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05/07/20

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The Royal Family

Today marks 72 years of In April, The Queen thanked & healthcare workers for their “selfless commitment & diligence” and spoke of how their dedication to service “in these most challenging of circumstances, is an example to us all.” https://t.co/3CbNULafoQ

05/07/20

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Michael Tidd

Every now and then I think I'm getting my head around what September looks like, and then I remember that we won't be able to sing together, and it just breaks my heart every time.

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04/07/20

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Wina

" The average dog is a nicer person than the average person...." ~Andy rooney~ (Dm for credit) https://t.co/Tnlv0yfgcf

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30/06/20

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Department for Education

Many little things light up hungry little minds. Kids take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference. Visit our website for simple tips and activities👇 https://t.co/3DjauwFzkb https://t.co/CUVqdAUIAO

30/06/20

There is a great sequel to The London Eye Mystery called The Guggenheim Mystery which is about the theft of a painting. Most suited to Year 5 or 6.

27/06/20

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Teaching School

Courage in the Classroom reviewed in SchoolsWeek https://t.co/k0fyIKuTOz

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26/06/20

Our Bumblebees (Keyworker group) have been making dreamcatchers. https://t.co/gnKxR2JgOs

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25/06/20

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Mountfitchet Castle & The House on the Hill Museum

It's official! We will open on Saturday 4th July from 10am. We are now putting into place the final Covid-19 measures to make your visit safe as well as a whole lot of fun! https://t.co/cY55PIae9o

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25/06/20

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BBC News (UK)

Tip 9: Keep an eye on your children Children are normally quite sound sleepers once they nod off, but changes to routine can unsettle, so keep bed and bath times the same Babies will sleep best when the temperature is kept between 16C and 20C https://t.co/t6MO7Um467 https://t.co/3m3wKLmVEJ

25/06/20

Congratulations Liverpool. https://t.co/UmQN5Orq84

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25/06/20

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BMAT

Out Now! The new issue of Latitude - The magazine for BMAT Schools, Parents and Communities. Read it online here - https://t.co/aqc2Xy6VVz https://t.co/vQykuMBGEI

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22/06/20

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BMAT

Magna Carta Primary Academy in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, have a vacancy for a Co-educator for pupils with learning difficulties. For more information visit - https://t.co/WLPKZQbQkB https://t.co/QcnLrEGiLu

20/06/20

This is a terrific message for our pupils. https://t.co/dis5PIakCa

19/06/20

Some good news for our pupils. https://t.co/0o8UQNe2AU

19/06/20

Congratulations to you Malala. You are an inspiration to so many.

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18/06/20

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Using a lesson plan from Mentally Healthy Schools, The Duchess spoke about the importance of spreading kindness during her assembly for and . Watch the full video here: https://t.co/qdhxpgZKFH https://t.co/2AjZNIihfk

18/06/20

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Captain Tom Moore

A message from Tom. ‘A real shame, I really thought Vera Lynn would live longer she’s been speaking so well on TV recently. She had a huge impact on me in Burma and remained important to me throughout my life. My thoughts are with Dame Vera Lynn's family at this sad time’

17/06/20

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Tes

We are delighted that the Duchess of Cambridge will be leading the and assembly on Thursday morning – make sure you bookmark the page below and join us tomorrow at 10am to watch! https://t.co/uAcvo1vaOh

16/06/20

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Gary Lineker

Great to see ’s number 10 changing policy at number 10. Extraordinary campaign and win for the brilliant

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16/06/20

Please read this open letter to Covid-19 written by one of our Year 2 pupils. It will resonate with children (and adults) everywhere. https://t.co/TUNS1aU8Gj

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Home Learning

Teachers have prepared tasks and activities for children to consolidate their learning. The work packs we sent home can also be accessed by clicking on Work Packs in the menu on the left hand side of this page.  They do not include any new learning because this would require teaching.
 
After Easter, teachers will consider how best to communicate new learning. Teachers have begun to use Class Dojo to set learning for pupils in a more personalised way now that there is an extended school closure. 
 

What is a typical school day?

One parent has asked for an example of a typical school day so their child can continue with some kind of normality and routine. Whilst you cannot and do not need to emulate a school day while your child is at home, here is some guidance of the school routine they are familiar with. 
 
Pupils start the day at 8:45 and spend the first thirty minutes self-registering what they want for lunch, completing a morning task e.g., a maths task, spelling or handwriting, and teachers use this time to run intervention sessions with small groups or individual pupils based on their assessments of the previous day.
Pupils in Reception and Year 1 and some pupils in Year 2 are then taught reading in phonics groups (Read, Write, Inc.) from 9:15 until 10:10. The majority of pupils in Year 2 and all pupils in Year 3 usually have their English lesson at 9:15.
At 10:15 pupils in Years 1 to 3 have assembly. Reception don't start joining routine assemblies until after Easter.  Assemblies vary depending on the day. On Mondays, there are whole school assemblies about one of the three rules, on Tuesdays pupils have class assemblies where they usually discuss current affairs or they have an assembly in the hall led by one of the two Reverends from St John's Church. On Wednesdays the 1215 Committee go to classes to lead assemblies, on Thursdays pupils have story assembly either in class or in the hall, and on Fridays, we have our celebration assembly, highlighting all the achievements of pupils throughout the week. 
Pupils in Years 1-3 then have playtime from 10:35 until 10:55, including a fruit/milk break. Reception have their fruit and milk at any point during the morning. Reception start going out to play with the rest of the school from after Easter. 
At 10:55 until lunchtime (11:45 for Reception and 12:00 for the other classes), classes usually have their daily maths lesson.
Lunchtime ends at 12:45 for Reception and at 1:00 for the other classes. In the afternoon there could be one lesson of 1.5 hours or two shorter lessons e.g., of 45 minutes each. These are typically science, music, art, history, geography, PSHE, PE, Spanish, RE, DT, Computing lessons.
At 2:30 classes stop for a class story. This is a protected time in the timetable. 
Depending on the age of the children, they start getting their things ready for the end of the day between 2:50 and 2:55.
 
If children are well, beyond the work packs, they should read as much as they can and those looking after them should read to them, again as much as possible because the benefits are priceless. There are also online storytime sessions, including the following:
 

Astronauts reading stories from space.

https://storytimefromspace.com/library/

The author Oliver Jeffers will read one of his stories and talk about some of the things that went into making it; it will be added to his website.

https://www.oliverjeffers.com/

 


 

As well as the work packs:

 
Twinkl.co.uk have kindly produced free  home learning packs for children in self-isolation or in the event of a school closure. These can be accessed here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search?term=school+closure Go to the website and then click on the appropriate year group. 
Twinkl have also offered every teacher and parent a one month ultimate membership totally free of charge so children can have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption. Setting this up is easy-  go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS.
We use White Rose Maths Hub for our maths curriculum. They have announced that they will set up resources for teachers to set work for pupils who are not able to go to school, from next week. Here is the website: https://whiterosemaths.com/
Pupils in Years 1-3 have access to Purple Mash where teachers set To Do tasks linked to pupils' learning.
Pupils in Years 2 and 3 also have access to Times Tables Rock Stars online.
Phonics Play is another website that has announced that all of their games and resources are currently free. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ It will be great for home learning for pupils in Reception and Year 1 in particular, because the children always love the games and they would be practising reading real and alien words. 

Kids Classroom Secrets have also announced free access to their online learning activities: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/home-online-learning/

Carol Vorderman's website, The Maths Factor is giving parents free access while schools are closed (usually £2 per week): https://www.themathsfactor.com/


 

Here are some other free websites with activities you may want to consider for your child(ren):

www.khanacademy.org/

www.freerice.com/

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

www.topmarks.co.uk

www.storylineonline.net/

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories

www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/

www.learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/games 

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

www.hourofcode.com/uk

https://www.teachingpacks.co.uk/50-youtube-channels-for-home-learning/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Free+Resources+for+Home+Learning%21&utm_campaign=AC50YoutubeChannels

 


PICTURE NEWS

Picture News is an organisation which creates weekly projects for children. They have kindly offered to do this for free during the period of school closure for most children. They produce projects for EYFS (we would include Reception and Year 1) and older children. The resources have the date in their title so it is clear which resources are part of the same project. We hope parents find them useful to work through with their children. Please click on the relevant bars on the menu on the left hand side of this page. 


 

Clicker 8
As a school we have five licences for a computer software programme called Clicker. Crick Software who make Clicker have offered free home access to all our parents and teachers for the next six weeks, in order to help with home learning during this difficult period.  They have offered to extend the free access if required. Go to www.cricksoft.com/home-installation for all the information you need to get started, including installation instructions and helpful hints for getting the most out of the software.  Clicker 8 is compatible with Windows/Mac machines (full system requirements can be found here). I have just tried installing it myself and it works perfectly. When you are asked for the serial number, enter the following in the four cells: 8G3EM     PMLXH      4QXVC      5VB4W. Once you have installed Clicker 8 spend some time viewing the tutorials. It is a very useful programme for all year groups but particularly for Reception to Year 2 pupils and any pupils in Year 3 who may struggle with reading and writing. I will also add this information to the Home Learning page on our website. 
 
If you have any issues installing Clicker 8, the following could be helpful:
 

Clicker 8 (Windows/Mac)
Guide to installing Clicker 8
Clicker 8 – hints and tips for getting started

Clicker Writer (iPad/Chromebook)
Guide to installing Clicker Writer on an iPad
Guide to installing Clicker Writer on a Chromebook
Clicker Writer – hints and tips for getting started

 

Due to the spread of COVID-19, many children’s routines have changed and anxieties for some are running high. To help children work through their feelings, we have published some new reading and writing Clicker Sets on LearningGrids.

The new resources include a When I Feel Worried series, with a Clicker Book, Sentence Set and Clicker Board, to help younger children to think about things they can do to feel better when they are worried.

There is also a When My Routine Changes Connect Set and a How Do You Feel Word Bank for more independent writers to express their feelings.

 

You can access these and many other resources that help children to explore their emotions and feelings via the LearningGrids area in Clicker.


With the 75th anniversary of VE Day coming up next week, we’ve published some new Clicker resources to help inform and inspire your children.

A family of sets based on the stimulus VE Day – Read a Book focusses on why and how people celebrated on VE day in 1945. The supporting Word Bank, Sentence and Connect Sets enable children with varying abilities to write about the topic, giving evidence of their factual recall and understanding of life in 1945.

Awareness and empathy are crucial skills for children to develop. The Clicker Board VE Day uses an image of a VE Day street party to encourage children to discuss what happened on VE Day, how the people felt and why, and how 1945 differed or was the same as the year they live in now.

You may also be interested to hear about our brand-new addition to the Find Out & Write About series on LearningGrids – Life in the Second World War! Children can read and write about what life was like in Britain for children, families, men and women, and how their lives were affected by experiences like evacuation, the Blitz and rationing.

For all these resources and more, search for ‘VE Day’ or ‘Second World War’ in LearningGrids (just select ‘LearningGrids’ in your Clicker Explorer menu).

 

The Essex Primary Headteachers' Association have created a website with links to resources for home learning for those children and adults socially isolating: 

https://essexprimaryheads.co.uk/story/2000165/links-to-online-resources-and-activities-for-children-and-adults-

 

Keeping a Diary

It may be cathartic if children kept a diary during the school closure. Writing something down is in itself, one way of dealing with a stressful, worrying situation. Who knows, your child's diary may be a historical source one day!

 

Oak National Academy

The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people. Access the lessons here: https://www.thenational.academy/

 

BBC Bitesize

The BBC has today launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents. Access the resources here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize.

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