to test your structures will be key!”
A key skill of a scientist is to be observant and notice things. Miss Caws, our science leader, challenged the children to start being a scientist this week by looking at birds; those in their local environment or those farther afield.
We think you’ve done a marvellous job and here is some of the work so that you can see what others have been up to:
Key Stage 2 children were challenged to find out about the life of a famous scientist inspired by ‘An experiment on a bird in the air pump’ picture by Joseph Wright of Derby. For Year 6, this was their first week back in school and we undertook an art project focused on this picture. In links with our science learning, children were interested in the lives of scientists both present and past.