If you scroll down to below the letter, you will find new work set for each class, updated each week. Click on the link to find the file, which you can open or download. There are also a range of free website resources, including BBC lessons, the Oak National Academy video lessons for all year groups and a very useful government document, where you can find a vast range of websites for all curriculum areas, mental wellbeing and SEND support.
We hope you all remain safe and healthy. Those who have been ill, we hope you are on the road to recovery.
We understand how difficult this unprecedented situation is; to have to home-school your child can seem challenging. We recommend that, with your child, you agree on a daily timetable which suits you both. Having a structure to the day will make it easier, once it has been established. In school, the morning is used usually for Maths and English – reading, writing and GPS. The afternoon is usually Science and the Foundation Subjects.
It would benefit all pupils to continue daily reading on reading plus, if possible and continue tables/maths number work on times tables rockstars, Maths Shed or My Maths. Staff will be checking pupil reading plus accounts, each school day, to check no children are on hold.
Each week, your child’s class teacher will have put together a suggested timetable of work to be completed. It is below, in a file which you can open or download. All pupils have received a leaflet which has many other sites/ideas for work. Online My Maths teaches pupils a lesson and there are many sites/ work lessons being made accessible for home, including home fitness sessions, yoga and meditation sites too. Learning, with activities/games, to break it up is much easier and a written/visual timetable is always helpful.
In addition, starting on 20th April BBC Bitesize Daily, via the BBC iplayer, red button, BBC Four and BBC Sounds are providing free 14 weeks of core subject learning of Maths, English and Science for Year 1 to Year 10 pupils. The government document, with free websites for the curriculum, SEND and mental wellbeing, is worth a look at too. The Oak National Academy have also launched 180 video lessons for all year groups.(Links are below)
If you have any queries, please send them to the school e-mail at: email@example.com, with the class teacher’s name on. They will then be forwarded to the appropriate teacher to respond. Class teachers will be phoning each parent to support you and your child further.
Mrs Burgess and Class Teachers
Class teacher work set for each week is below (for best results plan a daily timetable):
All pupils, who are registered on Reading Plus, should use it for 40 minutes and complete set English work for class each day.
All pupils should access My Maths or Times Tables Rockstars or Number Frame and complete set Maths work for class each day.
All pupils should complete spelling work set by class teacher and use spelling shed and/or other online sites each day.
All pupils can have breaks between subjects – try different fitness sites, skipping, meditation, yoga, relax kids.
Plan rest of set work for day and include something you want to do – project, art, cooking, maths games etc.
Share fun, educational sites – including those that get your child up and moving.
Plan in free time at the end of day, to give yourself a break!
Class 3 Miss Angus http://wp.me/P6Ndbx-cJ
Class 3/4 Mrs Taylor http://wp.me/P6Ndbx-Sn
Class 4/5 Miss Smith http://wp.me/P6Ndbx-cR
Class 5 Mrs West http://wp.me/P6Ndbx-cN
Class 6 Mrs Dorward http://wp.me/P6Ndbx-cW
FREE DAILY RESOURCES for CHILDREN:
Great daily support resource, starting on 20th April is BBC’s Bitesize Daily via the BBC i-player, red button, BBC Four and BBC Sounds are providing free 14 weeks of core subject learning of Maths, English and Science for Year 1 to Year 10 pupils. The content will be age relevant and there will be a new English and Maths lesson each day containing current curriculum, with other subjects to be added. It will also contain videos, quizzes, podcasts etc.
The Oak National Academy has launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by young people. The Oak National Academy can be accessed by the link:
A government document which includes a great range of free websites for all subjects, pupils of all ages and SEND pupils, with hyperlinks. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education
Science: e-bug project by Public Health. Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home: https://e-bug.eu/
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – wellbeing advice and support. Website: https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/
British Psychological Society (BPS) Website: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty
Children’s Commissioner Website: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/
MindEd – support from foundation to end KS2 about mental wellbeing. Website: https://www.minded.org.uk/
The Child Bereavement Network – support for KS1 and KS2 pupils. Website: http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/covid-19.aspx
PE with Joe Wicks on Youtube. Weekdays at 9am but you can visit any time on youtube to view the workout.
Wildlife with Steve Backshall on Facebook. Every day at 9:30 for answering all your wildlife, biology, conservation, geography and exploration questions.
Science with Maddie Moate on YouTube. Weekdays 11am, Maddie and Greg chat about science and nature.
Dance with Oti Mabuse on Facebook. Every day at 11:30am but children can view the class at any time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJmpCH9p2X8
Maths with Carol Vorderman. Free access to her maths website: www.the maths factor.com
Disney 10 minute wake up session. https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shakeup
Music with Myleene Klass on YouTube. Twice a week but can view anytime.
Storytime with David Walliams. Free story everyday at 11am on his website: www.worldofdavidwalliams.com
Local author Adam Bushnell will be reading a story each day at 2:30pm on YouTube. Subscribe now (free) and get ahead of the game. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Md6jZmPdBn4
Durham County Council have provided a range of resources to use on your daily 1 hour walk this document gives you ideas of how to learn outdoors.
SEN support from Mrs Dorward: I hope that everyone is well and enjoying the sunshine in the garden. If anyone needs SEN support – no matter how small – please e-mail school and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Stay safe. Mrs Dorward.
Sent on behalf of Chris Affleck – Investing in Children Project Worker
Messages for parent/carers
There is a lot of information out there about coronavirus. Not all of it is based on facts or evidence. Help stop your children worrying about things that might not be true by talking to them about where their ideas come from and encourage them to talk to you if they don’t know if something is true. Find out more at http://www.durham.gov.uk/covid19mentalhealth
Are your children missing their friends and usual activities? Why not encourage them to keep in touch with friends or groups online, have a virtual play date or dance class. Remind them that we can still have fun even when we are in the house. There are ideas for activities at http://www.durham.gov.uk/covid19mentalhealth
What are you doing to stop the young people in your house being bored or worried? We’re playing window bingo with the neighbours – let us know your ideas 😊
Being busy can distract us from our worries – why not get your children to help you with activities in the house or garden. It’s a great way to learn new skills too.
Messages for young people
Are you bored of being in the house? Why not see if you can help with tasks around the house – then do something fun with the rest of your family 😊
If you are feeling sad or worried, remember lots of people are feeling the same way. Talking about your feelings with you family could help, or there are groups that you can call or contact online that can support you. You can find details of support at http://www.durham.gov.uk/covid19mentalhealth
Going for a walk or a jog with your family is a great way to exercise and it’s a good way to forget about your worries for a while. Always try to get your outside time if you can 😊