31st March Music lessons for Yr4,5,6, from Mr Ecclestone
26th March 2020
I hope you have all taken some time this week to enjoy the sunshine.
I am sure it has been an interesting challenge for you to balance your work and shopping with childcare and doing your best to support continued learning for your child. The purpose of this email is to let you know how as a school we will continue with remote schooling.
Each week the class teachers will set tasks on Purple Mash, Numbots or Timestables Rock Stars. Tasks will include maths, English and science. Teachers can log on and see who in the class has completed what tasks and to nudge those who could do more. All of these tasks allow for pupils to work independently with the minimum of direction needed from parents.
A suggested timetable you could follow is this (this is the same as we are following in school)
9-9.30 Joe Wickes workout
11-12 English – Purple Mash activities
1-1.30 reading together
1.30 -2 Science/Arts crafts/ creative writing not online, device free
2-2.15 – ACT ACTIVE
2.15-3 science/arts crafts not online
3-3.15 reflection time together-talk about successes of the day, challenges and worries
Attached to this parentmail are links to websites recommended by staff. The LA Learning Together site has been set up specifically for this current situation and will be updated regularly. https://www.cambslearntogether.co.uk/home-learning
However, it would be healthy for the children not to be on a device all day. Attached is a list of some well-being and mindfulness activities you could do together, perhaps as part of a less structured afternoon.
It is important that despite the circumstances we all get the balance right for our children. Life is not normal at the moment so we cannot make our normal demands on our children. Perhaps the most important thing we can do is make them feel safe, secure and happy. To have a routine around learning, to get challenged, to try their best and know how well they have got on is important but in a way that suits you as a family. To provide this though will greatly help with the transition back into school.
To support your child’s learning and their well- being and to ensure they feel part of a school, their class teacher will be in touch by phone regularly to hear how everything is going. Further details to follow about this.
We’ve had some lovely letters, emails and photos from children at home. We turned the display board outside my office into a gallery of all of these. Keep them coming in! Someone will always reply.
So, Good Luck to all you Inquisitive Thinkers, Inspired Learners with Kind Hearts who always ACT ACTIVE and ACT OUT!!
Recommended websites and resources
Here are some useful websites for you to explore with your child.
Further details for remote learning will follow soon.
Oxford Owls has a whole range of free resources, for example free e-books to download. Really, really worth an explore. Another on line library for children with plenty of good reads is https://readon.myon.co.uk/
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary has quizzes, games, videos for all areas of the curriculum.
The children are really keen on our Eco-schools agenda, which is part of a wider global initiative called the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our children are growing up with these goals and into life after them. Understanding them and acting upon them is part of my vision for the school and part of future curriculum planning. This could be a great time to learn more about them as a family.
AllAboardforGlobalGoals.com is worth taking a look at. Thomas the Tank Engine introduces the goals but the videos and questions for parents are suitable for all ages.