REMOTE LEARNING UPDATE: JANUARY 2021
Dear Parent/ Carer
Following my letter regarding the Government’s latest announcements on the return to school in January, I wanted to write to you to outline our plans for remote learning. We have communicated lots of information regarding online learning since March last year and our website remains up-to-date with helpful information. As always, please contact us with any questions you have and we will provide support (email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Remote Learning’).
Pupils have had the chance to ensure that they are signed into their Google Classrooms. Most of our pupils are familiar with its use now. Instructions for joining classes and helpful video tutorials are available on our ‘Remote Learning’ page. All of the codes your child will need to join their groups are shown below – we will not be sharing these codes online due to e-safety reasons, so please try to keep the document handy.
Approach to home learning for January
Pupils should aim to follow their in-school timetable each day. Work will be uploaded to Google Classrooms with instructions and video tutorials to support pupils. If your child is unsure, they can contact their teacher directly via their School 360 email accounts or call/ email the main office.
This term, teachers have also been trialling ‘live lessons’. From Wednesday, we will be using ‘live lessons’ with Year 5 and 6 pupils. The lessons will be delivered through Google Meets (which is secure for HMS through School 360). Links can be found on each Google Classroom home page (on the bar at the top). Pupils should aim to ‘join’ the lesson at least 5 minutes before it is due to start to avoid technical issues. Only pupils in the class can join a lesson and the teacher has control over who joins the online session. All of the trials have been conducted in liaison with e-safety consultants and in line with our Child Protection and E-Safety policies. If you would like more information, our ‘Live Lessons Policy’ is attached in appendix 1.
Teachers will launch the lesson and deliver their teaching and explanations for around 25 minutes before logging off and allowing the pupils to continue with their learning. The teachers will be on-hand to respond to any emails, questions and to provide assessment and feedback for the rest of the lesson.
Each class have been sent an individual timetable. The lessons shown are when the children should ‘join’ their lesson on Google Meets. The other lessons on their timetable will be uploaded to Google Classroom. We also ask that pupils join their form class on Google Meets every morning at 8.50.
- Make sure your child has joined the right class for them (codes have been sent home).
- Your child needs to log into Google Classroom through School 360.
- They enter the Google Classroom for the lesson taking place.
- At the top of the classroom (under the class name), they should see a Google Meet link which they need to click.
- This will take them into the lesson (once allowed by the teacher).
- Once in the meeting, your child should click ‘mute’ and communicate with the teacher via the chat feature. They should not chat between themselves either aloud or on the chat feature.
Ms Carruthers has prepared a very helpful tutorial for pupils, parents and staff which can be watched here.
Guidance for pupils, parents and staff
We ask that you read the policy (Appendix 1) carefully and also follow the link to our ‘Live Lessons: Policy and Permissions’ online form. Please share the ‘Expectations for pupils’ with your child before signing and returning your permissions. It is really important that pupils, parents and staff all fully understand the guidance in place so that we can move forward with the use of ‘Live Lessons’ in school.
Remote access concerns
If you are concerned that your child cannot access online learning, please let us know as soon as possible. Arrangements will always be made to provide all pupils with learning resources they can access at home. We will provide paper-based materials, including textbooks, for your child to continue their learning. We would however encourage all pupils to try to access the live lessons even if this is via a mobile or tablet device so that they can hear the teaching. Please let us know by calling or emailing the office as soon as possible so we can provide resources as quickly as possible. We will also have a limited supply of devices which we can loan to those who need them (these will be allocated as needed).
We are always here to support you and your child with any aspect of remote learning so please get in touch with us if you need to. This is new for everyone so we thank you for your patience as we move this approach forward. Thank you for your continued support.
Learning at Home
To support learning from home, we have put various measures in place; we are aiming to make it as easy as possible for pupils (and for parents supporting them) to continue their education. For pupils who do not have internet access, we will provide paper-based activities.
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Resources to Support Learning at Home
Google Classroom Tutorials
Our very own Mrs Tanner has been very busy creating four amazing video tutorials for using Google Classroom – see the links below. They are informative, clear and allow you to listen and watch exactly what Mrs Tanner is doing. Thank you so much, Mrs Tanner! We hope you find these useful as you explore Google Classroom over the coming weeks.
Google Classroom: Log on & join a class
Google Classroom: Completing work set
Google Classroom: Features
Google Classroom: Adding/creating work
School 360/Google Classroom
All pupils have access to the online learning platform School 360 (External URL); they have all been reminded of their log in details (in their planners). School 360 is a platform which pupils are familiar with.
Once logged in, pupils can access Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a website where teachers can add lessons and activities for pupils to complete at home.
To join classes, pupils should follow the below steps:
- Find www.school360.co.uk
- Log in using their username and password
- Click the link to ‘Classroom’
- This will re-direct them to ‘Google Classroom’
- Click the + in the top right corner and click ‘Join Class’.
- Enter the code for the classes provided (see codes below).
Once pupils have joined their classes (all class details are provided below), they can access their lessons set by their teacher. Daily work will be added for pupils and this should become part of your child’s routine. This work will also be marked using online feedback so that support can be provided.
On the School 360 site, pupils can also access a whole range of activities which have been set by their teachers. Quizzes have been set for all year groups for English, maths and science and pupils should aim to spend at least 30 minutes per day on these activities (free choice). These can be accessed through the School 360 platform via the ‘Frog Play’ and ‘J2e’ apps – pupils are again familiar with accessing this resource.
Google Classroom FAQs & Contact Details
Remember, we are always at the end of an email or phone during this period of school closure. There are many ways you can contact us:
- Home learning questions:
- Email: email@example.com
- Email your teacher via their School360 account
- Comment in the comments section of your assignments and your teacher will aim to respond to you as soon as they can.
- General school questions:
- Safeguarding concerns:
Turning in work
We know that some of you are having a few problems turning in work on Google Classrooms at the minute; remember to use Google Chrome as your browser. If that still doesn’t work, please follow the advice in this video. Thank you to Edward Dando for creating this video and finding a solution to this problem.
Accessing Google Classroom from a Games Console
It is possible to access Google Classroom from a Games Console. See image below:
Frequently asked questions regarding Google Classroom
- Log into School360 using your username (first.last) followed by your password.
- Follow the link to ‘Classroom’ – this should you log you in immediately.
- Click the + and enter your class codes – these were sent on School Comms and paper last week.
- Find the class and the assignments you need.
- PDFs cannot be typed into – we have asked your teachers to avoid these where possible.
- Open the assignment; open the worksheet or resource.
- Click ‘Open in Google Docs’ where you should be able to edit your work.
- This will save automatically. You can then ‘Turn it in’.
- If you cannot do this, try typing your answers into a new Google Doc and submitting them.
- Or, type up your answers and email them directly to your teacher using their 360 email address.
- We have asked your teachers to make sure that assignments have an editable copy for each pupil and that all tasks are unlocked for editing. We are learning this, too, so we appreciate your patience.
- There is no expectation that work will be completed to a deadline.
- Especially during these first few days, get used to using the resources.
- You can work on paper and keep a record of your work if all else fails.
- We just want to ensure you are engaging with work in some way – don’t stress about it.
- Refer to my guidance on my letter – all of this guidance is available on the website too.
- Try to combine your home learning with exercise at home and learning new skills with your family.
- Make sure you read the instructions your teacher has included in the assignment before you comment or email.
- If you are still unsure, leave a message and keep checking back for the reply.
- Email Mr Watters or the school’s admin address and someone will reply to you as quickly as possible.
- Please do not panic. You just need to get your head around this. This is new for everyone. Please just try your best. As long as you know you are engaging with learning of any form, that is great.
- Remember – keep reading and accessing sites such as Maths Whizz daily as a minimum.
We hope you find this information useful. Be patient and resilient – keep in contact with us and we will work out the issues you face. Please also look out for one another; support each other with online support, guidance and tips.
If anyone requires any additional support with anything at all, whether that be school work related or not, please get in touch with us and we will aim to support in any way we possibly can. We all must stick together!
Other Online Platforms & Expected Daily Activities
Pupils also have access to several other online platforms which they can use to progress their learning. Tasks have been set for the following sites. These are free choice activities but pupils should aim to spend at least 30 minutes per day accessing such sites.
- School 360 (all pupils) (External URL)
- My Maths (all pupils) (External URL)
- Spag.com (Year 5 and 6) (External URL)
- Times Table Rockstars (KS2) (External URL)
- Reading Plus (target pupils) (External URL)
- Maths Whizz (all pupils) (External URL)
As part of your child’s daily routine, please build in time for the above sites to enable them to have regular practice. They will also enjoy these sites as they are engaging and used regularly in school.
Miss Prince has been collecting book recommendations for pupils, starting with her favourite book as a child: The Secret Garden.
More book recommendations, including some from HMS pupils, are:
The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
‘A guy used to be a Greek God but he woke up in a dumpster in a New York alley as a 16 year old boy. He has to complete harrowing trials to become a God again. It is very exciting and quite funny.’
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
‘I enjoyed reading Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. As a fan of the movies I thought I would enjoy the book, and I did. There was lots of suspense, action, good characters and most importantly, a large amount of dinosaurs, which is ultimately expected. I enjoyed it more than the film as well. I would recommend it to people who like dinosaurs and books.’
My Royal Story series by various authors
‘In Year 7 recently I have been reading the My Story books. I am really enjoying these books because they are like taking a dive into the past. There is a series of books and each one about a different era in the past.
These books are very good for anyone who looks for a mystery in their imagination or if you are looking for something different.
I love reading these because I like to imagine I’m in the past and what it would be like.
As well as these being a great series to read they are very educational in learning about history.
I would really recommend this series to children or adults from age 9 as there may be a few gruesome parts.’
Daily Activities include:
- To begin a drawing journal to record your experiences at home.
- Draw your breakfast, lunch and dinner in as much detail as you can (for a whole week!) make your drawings all the same size. What if you created these drawings for 2-weeks or even a month! You could create a flip-book from your drawings. Imagine where all of this food has come from. See if you can do some research about the production of your food and trace its journey on a map.
- Draw 5 objects in your house, draw them in different ways. Close up, from far away. On their own, in a pile, draw only the colour, draw only the texture. You could put the objects into a strong light source and draw the shadow. See if you can draw your 5 objects in 10 different ways.
- Create an imaginative creature from the objects that you have collected. Take small sections of each object and create a monster-creature or a Jabberwocky.
- Take the 5 object drawings you have made. Could you cut them in half and bring 2 of them together to invent a new product or service? Redraw the parts added together in new and unique ways. Test out your ideas on your family/carers do they think you have a good idea? You may have invented something wonderful that we all need!
- If you have a drink carton at home, peel off the skin of the packaging. If you are careful you can peel of a whole juice box. Once you have revealed the cardboard service beneath, use what you have to decorate it. You may use pattern, illustration, cartoons. Could you create a new drink idea?
- To create an Easter Egg entry to a competition for the most imaginative Easter Egg. The theme for the competition is ‘hope!’
- You may wish to put a pin hole in the top and bottom of an egg and blow the egg out to leave only the (complete) shell. You may decorate this in any way you chose, paints, felts tips, add attachments etc. You may use more than one egg but remember to ask your parents/carers to cook the eggs you have blown. Don’t waste any food!
- To create an Omamori (lucky charm in Japanese) using found materials at home design and make your own lucky charm or amulet for people in your family. If you can make one why not try to make another, and more to include everybody.
- If you have access to outside space go for a walk and see if you can collect interesting natural forms. Look out for mosses. Collect a little. Bring it home and see if you can create the colours that you see in the lichens and mosses. Can you make 10 drawings from a tiny piece of moss? You will need to look at the minute patterns and look very closely indeed!
- Draw every pair of shoes you have at home. Draw your trainers, sports shoes, sandals, boots can you design your own unique pair of shoes now? Add labels to explain your design decisions.
- Do the same with your clothes. Draw 20 garments that you own. Draw them carefully. See if you can design better. Include the things you like about your clothes and change the details that you don’t.
- If you have an old piece of clothing at home and an un-picker. Unpick the garment. Lay the pieces out on the floor. If you or somebody at home knows how to sew, see if you can sew the pieces back together in new and unusual ways. Could a pair of trousers become a waist coat? Could a t-shirt become something completely different?
- Patchwork. Have you got lots of old clothes at home (that your family say you can use). Cut them into small pieces and attach different squares together using a running or back stitch. See how big you can make your patchwork! See if you can get your family involved in the making.
- Embroidery. Does someone at home know how to do embroidery. See some of the textiles they have made. See if you can learn some of their skills. Practice them. I will look forward to seeing the results in class.
Apple has published 30 fun, constructive and creative activities to do with the built-in features of an iPhone/iPad – see below for the full list!
- Food Technology Activities Booklet (PDF): this includes a variety of activities for KS2 and KS3 pupils.
Food Preparation and Nutrition: Home Learning Projects
These home learning projects are to be completed weekly. These are projects/tasks that will use researched information, as well as information you have studied in class. You can use ICT to generate them, use PowerPoint or if you do not have computer facilities, you can create each homework by hand – remember to present them neatly using coloured pencils and fill your pages with detail.
You will be required to spend at least 45 minutes per homework task. Use books, the internet and magazines etc. to help you research.
Week 1: With current affairs, this is a good opportunity for us as a nation to think resourcefully and practically when it comes to the supply of food; create a meal using the maximum of 5 ingredients. The ingredients could be from using only the ingredients you already have at home. Look at tins, staple foods such as flour, rice, pasta, potatoes etc and produce a meal that can feed your family. This is a good way for you to think resourcefully and to create a meal using basic ingredients that are cost effective, using foods we can store for a length of time and to store in the freezer. TAKE A PHOTO FOR EVIDENCE!
Week 2: Create a poster exploring seasonal foods from the UK only. For each of the FOUR seasons, suggest a well-balanced main meal that could be made using the ingredients discussed. You can design your page like a pie chart/ a table or however you would like to lay your work out – but it must be visual & interesting!
Week 3: Research and make a food product using the staple ingredient flour (gluten free flour or alternatives for dietary requirements if needed). This could be a loaf of bread, savoury scones, fresh pasta, biscuits, muffins, pizza etc. Take a photograph for evidence.
Week 4: Create a leaflet or informative poster identifying three special diets (e.g. some options to choose from are… vegan, vegetarian, coeliac, diabetic, babies, pregnant women, elderly, religious, pescatarian…) that people may follow and explain why, with examples of foods that can and cannot be eaten in these diets. Include pictures, drawings, labels and plenty of information.
Mr Holdsworth has now set all pupils up with access to music resources on Google Classrooms (codes sent home on Wednesday 22nd April). Should you struggle to access these resources, they are provided here. Enjoy your music learning!
- Year 5 Music Study & Research: Music Notation Book 1 (PDF)
- Year 6 Music Study & Research: Great Composers Research Project (PDF)
- Year 7 Music Study & Research: 20th Century Classical Composers (PDF)
- Year 8 Music Study & Research 1: Popular Music (PDF)
- Year 8 Music Study & Research 2: 1970s Glam Rock (PDF)
Mr Barry’s Daily Tasks!
Resources from the Rugby Football League
The Rugby Football League have put together some virtual learning resources for pupils to complete whilst they are unable to play Rugby League, and now in many cases attend school.
The #SkillToPlay online initiative showcases some of the game’s finest players and helps children and young people to emulate the skills of their heroes whilst also remaining active.
The resources are freely available via rugby-league.com and Our League and will be refreshed weekly.
There are great prizes on offer for the best and funniest videos submitted using the #SkillToPlay hashtag.
PE Project Ideas
- Year 8 – Athletes dietary plan for the Winter Olympics/Olympics/Euro Championships
- As a budding athlete, you must create a training plan to show how you would prepare for a major sporting event
- You must show the plans for the 6 weeks leading up to the event
- Use the internet to research any existing plans that you could draw inspiration from.
- Year 7 – Home fitness plan
- Using your knowledge from the methods of training unit of work design a home workout you could do on your own or with your family
- Draw out your circuit/ training plan to illustrate how you are staying fit during your time away from school
- Make it as creative as possible using things around the house to help with the activities e.g- unopened bags of sugar as weights
- Year 6 – Design a new sport and sporting event
- In Year 6, we have studied a wide range of different sports during our TGFU (Teaching games for understanding unit of work)
- Your game must be creative and like nothing seen before.
- Your job is to create a game that includes all of the key elements of a game we looked at with our ‘Buzzword Pizza’
- Decision making
- Year 5 – Athlete study
- In Year 5, we have looked at the TREDS values and what makes a great sports role model (Teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship)
- Your task is to create a poster/ display all about your favourite athlete
- Include: accomplishments, what makes them special, anything they do for their team/ sport/ community but most importantly how they meet the TREDS criteria
Duration spent training
Establishing Structured Routines
The DfE recommends that primary pupils complete remote learning for at least 4 hours a day with secondary pupils completing at least 5 hours. We ask that your child tries their best to follow their in-school timetable and joins us for their live lessons at their allocated time (individual class timetables have been sent home). We also recognise that every home is different and we understand that you may need to take a more flexible approach. We are here to support in any way we can to help your child find a working routine for them.
Thank you for reading this information – we appreciate that there is a lot to take in – and thank you in advance for supporting your child so that their learning can continue at home. The staff are working exceptionally hard to make sure that all of our pupils can continue to learn in any circumstances but this is all new to us too so please be patient as we get resources set up.
If you or your child have any questions or struggle to gain access to the above sites, please get in touch with us.