School @ Home
***Updated January 2021**
During the national school closure, all primary aged pupils are expected to access a minimum of 3 hours a day of school learning. Some pupils, classed as vulnerable or those of critical workers, will contiue to be in school and children at home will be accessing the same learning opportunities and lessons. This is our blended learning approach. Both children at home and school will be accessing the same learning.
Our school platform is seesaw for Key Stage 1 and 2 and your child's class teacher will be in touch using Seesaw to set class work to complete.
What Is Remote Learning?
Remote Learning is the continuation of our children's learning outside of school when they are having to self-isolate and refers to educational activities that have a variety of formats and methods, most of which take place online. It provides an opportunity for students and teachers to remain connected and engaged with learning while working from their homes. Transitioning to remote learning will help keep children on track with their learning.
We will continually update the Seesaw and Tapestry Platforms with links, resources and information for pupils and parents to access.
Technologies and it's uses are growing at an ever increasing rate, and never before have children had access to it as immediately as they do now especially from such young ages.
Children are becoming more technologically capable and aware at younger and younger ages, and it's important that they are educated about how to keep safe. With the reliance on technology, remote learning and video chat during Lockdown, it has become apparent, now more than ever, that we need to educate and keep our children safe while they are using the internet and the various technologies associated with it. St. Joseph the Worker we will continue to teach e-safety alongside our Computing curriculum and will continue to use remote learning where necessary, especially if a class need to self-isolate.
Parents/ guardians must make sure that children are supervised whilst using the internet to ensure that they are only accessing content that is appropriate to them. It is also advisable that parental controls are enabled on any devices and your internet provider. Children have recieved e-safety lessons in school and should be aware of how to keep themselves safe online and what to do if they don't feel safe, or view something inappropraite.
- Remember the SMART rules. See the Poster below & discuss as a family
- Never share your passwords with others.
- Tell an adult immediately if you see something that you know is wrong or are uncomfortable with.
- Never give out personal or identifying information to people you do not know on the internet.
- Only upload school work to the agreed platforms. (SeeSaw, Tapestry, Purple Mash, Times Table Rock Stars)
Additional ideas for online learning can be found here for children to be working on at home.
Please use the school email address if you have any questions about your child's learning and in the email subject box indicate which member of staff you would like advice from eg Miss Finch Year 6.
Espresso – Discovery Education - general school login http://espresso/espresso/primary_uk/home/index.html
A great website with videos, games, activities and news on for all year groups
My maths – general school login
Children have been issued individual logins for mymaths (Please see your child's class teacher for log in details)
Purple mash – everyone has individual logins
Below are a list of useful websites and suggestions for home learning.
Many websites are now offering parents free subscriptions to support self-isolation, home schooling and school closures.
Free reading books at home! Your child can continue to read at home using the Oxford Owl books - You simply choose your child's reading book band and they access the same books at home as they would at school.
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents - An invaluable resources with powerpoints, games, printable worksheets and activities for all ages across the school.
We are mindful of parents being concerned about their child’s screen time and advise you to take a look at the website below to compliment the activities you will be doing at home
Some activities for pupils at home:
- Read a book and write a book review, write the next part of the story, character profiles, retell what you have read and pick out unfamiliar words and find out their meaning.
- Maths – Sums – Using addition, subtraction, times tables and division. Write some down for your child and make them practical for little ones, how many pieces of fruit are there altogether?
- Choose a topic that interests you – Dinosaurs, History, Animals, Transport, Places around the World or Country – Write a factfile about what you have found out.
- Story writing – Be imaginative and creative. Use a picture or idea to start your work.
Take a look on the English Reading page on this school website for a lists of recommended reading books for each year group. These book lists are also on each class page. Take this opportunity to encourage your child to read for pleasure. Try to access online reading for your child if you do not have books at home.
Of course we highly encourage practical and hands on opportunities together such as
- Arts and Crafts
- Playdough – You can make this at home very easily!
- Baking cakes and biscuits
- Sticker books
- Learn to fasten laces or fasten coats and ties
- Board games and card games as a family
- Learn to cook a meal together or make a sandwich for younger ones
- Nature Walks or a scavenger hunt in the garden
- Gardening and Planting
Other suggested websites:
The Body Coach Kids Workouts He is back! Joe Wicks will be doig his family friendly workouts on Monday, Wwednesday and Friday mornings at 9am live again on Youtube. You can use these workouts to keep you active during your time at home! Why not get everyone at home involved! Joe Wicks will also be starting 'PE with Joe' starting on Monday 11th January 9am on his youtube channel. (The Body Coach TV- youtube)
Of course, keep looking at the school website for class pages and year group specific work with topic information for each class which has been updated by the class teacher.