LOCKDOWN LEARNING

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

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

#LockdownLearning

Lockdown learning 2021 differs from the lockdown in 2020; the emphasis is on education not childcare and education for all children equally, whether learning online or in school. To this end, learning in these classes will mirror the learning taking place online at home.

In March 2020 remote learning was our gift, given freely and without expectation.to engage and participate.

We have organised the school into phase groups:

EYFS - Mrs Cotton, Mrs Cottam and Mrs Redmond lead learning in class. Mrs Peacock leading online learning. Mrs Plumbley, Ms Smith and Ms Thorne support learning in class and online.

KS1 - Mrs' Miller and Fielden are teachers in school. Miss Maynes and Miss Watkins are leading learning from home. Mrs' Bodger, Granville, Jones support learning in class and online.

LKS2 - Miss Tweedie leads learning in class, supported by Mrs Tuohy. Mrs Bagley, Dr Duberley and Mrs Hammond are leading learning for children at home. Miss Clowes, Mrs' Hill, Lishman and Wood.

UKS2 - Mrs Roberts and Mrs Vine lead the teaching in school with Mrs Buzzard and Mrs McHugh leading home learning. Mrs' Casson, Ghader and Key are also supporting learning.

The document below gives more information of learning at home and how this mirrors the curriculum in school.
Learning in Lockdown 3 [FINAL].docx

Remote learning - guidance for parents

google classroom

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 and live meets on the Google Classroom. Activities to keep children thinking, active and engaged will be posted on the Google classroom.

Access to learning direct from the website

With schools reopening for all from September, learning@home pages 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.

Five weekly routines

For thinking and reflection time in school or at home and maintain our community - one school, together if apart.

Monday Message - Ms Stewart or Mrs Rutter-Brown will 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 post a tune with something for children (maybe adults too) to enjoy, divert and reflect on. During lockdown this may include Mrs W providing music for children learning instruments at home.

Words on Wednesday - The Remote English @ Home page will aim to provide poetry and vocabulary to share our love of the wonderful English language.

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 to share quality literature and encourage reading and story for pleasure

more lockdown learning and remote routines

From our website

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.
ELS Primary Newsletter 20th April 2020.pdf
The Library Service are offering books for children to borrow at home. Please contact your child's teacher if you'd like us to order books for your child.

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.

  • Make and Create

  • Time to Move

  • Let's Go Outside

  • Adventures at Home

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement.

Online learning for learners, teachers and parents

Khan Academy was set up as a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

The Whitworth Art Gallery have always been great with family learning and being accessible and welcoming to children. Now they are offering online learning and activities to promote wellbeing for children and adults.

They also offer the Early Years Atelier for the youngest children.