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- Find out about our Home Learning Offer at Tiptree Heath Primary School - January 2021
- What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges - document from the DfE
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Please see message below from Mike Gogarty, Director of Public Health, on the importance of parents maintaining social distancing:
Education settings have been able to return to full-time opening for all students this term, due in large to a reduction in COVID-19 cases in the community. This reduction is thanks to the sacrifices every member of the community made earlier this year, by staying at home, not seeing friends and relatives in person, and maintaining social distancing measures. However, as restrictions have been eased and schools and colleges are now returning full time, we must all remain alert.
Schools and colleges have measures in place for pupils attending in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. They are asking pupils to wash their hands more regularly, restricting time spent in communal areas and, importantly, keeping pupils in class or year group-sized bubbles. This limits the number of people each pupil and staff member comes into contact with in their setting.
When travelling to and from settings, we know groups of pupils and parents must arrive at the same time. Schools have put measures in place to aid the safe entry and exit of pupils. These may include queueing systems, one way systems or monitors to oversee arrivals and departures. It is crucial that pupils and parents maintain a two metre distance from others at the school gate. The whole school population, whether on school grounds or off it, must remain vigilant and observe social distancing measures. It is vital we all play our part if we’re to avoid a spike in the community and the reintroduction of lockdown measures.
I thank you for your support.
Dr Mike Gogarty
Director of Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities, Essex County Council.
Educating pupils at home – Resources for Families
The below links are sites that have been set up with links to resources ideas, solutions, plans and support.
The sites can be quite overwhelming, so think carefully about what you are looking for to make it easier to search. You should be cautious about trying something wholly new.
Resources for pupils
- Learning by Questions offers 60,000 questions, allowing pupils to deepen their knowledge, freeing up what limited time teachers have…
- Me Power provides more than 100 practical tactics and tips to improve examination performance.
- KAZ-Type is a typing software that is differentiated in order to be accessible to both mainstream students and those with special educational needs.
- Gojimo.com has GCSE quizzes that relate to different specifications and are set up and ready to go.
- Socrative.com allows teachers to create simple quizzes that students can take quickly.
- Quizlet.com/live can be used to create keyword flashcards online and give out to students.
- Another great app for creating timed quizzes is Kahoot.com for added competition for keywords or ideas.
- Memrise.com is a useful app for all languages and uses videos to help learners.
- Tableau Public is a great platform to connect to a spreadsheet and create interactive visuals.
- Looking for visual thinking? Try bubbl.us, to help students better understand, remember and generate new ideas.
- Revisionbuddies.com can provide short bursts of revision for many GCSE topics and tracks progress too. It even allows the pupils to access past papers and mark schemes.
- Goconqr.com allows pupils or teachers to create mind maps and flashcards using key terms.
- Wordflex.com app uses a dictionary with a focus on key terms and a content-rich curriculum.
- Introduce creativity into your English classes – try Young Writers.
- Exam season can be stressful for pupils and mindfulness can be a way to combat this and improve grades overall. Keltymentalhealth.ca/breathr helps pupils focus and relax can be a useful tool for achieving top grades.
- Poll Everywhere is a vital tool to gain feedback; ideal for voting and gathering data online.
- Brainpop has a great set of videos, freely available for pupils.
- Choose a video, give it your magic touch and track your students’ comprehension. Try Edupuzzle.
- Make beautiful boards, documents, and webpages that are easy to read and fun to contribute to. Try Padlet.
- Seneca Learning offers many online courses for pupils.
- There are loads of online resources pupils and parents can use. Safer Internet Day is all-year-round in my opinion.
- Young Money supports teachers to develop and deliver high-quality financial education…
- Super Movers is an initiative from the BBC and Premier League and is designed to help primary school teachers inspire children to become more active throughout their school day.
- Unio creates lesson plans, content and provides feedback and evaluation tools.
- Finally, it’s been around for a while and just as good, BBC Bitesize resources and videos.
A list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators.
- BBC LearningThis site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
- FuturelearnFree to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
- See our Home learning page for more.