COVID-19 Updates

Government information for parents about school closures can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

During the period where schools are closed, we are doing our best to keep the children’s brains working. As well as helping parents keep their children busy while they are at home, we don’t want them to forget what they have been taught. Here are the ways we are doing this.

Firstly, we will keep updating this area of the website. We will add further ideas and resources as we find out about them.

We have sent home a pack of resources with each child. These include things like exercise books and materials to help pupils make phonics cards and multiplication charts. There is also log in information for the online resources pupils have access to, such as Purple Mash, My Maths and Spellodrome.  Each year group/key stage has a pack best suited to the activities they have been given.

ClassDojo is our main platform for sharing work and activities. Almost all parents are connected but if anyone is not able to, please email us at info@greenfield.dudley.sch.uk and we will try our best to help. Teachers will post about 2-3 activities and ideas each usual ‘school day’ on ClassDojo. Parents can comment on posts or message teachers if they need further guidance and teachers will respond as soon as they are able to. Just in case a member of staff is unavailable, try to message another teacher connected to the class. It will help maintain pupils’ sense of purpose, if they can share some of their work with their teacher. When teachers set activities on their ‘Class Story’, parents or pupils could comment with what they have done or found out. A photo of the child’s work can also be sent as a message. With parental permission, pupils can also submit work to their portfolio for teachers to approve, check and comment on.

StarLine Parental Help line for Home-Learning – just in case parents wanted further advice (e.g. than speaking to our staff via ClassDojo) for home-learning, there is a national helpline available 6 days per week on 0330 313 9162. Parents can get advice from qualified teachers and parenting and education experts https://www.starline.org.uk/ 

It is really important that the children read a little every day. We have included some books in the children’s packs but we know this is nowhere near enough.  We hope that we can sort some way of changing books at some point – parents can message teachers to let them know if their child needs books to read and we will see what we can do. We will also put some links on ClassDojo so the children can enjoy books online or even listen to stories being read to them.

Daily Phonics Lessons – The DfE has funded the production of online phonics lessons for the summer term https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw/featured . These are for pupils in Reception and Year 1 but also helpful for some pupils in Year 2 who need a little extra practise decoding.  The DfE have invested a lot in this and have even got some celebrities to introduce the daily lessons. Here’s a short film to tell you all about it and guide you how to make the most of the lessons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8C8BCB4hvc

Collins Connect in school Reception and Year 1 pupils read Big Cat Collins phonetically decodable books to help them learn to read. These books are being made available online during the closure. The username and password has been shared on ClassDojo or you message Mrs Cattell or Mrs Hawker. You can access the books here https://collins.co.uk/pages/big-cat-ebooks

Phonics Play is available for free during this period. All Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils can use this site regularly to keep practising their phonics and developing their ability to read and spell. There are lots of games and activities that the children can use alongside their phonics cards in their packs. Teachers will let parents know which phonics phase to select for their child. The website is https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/, username march20 and password home

BBC Bitesize – Beginning Monday 20 April, BBC Bitesize will publish daily online lessons for all ages. They’ll also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

MyOn Reading Books – pupils can freely access thousands of books for all ages online via https://readon.myon.co.uk/. This resource is brilliant and easy to access. It is part of the Accelerated Reading programme that we plan to move over to in the summer term.  The books even have accompanying audio.

Classroom Secrets and Twinkl are offering free home learning packs and guidance for parents. Teachers may refer to some of these activities as their daily post.

White Rose Maths lessons – we use White Rose for planning our maths lessons in school and their skilled team has prepared a series of five brand new maths lessons for each year group from Years 1-8. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully. Their team will be online every weekday from Monday 23rd March, between 10.00 and 11.00am to share children’s questions, examples and stories via any of their social media channels. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

I See Maths daily maths lessons – from Gareth Metcalfe who is a highly respected advisor/trainer in the maths teaching community. Gareth is planning to run a daily live maths lessons via YouTube aimed at all KS2 children and provide guidance for maths games to play with younger children. Here is his blog with further information https://garethmetcalfe.wordpress.com/

Third Space Learning have brought together a collection of guides, advice, tips and additional teaching resources, all centred around teaching maths. Every blog post contains ideas to keep children busy and engaged in maths at home and they’ve all been written with parents in mind.  https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/home-learning/

Primary Stars Education have made their maths resources for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) available for free. There are PowerPoint presentations to support learning alongside the activities https://primarystarseducation.co.uk/

Master the Curriculum also have some free maths resources https://masterthecurriculum.co.uk/

The Body Coach Daily PE lessons – starting on Monday at 9am, Joe Wicks is running PE lessons for children on his Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

real PE have given Greenfield parents FREE access to their real play at home. This supports families to play and learn together and includes 12 themes, 6 areas, over 250 activities and challenges, and 1000s of hours of fun and activity for every family! They really want to help ensure families have access to quality physical activity and family play opportunities. We have shared the username and password with parents but please contact us via ClassDojo if you need them again.

GoNoodle is also great to keep your children moving with fun songs and dances. It’s also great to exercise their brains with mindfulness activities! https://www.gonoodle.com/

Youth Sport Trust are also posting home learning activities for PE https://www.youthsporttrust.org/free-home-learning-resources-0

BBC Learning at Home – you can use BBC Teach and BBC Bitesize for free. Their websites are home to thousands of free educational videos, guides and audio clips, as well as an archive of spectacular Live Lessons. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/teaching-from-home-advice-for-parents/zv6bbdm

Chatter Pack have published a comprehensive list of ideas and free resources on their website https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/resources-list-for-home-learning

Literacy Trust’s Family Zone – a comprehensive web portal for parents, to support them during school closures https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/

Audible Stories – Audible are streaming an incredible collection of stories for free for children to read during the school closures. There are books for all ages, including little listeners https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Internet Safety – During this crisis, a lot of children are going to be online far more than they have ever been. Parents are around much more to monitor this but here are some internet safety links which might be helpful:

Safeguarding Policy – you will find an addendum to our Safeguarding Policy to cover changes made during the closure period below:

GPS Addendum to safeguarding and CP Policy

Everyone can grow in a Greenfield!