Remote Learning Plan

As a school we need to be able to make arrangements to continue the education of your child should there need to be any closures in school due to COVID-19.

Timetable- Teachers will provide a timetable to cover 10 days with a summary of each lesson that will take place. Links will be provided in this timetable to where parents and children can find the online teaching videos and resources for each lesson. The expectations of lessons each day will be:

  • A maths lesson
  • An English lesson
  • A phonic lesson (Foundation Stage and KS1)
  • Spellings (KS2)
  • Mental maths activity
  • A lesson for one of the foundation subjects (science, history, geography, music, computing, art, RE)

The timetable will be sent home to all parents as well as a ‘remote learning pack’ which will consist of a book, pencil, relevant logins to the programs that school subscribes to as well as any additional resources needed for Reception and Base classes. Remote learning packs will be sent home before ‘bubbles’ need to self-isolate as a precaution.

Contact with Teachers– In the event of full or partial closure teachers will:

  • Have daily contact with pupils/parents via class dojo or google classroom between the hours of 9am-3pm
  • At least one google meet each week with pupils in key stage 1 and 2
  • A weekly phone call with parents in Reception and the Base
  • A weekly video of teachers sharing a story for pupils in Reception and the Base.

Individual self-isolation– If a child is self-isolating they will be provided with work on a daily basis via class dojo or google classroom. The work provided will be similar to what the children in class are covering. Where there is significant new learning taking place in class that requires teacher input, the child will be directed to a relevant lesson on Oak Academy and on their return to school a teacher or classroom assistant will check their understanding and provide further teaching if required.

Access to technology at home– A recent survey completed by parents will inform school who has access to technology and the internet at home to enable us to provide appropriate resources.

Logins to online learning resources- The school subscribes to a number of online learning resources which can be accessed at home. It is essential that children and parents have access to the relevant login details from the start of the school year so that they are immediately available in the event of a closure of self-isolation. The login details will be sent home inside the ‘remote learning pack’.

Login details that should be included are:

  • Google Classroom (Year 2- Year 6)
  • Class dojo pupil login (Reception- Year 6 and Base)
  • Purple Mash
  • Times Table Rockstars (KS2)
  • Spelling Shed (Year 1- Year 6 and Base)
  • Reading Plus (Year 5 and 6)
  • Charanga

Class Dojo- Every child in Reception, Year 1 and the Base will have their own portfolio set up on Class Dojo. Activities will be uploaded to the child’s portfolio where they can be completed and then the teacher can mark and feedback directly to the child.

All parents are connected to Class Dojo across the school community. This will continue to be used as a means of direct communication between the staff and parents using the ‘whole school story’, ‘class story’ and individual messaging. A daily message will be posted on class story with a summary of the lessons that are to be completed each day.

Google Classroom- Every child from year 2 to year 6 in the main school will be provided with a google classroom login. Activities will be posted to google classroom as well as a message from the teacher giving a summary of the lessons that are to be completed each day. Once uploaded they can be completed and then the teacher can mark and feedback directly to the child.

We would like to inform parents/carers that Google classroom will show the names of the other children in your child’s class when they login. The ICO has said that this is a reasonable and proportionate way for children to access the resources during this current time.

Monitoring engagement with remote education- It is important the children engage with the remote learning activities to continue their education during periods of self isolation however we do acknowledge that each family’s home circumstances are unique and there may be factors that affect engagement with home learning. These may include parents working from home or limited access to technology among other factors. Communication is essential and we ask that if parents are finding things difficult to get in touch with their child’s class teacher so we can support and put measures in place.

Online Learning Resources:

Times Table Rockstars – All children from Year 2 to Year 6 have a logon for Times Tables Rockstars. This is a fantastic website that supports children in learning their times tables.

Once your child has logged in they should play in Garage mode. This has an automatic training mode which starts with easy times tables and as the children get them correct it adds in more and more times tables. This means that it is pitched at the right level for the children so they’re able to practise getting quicker at tables that they know rather than struggling over many that they don’t know.

Purple Mash is an online portal containing many activities for a full range of subjects. Each child has their own login and teachers can set tasks for the children. When children complete a task on Purple Mash they can submit it to their teacher who can comment on it.

Spelling Shed – Is a whole-school spelling scheme that sets out a weekly focus with word lists and activities (Year 1- Year 6). Word lists are based on letter and sound patterns. Our spelling word lists help take the guesswork out of what words to choose and our spelling lists are curriculum aligned. The online curriculum is incredibly engaging for your children. Hive games allow for the automation of weekly spelling tests and are great for pre-assessment as well.

Charanga – Those using the Charanga platform are adopting Yumu to support their students’ music-making and learning at home. Yumu is a secure online space where students learn, play and develop their musicianship by:

  • completing assignments that you set using your own favourite resources or Charanga’s.
  • engaging in independent learning, chosen from a range of exciting Yumu Packages.

Reading Plus – Our school is using the Reading Plus program  for years 5 and 6 to help your child to become a better reader. Reading Plus helps pupils develop the skills they need to be proficient readers and lifelong learners. Through regular Reading Plus practice, reading will become easier, comprehension will increase, and your student will make meaningful connections between what they are reading and what they are learning.

Website Links

Oak National Academy– Visit our online classroom to view all of Oak’s free lessons, searchable by key stage, year or subject. Or visit our About Oak pages to find out more about our work.

BBC Bitesize– Explore our best videos, articles and quizzes for primary and secondary students and discover new Primary Catch-Up Lessons to get back on track. BBC Bitesize covers all subjects.

Topmarks– Topmarks has a range of educational resources, games and links to other websites covering all subjects.

Toy Theatre– Toy theatre is a collection of interactive educational games covering a range of subjects.

ICT Games– Educational maths and English games aimed at 5-8 year olds.

ICT in Schools: Learning at Home – ‘ICT in Schools’ based at The Word in South Shields have collated a range of activities and resources that you will find useful for home learning. Resources are easy to find as they are divided into age groups.

English

Phonics Play– Some free phonic games.

Maths

White Rose Maths – Together, we’re building a whole new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. No matter what their starting points, we help teachers and learners everywhere to achieve excellence.

Foundation Subjects

PE:

Joe Wicks’ Workouts – Access a variety of different types of workouts to stay active on Joe Wicks’ youtube site: The Body Coach TV.

Cosmic Kids Yoga –  Cosmic Kids Yoga are interactive adventures which build strength, balance and confidence – and gets kids into yoga and mindfulness early! Each episode is its own story, so you can enjoy the Cosmic Kids series in any order.

Go Noodle for Families– A wide range of fun dances for children to learn and help them stay active.

Geography:

National Geographic Kids – Discover cool fun facts about space, bugs, animals, dinosaurs, and so much more!

History:

Horrible Histories – Horrible Histories is a hit CBBC show that explores the side of history that they don’t teach you about in school! From the Vicious Vikings and Awful Egyptians to the Slimy Stuarts and Terrible Tudors, Horrible Histories covers the funniest, yuckiest and most gruesome bits of history for kids.

Science:

SciShow Kids – SciShow Kids explores all those curious topics that make us ask “why?” Whether conducting experiments, researching new questions, or talking with experts, there’s always something new to discover with SciShow Kids, no matter what your age!

Computing:

Hour of Code– Trying an Hour of Code is a simple and fun way to introduce students to computer science.

Wellbeing Activities

14 days of wellbeing activities

Parent Guides

This link takes you to a youtube channel which is filled with videos to help parents get online with google tools for schools:

Google tools help guides