Learning FROM HOME

Opportunities to sustain learning, be curious and find moments of joy.

We hope the resources on our OnlineLearning pages helped families find new ways to make learning compelling and joyful for learners and thinkers of all ages during lockdown.

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learning at home

From September children have been back in school.

With all children back in school, most learning is in the classroom. However, it is possible that sickness absence will increase and some children may be absent from school recovering from illness but are well enough to learn and achieve. Below are links to pages with online learning that is being provided and this is updated regularly.

Online and remote learning is being made available for people who are isolating at home or off school but feeling OK, for example people off for 48 hours following vomiting or diarhoea.

With schools reopening for all from September, learning@home pages have moved to the relevant curriculum subject area of the website and all the content is still here on the website for learners anywhere to access. Families wishing to consider supporting their child with catch-up from COVID may want to make use of the specific materials in English @ Home and Maths @ Home.

This document details how we will move swiftly to online learning in the event of a class, phase or school closure as well as how we will provide learning at home if your children are isolating.
Maintaining quality education for children not in school.docx

routines

Five weekly routines can be used as reflection time in school assemblies or at home in the event of a class or year group having to isolate or a further lock down.

Monday Message - Ms Stewart will aim to blog every Monday on the Headteacher's blog and provide an online assembly for children in school or at home.

Tune on Tuesday - Ms S will aim to post a tune with something for children (maybe adults too) to enjoy, divert and reflect on.

Words on Wednesday - Using Google Classroom and the Remote English @ Home page we will aim to provide messages and diversions for the children and something for adults on the Headteacher's Blog from Ms S or Mrs R-B.

Thursday Thoughts - Using Google Classroom and the Headteacher's Blog Mrs Rutter-Brown will be sharing thoughts of the moment.

Friday Fable - A story that has stood the test of time. In Summer we immersed ourselves in Greek Myths.

Coronavirus_FOR KIDS_mHm.pdf
This resource from My Happy Mind will help explain coronavirus to young children and ease anxiety. You can find more of this sort of thing on our Information/Health and Wellbeing area.

Remote learning - guidance for parents

google classroom and hangouts meet

The main tools we use for remote learning are Google Classroom and Hangouts Meet. Both will require you to know your child's google logon details. If you do not know your child's username and password, please email our IT support james.bellis@kingsmead.cheshire.sch.uk who can reset the password for you. Please then keep it safe as James is very busy.

Hangouts Meet enables your child to access a video meeting with a teacher. Links will be posted on Google Classroom. Meetings will be scheduled via Google Calendar - please visit https://calendar.google.com and log in with your child's account details to see upcoming meetings they have been invited to. To join the meeting, click on the link in the google calendar event, or visit https://meet.google.com. If your child cannot join the meeting at the time it starts it will be recorded so that they can watch it later.

Teachers have been trained in how to put pre-recorded meets on the Google Classroom. Activities to keep children thinking, active and engaged will be posted on the Google classroom.

more lockdown learning and remote routines

And no logging on required!

From our website

ELS Primary Newsletter 20th April 2020.pdf

Two companies, originating in Cheshire, The Literacy Company and Literacy Counts have developed for English at home. We have used materials from both in school and accessed their staff training. This makes these materials in line with our approach in school while adapted for use at home.

Literacy Counts is now an official DfE resource and has developed some Storytime Counts resources free for families and schools.

MATHEMATICS

White Rose maths is the curriculum we follow in school.

Maths @ Home has a folder of First 4 Maths activities for learning at home.

Corbett Maths has been recommended by parents and teachers at Kingsmead, including a secondary maths teacher.

White Rose is Ms Watkins' first recommendation for Maths at home. A daily maths lesson consisting of a short video and supporting resources from BBC Bitesize, covering the White Rose curriculum which we follow in school. Regular access to this for your children will help them keep up and come back to school ready for Maths in September. Ms Watkins says please try and find opportunities to make the learning practical and real life; children only really understand maths when they've held it in their hands.

Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown.

Online classroom offers free access to great teachers, delivering video lessons, quizzes and worksheets. Lessons are ordered so your child can learn along a clear plan. The Academy will provide new lessons and resources each week.

Our teachers have plans already in place for daily English and Maths and may signpost to Oak Academy lessons. Teachers may suggest if and how this online classroom is used, perhaps alongside any existing work.

Oak National Academy will fit alongside other resources such as BBC Bitesize to offer a structure for the day for children until schools fully reopen.

Learning activities from the British Red Cross to support children's mental health and resilience, reduce tension and learn about their world and it's people. Messages of Kindness, Living together with Kindness, Stories of Resilience, History of Kindness and Reflections - five sessions for families.

Although Cheshire’s beautiful parks, gardens and visitor attractions are now closed, there are some great resources that they have on offer for learning opportunities. With lots of children learning from home, Visit Cheshire have tailored some activities aimed at early years, primary and secondary education with helpful links from their partners across Cheshire.

Children can learn about Cheshire and its history, culture and environment – with a view to engaging with the visitor attractions whilst they are closed and be inspired to visit again when it is safe to do so.

We have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.

These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.

The list includes subject-specific resources for:

They are currently being offered for free.

Individual resources cannot replace a school’s properly planned curriculum, and the resources in this list are not intended to do so.

They may be useful for parents in considering how they could support their children’s education, but they should not be used in place of existing resources which schools may be using as part of their continued provision for pupils’ education at this time.

Schools may also wish to explore this initial list of resources as they consider how they continue to support children’s education.

We will review and update the list over time. Details on how that will work will be provided in the coming weeks.

This list of resources is not exhaustive and there are many other resources available to schools.

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