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Learning from Home

 

Our school is now closed to all children except those of key workers and certain other vulnerable groups. During this period of school closure, children should access online learning using our virtual learning environments. These are Purple Mash (EYFS, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3) and DB Primary (Key Stage 2). If your child does not have their login information for these, please call the school office, or use the enquiry form on the bottom of the 'contact details' page. You can also email office@medway.leicester.sch.uk.

 

There are also a wide variety of useful websites that children can use to access home learning.  On this page you will find links to our VLEs and to useful websites recommended by our teachers. These are organised by year group.

 

We advise parents to supervise their children at all times when they are accessing online learning and to utilise parental controls to ensure that children remain safe online at all times. 

Be SMART: Online Safety Video Lessons for 6 - 9 year olds (Childnet)

 

In the link below, you will findsSix easy-to-follow videos to work through together with children aged 6-9 years old. 

 

Each video has:

  • simple, clear online safety advice specifically tailored for children aged 6-9 years old,
  • 10-15 minutes of fun activities, games and discussion points,
  • narration from an experienced member of the Childnet education team,
  • optional follow-up activities to extend children's learning.

  

Click on the link to access: https://www.childnet.com/resources/video-lessons 

 

Please note: due to the format of this resource and to encourage meaningful discussion, we would strongly advise that children watch the video lessons together with an adult. 

Purple Mash

 

Purple Mash is a VLE used by our EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Year 3 pupils. All pupils in these year groups should have logins and be familiar with how these work. Teachers will be setting weekly work on this platform that children can complete online by logging on to Purple Mash and clicking '2DOs'.

 

Please click the link below to visit Purple Mash as work has been set by your Y1, Y2 and Y3 teachers. 

 

Click here to log on to Purple Mash.

Accessing Purple Mash

Accessing DB Primary

 

Work for Years 4-6 will be set on DB Primary. There will also be supplementary activities for our Year 3 students on the DB Primary site. Please click here to access the school login page.

 

For more information about DB Primary, including e-safety tips and a picture guide showing how to log-in, please visit our DB Primary page. This can be found by selecting 'DB Primary' from the 'Children' drop-down menu on our site, or by clicking here.

A bright and colourful book about Coronavirus to share with your children.

 

Useful Websites for Home learning

 

Parents of all year groups:

 

Off School

 

Off School is free for all families. Throughout the school closure period local teachers and authors will be creating short films of fun learning activities for families at home to keep children excited and enthusiastic to learn! Off School also helps parents and carers navigate their way through the maze of activities that are available. There is also a competition zone.

https://offschool.org.uk/

 

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize has created free online lessons for all year groups. There is a maths, English and topic lesson available for each school day. There is no need to sign in and it can be accessed by clicking here or by typing the link below into your address bar.

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

 

Subject Specific 

These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages. 

 

English 

 

Read Write Inc:   https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/

 

Audible Stories- all children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed.  https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

 

Classroom room secrets- downloadable resource packs which cover a range of subjects, including reading and writing. https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

 

Downloadable resource books providing 8 weeks of activities https://www.englishmastery.org/

 

E-books  https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

 

http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk/

 

Parents can access free ebooks by registering on the following site:

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

 

Literacy Shed- Downloadable resource packs with tasks based on video clips on YouTube. https://www.literacyshedplus.com/browse/free-resources

 

Pobble 365- a new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided. https://www.pobble365.com/

 

Poetry By Heart-a wide selection of poetry covering different topics. https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/

 

The Children's Poetry Archive- an archive of spoken poetry recordings. Children can listen to poems read out loud. https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/

 

The daily newsletter- a daily newsletter for parents and carers at home with children, helping to enrich learning with real-world knowledge and skills. https://theday.co.uk/subscriptions/the-day-home

 

Maths 

Hamilton Trust (home learning section)- downloadable resource packs with teacher guidance. A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group. https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/

 

Maths Mastery- https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources downloadable guidance and resource packs for parents and pupils. 

 

Nrich- a range of activities. Some are interactive and some are to be completed offline. Activities are categorised by age range. https://nrich.maths.org/

 

Top Marks- a range of interactive maths games categorised by age group. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games

 

Science 

 

Stem- an online resource bank, which links to resources on external websites. The site features a live chat fubnction offering support from subject experts. New home learning resources are being developed. https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science

 

BBC bitesize- interactive resources covering the primary science curriculum. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary

 

 

PE

 

Boogie babies-videos that get younger children up and dancing with CBeebies presenters. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mvsc

 

Disney 10 minute shakeup- 10-minute activities based on Disney films that count towards a child’s 60 active minutes per day. https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups

 

Super Movers- videos which help children move while they learn. They support curriculum subjects, including maths and English. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

 

Mental Well-being

 

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families-wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people. https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

 

British Psychological Society (BPS)-advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19. https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty

 

Children's Commissioner-a downloadable guide for children about coronavirus. https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/

 

MindEd-an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health. https://www.minded.org.uk/

 

The Child Bereavement Network-Advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak. http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/covid-19.aspx

 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

 

Brain Parade- a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs. http://www.brainparade.com/products/see-touch-learn-free/

 

HelpKidzLearn-a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure. https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/

 

Sensory App house Ltd- a range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities. https://www.sensoryapphouse.com/

 

Visuals2go-an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners. https://www.visuals2go.com/

 

 

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Geography

 

History

 

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Art

         Each Saturday, children across Leicester spent two hours getting crafty at DMU Local's

         art clubs around the city. Now that everyone's staying at home, DMU Local is working 

         with artists to move their classes online.

 

         New videos will be uploaded to the DMU Youtube channel every Saturday morning at 

         10am, and will feature different art activities. The projects are free to all, suitable for

         primary-aged children, and focus on using recycled household items (along with a lick

         of paint or two!)

         

         In the first episode, artist Jonjo Elliott will be showing you how to make a desk tidy at

         home with a little help from his son, Archie.

        

         Link to Episode 1 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOvIfLRgZcQ&feature=youtu.be     

 

Latin

 

Music

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Other learning links by year groups.

 

EYFS 

 

If you go to Moonshine and Sunshine class page you will find a tab called home learning links. Here you will find links to support at home learning. 

 

EYFS - FREE Learning resource pack 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/eyfs-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-tp-2549362

 

EYFS and Key Stage 1 Handwriting Resource Pack

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2548981-free-ks1-handwriting-taster-resource-pack

 

Year 1 - FREE Learning Resource Pack

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/year-1-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-e-2549910

 

Year 2

Our Summer Term topic is about the circus.  Below are links to two useful resources for parents, to help them support their children's learning.  You might want to use them to inspire your children to:

  • Write stories, poems, posters or information leaflets (English)
  • Calculate the cost of tickets, audience numbers, time taken to practice for a performance (Maths)
  • Draw, paint or make models e.g. of a big top or clown (Art and Design)
  • Make maps of routes or timetables for travelling (Geography)
  • Find out more information online (IT)
  • Perform tricks and movements e.g. juggling handkerchiefs (PE)
  • Consider what it takes to be fit and strong; how to have a healthy diet, exercise and sleep well (Science and PE)
  • Find out how circuses started and how they have developed over time (History)

http://www.nicurriculum.org.uk/curriculum_microsite/SEN_PMLD_thematic_units/dep/docs/CT_WEB_Files/CT_Overview/The_Circus_is_in_Town.pdf

and

https://vanda-production-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/2018/05/01/11/37/12/51b22304-d12c-471e-8477-1a0ef2dddca0/Teachers_circus_spreads_FINAL2_300dpi.compressed.pdf

 

Year 2 - FREE learning pack

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/year-2-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-e-2549911

 

EYFS and Key Stage 1 Handwriting Resource Pack

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2548981-free-ks1-handwriting-taster-resource-pack

 

Year 3

 

Purple Mash, as above, is the main website for these year groups to access. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/time/teaching-clock

Children may also enjoy the videos on the following website:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks2-collection/zr4ky9q

Maths

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39

 

Year 3 - FREE Learning Resource Packs

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/year-3-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-e-2549912

https://tpet.co.uk/downloads/lower-key-stage-two-ks2-home-learning-resource-pack-1/

https://tpet.co.uk/downloads/lower-key-stage-two-ks2-home-learning-resource-pack-2/

 

Please note that for the TPet resource packs you will need to sign up for a month's free trial to download them.

 

Year 4

 

Year 4 will be able to access DB Primary shortly.

Maths

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39

 

Year 4 - FREE Learning Resource Pack 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/year-4-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-e-2549913

 

Year 5

 

The following websites may be useful for Year 5 children:

 

All the grammar children require is in the big 'revision guide' document on the Y5 page of this website. There is also a list for children to fill in with books they have read and spellings for the rest of the year.

 

Their reading book can be found here

 

Year 5 - FREE Learning Resource Pack 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/year-5-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-e-2549914

 

Year 6

 

Year 6 - FREE Learning Resource Pack

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/year-6-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-e-2549915

 

Both of these websites have in-depth biographies of the poet we are studying, as well as a

collection of his most famous poems. Have your child finding out the meaning behind each poem,

and then learn to recite them off by heart using prosody to demonstrate their understanding.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/seamus-heaney

https://poetryarchive.org/poet/seamus-heaney/

As we approach the SATs, regular short, sharp grammar revision can help tighten those key skills.

The following websites cover everything they need to know. Pick a topic a night and boost those

key skills.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhrrd2p

This is a great simple guide to all the English grammar rules

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/category/handbook/

 

 

 

Music

 

This term we are focusing on music, and how famous composers have utilised music to create

idyllic and tempestuous settings, linking to our topic of 'Islands'.

The BBC website, 10 pieces, gives the background to some of these pieces and gives the pupils

an opportunity to listen to them being performed.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ten-pieces

 

RE

 

Building on work across the school looking at different religious teachings, in Year 6, we look at

non-religious viewpoints, and compare and contrast this to previous work, and our own values.

The Humanist website gives details on this:

https://humanism.org.uk/

And BBC bitesize looks at other non-religious viewpoints.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znk647h

 

Geography

 

In geography, as a part of our unit of work on Islands, we have been looking at island formation,

based on plate tectonics. Our particular focus has been on volcanic islands, and looking at the

formation of volcanos. The following websites are great for your child to research this topic further.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z849q6f/articles/zd9cxyc

http://www.onegeology.org/extra/kids/volcanoes.html

https://www.ducksters.com/science/volcanoes.php

http://teacher.scholastic.com/researchtools/articlearchives/volcanoes/index.htm

 

Computing
 

Learning about online safety at home

In Computing, E-Safety is an area we work on all the time to ensure the children have the best knowledge

of how to keep themselves and their family safe, whilst accessing the internet. The link below shares a few

resources aimed at different age groups, which your children can do with you.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets

https://www.childnet.com/resources/online-safety-activities-you-can-do-from-home

 

Other Useful Links

 

The following websites gives little mini arithmetic papers, just like the ones pupils will face on the

SATs.

https://myminimaths.co.uk/year-6-arithmetic-practice-papers/

Again BBC bitesize is always a good starting point for revision.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39

We also see that it is essential that pupils see the utility in maths. This website provides some

great practical activities that you and your child can complete together, which will support your child

to develop a concrete understand of the maths concepts applied.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/maths/maths-skills-ages-9-11/

Finally, NRICH provides some great maths challenges, to encourage your child to think critically and

logically when approaching mathematical problems.

https://nrich.maths.org/9084

 

 

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