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04/03/21

Families were given inspiration to create an entire day devoted to reading. To mark , pupils at Magna Carta Primary Academy were given a suggested itinerary to help them to weave reading into their day. https://t.co/DRwlawbMYd https://t.co/z5kegCHlJj

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27/02/21

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Captain Tom Moore

“Someone will have to make extra cake and sandwiches, and it won’t be me.” Today we celebrate the life of our hero. We will be following Captain Tom’s wishes by enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of Victoria sponge cake. Please join us as we raise a cup to him. https://t.co/c9F1xBFL9a

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25/02/21

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Jane Considine

Useful. https://t.co/D3goRnrzlv

24/02/21

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Fleur Hitchcock💙

Perspective. https://t.co/KkCugeTG5Z

23/02/21

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BBC News (UK)

Australian scientists find the country's oldest known rock art - a 17,300-year-old painting of a kangaroo 🦘🎨🖌️ https://t.co/rJhmUoyuv2

23/02/21

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Penguin Books UK

‘Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.’ W. E. B. Du Bois, born in 1868

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22/02/21

Lovely surprise to find this book waiting at school this morning https://t.co/SkD4XDQpo0

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21/02/21

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British Library Learning

This exquisite notebook was inherited by William Blake, when his brother died in 1787. William probably started using it in February that year & kept it with him all his life. Browse Blake's beautiful sketches and poetic drafts of 'London' & 'The Tyger': https://t.co/eZp447443q https://t.co/ziglc2E24K

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20/02/21

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PL Henderson  ♀ 🎨

Australia’s Oldest Man Knits Tiny Sweaters For Penguins Injured In Oil Spills https://t.co/Dcivr6eSla

18/02/21

Yes, yes, yes. These episodes are just five minutes long. They challenge stereotypes and they educate. A must watch series. https://t.co/P1RFsiKRGj

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18/02/21

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ActiveEssex

Men struggle to open up, but it is important we offer them support. The have explored activities and initiatives that will benefit men's wellbeing before they reach a crisis and have developed 5 key principles. Find out more here👉 https://t.co/JEuFO6ZL9z https://t.co/esVgWjrc3D

17/02/21

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BBC News (UK)

Marcus Rashford named in Time magazine's Next 100 list as someone who is shaping the future https://t.co/yzDdxZolFT

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17/02/21

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Clangers

Kindness is never wasted, it always makes a difference. Happy from the Clangers! 💖✨ https://t.co/8i0xew82lI

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17/02/21

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BookTrust

Books are a great way to help children talk about their feelings or understand what they're going through a little better. We've put together a list of great titles that could help support a healthy mind: https://t.co/DFgLyR7PPp Pic: Ella Bailey https://t.co/Y89mu6Lzvf

16/02/21

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BBC News (UK)

Longleat Safari Park celebrates success of pancake tortoise breeding programme, with five newborns https://t.co/uVBpx3FC7B

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16/02/21

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Teaching School

The ‘go to’ recipe - Happy Pancake Day 🥞 https://t.co/TajMTW28tL

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16/02/21

Children learning remotely from home have been encouraged to step away from their computers and learn in alternative ways. Magna Carta Primary Academy held a No Screens Day to give pupils a break from their online learning during lockdown. https://t.co/XC66DTFbmU https://t.co/XJeDtbCrVz

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13/02/21

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BMAT STEM Academy

Thank you to and for leading the live lesson for our final session. We all have so much more information about the opportunities available at all levels. There are so many exciting options out there! https://t.co/5pfnZ2EcGV

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13/02/21

Savoury and sweet. In different times we could have all come together for a party with all this delicious food. https://t.co/MJzNhIdKB3

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13/02/21

Thank you to our amazing parents for embracing . All the food looks delicious. https://t.co/rANaqJbvnK

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Home Learning

 

Remote Education Information for Parents and Carers

In the information below, the term parent includes carers. This information is designed to inform parents about our remote education offer. It is applicable:

  • during Covid-19 local or national restrictions such as the school building being closed to all pupils other than vulnerable pupils and children of key workers. Please note, that it is the building that is closed to most pupils in this situation, not the school, in the true meaning of the word;
  • during bubble closures following a positive case;
  • during other times the school building may not be open e.g., heavy snow, heating breakdown etc.

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home. 

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil's first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching. 

 

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

If pupils are sent home from school they may take with them a work pack, reading books, their exercise books and any other resources their teachers may deem helpful for them to have at home. Teachers will communicate with parents via Class Dojo, therefore it is vital that all parents have a Class Dojo account. Teachers will upload work onto Dojo and let parents and pupils know about any live lessons they may be planning on Teams. Depending on the timing of the closure, and allowing time for teachers and co-educators to return safely to their own homes, parents are asked to go to the school website where there are many activities and learning ideas on the Home Learning pages. These are organised by subject and are added to regularly. Here, parents will also find the weekly assembly (based on one of our three school rules) , as well as the week’s Power to the Poem presentation.

 

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, where it is impractical to teach the computing curriculum due to software issues, or the art curriculum due to resources being unavailable at home.

 

Our focus for remote education is in the core subjects: maths, reading and writing. This is because these skills are transferable and vital to accessing other areas of the curriculum, and life in the real world.

 

We also emphasise the importance of physical activity and promote this with our pupils learning from home.

 

 

 

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day (during the school week, during term time):

Early Years (Reception)

Between 2 and 3 hours per day

Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2)

Between 2 and 3 hours per day

Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)

4 hours per day

 

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

For all year groups from Reception to Year 4 (we currently do not have Years 5 and 6), work is uploaded onto Class Dojo. This includes:

  • pre-recorded video presentations and explanations by teachers;
  • videos by other organisations such as Ruth Miskin (phonics), White Rose (maths);
  • worksheets;
  • written guidance for independent tasks;
  • hyperlinks to learning activities

Pupils in all year groups have a log in for Microsoft Teams. This is the platform we use to deliver online lessons. Currently, we teach via Teams to Years 1-4, however, we are planning to introduce some Teams sessions to Reception pupils as well. The time spent on Teams varies depending on the age of the children. Year 1 pupils may have 20 to 30 minute lessons whereas Year 4 pupils may have up to 1.5 hours. Teams sessions may be whole-class, small groups or 1:1 in order to deliver interventions.

We understand that parents need to be present during Teams lessons, particularly for our youngest pupils, however, we ask that parents are not on screen and that the child’s account is used to log in. If you do have any concerns about your child’s online learning or need to ask a question, then please contact their teacher via a Class Dojo message. Please read the expectations and guidance provided to support online learning, provided via the ‘Work from Home’ quick link on our website. The direct link is HERE. It is important that the high standards of behaviour are maintained by all pupils.

 

 

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

If your child qualifies for the Pupil Premium, and is therefore deemed to be disadvantaged, we will source a laptop or tablet for them. We make contact with the parents of disadvantaged pupils at our school to ask if they would like to borrow a device for use during school or bubble closure. Parents are asked to collect the device and sign for it. Where this is not practical or safe, e.g., if the household is self-isolating or shielding, a member of staff from the school or trust, will deliver the device to the home.

Although we isse laptops and tablets to those most in need of them, we are aware that some families may be experiencing difficulties with their internet. The Government is offering support for children who do not have broadband in their home and need to rely on their mobile data for remote learning. Families who have limited data packages and risk reaching this limit with accessing home learning resources may be able to get support if they meet the criteria. The criteria can be found HERE. If you do meet the criteria and on one of the networks listed, you can apply. All you need to do is contact studentitsupport@bmatrust.org.uk placing MOBILE DATA in the subject line, to submit your basic mobile account details as follows:

 

  • The name of the account holder
  • The number of the mobile device
  • The mobile network of that device (e.g. Three)

 

The information will then be submitted to the Government department on your behalf, who will contact your mobile phone provider and process the request.

 

If pupils need printed materials, please let their teacher know and we will print and deliver them to your home, or parents can collect them from school if safe to do so.

 

If parents do not have online access and cannot submit work electronically, parents can deliver it to school if safe to do so, or a member of staff will collect the work from your home. Please let your child’s teacher know if you require this service. Alternatively, please telephone the main office on 01279 703 484.

 

Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

 

In this section, please set out briefly:

  • expectations for pupils’ engagement with remote education
  • expectations of parental support, for example, setting routines to support your child’s education

 

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

 

Teachers use Class Dojo to communicate with parents and vice versa. Teachers can see what work has been uploaded onto Dojo and they monitor the attendance and participation of pupils during Teams lessons. Teachers also telephone pupils who are at home for extended periods of time. This is an opportunity for teachers and parents to talk about the child’s level of engagement.

 

If a teacher or indeed a parent, has any concerns regarding the level of engagement in home learning during a period of school or bubble closure, we ask that they talk about any issues and look to finding a solution. This could be related to a lack of suitable devices or broadband connection. If there are other reasons, e.g., mental health difficulties, there are organisations we can refer pupils and/or parents to. An example of this is Home Start who are supporting families which have under-fives.

 

If teachers are unable to make contact with pupils and/or parents, or they have other concerns, a member of BMAT’s Education Welfare Team will carry out a home visit. It is important that any pupil on the school roll is accounted for daily during term time, whether they are at home or at school. 

 

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

 

Teachers will give feedback to pieces of work where it would be helpful for pupils to make progress. They may correct spelling and punctuation for example, but they will not correct every mistake, in the same way they wouldn’t correct every mistake pupils make in the classroom. Teachers may give motivational feedback and praise effort, and there may be some pieces of work that teachers acknowledge by reading but may not give written feedback. Teachers give feedback live during Teams lessons as they would during lessons in the classroom. Our approach, in line with many schools in the country, is to reduce the amount of written feedback we give pupils, and increase oral feedback, particularly, in the moment, live feedback.

 

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents to support those pupils in the following ways:

Pupils with EHCPs are invited to attend school as vulnerable pupils. Pupils with SEND who do not have an EHCP may also be invited to attend school. Other pupils with SEND who can learn from home, are supported by teachers with differentiated learning. This may also take the form of small group or 1:1 Teams interventions, and additional calls with pupils and parents where this would be helpful.

 

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Currently we are unable to offer Teams lessons because teachers would be in school delivering live lessons to their classes. There may be opportunities to do this in the future, whereby pupils learning from home could access their classroom remotely. This is not available yet. Teachers will upload work on Class Dojo and communication would be the same as when the entire class or school are learning from home.

 

Beyond the learning set by teachers, there are countless resources and materials available online for parents and pupils to access. They include 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/

 

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 1-4 have access to Purple Mash where teachers set To Do tasks linked to pupils' learning.
Pupils in Years 3 and 4 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.

 
 

 

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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