Home learning due to COVID19
Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, there may be times in the near future, when the school will need to provide remote learning for individuals, groups or the whole school. Remote learning information will be emailed to parents, so please make sure your email address is correct. Information will also be provided by Google Classrooms and on this page.
Please use the email address below if you have any difficulties accessing remote learning.
If it is difficult for you or your family to access remote learning, due to wifi problems, or limited access to an appropriate device, please email the school on the appropriate email address below.
Statement on remote learning
Help for remote learning.
1. Establish routines and expectations
It is important to develop good habits from the start. Create a flexible routine and talk about how it’s working over time. Chunk your days into predictable segments. Help children get up, get dressed and ready to learn at a reasonable time. Everybody make your bed! Keep normal bedtime routines, including normal rules for digital devices. Adjust schedules to meet everyone’s needs but don’t default to staying up late and sleeping in (However, a ‘duvet day’ now and then can be a treat).
2. Choose a good place to learn
Your family’s regular learning space for occasional homework might not work for extended periods. Set up a physical location that’s dedicated to school-focused activities. Make sure it is quiet, free from distractions and has a good internet connection. Make sure an adult monitors online learning. Keep doors open, and practice good digital safety. Our teachers, counsellors and safeguarding teams will do the same.
3. Stay in touch
Teachers will mainly be communicating regularly through our online platforms and virtual learning environments but will also be making weekly telephone calls as will Mrs McHugh, for children with SEND needs and Mrs Wilding, for families, she has been working with. Make sure you know how to find the help you need to help your child become successful. Stay in contact with classroom and support teachers, school leaders but understand it may take a day or two for us to respond. If you have concerns, let someone know.
4. Help students ‘own’ their learning
No one expects parents to be full-time teachers or to be educational and content matter experts. Provide support and encouragement, and expect your children to do their part. Struggling is allowed and encouraged! Don’t help too much. Becoming independent takes lots of practice. At St Joseph's, your child usually engages with other children and any number of adults hundreds of times each day. Many of these social interactions will continues from a distance, but they will be different. You cannot replace them all, and that’s OK.
5. Begin and end the day by checking-in
In the morning, you might ask:
• What classes/subject do you have today?
• Do you have any assessments?
• How will you spend your time?
• What resources do you need?
• What can I do to help?
At the end of the day you might ask:
• How far did you get in your learning tasks today?
• What did you discover? What was hard?
• What could we do to make tomorrow better?
These brief grounding conversations matter. Checking in with children to process instructions they received from their teachers, and it helps them organise themselves and set priorities – older children too. Not all children thrive in distance learning; some struggle with too much independence or lack of structure. These check-in routines can help avoid later challenges and disappointments. They help children develop self-management and executive functioning that are essential skills for life. Parents are good life coaches.
We use G Suite for Education - a set of education productivity tools from Google including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Classroom, and more used by tens of millions of students and teachers around the world. Pupils will use their G Suite accounts to complete assignments, communicate with their teachers and learn 21st century digital citizenship skills, using mostly Google Classroom.
We use a special version of the core G Suite Apps to provide a secure learning intranet for our pupils and staff.
Children use a Gmail login to access our system servers and the intranet and internet in school. With school Gmail and Google Docs, for example, work and emails cannot be shared with external email accounts, only with others within @sjp.academy - the school’s Google domain. Google require basic information to set up these accounts, your child’s leaving year and name.
Google Cloud does contain much of the electronic work that your child completes in school. By logging in at home, using the same login as at school, your child can continue working on projects started in school, often using one of the main apps of G Suite, Google Classroom.
Our pupil accounts have a particular set of security settings to reflect the fact that the system is being used by a child - they have a much higher security setting than our staff for example. We take advice on these settings from companies that advise us.
On leaving the school, we can transfer your child’s digital learning record to his/her own gmail account through the Google TakeOut system - the school does not then retain any data. This can be a wonderful souvenir of learning. Google accounts are deleted within a few weeks of a child leaving St Joseph’s.
The information below from Google provides answers to common questions about what they can and can’t do with your child’s personal information, including:
- What personal information does Google collect?
- How does Google use this information?
- Will Google disclose my child’s personal information?
- Does Google use student personal information for users in K-12 schools to target advertising?
- Can my child share information with others using the G Suite for Education account?
G Suite for Education information for Parents and Guardians
This notice describes the personal information we provide to Google for these accounts and how Google collects, uses, and discloses personal information from pupils in connection with these accounts.
Using their G Suite for Education accounts, pupils may access and use the following “Core Services” offered by Google Classroom (described at https://gsuite.google.com/terms/user_features.html):
Here is a short virtual assembly for the children on here and also on our dojo page. Please do have a look even when we are not in the building we are still a family and a community!
Summer term letter home
Home learning parent factsheet
How to support home learning
Follow this guidance to create a positive learning environment at home
Be realistic about what you can do
- You're not expected to become teachers and your children aren't expected to learn as they do in school. Simply providing your children with some structure at home will help them to adapt. Use the tips below to help you make this work for your household
- Experiment in the first week, then take stock. What's working and what isn't? Ask your children, involve them too
- Share the load if there are 2 parents at home. Split the day into 2-3 hour slots and take turns so you can do your own work
- Take care of your own health and wellbeing. This will be new for your entire household, so give it time to settle. Take a look at the links at the end of this factsheet for some advice on mental health and wellbeing
Keep to a timetable wherever possible
- Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas!
- Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible.It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership
- Check in with your children and try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible
- If you have more than 1 child at home, consider combining their timetables. For example, they might exercise and do maths together – see what works for your household
- Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over
- Stick the timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day
- Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life
Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day
- Start each morning with a PE lesson at 9am with Joe Wicks
- If you have a garden, use it regularly. If you don’t, try to get out once a day as permitted by the government (households can be together outdoors but 2 metres apart from others)
- Get your children to write in a diary what they did each day– this can be a clear sign that the ‘school’ day has ended
Other activities to keep children engaged throughout the day
- Where you have more freedom in the timetable, make time for other activities. Add some creative time or watch a dance video from Go Noodle to get the heart-rate going
- Get your children to write postcards to their grandparents or to pen pals
- Ask grandparents to listen to your children read on FaceTime (or ask grandparents to read to younger children)
- Give them chores to do so they feel more responsible about the daily routine at home
- Ask them to help you cook and bake
- Accept that they'll probably watch more TV/spend time on their phone – that's ok but you might want to set/agree some screen time limits
Examples of home-learning timetable
- Five Minute Mum has a timetable including lots of activities for younger children
If you need to contact the school
Please email email@example.com, call us on 01472 690672 or use the dojo to contact your child’s teacher about any work.
Home learning ideas
During this period of enforced closures we will be offering home learning to allow children to access their education whilst following the Government guidance of remaining at home to reduce the spread of the Covid 19 virus.
In this section there will be examples of work which can be done at home and ideas for how to construct a day with purposeful learning.
All work set by teachers will be available on the dojo in individual classes.
Home learning - fun tasks
We know that home learning can be stressful and that some people are worried about covering all of the work set. There is no expectation it will all be done in a day or a week. We have done our best to provide things you can access at home but if it doesn't work please don't panic. The work is there to help and support you with your child's learning but we are not expecting you to deliver the full national curriculum at home - there is a reason it takes 4 years to qualify as a teacher; it's hard!
We know this and want to support you and not cause undue stress. The teachers will check the dojo daily and do their upmost to help you but unfortunately we are limited in what we can do as IT support. If something doesn't work please just drop the teacher a message to let them know you've left it and move on to do one of the fun or creative tasks we have
shared on the main page and send us a photo of that.
This is a scary and confusing time for children and they will need you so if today you paint a rainbow and share it to cheer someone's day that's great we won't be hounding you for spellings! Just post a picture so we can see as we are missing all of your children.
We are expected to have heard from people within 3 days, if we haven't we might drop you a text or Mrs Wilding might contact you to check everyone is OK and see if we can do anything. Anyone we can't contact we will pass over for welfare checks to someone who will be in contact to support you.
This is guidance to help and support you at this time. The following are also great examples of things you can do at home and we are as happy to receive photos or videos of these as we are of maths and spellings!
Activities for Home
1. Setting Up a Den in the house or a Camp in the garden – This activity can be useful to create a safe place for children and a place they know they can have some quiet time, such as, reading a book, playing with little people, teddies or puppets. You can ask them to contribute to set it up with you, make decorations, put up lights and a sign. Children will find this fun and different. It can create an imaginative world for the child.
2. Setting Up a Learning Place in the house and Do Learning Together – It is important that children feel they have an allocated space in the house where they can concentrate and focus on learning. It does not have to be a big space and can even be a shared space. It is more about how we use this space and what we do when we are learning. Setting up some ground rules for this will also be helpful. With a schedule, allocate time to learning in short and fruitful bursts, it is more about the quality and the positive experience of learning rather the quantity and speed at which we do these learning tasks. When you are noticing that learning is no longer fruitful, have a short break, a snack, a glass of water, some movement breaks. Family learning can be rich as we can all learn together and share understanding, problem-solving and information.
3. Cooking Together – Cooking is great as it also includes literacy and numeracy tasks, such as, reading recipes or counting and measuring ingredients. Involving children in cooking can be fun and full of joy as they are involved in producing a tangible product at the end. You can also ask the children to finish off the cookies, cake, etc. by decorating them, lots of time can be spent on this.
4. Puzzle, Lego, Visual-Spatial Activities – These activities tend to be calming as the brain focuses on putting things together rather than verbal or emotion demanding tasks. Offering these activities in the house will be of benefit to everyone as it will help all involved to be grounded and calm.
5. Setting Up a Fun Project – It is important to vary activities, like a carousel. Start with one and move on to the next. When activities are designed to promote different areas of development, children will find this more engaging than if it is tapping into the same type of skills so it is important to also have something creative, a fun project you will enjoy doing together. A fun project could be: making a scrapbook of different drawings, paintings, making characters out of modelling clay, picking up leaves from the garden and finding the name of the tree online, taking photographs of wildlife in the garden such as birds, animals, painting rocks with emojis on them, drawing a cartoon strip or writing a collection of short stories, inventing characters and drawing these, so many things that can be done. Some children may like the challenge of a research project.
6. Starting a Collection, Playing Board Games – Stamps, stones, leaves, labels and lots of other things can start collections. Board games, such as snakes and ladders, can be made using templates on the web.
7. Sending Messages, Letters and Postcards to Family and Friends – Keep in touch with your social networks via different communication modes either video call or messaging.
8. Learning a New Skill Together and/or Teaching a New Skill – There are lots of youtube videos nowadays that can teach skills step by step. Learn to say words in a different language, learn how to do sewing, knitting, crochet, slime, scrapbooking, photography, design a webpage together or design cards online.
9. Implementing Routines for Self-care and Mindfulness – It’s ok for all involved to feel this is not a normal situation. It is important to keep communicating, being transparent, responding to questions, presenting the facts as well as not bombarding with facts. Children are curious and like to find out about the world so it is a good opportunity to open their thinking by sharing information, exploring maps, countries. It is also important we are aware of feelings and able to recognise sensations, feelings and actions. Implement some self-care activities together such as doing a calming activity together, reading a book, relaxing, watching a film.
10. Exercising – Don’t forget to move and for the full family to move. You can set up some an obstacle course in the garden for example. This can be done using household items like a skipping rope, bottles, a ball. Like do 10 jumps, 10 skips, 10 hoops in the basketball hoop, knock 3 bottles down, etc. You can set up a challenge and time them going through the course. Walking the dog and playing with an animal can also be part of the routine.
White rose maths at home
White rose, which is the scheme we follow in school, have produced some fantastic videos on which can be accessed following this link.
Home learning - School closures
We are in the process of uploading to class dojo work which children can complete at home during the time of enforced closures. Please make sure that you are able to access this. If not please contact school to make alternative arrangements as soon as possible.
Below are some websites which have some great ideas, videos, projects which you can complete with your child at home and upload photos to their portfolios. We are happy to send paper copies of work home but do not want them returned to school so please photograph the work and send it in to us.
The dojo will be checked daily by teachers but if your child is struggling with something just send a message and move on to another task - someone will come back to you.
Useful websites and apps
TT rockstars - within this children have access to Numbots as well.
www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk - username: march20 password: home
On here will be short videos and ideas to help keep children active and fun things to do at home.
Downloadable resources to complete at home
RWI Phonics lessons at home from Monday 23rd March
Free Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home; three short Speed Sound lessons with one of our trainers every day for the next two weeks. Films will only be available at the times below:
Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm
Note: films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times.
Part of the phonics scheme we use in school is the Oxford Owl and they are offering free access to the books online here.
We are sharing an example of a timetable for you to follow with your children whilst they are at home to help with maintaining routines for when they return to us!
We will be sharing RWI videos to help with phonics and other activities for older children linked to their learning. This is not a requirement just a suggestion!
9am - 9.30 - Language - reading and spelling
9.30 - 9.45 - Playtime (physical activity if possible)
9.45 - 10.30 - Writing (Phonics and letter formation)
10.30 - 10.45 - Playtime
10.45 - 11.30 - Maths activities
11.30 - 12.30 - Lunch
Afternoon - Creative work
Maths at home
Reading at home
PE at home