NEW VIDEO FROM SCHOOL STAFF TO ALL OUR FAMILIES DURING THE LOCKDOWN - WATCH IT HERE:
In this section you will find a variety of website links for suggested learning activities that you can do at home.
Please also keep a check on your child's class blog for more specific activities and the Magpies blog for suggestions linked to what we are doing in school.
We have arranged zoom calls to support the children's transition into their new classes. Please see the timetable below.
These calls will have current and new teachers present.
Robins moving to Kingfishers Monday 13th 9.30am
Sparrows moving to Herons Monday 13th 10.30am
Kingfishers moving to Wrens Tuesday 14th 9.30am
Herons moving to Owls Friday 17th 9.30am
The meeting ID and Passwords for joining these video calls will be added to the stream on your child's google classroom account!
www.zoom.us. or download the zoom app
-join the waiting room 5 minutes before the start time
-use your child's name so that staff can safely identify who to allow into the video call
-all zoom video calls will be recorded for safeguarding purposes
-ensure you and your child are appropriately dressed and are in an appropriate location
-teachers will mute microphones to enable all on the call to hear them speaking, they may then turn them all on or one at a time to enable dialogue. Please do not unmute your microphone.
-the same behaviour expectations apply to a video call as they would in the classroom e.g no bad language
-time in calls is limited and staff have planned the session, if you have any questions or queries please contact the teacher or school office prior to or after the call, not during.
Update 23rd June
From next week Home Learning will be accessed through the Google Classrooms Platform.
ALL PARENTS/CARERS MUST SEND AN EMAIL TO THE ADDRESS BELOW TO REQUEST ACCESS TO YOUR CHILD'S GOOGLE CLASSROOM ACCOUNT
Please ensure you read the Parent Guide Document below
There is also a video tutorial underneath this post.
Robins & Sparrows: email@example.com
Update 8th June
Essex Libraries & The Summer Reading Challenge
As you may be aware Essex County Council announced its initial plans regarding the reopening of libraries earlier this week and full details about that can be found on our website
In the meantime our #LibrariesFromHome offer continues and links to our e-library, (for e-books, e-audio, e-comics and e-magazines) online rhymetimes, storytimes and craft sessions can be found on our library catalogue:
The national Summer Reading Challenge is also moving online this year. The length of time the scheme runs for has also been extended and it launches today.
Children can take part by going to http://www.sillysquad.org.uk/ and signing up. The sign up process will require parental consent and parents can find more details here: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/parents-carers
Although children must have an account to take part in the actual Challenge, lots of other content will be available on the Silly Squad website website and their Facebook page for everyone to explore.
Children will set their own reading goals over the summer and can then take part using their own reading materials, e-books, e-audio and e-comics from the Essex Libraries online library service or (once libraries have reopened) using books borrowed from our libraries.
Each time they finish a book, they add it to their profile and write a review. They are rewarded with activities and incentives along the way, such as online badges, games and videos.
Families are encouraged to join in and ‘Get Silly’ with downloadable activities, games, quizzes and more. With new content to enjoy each week, the fun will continue throughout the summer to keep families engaged. They also receive a downloadable certificate once they’ve completed their challenge!
This is going to be a radically different approach for the Summer Reading Challenge, but we hope that many children will still be able to take part
We are thrilled to announce that we have a special guest Storyteller next week for Towngate Stories - it's only our gorgeous panto-star (and everyone's favourite villain to boo!), Sophie Ladds! Tune in on Monday @ 11am when Sophie will be reading the fabulous tale of The Story Of The Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch.
There are a number of ways you can watch online:
- On our YouTube
Missed an episode? Catch up anytime on our dedicated Towngate Stories page.
Please feel free to Share the videos with friends and family, and if you have any suggestions on what story we should read next in Towngate Stories then pop a Comment underneath the videos on our social media pages or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any ideas.
Who here loves mermaids?! This week, Jenine will be showing you how to paint a pretty mermaid face! She'll also take you through an easy way to create your own stencil to perfect your 'mermaid scales'!
This video is available on our YouTube channel and also on the Towngate's Instagram and Facebook pages for you to watch and practice anytime you like! You can check out more of Jenine's work on her Facebook page.
Update 1st June
Well done to the Owls Class who have had the most hits on their blog page in the Month of May!
This week have a try at some of the fun STEM activities suggested below to really get you thinking and problem solving.
Phased School Reopening
The government has announced that primary schools, nurseries and early years settings can begin to open to more pupils from Monday 1 June. Secondary schools and colleges will be able to open to more students from 15 June. This is possible because the government’s five tests have been met.
In Essex, we have been supporting schools and settings to develop their plans for wider opening. Each setting has made their own decision on how they will respond based on the completion of a thorough health and safety risk assessment.
This means that not all settings will open full time to all children who are now eligible to return from 1 June.
Schools and settings have been communicating with parents about their individual decisions. To keep up to date on Essex’s approach to schools and settings reopening, including other services, please visit the coronavirus hub. We will be updating these pages with the latest information.
Support for families experiencing difficulties
As a result of the pandemic, parents, carers and young people are facing a range of issues.
That's why the Essex Welfare Service (EWS) is now supporting families experiencing difficulties.
We have a team of friendly family advisors ready to take your call on 0300 303 9988 or you can visit Getting Help in Essex.
Update 24th May
A full day of fun free events live on YouTube, see the information and timetable below:
On Monday 25th May join a whole day of free classes and activities led by expert teachers and performers from across the UK including cookery, dance, drama, singing from a West End teacher, Musical theatre, French class, yoga, signing and much much more. Remember to share this with all your friends and family- this fantastic event is open and FREE to everyone. All you need to do is sign up here http://eepurl.com/g206Ar to access the FREE day of activities, timetable and reminders And SUBSCRIBE to Tiny Toes Ballet YouTube channel We can’t wait to see you!
Update 18th May
At this time many of the children are spending more time online for either school work or for leisure. It is important that we ensure our children are safe and responsible when they are using the internet. Sadly, many people use the internet as way to exploit children.
The link below has further links and information on how you can support your child online.
It is important that you establish an open channel of communication with your child about their online activities. Try to have regular conversations about what they are doing online so that they feel confident in telling you if there is something they are worried about.
In a survey conducted in school, the majority of children said they would hide their online concerns from their mum/dad because they think their parents will then punish them by taking away their devices and internet access.
We need our children to be happy to tell us of any concerns so that we can remove and report them and allow our children to carry on using the internet safely.
For some fun Computing actvities such as coding, have a look at Barefoot computing:
Update 11th May
All teachers have now set up a new Class Blog area on Purple Mash. Here the teachers will share good work to celebrate as well as a space for chatting. This page enables the children to post comments which the teachers and friends in their class can read.
When logged into Purple Mash, on the top menu bar, click on the green "Sharing" tab, this will open a new menu, click on "Shared Blogs" tab and find your class blog page.
Comments will be placed pending approval from teachers who will ensure they are ok to be shared on the space.
These pages are private and can only be seen by the teachers and other children in the class.
The Kingfishers class have trialled this and they children and teachers have enjoyed being able to talk to each other and celebrate good work just as we normally would in our weekly celebration assemblies.
See Pictures Below
White Rose are no longer providing the free worksheets to accompany their videos. But the videos are still available to be viewed.
They are now focusing their videos/learning plan on supporting the transition from the current year group to the next. This is very valuable given the current circumstances.
Visit the BBC Bitesize website for great lessons and activties.
Maths Specialist Rebecca Hanson also known as TheMathsLady has created some very useful videos for parents, as well as her videos for teachers/educators being available on her youTube channel which would be useful too. They are age and topic specific.
An alternative to Joe Wicks is Cosmic Kids Yoga
Update 7th May
The teachers have enjoyed being able to speak to many families on the phone today. Quite a few of you have asked about reading books. The Oxford Owl website have an area for 'HOME' where you can register with an email address and access over 250 reading books. These books can be searched by the age of your child or by the colour book band that they have for their school books - with a few tweaks:
Oxford Light Blue = School Dark Blue Band
Oxford Turquoise = School Light Blue Band
Oxford Gold level = School Black Band
Many of the books have linked activities to do after reading them.
There are also other resources for Maths and English such as grammar & spelling, available in the Home area too.
Update 4th May
Well done to Kingfishers Class who currently have the highest number of pupils using Purple Mash last week at 70% - Can your class do better?
If you need help with your log in information contact the school or your class teacher via email which is on their blog pages.
Please continue to visit https://www.purplemash.com/sch/stal-infant
Where your class teachers are setting 2Do tasks.
Nursery Parents - Please log in to Tapestry via a web browser to access the 'activities' section from the main menu.
Here you will find videos of our wonderful staff reading stories and singing songs. There are also suggestions of activities you can do with your Nursery aged child.
The link below is for an interactive website by the maths learning centre where children can explore using tens and ones to represent numbers and help them with maths calculations. We have this app in school for Year 1 and 2 which some children have used so should be familiar with it.
It is best viewed on a laptop or tablet.
Talk Listen and Cuddle: Learning through play
Talk, Listen and Cuddle (TLC) is an Essex-based initiative to help parents, carers and families give their children the best start to life by developing communication skills through playful learning at home.
The Talk, Listen and Cuddle website offers a wide range of activities for children, guidance for parents, and downloadable resources to improve your child's communication skills.
Science for Nursery & Primary aged children
Free, fun STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) sessions ONLINE (via Zoom) for pre-school and primary aged children.
Mum of three Sandra Beale has been running hugely popular Toddler STEAM sessions for pre-schoolers monthly at Saffron Walden Museum and weekly from her own home. In light of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions and school closures she has taken these sessions online and is catering for an expanded age range.
Sessions introduce STEM ideas by play in a fun and engaging way.
Sessions are every Monday from 9:30-11am. Click https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9676635981 to start or join a scheduled Zoom meeting.
If you would like to find out more, call or text Sandra on 07708 157 326
Science Lessons about water by Anglian Water
As part of our ongoing work with schools across the Anglian Water region, we’re pleased to be able to tell you about our response to Coronavirus. We are offering a suite of 12 STEM based sessions online that can be accessed by children at home at no charge.
The aim of the sessions is to help pupils think about water; how it is vital to life; what we need it for; where it comes from and how we can all use water wisely.
Active Essex Exercise Activties
Active Essex are providing a comprehensive timetable of live activties for all ages. Follow the link to YouTube below to subscribe. The timetable below will you details the live classes.
Update 27th April
-Please continue to see your childs blog page (click here) for specific learning activities from their teacher/s
-Year 1 & 2 don't forget to log in to purple mash to try your 2Do tasks.
There are now a lot of resources available to help support home learning. It is important that the children and you do not become overwhelmed with activities. Please go at your child's pace and work with them to provide support and guidance. Choose a couple of activities each day to have a try at.
The mental health of your family is so very important. Spend time each day together, not online or on devices. Play board games, cook/bake together, get outside - stop and listen, look up, chase and laugh, make models using boxes from your recycling, pray together.
Highly recommended websites are listed below where carefully planned and structured activities have been designed to support children at this time:
All subjects: https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom
All subjects: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Phonics: Daily videos of Speed Sounds, Word time & Spellings
Speed Sounds Set 1 9.30am - for children in Nursery and Reception and children who are new to English
Speed Sounds Set 2 10.00am - for children in Reception that can read Set 1 Speed Sounds and for children in Year 1 and 2
Speed Sounds Set 3. 10.30am - for children in Year 1 and 2 that can read Set 2 Speed Sounds
THE PHONICS VIDEOS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 24HOURS AFTER THE DAILY SESSION
Essex Libraries are providing some online story sessions. Follow the link below:
-Online Rhyme Time videos aimed at Toddlers and Nursery aged children
-Online Story Time has a range of stories being read, which are suitable from Reception age and above
Update - 20th April - please see your Child's class blog for specific learning activities from their teacher.
Under the 'Our Learning' menu, you will see Class Plans (Click here). Here you will be able to view the yearly overview of learning for each year group in each subject. This may be useful as a guide of what topics your child would be learning during this first part of the Summer Term if there were in school. This may help you to search for specific topics to support your Childs learning from home.
Please find below a useful link to government recommended websites to support home learning, this list has the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and PE as well as resources for children's mental wellbeing.
Announced on Sunday 19th April by the Education Secretary is a website called the Oak National Academy. They will provide video lessons in a range subjects for all year groups from Reception upwards.
On the home page click the green button "online classroom"
Then click "schedule"
Finally select your child's year group to find an English, Maths and Foundation activity.
There are 3 activities per day Mon-Friday.
Essex Fire service have made Summer safety videos available for the children with safety advice for fire, water, beaches, the sun and lots more.
Activity: Your child could choose a video to learn about and make a bright colourful information poster.
Essex Police have also made some information and fun resources about the police dog Baloo
Update - 6th April
The next 2 weeks are the Easter Holidays. Please see your child's class blog for more information from class teachers with regards to any "holiday homework."
Please see below statement update from the BBC - This is set to be a great support for children's home learning.
The BBC will offer daily programmes to help parents and children with schoolwork at home during the lockdown.
Starting on 20 April, videos, quizzes, podcasts and articles will appear on BBC Bitesize Daily via the BBC iPlayer, red button, BBC Four and BBC Sounds.
Children's lessons will feature presenters including Oti Mabuse, Katie Thistleton and Karim Zeroual.
BBC director general Tony Hall called it "the biggest education effort the BBC has ever undertaken."
The corporation said every child in the UK would "have their education supported" and it has teamed up with organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Premier League and Puffin Books to keep the lessons fresh.
The initiative will include 14 weeks of core subject learning to offer "rhythm and routine" for pupils "whatever your child's age".
New for this week 30th March
As you may be aware from social media there have been a few community projects such as painting rainbows to put in your windows so that when children are going for a short walk they can look out for them.
Below are the projects for each week for the next few weeks:
23rd March - Rainbow
30th March - Sunshine
6th April - Easter
13th April - Animals
20th April - Flowers
27th April - Smiley faces
Lets help cheer up our neighbourhoods, create a community eye spy game and engage our children in some creative art.
New for this week (23rd March):
PURPLE WATERMELON --> a site set up by 4 Essex Headteachers to give parents activity ideas such as mindfulness, exercise and challenges
Whilst at home please continue to work on handwriting and letter formation. There are many ideas for fine motor skills practise not just writing in their books, such as colouring, painting, threading beads etc.
Below is a video of a simple kids workout with Joe Wicks The Body Coach.
There are already some in-school workouts on his youtube channel, which some teachers do with the children during the day as a little movement break between lessons so they may be familiar to them already.
Joe Wicks will also be doing live "PE LESSONS" at 9am every morning so, get yourselves up, have breakfast and get ready to get moving. This will help energise you ready for your day ahead, it will help you feel happy as well as give you some exercise to keep you healthy and strong.
Purple Mash Teachers will be setting tasks related to the topics we are planned to learn about in school.
Please also feel free to explore the wide range of learning activities on purple mash, most curriculum areas are covered eg. Computing, English, Maths, History and Geography etc.
Your child’s log in is their first name followed by . then the first letter of their surname, all lowercase.
WHITE ROSE MATHS ---> This is the scheme that is followed in school
They are providing free resources and teaching videos that will be useful for you and your child to learn from.
When you go to the website, click Home learning, choose your year group and the lessons begin from exactly where we are up to in school from last week, so there will be no gaps in their learning sequence.
Please bare in mind that all children learn at different rates and are at different points of development within the year group. If your child is finding it difficult, try to use objects to help, lower the numbers they are using or even try some of the EYFS learning.
Nrich ---> is also a fantastic source of activities for maths which support the white rose maths teaching and we use in school to supplement the children's maths work.
https://nrich.maths.org/primary ages 5-11 years
https://nrich.maths.org/13371 ages 3-5 years
The Maths Factor ---> created by Carol Vorderman is now free to access from ages 4 - 12
There are videos and then activities to complete.
Phonics & Reading
Daily Read Write Inc lessons available for 24 hours after the live broadcast time.
9.30am- Set 1 (Nursery/Reception)
10am- Set 2 (Reception/Year 1)
10.30am- Set 3 (Year 1/Year2)
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk. This website has a free resources area.
Nursery & Reception Phase 1, 2 & 3
Year 1 should be using Phase 3, 4, 5
Year 2 Phase 5 & 6
https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com A great source of phonics and reading activities
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ 250+ E-reading books available for ages 3-11
Please select books by your child’s age or their school colour book band.
Once you have read a book there are activities to complete at the top of the screen.
There is also a “kids activities” area on the oxford owl website with other online tasks for ages 5-6, 6-7 and 7-9
Physical activities Below you will find some links to activities to help develop fine and gross motor activities. These are important for writing.
Make some playdough.
Make hot cross buns.
You might also like to set up some simple games outside.
Why not try stacking paper cups to play skittles or painting with water on fences and pavements? Ask your child to help you peg out laundry, this will develop the muscles in their hands and help to get jobs done!
There are some great ideas for keeping fit and having fun in the links below.
Science Below you will find links to some fun science experiments
Religious Learning Here you can find a link to a monthly craft activity, of course these activities can be done at any time.