Support for learning
During this second period of school closure, we want to do all we can to support our families and children with learning at home. We know that these are challenging times for all and provide this advice and resources to help. We do not want to place undue expectations and stress on families to complete all of this learning and we suggest that you use the resources which work best for you and your family. If you require any help such as a password resetting, please send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) or phone school during office hours and we will do our best to help.
How to access online learning at Woodsetts
We have created a secure online learning folder using Google Drive to help our teachers share lessons, activities and useful links with families. Detailed advice in how to access these was sent in the home learning folders on our final day. You can download a copy of the advice sheet below:
How is learning organised online?
As we know that every child and family will work in different ways, we have tried to provide a wide-range of ways to access learning. Families can pick which ways work best for them and which resources they would like to use. The Google Drive folder is organised in the following ways:
Year group folders
Each class has their own folder. Teachers will organise these by week and then subdivide the folders into each day. Activities will be placed within these folders for different subject areas. There will be a mixture of resources which can be completed on screen, printed or viewed and then answers recorded on paper or in a book. As we want as much interaction with children as possible, we will also be producing interactive quizzes and tests (e.g. spelling and maths quizzes) for the children to have a go on. This will not only provide them with feedback on their learning but also help teachers to see how they are doing. We will also include guidance, lesson presentations, useful links and interactive activities to help support. The learning in the folders will be matched as closely as possible to the learning being delivered in school.
Teachers will be offering some live sessions to help with 2-way interaction with the children. These will include offering welcome meetings to help explain the learning, story sessions and opportunities to go through key learning in areas such as English and maths. There will also be opportunities for the children to chat and share their learning. Our aim is to offer time slots for classes at different times as much as possible. This is to help when families may have more than one child trying to use the same devices. Time slots and the links to access these sessions will be shared securely via the year group folders on Google Drive. To help with safeguarding and also allow teachers to stick to timings, please can we ask that parents do not use the live sessions to raise questions or queries with staff. This is because others may still be on the call and will not be confidential. We are more than happy to help and support and would ask that families phone school to make a telephone appointment so that we can support you more effectively and safely.
As some families and children may prefer to follow a more project based approach to learning, we have created a folder in the Google Drive called "Learning Projects". The aim is for these to have a range of activities and experiences for the children to have a go at linked to a theme. There will be a project for Key Stage 1 (Y1&2), Lower Key Stage 2 (Y3&4) and Upper Key Stage 2 (Y5&6) and the projects for each phase will have the same theme to help families with children in different year groups. Each week, a new project will be uploaded and will also include some suggested additional learning activities to help the children. These were well received during the last lock down and so we have started to add new projects to the folder to help.
Many commercial companies such as 'Twinkl' and 'Teachers Pet' have been releasing packs with learning materials in to support during this period of school closure. We are collating these together to help families should you wish to use them. These have been made available via the "General resources" folder on the Google Drive. As companies have started to release new packs for this 2021 lock down, we will begin uploading these to this folder to support families should you wish to use these.
Live learning and videos
There have been a great number of famous people and companies producing home learning content and videos for families to use. We have created a folder in the Google Drive with links and suggestions of what is available online.
As we discover useful websites and online resources, we will add details of these into the "Useful links" folder.
In this folder we will upload general resources to help support our families and children. Some current examples include the great "30 day Lego challenge" and the "Starters for STEM" activity guide to help with learning science at home. We will keep this updated with new resources as the become available.
What about other online learning systems?
We are currently making use of Times Table Rockstars to help support remote learning in maths. During the previous lock down, companies began to offer free subscriptions to their online learning platforms. Should any of these become available, we will sign the children up and details of these will be emailed out to families as soon as they are available should you wish to use them.
To support with reading, the children in F1, F2, Y1 and Y2 all have a Bug Club account which will help them to practise their essential reading and phonics skills. Teachers can assign books and activities and this is a great way to help engage children with home reading. Children in years 3 to 5 all have an EPIC Reading account which will enable them to access a broad range of texts that they can read for enjoyment.
What about support for children with SEND?
We appreciate that all children learn in different ways and at different levels. This is why we have provided the wide range of ways to access home learning in the best way to suit you and your family. If your child is struggling with the work set for their year group, please feel free to access the folders for a younger age. We have also created a folder called "SEND" which offers different advice, printable resources and links to support all children including those with a specific learning need. We will continue to update this as resources are created and sourced. If you require any advice, help or specific resources to help meet your child's needs, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to support.
Where can I find more support and help with remote learning?
As this is a totally new way of working for everyone, we are creating a number of guidance documents to help support our families. These will be emailed out and can be accessed from this page: