As the implications from the latest government advice regarding the Covid 19 virus become clear, we are now faced with a situation where many children and their siblings have been forced to isolate themselves at home. While we at Whitings Hill understand the need for such measures to protect our school community, we are concerned about the impact on the children’s learning.
With that in mind, we have been working on compiling a list of learning activities the children could access from home. Obviously, these can’t replace lessons the children would receive in the classroom but it should give them something concrete to work on and help parents fill the hours spent at home.
Firstly, each year group has a homework page on the Whitings Hill website which can be found in the Class Pages section of the CHILDREN’s menu. The content - which might include website links, challenges or worksheets – will be updated regularly. www.whitingshillprimaryschool.co.uk
Most importantly, we recommend that Parents and Carers encourage their children to read for at least 20 minutes every day. They should record the name of the book and the pages they read in their yellow Reading Diaries. If access to books is a problem, we suggest that the children use the following websites:
Oxford Owl - https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
This has a section of free e-books your children can read at home. They can also listen to an audio version of many of the books. In addition, some books have activities linked to them. For login details, please see your child's year group homework page.
Get Epic - https://www.getepic.com/sign-in/educator
On this website, you can find e-books, comics, audio books and videos of stories. If your child is unsure of how to read a particular word or does not know what the words means, they can click on it and they will be given the pronunciation and definition. For login details, please see your child's year group homework page. Once again, please record any books read in the yellow Reading Diaries.
Children will also be given their Home Learning books to take home with them, with the stickers for the forthcoming weeks already stuck in. Children should aim to complete one of these tasks every week. There may be an opportunity to send a photo of the completed work to a no-reply email address so that it might be displayed on the homework web page. Details of the email address for each year group can be found on the aforementioned web page.
In addition, there are a number of online learning platforms that the school subscribes to and you can find your child’s login details stuck inside their yellow Reading Diary.
Times Tables Rock Stars - https://play.ttrockstars.com/ is for children from Years 2 – 6 and they should aim to complete at least one 15 minute session per day. Your child will be set times tables linked to their learning. In the coming weeks, we will continue to have battles between houses/classes. A new league will start at the start of the summer term and information will be shared on the TT Rock Star page in the Class Pages section of the school website. This will include battle scores, our league table, upcoming battles and children that have gained the Most Valuable Player award.
Numbots - https://play.numbots.com/ is for children from Reception - Year 4 and it helps children to become more confident with addition and subtraction. This can be accessed on computers, laptops, tablets and phones. Once again, please try to log onto Numbots for 15 minutes per day.
RMEasiMaths - https://www.rmeasimaths.com/ This site is for children from Reception to Year 6. Each session lasts for 15 minutes and children will complete questions on a variety of Maths topics which automatically adjust in difficulty according to how the child performs. To get the best from this, it is recommended that the child completes one session every day.
Education City - https://www.educationcity.com/ is for children from Nursery to Year 6. Teachers will set tasks from a variety of subjects including English, Maths and Science. The children can also explore the wide variety of activities available
on their own.
LGFL j2e - https://my.uso.im/j2e/ is for all children. Please click on “Normal USO Login” to access the site where there are a variety of activities for the children to explore and they can also save their work too.
As a very special treat, Year 6 children can take home their SATs revision books (all 9 of them!) and they are expected to complete a page from each every day.
This is by no means a definitive list and it will continue to evolve over the coming weeks. Keep checking the Homework pages on the website to keep up to date.
If your child is currently self-isolating, books and logins can be collected from the classrooms between 8:30-8:45 and 3:30-3:45 on Thursday 19th March. If you are unable to do so please just use the online resources.
If you have any queries please email the school office as the phone lines are extremely busy.
These really are extraordinary times we find ourselves living in and we never expected to have to put measures like this in place. However, we know we can rely on the parents and carers in our school to make the best of things and continue to support our children through this difficult time.