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29/05/20

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UK Prime Minister

From Monday, groups of up to 6 people can meet outdoors in England. You must follow strict social distancing guidelines. ➡️ https://t.co/zzn1gaII7p https://t.co/v28yHJwRL8

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29/05/20

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Dept for Transport

If your child is going back to school on 1 June, walk or cycle with them to and from school if possible. Find out more 👉 https://t.co/GDy7xiumWX https://t.co/fgoMdZNlaR

28/05/20

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Dee Conlon

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28/05/20

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

If you are feeling anxious, lonely, worried, overwhelmed or in need of support, don't go through it alone. Text 'Heads Up' to 85258 to be connected with a trained Crisis Volunteer for free, confidential, 24/7 support 👇 https://t.co/LI5ZLmFakU

28/05/20

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

We would like to thank everyone that contributed to the ‘Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health’ documentary. There is no better time to talk about your mental health, than right now. That first conversation can open so many doors.

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28/05/20

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Forest Hall School

Since late March we have had the wonderful staff and children from based at FHS. It’s been such a pleasure. We are going to miss them when they return to their school building next week. We’ll have to keep visiting! https://t.co/9ibKrydl81

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28/05/20

Our key worker children designed Dandelion Puff thank you cards for the cooks . They also used their hand prints to create a Thank You poster for the whole of FHS staff who have been https://t.co/xD9OyzwIwb

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27/05/20

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Forest Hall School

Extremely happy to have been awarded this for our exceptional safeguarding initiative during Covid-19. https://t.co/GXzM44jm7Q

27/05/20

We second that. Definitely two in a million! https://t.co/xBNW9Fxd7m

26/05/20

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J.K. Rowling

I have a small announcement, but before I get started, I want to head off one possible source of confusion. ******************************************** THIS IS NOT A HARRY POTTER SPIN-OFF ******************************************** 1/13

24/05/20

Eid Mubarak to our families and staff who are celebrating.

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23/05/20

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MissG

For those that need it x https://t.co/xDpCG2fGsS

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23/05/20

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Mrs Darlington

Outdoor art ideas number 4 - Take One Leaf. There are so many creative opportunities that come from a single leaf, here are just a few! https://t.co/39qFvZTJea

23/05/20

That’s very good news. We look forward to returning with stories and poetry when he is better. https://t.co/SpLdGQwTZu

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22/05/20

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LAURA PANAYIOTOU

Nature inspired Rainbow Fish https://t.co/JgXoul0dvC

22/05/20

This is beautiful. Well done Reuben.

22/05/20

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Tes

The scientific evidence underpinning the government's decision to reopen schools to more pupils from 1 June will be published today, the prime minister's office has confirmed https://t.co/BdNmqoWR0w

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22/05/20

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Nip in the Bud Film

Children with are not ill and they are capable of feeling emotion and empathy as any children do. Some children with Autism are so socially aware that they are masters of hiding their challenges from others. https://t.co/KqMPg6R4eT https://t.co/gfaz3v1EBK

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21/05/20

Art work created by our key worker children today, using twigs they have been collecting since the provision began Seeing the acronym of the school name like this is a symbol of the strength of our school community. https://t.co/5C6WnlYkMX

21/05/20

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Forest Hall School

Please be aware that our phone and internet provider is having issues today. We have no phone line and internet access. If you have an emergency, please email Ms Jones - jonesh1.org.uk

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Home Learning

Teachers have prepared tasks and activities for children to consolidate their learning. The work packs we sent home can also be accessed by clicking on Work Packs in the menu on the left hand side of this page.  They do not include any new learning because this would require teaching.
 
After Easter, teachers will consider how best to communicate new learning. Teachers have begun to use Class Dojo to set learning for pupils in a more personalised way now that there is an extended school closure. 
 

What is a typical school day?

One parent has asked for an example of a typical school day so their child can continue with some kind of normality and routine. Whilst you cannot and do not need to emulate a school day while your child is at home, here is some guidance of the school routine they are familiar with. 
 
Pupils start the day at 8:45 and spend the first thirty minutes self-registering what they want for lunch, completing a morning task e.g., a maths task, spelling or handwriting, and teachers use this time to run intervention sessions with small groups or individual pupils based on their assessments of the previous day.
Pupils in Reception and Year 1 and some pupils in Year 2 are then taught reading in phonics groups (Read, Write, Inc.) from 9:15 until 10:10. The majority of pupils in Year 2 and all pupils in Year 3 usually have their English lesson at 9:15.
At 10:15 pupils in Years 1 to 3 have assembly. Reception don't start joining routine assemblies until after Easter.  Assemblies vary depending on the day. On Mondays, there are whole school assemblies about one of the three rules, on Tuesdays pupils have class assemblies where they usually discuss current affairs or they have an assembly in the hall led by one of the two Reverends from St John's Church. On Wednesdays the 1215 Committee go to classes to lead assemblies, on Thursdays pupils have story assembly either in class or in the hall, and on Fridays, we have our celebration assembly, highlighting all the achievements of pupils throughout the week. 
Pupils in Years 1-3 then have playtime from 10:35 until 10:55, including a fruit/milk break. Reception have their fruit and milk at any point during the morning. Reception start going out to play with the rest of the school from after Easter. 
At 10:55 until lunchtime (11:45 for Reception and 12:00 for the other classes), classes usually have their daily maths lesson.
Lunchtime ends at 12:45 for Reception and at 1:00 for the other classes. In the afternoon there could be one lesson of 1.5 hours or two shorter lessons e.g., of 45 minutes each. These are typically science, music, art, history, geography, PSHE, PE, Spanish, RE, DT, Computing lessons.
At 2:30 classes stop for a class story. This is a protected time in the timetable. 
Depending on the age of the children, they start getting their things ready for the end of the day between 2:50 and 2:55.
 
If children are well, beyond the work packs, they should read as much as they can and those looking after them should read to them, again as much as possible because the benefits are priceless. There are also online storytime sessions, including the following:
 

Astronauts reading stories from space.

https://storytimefromspace.com/library/

The author Oliver Jeffers will read one of his stories and talk about some of the things that went into making it; it will be added to his website.

https://www.oliverjeffers.com/

 


 

As well as the work packs:

 
Twinkl.co.uk have kindly produced free  home learning packs for children in self-isolation or in the event of a school closure. These can be accessed here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search?term=school+closure Go to the website and then click on the appropriate year group. 
Twinkl have also offered every teacher and parent a one month ultimate membership totally free of charge so children can have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption. Setting this up is easy-  go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS.
We use White Rose Maths Hub for our maths curriculum. They have announced that they will set up resources for teachers to set work for pupils who are not able to go to school, from next week. Here is the website: https://whiterosemaths.com/
Pupils in Years 1-3 have access to Purple Mash where teachers set To Do tasks linked to pupils' learning.
Pupils in Years 2 and 3 also have access to Times Tables Rock Stars online.
Phonics Play is another website that has announced that all of their games and resources are currently free. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ It will be great for home learning for pupils in Reception and Year 1 in particular, because the children always love the games and they would be practising reading real and alien words. 

Kids Classroom Secrets have also announced free access to their online learning activities: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/home-online-learning/

Carol Vorderman's website, The Maths Factor is giving parents free access while schools are closed (usually £2 per week): https://www.themathsfactor.com/


 

Here are some other free websites with activities you may want to consider for your child(ren):

www.khanacademy.org/

www.freerice.com/

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

www.topmarks.co.uk

www.storylineonline.net/

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories

www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/

www.learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/games 

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

www.hourofcode.com/uk

https://www.teachingpacks.co.uk/50-youtube-channels-for-home-learning/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Free+Resources+for+Home+Learning%21&utm_campaign=AC50YoutubeChannels

 


PICTURE NEWS

Picture News is an organisation which creates weekly projects for children. They have kindly offered to do this for free during the period of school closure for most children. They produce projects for EYFS (we would include Reception and Year 1) and older children. The resources have the date in their title so it is clear which resources are part of the same project. We hope parents find them useful to work through with their children. Please click on the relevant bars on the menu on the left hand side of this page. 


 

Clicker 8
As a school we have five licences for a computer software programme called Clicker. Crick Software who make Clicker have offered free home access to all our parents and teachers for the next six weeks, in order to help with home learning during this difficult period.  They have offered to extend the free access if required. Go to www.cricksoft.com/home-installation for all the information you need to get started, including installation instructions and helpful hints for getting the most out of the software.  Clicker 8 is compatible with Windows/Mac machines (full system requirements can be found here). I have just tried installing it myself and it works perfectly. When you are asked for the serial number, enter the following in the four cells: 8G3EM     PMLXH      4QXVC      5VB4W. Once you have installed Clicker 8 spend some time viewing the tutorials. It is a very useful programme for all year groups but particularly for Reception to Year 2 pupils and any pupils in Year 3 who may struggle with reading and writing. I will also add this information to the Home Learning page on our website. 
 
If you have any issues installing Clicker 8, the following could be helpful:
 

Clicker 8 (Windows/Mac)
Guide to installing Clicker 8
Clicker 8 – hints and tips for getting started

Clicker Writer (iPad/Chromebook)
Guide to installing Clicker Writer on an iPad
Guide to installing Clicker Writer on a Chromebook
Clicker Writer – hints and tips for getting started

 

Due to the spread of COVID-19, many children’s routines have changed and anxieties for some are running high. To help children work through their feelings, we have published some new reading and writing Clicker Sets on LearningGrids.

The new resources include a When I Feel Worried series, with a Clicker Book, Sentence Set and Clicker Board, to help younger children to think about things they can do to feel better when they are worried.

There is also a When My Routine Changes Connect Set and a How Do You Feel Word Bank for more independent writers to express their feelings.

 

You can access these and many other resources that help children to explore their emotions and feelings via the LearningGrids area in Clicker.


With the 75th anniversary of VE Day coming up next week, we’ve published some new Clicker resources to help inform and inspire your children.

A family of sets based on the stimulus VE Day – Read a Book focusses on why and how people celebrated on VE day in 1945. The supporting Word Bank, Sentence and Connect Sets enable children with varying abilities to write about the topic, giving evidence of their factual recall and understanding of life in 1945.

Awareness and empathy are crucial skills for children to develop. The Clicker Board VE Day uses an image of a VE Day street party to encourage children to discuss what happened on VE Day, how the people felt and why, and how 1945 differed or was the same as the year they live in now.

You may also be interested to hear about our brand-new addition to the Find Out & Write About series on LearningGrids – Life in the Second World War! Children can read and write about what life was like in Britain for children, families, men and women, and how their lives were affected by experiences like evacuation, the Blitz and rationing.

For all these resources and more, search for ‘VE Day’ or ‘Second World War’ in LearningGrids (just select ‘LearningGrids’ in your Clicker Explorer menu).

 

The Essex Primary Headteachers' Association have created a website with links to resources for home learning for those children and adults socially isolating: 

https://essexprimaryheads.co.uk/story/2000165/links-to-online-resources-and-activities-for-children-and-adults-

 

Keeping a Diary

It may be cathartic if children kept a diary during the school closure. Writing something down is in itself, one way of dealing with a stressful, worrying situation. Who knows, your child's diary may be a historical source one day!

 

Oak National Academy

The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people. Access the lessons here: https://www.thenational.academy/

 

BBC Bitesize

The BBC has today launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents. Access the resources here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize.

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