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Self-Isolation and School Closure Resources

In line with government advice, the decision has been taken for the school to be closed for the majority of students. 

During this period it is essential that your child continues to access as much learning as possible; we will be updating this page weekly with tasks to be completed and have included a range of resources for online and self-directed learning below.

We suggest one hour of English and Maths everyday. The weekly topic activity can be completed in one longer session or shorter sessions over the week.

Year Group Emails

As a school community we are missing the children and so have set up secure year group email addresses that the children can keep in touch with their teachers. We would love to receive messages, photos, and pictures from the children during this time. We can also answer any questions relating to the set work that children have. The email boxes as detailed below will be checked each afternoon by the teachers and responded to.

 


 

We would like to wish all of our pupils and families a lovely Easter break.

As we recognise that many of the usual Easter holiday activities cannot take place this year, we have set a Commonwealth project which is detailed further down the page.

Your teachers would love to see photo's of work and activities that you participate in, through your year group emails.

Home learning tasks will be posted again for the week beginning 20.4.2020 when Term 5 begins.

 

Year 3 - Easter Holiday

Easter Holiday - The Commonwealth Project (see below)
 
Homework Book Answers - English
Homework Book Answers - Maths

Year 4 - Easter Holiday

Easter Holiday - The Commonwealth Project (see below)

 

Homework Book Answers - English
Homework Book Answers - Maths

Year 5 - Easter Holiday

Easter Holiday - The Commonwealth Project (see below)
 
Homework Book Answers - English
Homework Book Answers - Maths

Year 6 - Easter Holiday

Easter Holiday - The Commonwealth Project (see below)

Reading

In the event of school closure, children should access Oxford Reading Buddy daily. 

Students should work through all the coaching books and quizzes that go with the level they are working at - these have a 'B' in the top left hand corner. Once these are completed, other books within the level can be read and the quizzes answered. Teachers are able to monitor and respond to progress on here remotely. Please note, for best performance, ORB should be opened on Internet Explorer. 

All children should also spend at least 10 minutes a day using the PiXL vocabulary app to practise their vocabulary skills, which are fundamental to all areas of learning.

We also suggest that you take any opportunity you have to listen to your child read, or to read to them, using books you have at home, ipad apps or a kindle daily. To support their learning we advise, either during this reading or afterwards, to ask questions based on the text. These can be questions about what they have read, their opinions about characters or the story and their predictions. 

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Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

In addition to reading, year 5 and 6 should use their IXL logins to select areas of the year 5 and 6 grammar and spelling curriculum to work on. The website will provide explanations and examples to support them.

Year 3 and 4 should use their espresso logins to revise the grammar concepts they have previously been taught. These all have videos, quizzes and a bonus activity.

All children should use the year 3/4 or year 5/6 word lists in their planners to check which ones they know and practise those they don’t. This can be done in a range of creative ways: rainbow writing, chalk on patio, writing in sand/shaving foam, magnetic letters etc.

Weekly writing stimulus

Easter Holiday - The Commonwealth Project (see below)

Topic

Below are our medium term plans and and knowledge organisers for the the Summer Term. They include the key learning that we have planned for each topic, as well as the skills that we will be teaching broken down by subject (history, art etc). In addition, there are the knowledge organisers that provide children with key concepts and vocabulary for each unit of work. 

Children can use these resources to learn in a variety of ways. For example:

  • Conduct your own research on an aspect of the learning that you find the most interesting.
  • Create a model of what you have researched (e.g. build a solar system, construct a mountain or a model of the human heart).
  • Create your own factfile about a subject.
  • Design your own lesson on a subject and teach someone at home about it.
  • Cook something related to your topic area (a Roman banquet - yum!)
  • Write a poem, biography or newspaper article about a key individual (Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Julius Caesar).

We would love for you to share some of your wonderful work on our Facebook page!

Year 3 - The Roman Empire, Skeletons and Light

Medium Term Plan                                                   

Knowledge Organiser - The Roman Empire

Knowledge Organiser - Skeletons

Knowledge Organiser - Light

Easter Holiday - The Commonwealth Project

We have launched a whole-school project around the theme of the Commonwealth, and have designed 47 activities to complete around this theme. This project is for all year groups and covers all subject areas from Art to Modern Foreign Languages. The activities will allow your child to develop their skills in these areas whilst also deepening their understanding of this key aspect of the world today.

A printable version of the Commonwealth project can be found here.

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Maths

We are suggesting that all children complete an hour of maths work daily. This can range from activities set by their teacher (see above) to board games or card games which require them to use their mathematical skills.

Resources requiring logins

For all year groups we are suggesting 15 minutes of times table practice a day within this hour of maths focused activities. All children should have access to a Times table rockstars login.

To access this site they will need to visit https://ttrockstars.com/ and enter their school name, username and password.

Children will have a school login for Espresso. This is a resources which has teaching videos, activities and games for all subjects across the curriculum, inclduing maths. Your teacher will set specific areas for you to look at each week however if you would like to explore other areas then please do! Espresso coding is also accessed through this site.

online.espresso.co.uk

Year 5 and 6 children will have an IXL login. Year 3 and 4 can still access this site without a login.

IXL is another fantastic site which has activities and games for all topics across the maths curriculum. It is sectioned into year groups so your child can choose activities that are appropriate for their age and ability.

https://uk.ixl.com/

We are also in the process of recieving individual logins for MyMaths. This is fantastic resources that has short teaching lessons for the children to work through and then activities for them to complete after.

Your child's class teacher will also set specific activities for them to complete based on their current and previous learning.

https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

If your child does not seem to have a login for any of the above websites please email the office and they will be able to send you the login you need.

Free resources

Twinkl are offering free subscriptions for a month to all households affected by school closures. This website offers teaching powerpoints, activities and intervactive games on all subjects, however their maths resources are particularly useful.

To access these resources you will need to sign up to their free account using an adults email address.

White Rose Maths are a maths provider who are releasing free home learning packs for parents. We currently use 'Power Maths' in school which is linked very closely with these resources so these will be very similar to what your child is already used to and will help them retain, practise and learn new maths content from home.

Year 4 also have their times table test this year so practise on the website (which they have been doing weekly in class) would help them to practise their speed and format of the test.

There are also a wide range of free online maths games and activities that can be accessed. We suggest the following as good resources to use:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games

https://mathsframe.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/numeracy.shtml

https://www.mathplayground.com/math-games.html

Wellbeing

We know that this is an unusual situation and that can be scary at times. If you feel like you are becoming worried or anxious about this situation then make sure you are seeking advice and support - remember, it's ok to be worried. Excellent advice about what to do if you are feeling anxious can be found here.

We have also produced a Social and Emotional Self-Care Booklet which can be completed at home.

Further advice can be found on the following websites:

Feelings games

The world of health for kids, games and information on feelings, staying healthy etc.
(also contains relevant information for adults)

Emotions and behaviour – Cbeebies

BBC Bitesize mental health topics

Keeping Active

It's really important to  stay active during this period to ensure we remain fit and healthy. Make sure you are going for walks, playing games and getting some fresh air if possible - of course, you will need to follow the most up-to-date government advice to ensure you are staying safe.

If you are struggling to get outside for whatever reason, then there are plenty of online resources to help you stay active. You could follow along with a whole range of videos, including Yoga, Zumba and fitness

The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, is also live streaming a a P.E session for children at 9am every weekday morning. This can be found on his Youtube channel or his Facebook page. 

Activity Passport

In 2019 the Department for Education released the ‘My Activity Passport’. This is a list of 20 activities for each year group designed to develop key areas such as: drive and tenacity; sticking at the task at hand; understanding how to work towards long term goals when reward might be a long way off in the future; and being able to pick yourself up and bounce back from life’s challenges.

The complete passport can be accessed here, however we have included a shortened version below. When undertaking any activity, please make sure you are following the most up-to-date government guidance on health and safety, hygiene and self-isolation/ social-distancing.

Year 3

  1. Compose a piece of music.
  2. Eat something you've not tried before.
  3. Create a mosaic.
  4. Design and make a board game.
  5. Create a soundtrack for a piece of film.
  6. Make a pinhole camera.
  7. Make a musical instrument.
  8. Learn a new game.
  9. Make something out of wood.
  10. Learn to play a game of cards.

Year 4

  1. Make chocolate.
  2. Write and perform a poem.
  3. Choreograph a dance.
  4. Make a sculpture.
  5. Learn about a new religion.
  6. Make up your own game and teach it to someone.
  7. Learn to sew on a button.
  8. Take part in a treasure hunt.

Year 5

  1. Take part in a debate.
  2. Learn to moon walk.
  3. Make and launch an air powered rocket.
  4. Do a blindfold taste test.
  5. Write a story for a younger child.
  6. Make a large scale model.
  7. Write a play.
  8. Make papier mache planets.
  9. Write in heroglyphics.
  10. Plan and cook a meal.
  11. Design and make an electric model.

Year 6

  1. Keep a diary for a week.
  2. Send an e-mail.
  3. Learn to knit.
  4. Write a speech.
  5. Learn how to access the news.
  6. Choose objects to put in a time capsule.
  7. Write and record a radio play.
  8. Make a dessert.
  9. Organise tea for parents and carers.
  10. See the sun set.
  11. See the sun rise.

Additional Resources

A number of organisations are providing free access to parents and children at home during the ongoing Covid-19 situation. Below are some other resources you may find useful should you wish to provide additional support to your child or wish to supplement the above activities.

Twinkl - Parents can sign up for a free account with access to many resources. A number of resources with information for parents to support their children’s learning can be found hereTwinkl Boost offers step-by-step lessons and interventions. Designed for use in class, there’s lots that parents could select for their children at home. 

Classroom secrets is available completely free to support home learning. They have a lot of activities online and ready to use right now, and are adding more games and activities. They have also provided booklets and mark schemes that can be completed and marked at home.

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