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COVID-19 Partial Closure
During our partial closure for the Covid-19 response from the DFE, we have made additional home learning activities available on this website. To find the work, please click on your child's year group's page to the right ->.
Term 5's home learning activities during partial closure
In the Term 5's pages, you'll find a list of website links for online activities and, beneath these lists, a series of downloaded documents that have been provided by each class teacher. The documents and links on each page are based on your child's curriculum and current term's plans. There is also, as usual, as termly Reading Challenge to complete.
Term 6's home learning activities during partial closure
For each week in Term 6, children can use the weekly PowerPoint (also available in PDF) to select their preferred activities. Each week's PowerPoint will be based on a different project and will cater for all ages and needs. Children can select what they like the look of and what activities are appropriate for their age. There is also, as usual, as termly Reading Challenge to complete.
Further support for parents/carers
Each year group's page also contains a 'suggested' timetable for a day's learning and a visual timetable to print should your child need a clear structure to their day. There is no expectation to follow these timetables, but they're there should you wish to use them.
Ask your child what their "typical" day looks like: this can also provide some structure. E.g. children in YR, Y1 and Y2 usually start each day with a phonics or spelling activity (see PhonicsPlay website link) while Y3-Y6 usually start each day with a grammar or spelling activity (see Statutory Word Lists). Each class, as well as having an English and Maths lesson, also does a quick Maths of the Day activity (see times tables activities) and everyone usually has a story or has some reading time in class too.
The Government have recently published a list of online home learning websites and resources here.
With children potentially spending longer online during this time, the DFE have published some useful links to online safety guidance for parents and carers:
- Think You Know from the National Crime Agency
- Internet Matters general online safety support
- Parent Info general online safety and safeguarding support
- London Grid for Learning general online safety and safeguarding support
- Net-Aware from the NSPCC
Additionally, there are some links below with advice on overcoming anxiety around COVID-19 and also some written advice in different languages:
The opinions from parents regarding homework are quite divided and we have found that some families would like there to be more homework, whereas others would prefer the school not to set homework at all. As homework is not compulsory for children of a primary school age, and the guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) suggests schools should consider what they feel is best for their pupils when setting a policy for homework, we have decided that the school will have a consistent, more focused approach to the setting of homework. Our homework policy will be updated accordingly.
The focus will purely be on:
- Regular reading practise – all children Reception to Year 6. As a minimum, whilst we would hope that children read daily, we expect that children will read with an adult at home 4 or 5 times per week. When you have heard your child read, please can you write a comment in the Reading Record book. Key Stage book lists are available on the link below: www.booksfortopics.com/key-stage-book-lists
- Weekly spelling practise – from Year 1 upwards
- Weekly times table practise – from Year 3 upwards
- SATs practise questions for children in Year 6, when appropriate.
For our youngest children, in Reception, we will regularly share activities that you may wish to try out at home in line with what they are learning.
We hope that this reduction or streamlining will give you more family time. Without doubt, family time enhances certain key skills that your child may need to develop and is also chance to have some fun and enjoyment, whilst supporting your child’s mental health.
Optional home learning (additional activities)
If your child wishes to extend their class work and do some additional activities at home through the term, please click on your child's year group to find this term's home learning activities. These are not compulsory, but do complement the curriculum for each term.
For some year groups, we offer parent information meetings to provide parents with essential information about their child's curriculum, assessments and work in school. Presentations from these evenings (usually Reception, Y1 phonics, Y2 curriculum and assessment and Y6 end-of-key-stage assessments) can be found here.