Learning at Home

Home learning will be delivered via Google Classroom.

WHAT IS GOOGLE CLASSROOM?

Google Classroom is a secure online educational resource resource that can be accessed from any device connected to the internet – laptops, desktop computers, chromebooks, tablets or mobile phones.

Accessing Google Classroom

Pupils can access Google Classroom using the mobile apps (Android and iOS), or via a web browser by visiting www.classroom.google.com. They should sign in using their St Augustine’s  email address or user name that they have been given by their teacher.

Once pupils have logged in, they will see the class overview page. From here they can see all of the classes they are registered with and a summary of any work due.

Class Teachers will set weekly homework using Google Classroom. Google Classroom is also used to send announcements to entire classes, share resources, lesson notes, PowerPoints, diagrams, and home learning.

Keeping Safe

Keeping children safe continues to be our top priority. All school staff have a continuing responsibility to promote the welfare of the children we teach. Therefore, our home learning expectations follow the same principles set out in our Safeguarding, Online Safety and Behaviour policies.

We educate children and parents about the benefits and risks of using new technology and provides safeguards and awareness for users to enable them to control their online experiences. When accessing remote learning, children’s  screen time will inevitably be increased, both for home learning and personal use. The school is committed to keeping children safe online and to ensuring positive online interaction between teachers, parents and children. In line with this, some work is also set which is not computer-based, to allow pupils learning time away from screens.

Children will be taught:

  • Appropriate online behaviour
  • How to evaluate what they see online
  • How to identify online risks
  • How to recognise techniques used for persuasion
  • How and when to seek support

Online Safety

At School

As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the internet and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world.

As part of the curriculum, we teach children how to stay safe online through E-safety based lessons- where children can discuss how to stay safe online. We also encourage children to promote E-safety through displays and engaging in Safer Internet Day every year.

At Home

As a parent you’ll know how important the internet is to children – they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves.  It’s a highly creative place of amazing opportunities.  But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online – such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.

You can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.  Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com

Use this poster to help support you and your child stay safe only-

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Here are some other educational resources

FREE online education resources

Spark
www.sparkteesvalley.com
Daily content to be added FREE

 

BBC Learning

 

Blockly
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

 

Scratch
Creative computer programming

 

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

 

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

 

Duolingo
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

 

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

 

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of educational videos

 

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

 

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.

 

Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors

 

Tinkercad
All kinds of making.

 

Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

 

British Council
Resources for English language learning

 

Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age

 

Geography Games
Geography gaming!

 

Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

 

The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities

 

Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

 

The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

 

Toy Theater
Educational online games

 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk

Twinkl is the ‘go to’ for teachers. They have kindly opened the doors to all for the duration of school closure and have given a code ‘UKTWINKLHELPS’ to access everything free for a month in the event of school closure.

 

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

This website is usually a subscription based website and is a firm favourite with year one. They have a huge range of fun phonics games for all levels in the Early years and KS1

 

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk

A great website from the makers of the Biff and Chip books. There are some simple maths games and access to a huge range of ORT books. Very useful.

 

www.topmarks.co.uk

This is the best website I have found. It has a search facility to find activities or support for everything from understanding the need for sand and water play to tips on helping your child read. The section on learning numbers through play is particularly good. You can also use the search facility for links to other educational websites.

 

www.ictgames.co.uk

Probably the best website on the net for literacy and numeracy. A firm favourite with the children in year one. This website also has games and activities suitable for reception through to year 2.

 

www.mathszone.co.uk

This website has a lot of maths games covering many different areas of the subject

from simple addition and subtraction through to reflection and rotational symmetry

and many activities suitable for your older child.

 

http://www.familymathstoolkit.org.uk/activities-for-children

Advice and activities on how to help your child with maths at home. Some lovely activities which mean the children might not even realise they are practicing their maths skills!

 

http://www.ixl.com

This is an American with some fantastic maths games and activities grouped into topics. This is a wonderful site to help with difficulties in specific areas of mathematical understanding.

 

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk

This is a wonderful primary school website which has games and information on a range of subjects.

 

www.ictgames.com

This is a fantastic website with some simple literacy activities. The games

will need your support to set up and talk through.

 

www.crickweb.co.uk

This website has links to games and activities from Nursery right through to the

end of key stage two. There are some really simple literacy and numeracy games

which your children will really enjoy.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/

A collection of resources to support learning in all areas of the curriculum.

 

www.getepic.com

Kids books and movies

This is a great website and app with lots of books. Whilst it is a subscription app you get the first month free. I would recommend using for the free month and then making your own decision.

 

www.wowscience.co.uk

Quite a few ideas for free activities which the children could access at home. Use the ‘Activities’ section to find the best activities for home learning.

 

https://bpes.bp.com/resources/list

BP provides some nice introductory videos for Science, Geography and Design Technology

 

 

Less educational – more fun!

 

www.funbrain.com

A website with stories to read and games to play. You can browse by age level

 

www.activityvillage.co.uk

A website with activities galore colouring in pages, origami, recipe ideas and doodle books. This website will give you thousands of ideas to keep the children busy. Sadly many of the printable resources are now part of the members only section.

 

http://mrspancake.com

A collection of delightful activities it even has some step by step instructions for fantastic origami modals including a brilliant section on paper planes.

 

https://www.kiddle.co

Kiddle is a child friendly search engine by google. A great place to find out about particular topics whilst staying safe online.

 

www.natgeokids.com

National Geographic for kids has some stunning images and interactive games and colouring books.  A lovely site for children to learn more about animals, wildlife and the world around them.

 

www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

Fun facts and games about space.

 

www.code.org

There are courses and games for learning how to code on this great website. All courses are free of charge and have a really good range of levels.

 

 

Ideas for physical exercise at home

 

https://www.cosmickids.com

Fantastic fun yoga stories for children. Will keep them entertained when they need down time!

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/supermovers

We have had SUCH FUN with the super movers this term the children love dancing and hardly notice that they are learning at the same time. I challenge to to complete the ‘Position and Direction with the Hip Hop Granny’!

 

www.gonoodle.com

Music and mindfulness for children. It’s an American website with lots of fabulous dance routines and guided mindfulness sessions. The chicken dance is a particular favourite in Year One!

 

Apps

 

Teach your monster to read

A fantastic app which the children really love. It has a mixture of phonics and whole word games aimed at supporting reading.

 

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/jungle-time-learn-how-to-tell/id366422129?mt=8

Jungle Time. A great app to help your child with telling the time.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/forest-phonics/id581746397?mt=8

A wonderful app to support phonics and word building skills. Fantastic.

 

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/abc-pocketphonics-letter-sounds/id299342927?mt=8

abc pocket phonics

This is a wonderful app based on Letters and Sounds, the phonics teaching programme used throughout many UK schools. I can’t praise this enough.

 

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/times-tables-squeebles-multiplication/id366347095?mt=8

squeebles multiplication. A great app to help with multiplication.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/motion-math-zoom/id451793073?mt=8

and

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/motion-math-hungry-fish/id483049169?mt=8

These aim to improve your child’s understanding of place value and number bonds. Both are really good games and are suitable for your older children too. The developer ‘motion maths’ have made a number of apps for older mathematicians too.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sing-your-times-tables-percy/id394677739?mt=8

Percy Parker is a wonderful times tables app for the end of year one onwards. It teaches them their times tables in a really enjoyable way – but the songs will stay in your head!

 

Bee-Bot

You might have heard your children talk about the Bee-Bot at school – it’s often used in our classrooms to teach children about control programming and directions in maths. This lovely app version is good fun and free!

 

Reading Raven

An engaging app that teaches children phonics with a step-by step programme, one lesson at a time. We love the clear letter sounds as you click on each letter. It’s also engaging with fab illustrations to hold a child’s interest as they learn.

£2.99

 

Meteor Math

An ‘explosive’ maths challenge with an arcade game feel – find two numbers to make the answer shown on the planet and watch as they explode! The game gets faster as you go up through the levels and it becomes exciting and challenges children to solve the sums more quickly. A great way of improving speed of mental maths.

 

twinkl phonics

A wonderful app aimed at improving phonics. This app covers all phases of letters and sounds.

 

Internet Safety

Always remember to monitor your children when using the internet. Whilst these links are all checked there are some websites which aren’t as lovely.