How to keep learning in the event of a short-term absence.
"Learning is a treasure that will follow it's owner everywhere" Chinese proverb
It’s fantastic that we are back in school and seeing our wonderful learners after the disruption of the past six months. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we have had to make significant changes to the way we operate. We have always strived to ensure that our learners are at the centre of everything we do.
However, things are still not quite back to normal. There is the possibility that families will need to self-isolate for a period of time, for example whilst waiting for test results. If your child is unable to attend school for a short period of time then we have the following provision so that they can keep busy and learning whilst they are not in school. In the event of a class or school closure due to a confirmed case then teachers would revert to ‘Home Learning’ via the appropriate platforms – Dojo for Foundation Phase and Microsoft Teams for KS2. A full home schooling arrangement will be implemented, just as it was in March.
The following will help your child to keep learning in the event of a short absence. The activities will also utilise learning platforms and programs that would be used in a ‘lockdown’ situation so it would be good to familiarise yourself with them.
All KS2 pupils have a Hwb, TT Rock Stars and Purple Mash password.
Activities on Hwb
· Check in with your Class Team through Microsoft Office 365. You will be able to keep up with any class announcements even when not in school. Instructions for accessing your Class Team can be found at https://www.stmarysciw.co.uk/classteams
· Practise your Times Tables and Spellings by playing TT Blast and Spelling Blast on Hwb. Log onto your Hwb account, select Just 2 Easy (J2E), then select J2 Blast – choose whether you want to play TT Blast or Spelling Blast. You can practise on your own or you can race other pupils online by selecting ‘Go Live’. The program will provide you with appropriate questions for your ability and aim to push you forwards.
· Utilise the activities on Purple Mash especially Serial Mash where you will find a range of age appropriate reading books. There are also quiz questions to see how well you have understood the story that you have just read.
· TT Rock Stars - https://ttrockstars.com/ Log in and start practising those tables!
· Encourage your child to read for pleasure. You can find ideas for appropriate books at https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/
· Make sure that you follow your class Twitter page.
· Some KS2 classes have ongoing homework, tasks or independent projects that you can continue to work on whilst away from school. Alternatively you could complete some independent research around the ideas or topics that you are currently learning about in class. Ask your teacher for a topic to research via Class Teams if needed.
The following websites will help your child to rehearse important skills.
www.purplemash.com – pupils can access the site using the class login and password – pupils can access serial mash reading books.
www.numbots.com – all pupils in FP have a login for this.
www.ttrockstars.com – suitable for Year 2
www.topmarks.co.uk – access maths and literacy games online.