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SCHOOL "CLOSURE" AND HOME LEARNING

Dear members of the #ClaveringFamily,

As we are all aware, this is an unprecedented and challenging time for the world, including the #ClaveringFamily.

However, it is in challenging periods like these, when our lives are disrupted and concerns over loved ones are very real, that the qualities that we so passionately work to develop at Clavering – including determination, perseverance, grit, kindness, empathy, courage and optimism – matter most.

This page provides details about what is happening at Clavering during this period of school closure as well as support for home schooling. Although home schooling is important, it is vital that we emphasise that the most crucial concern at this time (like always) is our children’s health and happiness; the last thing we want any family to feel is additional pressure because of home schooling worries.

We continue to urge all members of the #ClaveringFamily to follow all the advice available from the government and NHS and, at this testing time, we ask everyone to be kind towards each other and those around us.

We will get through this together and please be assured that we will continue to be here for you.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr N. McAvoy

Deputy Headteacher

GENERAL INFORMATION

Learning packs

All pupils from Nursery to Year 6 were provided with a learning pack for the first two weeks of lockdown (March 23rd to April 3rd) and then the full half-term after the Easter Holidays (Monday 20th to May 1st).

If possible, please showcase examples of your home learning via Twitter, copying in @ClaveringTS27, @ClaveringPESSPA and/or @Neil_McAvoy and include the hashtag #ClaveringAtHome … we love to see what our families are getting up to!

Children of key workers

On the 20th of March, all children of key workers will have been given a blue letter offering their family the option of having their child looked after in school. All of these families have access to Mr McAvoy’s school mobile number and email address and every day (including during school holidays and bank holidays) we have been offering free child care for these pupils.

For more information, please contact Mr McAvoy: n.mcavoy@claveringschool.org.uk

Vulnerable children

We have a list of children who have been identified as being ‘vulnerable’ using the government’s definition of ‘vulnerable children’ during lockdown. Their families are contacted on a daily basis by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

We have also written our own list of ‘vulnerable children’ using our own criteria. Their families are contacted at least twice a week by Miss Leighton.

For more information, please contact Miss Leighton: n.leighton@claveringschool.org.uk

Disadvantaged children

After a frustrating delay, the government’s voucher system now appears to be working for all eligible Clavering families. The ICT facilities promised by the government are yet to materialise.

For more information, please contact Miss O’Brien via the school office: admin@claveringschool.org.uk

Clavering staff

All Clavering staff continue to be well. Some are having to shield because of underlying health conditions that they or a family member has; however, everyone continues to be in good health both physically and mentally. 

Staff members have been providing childcare in school for children of key workers (timetabled by Mr McAvoy); putting together learning packs for children learning at home; and completing SEND and safeguarding courses (overseen by Miss Leighton) and teaching and learning webinars (organised by Mr McAvoy).

We look forward to all being back together when it is safe to do so!

HOME LEARNING (#ClaveringAtHome)

If possible, please showcase examples of your home learning via Twitter, copying in @ClaveringTS27, @ClaveringPESSPA and/or @Neil_McAvoy and include the hashtag #ClaveringAtHome … we love to see what our families are getting up to!

Below we have included links to organisations that we use regularly in school and also to Clavering-backed and government-backed programmes. Our Twitter feeds continue to provide new and exciting opportunities.

School programmes

Every Key Stage 2 child should have access to their own individual Accelerated Reader account: https://ukhosted110.renlearn.co.uk/1893929/

Every Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 child should have access to their own individual Times Tables Rockstars account: https://ttrockstars.com/

Selected Upper School pupils should have access to their own Lexia reading comprehension account: https://www.lexiacore5.com/register

Every Year 6 child should have access to their own Mathletics maths account: https://login.mathletics.com/

 

We also regularly use the two below programmes for reading:

Read theory (reading comprehension) (Years 2-6): https://readtheory.org/

Phonics Play (Nursery-Year 2): https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

 

We also strongly recommend White Rose Maths for mathematics:

https://whiterosemaths.com/

Two major online learning programmes for homeschools:

BBC Daily Lessons (Year 1 upwards):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

Government-backed, the BBC is offering daily lessons for homeschooling in English and Maths for every year group, as well as regular lessons in other curriculum subjects.

Oak Academy (Reception upwards):

https://www.thenational.academy/

Government-backed, the Oak Academy is an online classroom and resource hub, covering all curriculum areas.

eBooks

There are various ways to access free eBooks at the moment. Below are two websites that we recommend:

Oxford Owl’s free eBook library (all pupils):

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page

Hartlepool Libraries’ eBook and eAudio collections:

https://hartlepool.rbdigitalglobal.com/

English

 

Phonics

DfE’s validated phonics programmes are:

Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters

Jolly Phonics

Letters and Sounds

Letters and Sounds: for home and school - online phonics lessons that follow phases 2 to 5 of the Letters and Sounds programme.

Bug Club Phonics

Phonics International

Read Write Inc.

Sound Discovery

Sounds-Write

 

Audible

Website: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: all children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed.

Registration: not required

 

Authorfy

Website: https://authorfy.com

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: access to masterclasses on texts from a range of authors, including videos from the authors and activities linked to novels.

Registration: is required

 

BookTrust

Website: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, including fiction and non-fiction. Family activities are included in the ‘Home Time’ section.

Registration: not required

 

Classroom Secrets

Website: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs which cover a range of subjects, including reading and writing.

Registration: not required

 

Elevenses with the World of David Walliams

Website: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

Key stages: Key Stage 2

Description: one free audio book reading is available to listen to every day.

Registration: not required

 

English Mastery

Website: https://www.englishmastery.org/

Key stages: Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Description: downloadable resource books providing 8 weeks of activities.

Registration: not required

 

Literacy Shed

Website: https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/browse/free-resources

Key stages: Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs with tasks based on video clips on YouTube.

Registration: not required

 

Love Reading 4 Kids

Website: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, covering fiction and non-fiction.

Registration: not required

 

Pobble 365

Website: https://www.pobble365.com/

Key stages: Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Description: a new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided.

Registration: not required

 

Poetry by Heart

Website: https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/

Key stages: Key Stage 2

Description: a wide selection of poetry covering different topics

Registration: not required to view poems, but it is required to access teaching resources.

 

Purple Mash

Website: https://2simple.com/purple-mash/

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: free during the school closure period. Each week, a selection of daily activities is produced on different subjects, including comprehension and grammar.

Registration: is required

 

Storytime with Nick

Website: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDe74j1F52zQ51fqNpKV07E71knNl8HFn

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

Description: films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2pm.

Registration: not required

 

The Children’s Poetry Archive

Website: https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: an archive of spoken poetry recordings. Children can listen to poems read out loud.

Registration: not required

 

The Day newsletter

Website: https://theday.co.uk/subscriptions/the-day-home

Key stages: Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Description: a daily newsletter for parents and carers at home with children, helping to enrich learning with real-world knowledge and skills.

Registration: is required

Mathematics

 

Hamilton Trust (home learning section)

Website: https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/

Key stages: Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs with teacher guidance. A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group.

Registration: not required

 

Mathematics Mastery

Website: https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Description: downloadable guidance and resource packs for parents and pupils.

Registration: not required

 

Nrich

Website: https://nrich.maths.org/

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: a range of activities. Some are interactive and some are to be completed offline. Activities are categorised by age range.

Registration: not required

 

Numberblocks

Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-with-maths

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

Description: videos for numeracy development designed for children aged 0 to 6. There are fun activities that can be applied to everyday life and play.

Registration: not required

 

Top Marks

Website: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Description: a range of interactive maths games categorised by age group.

Registration: not required

 

White Rose Maths (home learning)

Website: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: presentations and downloadable workbooks which are easy to use for parents. New material is being released each week.

Registration: not required

Science

 

BBC Bitesize

Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary

Key stages: Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Description: interactive resources covering the primary science curriculum.

Registration: not required

 

STEM Learning

Website: https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science

Key stages: Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Description: an online resource bank, which links to resources on external websites. The site features a live chat function offering support from subject experts. New home learning resources are being developed.

Registration: is required for some resources

PE and physical activity

 

Boogie Beebies

Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mvsc

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage

Description: videos that get younger children up and dancing with CBeebies presenters.

Registration: not required

 

Disney 10 Minute Shakeups

Website: https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: 10-minute activities based on Disney films that count towards a child’s 60 active minutes per day.

Registration: not required

 

Super Movers

Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

Key stages: Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Description: videos which help children move while they learn. They support curriculum subjects, including maths and English.

Registration: not required

 

#ThisIsPE

Website: https://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/thisispe-supporting-parents-to-teach-pe-at-home/

Key stages: Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Description: videos delivered by teachers focusing on the PE curriculum which are accessible on YouTube.

Registration: not required

#StayHomeStayActive #StayInWorkOut

We are very conscious that pupils may not be being as physically active as they would normally be at school.

Websites to help with this include:

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/pe-home-learning

https://www.yorkshiresport.org/get-active/thisispe/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mvsc

https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups

 

And there are (it seems) thousands of people offering free online workouts and activities!

E-Safety:

We know that many of our children will be spending more time than normal online.

Below are websites that we recommend to help families to keep their children safe online:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

https://www.internetmatters.org/

https://parentinfo.org/

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ 

Mental wellbeing:

This is obviously a difficult time for everyone and we are conscious of how lockdown may affect our children’s mental health. There are a lot of charities offering support and guidance during this period, including:

 

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Website: https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people.

Registration: not required

 

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Website: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.

Registration: not required

 

Children’s Commissioner

Website: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: a downloadable guide for children about coronavirus.

Registration: not required

 

MindEd

Website: https://www.minded.org.uk/

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.

Registration: not required, but registration increases functionality

 

The Child Bereavement Network

Website: http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/covid-19.aspx

Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak.

Registration: not required