Home Learning Lessons

Blended Learning Autumn Term 2020

The school’s home learning provision is continuous and immediately available to all children unable to attend school due to a Coronavirus related conditon.  Parents are reminded of the provision and how to access it when they inform the school of their child’s absence.  There is an expectation that parents/carers support their child with daily home learning whenever possible during their absence.

The school’s blended learning policy acknowledges the Department of Education’s expectation that we

  • use a curriculum sequence that allows access to high-quality online and offline resources and teaching videos and that is linked to the school’s curriculum expectations
  • give access to high quality remote education resources
  • select the online tools that will be consistently used across the school in order to allow interaction, assessment and feedback and make sure staff are trained in their use
  • provide printed resources, such as textbooks and workbooks, for pupils who do not have suitable online access
  • recognise that younger pupils and some pupils with SEND may not be able to access remote education without adult support and so should work with families to deliver a broad and ambitious curriculum

The school’s remote learning provision

  • sets assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects
  • teaches a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject
  • provides frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher in the school or through high-quality curriculum resources or videos
  • gauges how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum, using questions and other suitable tasks and set a clear expectation on how regularly teachers will check work
  • enables teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding
  • plans a programme that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, ideally including daily contact with teachers

The school considers these expectations in relation to the pupils’ age, stage of development or special educational needs.

Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception)

EYFS children’s provision can be accessed through the school website.  Each child has a unique log in which is recorded on the Home Learning letter which has been sent home. 

Phonics

Links will be given to the DFE’s phonics resources on the ‘Letters And Sounds For Home And School’ channel on Youtube.

Each session is a 25-minute phonics lesson based on the phase at which the child is working in school. Sessions will reflect the phonemes taught in school where possible.

Power Points and some YouTube Videos focusing on the Phase 2 phonemes a child would have been learning in school will also be given on the school website.

Parents/carers can also access our Alphabet Aerobics on the Reception page of the website under ‘phonics’ along with other phonics games.  Children will be familiar with the actions as they have daily practice in school.

 

Spellings

A list of high frequency words and tricky words can be found on the home learning page and parents/carers are encouraged to support their child in learning to read these. There are also words in the back each child’s reading diary to learn to read and spell.

 

Reading

Each child will have two colour coded books and a phonics book at home.  The school has subscribed to the Oxford Owl website where additional reading books can be found for each phonics phase and book band colour. Links to a digital book to read will be placed on the school website each week.  Parents/carers are also directed towards the Teach Your Monster to Read app.

 

Literacy

Writing activities will be set on the website each week; these will be similar to the activities being completed in school. Parents/carers are asked to support their child by asking them to sound words out and then write down only the sounds they can hear.  Children also have alphabet mats to support this.  Links to the school’s online handwriting sessions will be shared via the school website

 

Maths

A weekly maths activity, similar to the activity being completed in school, will be set on the school website. In addition to this parents/carers are asked to continue to work on recognising and ordering numbers to 20, say the number one more/one less than a given number, work on number formation and simple addition and subtraction number sentences. Each child has an individual login for Numbots which should be used at home to support the learning of number facts.

 

Topic

Information and a topic task will be uploaded onto the website each week. 

Key Stage 1 (Infants)

KS1 children’s provision can be accessed through the school website.  Each child has a unique log in which is recorded in their reading diary. 

Phonics

Links will be given to the DFE’s phonics resources on the Letters And Sounds For Home And School channel on Youtube.  Each session is a 25 minute phonics lesson based in the phase at which the child is working in school.  Sessions will reflect the sounds taught in school that week where possible.

Reading

Parents/carers will be given a link via the school website to a phonics book on the Oxford Owls website. This phonics book is to be used for a week and reflects the sounds being taught in that phase in school.  Parents/carers will also have access to prompt cards to guide them in discussing the book with their child.  New books will be assigned each week.  Parents/carers can also use the site to access book band reading books to read with their child and books for reading for pleasure. Year 2 parents will also be provided with the Pathways To Read text and key activities based on this which reflect the week’s guided reading activities in class.

All children will also have a reading book at home at any point; this will be determined by their reading level.  They will also have a reading for pleasure book to share with adults at home.

Writing

Links to the school’s online handwriting sessions will be shared via the school website.  Years 1 and 2 will also share texts, daily writing input and tasks based on the Pathways To Write unit used in school and reflecting the Mastery Keys being taught in school that week.

Maths

Each child has a unique log in for MyMaths and parents/carers will be directed here or to an Oak Academy lesson which reflects the objectives covered in school that week. Children also have log ins for TT Rockstars and Numbots which they are taught to use in school  and should be used at home to support the learning of number facts and times tables (dependent on age and ability of the child).

Science

When a science block is being taught in school, lessons reflecting the key objectives taught will be set on the school website.  These may take the form of links to videos and websites, power points and written instruction.

Topic

When the topic block is being taught in school, lessons reflecting the key objectives taught will be set on the school website.  These may take the form of links to videos and websites, power points and written instruction.

Key Stage 2 (Juniors)

KS2 children’s provision can be accessed through the Century website.  Each child has a unique log in which is recorded in their reading diary. 

Phonics

Where a child is in a phonics group in school, links will be given to the Department for Education’s phonics resources on the Letters And Sounds For Home And School channel on Youtube.  Each session is a 25 minute phonics lesson based in the phase at which the child is working in school.  Sessions will reflect the sounds taught in school that week where possible.

 

Reading

Where a child is in a phonics group in school, a link will be given via the Century website to a phonics book on the Oxford Owls website. This phonics book is to be used for a week and reflects the sounds being taught in that phase in school.  Parents/carers will also have access to prompt cards to guide them in discussing the book with their child.  New books will be assigned each week.

Most children will be provided with the Pathways To Read text and key activities based on this which reflect the week’s guided reading activities in class.  These will be provided on the Century platform.  All KS2 children will have at least two reading books at home at any point; these will be determined by their reading level. Where a child is not a free-reader, one of their books will be a reading for pleasure book to share with an adult at home.

Writing

Links to the school’s online handwriting sessions will be shared via the school website.  All years will also share texts, daily writing input and tasks based on the Pathways To Write unit used in school and reflecting the Mastery Keys being taught in school that week.

Maths

Most children have a unique log in for Century and will use this platform to access daily lessons which reflect the objectives covered in school that week. Children have been taught how to use this in class.  Children also have log ins for TT Rockstars and which should be used at home to support the learning of times tables.

Science

Weekly science lessons reflecting the key objectives taught will be set on the Century platform. 

Topic

Weekly lessons reflecting the key objectives taught will be set on Century.  These may take the form of links to videos and websites, power points and written instruction.

Access difficulties

A minority of children are unable to access remote learning online due to lack of hardware.  Where these children have access to the internet, the school will endeavour to loan school laptops to facilitate home learning.  Two households known to school have no internet access and these children will receive paper packs of work.

Children with additional needs

Online provision is inappropriate for a minority of children with additional needs.  These children will receive paper packs of work. 

Feedback and teacher well-being

Much of the school’s home-learning provision is automatically marked on-line (KS1 MyMaths, KS2 maths, science and SPAG).  As teachers will be setting home-learning as well as carrying out their usual role of planning, teaching and marking in school, they will not be feeding back on home-learning during the child’s absence. A member of the year groups staff will be monitoring the year group email to assist with any queries. On a child’s return to school, a member of staff will spend time with them to recap and asses the learning they have done at home.

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Contact Details

Charles Darwin Community Primary School

Darwin Street
Castle, Northwich
Cheshire
CW8 1BN

Main Contact: Mr Adam Croft (Headteacher)

Tel: 01606 75194
Fax: 01606 784143
admin@charlesdarwin.cheshire.sch.uk

SEND Contact: Miss Joanne Tilley

jtilley@charlesdarwin.cheshire.sch.uk
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