The Department for Education (DFE) have now published guidance and a link to support home learning.
Please click on the links box below to access information.
We hope you are managing to stay safe and well during these unprecedented times. We remain committed to supporting you and your families as far as we are able under these very challenging circumstances and within the guidelines set by the government. We will attempt to clarify this situation below.
The government has published guidance as to the list of key workers.
Within the guidance the government has asked:
Parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
We will remain open for a small number of pupils but you should only send your child if there is no other safe alternative. It goes without saying that fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
Home Learning Links for your children
EYFS children Class teachers will use ‘Tapestry’ as the main method of communication and work will be scanned by class teachers and displayed on the website for parents/children to work through. Pictures of progress, achievements and examples of work can be shared. Parents of EYFS children already have log in details and access to this resource. Please note - No work is expected to be brought back into the school building on re-opening.
KS1 and KS2 Children School work for completion will be set by the class teacher on a weekly basis through a variety of online (log in access) internet based sites that Woodcroft currently subscribe to. These include: Purple Mash, The Spellingshed and Times Table Rockstars. Other work may be set through sites such as Twinkl and will be communicated to you on a weekly basis. Children in KS1 and KS2 have log in details and access to these resources. Login details can be found in your child’s planner.
Example Home Learning Schedule
Additional Home Learning Links for your children
We are keen to ensure that children at Woodcroft have the opportunity to access Physical Education whilst the school is closed in accordance with government guidelines. We would like to say a huge thank you to Ministry 4 Sport, a local Physical Education provider based in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, and the PE Passport company who are kindly providing remote home Physical Education instruction for the school via online videos - these can be accessed by all Woodcroft children via the links provided.
Please download the PowerPoint presentations and then press the F5 key in order to play the video.
We believe that this is a fantastic remote way to help children remain fit and healthy during these uncertain times.
Starting on Monday 23rd March, Joe will be hosting a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on his YouTube channel. The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages - even adults can get involved. You don't need any equipment, just tune in to The Body Coach TV YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout.
Furthermore, for each year group from Reception to Year 4, we have provided an online booklist of 50 recommended reads. This can be found via the school website and can be printed or downloaded as a PDF. There is also a Year 5 recommended read list for those children in Year 4 that would like to challenge themselves.
A catalogue of free audio books on Audible - this is GREAT!
Free daily audio book read by David Walliams
Fun and enjoyable comic strip activities
Collins activity sheets, downloads and ebooks for primary
The White Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of new maths lessons for each year group. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully. Please use the link provided below to access this fantastic resource. Please click the relevant year group for your child.
OR alternatively click on the year group links below:
Year 1 - http://facebook.com/groups/WRMY1
Year 2 - http://facebook.com/groups/WRMY2
Year 3 - http://facebook.com/groups/WRMY3
Year 4 - http://facebook.com/groups/WRMY4
Times Tables resources via Third Space Learning
Below is s great link for parents who wish to access further online resources and educational websites:
Maths Factor with Carol Vordeman - Videos, activities and games.
The Mathematics Shed
FREE resources that would usually require a subscription:
Twinkl – please sign up to this yourself.
Subscription service used by schools is offering a free premium service for educators, parents and children to use while schools are closed - enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS.
Worksheets, PowerPoints and interactive games to support all areas of learning.
Mystery Science - inspiring open and go lessons
Links to various educational videos, games and resources
Computing and coding
Master the Curriculum
Maths subscription service has made resources free for educators and parents.
Provide your email address to be sent free activities and resources to support with home learning.
Maths and reading home learning packages for schools and parents to use during school closures. Download directly from the site. https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/
https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/ Please sign up to this amazing free resource
Sign up with your email address to download Primary Stars Home Learning Pack.
Maths Circle are offering free access to resources. To take advantage of the attached offer, please sign up for a trial and email firstname.lastname@example.org with the dates of your school’s closure so that we can extend access as needed. No payment details are required. NumBots is entirely pupil-led, easily accessible for pupils to play from home via the free app or browser and allows teachers to follow and praise progress.
Alex Quigley - The Confident Teacher