Coronavirus Enforced School Closure
As you are aware all schools closed on Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice. As a school we are committed to continuing to provide an education for your child during this time.
At the beginning of each week , your child's class teacher will upload a weekly grid of activities. There will be activities assigned each day for you to complete alongside your child. All work can be uploaded onto your child's portfolio on Class Dojo, teachers will be on hand between the hours of 9am-3pm to answer any queries that you may have. At the end of each day, your child's teacher will award Dojo points to the children who have uploaded work.
Below are the weekly grids that have been uploaded via Class Dojo. We have also made a list of other useful resources that we think you might like to access.
We thank you for your co-operation and continued support during this time.
Online safety during Covid-19
During School closure with the exception of the children of Critical workers and Vulnerable children, most of the children’s home learning involves use of technology to help them learn remotely. As is it important that you as a parent or carer keep your child/children safe and happy online, some links to useful information in how to remain safe online are listed below:
Class Grids and Resources
Please see the weekly grids and resources for Nursery
Please see the weekly grids and resources for Red and Green
Please see the weekly grids and resources for Yellow and Orange
Please see the weekly grids and resources for Blue and Purple
Health and Well Being Support
Below are some links to support mental health and well being.
Social story explaining coronavirus
Public Health England - Looking after your feelings and body
MIND – advice about well-being during the pandemic
Essex advice on supporting children with SEND at home
Essex advice on well-being and mental health
Council for disabled children advice
Action for happiness coping calendar
Place2be improving children’s mental health well-being activities for families
Below are some links to help you keep active and healthy as a whole family! Why not take a picture and share this on your portfolio via Class Dojo. Ready, steady, get fit!
Joe Wicks Kids Workouts- Youtube
Joe will upload kids workouts each day at 9am on his Youtube channel, The Body Coach TV. These are short videos that can be done in your home, very little space needed!
Dance based workouts for all the family!
Movement activities that are also linked to curriculum areas.
Cosmic Kids Yoga- Youtube
Join Jamie and her wonderful themed Yoga sessions to help your child stretch and relax!
Dance lessons with Oti Mabuse. Learn a new dance routine with Oti Mabuse and her partner Marius Lepure. This is live every day at 11:30 but you can view the class at any time.
5 A Day
Online 5 minute exercise and chill out routines for children.
Below are a list of links to help support your child's Maths skills at home.
Counting Songs- get up, get moving and sing along!
Number bonds to 10
Counting in 2’s
Counting in 5’s
Counting in 10’s
Counting to 100
As a school we use Active Maths lessons to engage our pupils to apply their Maths skills and knowledge in a variety of ways. During the school closure period, parents can access teach active for free. Follow the link below;
Maths with Carol Vorderman
This is usually a paid for resource but it has been made free while schools are closed. You may have to set an account up for this.
Click on ‘Resources’ at the top of the page and then select ‘Most popular Free Maths Games’ and you will find lots of great maths games and activities covering various maths topics. It is particularly good for times tables practise and mental maths.
General Maths Websites
Below are some links to websites to help support your child's reading at home. Reading to your child every day is a great way for them to develop a love of stories and understand how stories are structured.
Read, Write Inc. Phonics
As you know as a school we follow the Read, Write, Inc. Phonics approach to teaching early reading. During the school closure period RWI are provided free lesson each day. Please contact your class teacher to see which set your child needs to access;
This is used regularly in school and has now been updated so that it can be accessed on tablets and mobile devices. Take advantage of the free access during the school closure period. See pass word below.
This is a website that has an ebook library. If your child has finished reading their book and needs some new material, have a search through this library! Why not use the record function on Class Dojo to record your child reading!
The Literacy Shed
A website that has a collection of short videos and images with questions answer or ideas for follow on activities.
This is an American website but has lots of fun games for children from letters to numbers.
Spelling Support - Sir Link A Lot
The children have access to this site in school. Sir Link A Lot helps the children to make links to remember how to spell a range of words. The app is free for all children during the school closure period.
A great fun resource for practising all the words on the National Curriculum spelling lists. Just click on your year group and that will take you to all the appropriate spelling lists for your age, with games to choose at the bottom of the page.
A wonderful literacy website which has daily inspiration for writing creatively and improving literacy skills. It has wonderful images each day to spark ideas and then scroll down underneath the picture for excellent oral and written activities such as creative writing story starters, reading comprehension questions, grammar, punctuation, spellings and more.
Elevenses with David Walliams. Every day, for thirty days, David Walliams is releasing a section from his book The World’s Worst Children. Alternative link here to listen via sound cloud. Also available on his website are a range of activities that you can complete based on his books.
Stay at home storytime with Oliver Jeffers. Oliver Jeffers reads his stories online and these are available through his website at any time.
For the Love of Books
A local teacher from Dunmow has created a wonderful daily page on Facebook called ‘For the Love of Books’. She reads a different story every day (sometimes using puppets) and suggests activities related to the stories (particularly suitable for younger children). Every day she is accompanied by her faithful friend Nelson the dog!
Vooks is a site full of beautifully animated story books. It’s an American site and they are offering access for a year free for teachers and home educators. Hopefully this will include parents too if you fill in the online form.
The National Literacy Trust has set up the ‘Family Zone’ free resources to support parents and families during school closures and have useful advice for all age groups.
Beginning Monday 20 April, BBC Bitesize will publish daily online lessons for all ages. They will also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer.
Another fabulous resource is https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
Join the pod for some activities, movies and games to help you learn all about energy, biodiversity, climate science and much more.
This website answers a range of interesting Science questions for children, such as how old is the Earth or how are rainbows made? A good website to develop the inquiring mind!
Enjoy a Live wildlife Q&A with Steve Backshall. He will answer your questions about the natural world. You can post your questions in advance. This happens every Wednesday at 9:30am but you can view videos at any time.
Do you know?
Science and nature with Maddie Moate (The Cbeebies presenter of Do you know?) Maddie and Greg chat and play games – the first seven episodes were about the human body. The episodes are live each weekday at 11am but you can view the videos at any time.
Daily visits are available every day at 10 am.
Watch a selection of videos to help you conduct science experiments at home using items from your kitchen cupboards.
A series of interactive games that set your child engineering problems from designing a rollercoaster, to discovering which energy is used to effectively power a farm. These are available anytime.
Design activities for Lego lovers
Free Lego challenge a 30 day calendar with a Lego challenge for each day.
Get kids cooking with Jamie Oliver. He shares recipes and advice on how to cook with children. These are available anytime through this website.
Below are some further links for you to explore:
Music lessons with Myleene Klass who will teach your child about the technical aspects of music while encouraging them to have a go with homemade instruments. This is available Mondays and Fridays at 10am. A lullaby session is also available on Wednesday evenings
free djay app by Algoriddim
Djay guides users through every stage of mixing, teaching them the basics of decks and loops before giving you the freedom to mix and remix their library of music. All you need is a phone or tablet.
Draw cartoons with Steve Harpster (an American illustrator from Harptoons Publishing) Everyday at 6pm.
#DrawingwithSarah. McIntyre, Author of GrumpyCorn. These are released Mondays and Fridays around 10am. The videos can be accessed at any time.
Doodles to drawings
Lunchtime Doodles with Mo Willems ( a children’s book illustrator) Mo transforms his doodles into pictures.
Daily Craft club by Hobbycraft (via facebook) These sessions take place daily at 11am.
Code Break program by code.org
A free weekly webcast where the code.org team teach coding and computer science to children and adults. They are also setting weekly challenges for beginners, experienced coders and even students without computers! The sessions take place on Wednesdays at 5pm via a zoom link sent through email. Sign up to receive each week’s Code Break via email here.
Coding games on Scratch
A whole set of coding games for you to explore for free (although you may need to sign up to the website)
A computing website that is offering free resources for pupils during the school closure period. These activities explore computational thinking- without always needing to use a computer.
School have send out links to the following learning platforms:
Please log in using the following login details:
Username is Student11948
Password is kings1
Please log in using your child's unique username and password. If you need access to your child's log in details, then please contact your child's class teacher via Class Dojo.
Take a virtual tour around some of the words most famous museums and exhibitions with google Virtual tours.
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures. Twinkl is packed with lots of great cross curricular resources and during the school closures period they have given out a free access code: PARENTSTWINKLHELPS which can be used at www.twinkl.co.uk/offerwww.scholastic.co.uk In response to the school closures, Scholastic Resource Bank have put together a range of free home learning packs.
Click on ‘Resource Bank’ at the top of the page or type in ‘home learning packs’ into the search bar at the top of the page.
Below are a list of websites that are offering support across the curriculum during the school closure period.