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Welcome to our Home Learning Zone

This is where we will set activities for you to complete at home, together with providing the necessary support and guidance you may require.  Check out our Class Pages for more activities and resources.

 

Within this zone you will see; 

 

Video Centre where you will find videos of activities and guidance on how to approach tasks.

 

Class Blog which is where we will communicate with you. You can access your class blog and post questions or comments you have about the activities you are completing.

 

In order to access the blog and start to communicate with your teacher you will require your blogging username and password which your teacher will provide.

 

Class Blogs (under construction)
Video Centre

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Remote Education Provision During Whole School Closure:

Information for Parents & Carers

 

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils, parents and carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

 

The remote curriculum: What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

  • A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.
  • Children will have immediate access to teaching and learning activities accessed through Google Classrooms, Mathletics, TT Rockstars or Tapestry.

 

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

At Seven Sisters Primary School we endeavour to provide a similar curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects.

 

In mathematics, during ‘normal’ periods of schooling we use the materials provided by White Rose Maths alongside various other resources and teaching materials. This system will not alter during remote learning. Furthermore, teachers will use the excellent instructional educational videos supplied by White Rose maths to deliver the curriculum. Other resources, including live and recorded lessons are used in addition to these videos at the discretion of the year group teams to support children’s remote learning.

 

For the wider curriculum we follow the Haringey Education Partnership (HEP)curriculum as closely as possible for Science, Geography, History and Religion but supplement it with material from other sources such as the Oak National Academy. We will use a wide range of materials, including numerous free resources being released on a weekly basis by national bodies specifically for remote learning, to teach Art, PE and PSHE as well as all other subjects. 

 

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

In KS1 there is a minimum expectation that pupils receive a range of learning activities that will take a minimum of 3 hours to complete.

In KS2 there is a minimum expectation that pupils receive a range of learning activities that will take a minimum of 4 hours to complete.

 

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing? 

Your child will need to access to the following each day:

  • Google Classroom to access curriculum learning. It is essential that they access Google Classroom as this is where the lessons, which would have been completed in school, will be posted. Children will access some live teacher sessions, teacher videos, view set work and will also be able to upload work for teaching staff to review and give feedback on.
  • Tapestry Journal (Nursery and Reception)
  • TT Rockstars website for maths times tables activities (Y3 to Y6
  • Prodigy Maths (Years 5 and 6)

This list is not exhaustive and class teachers may add new sites to stimulate children’s learning.

 

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

  • We have a limited number of devices including laptops to loan to pupils.  If we are oversubscribed, our criteria for allocation will be:
    1. Disadvantaged pupils
    2. One device per household, even where there are multiple children
    3. An additional device allocated to a household depending on numbers of primary children
    4. Priority for oldest children
  • We will assist in supporting access to internet connection.
  • If requested printed materials/packs are available for all children. You will be informed when and where packs can be collected.
  • We also have a number of Raspberry Pi computers to give to children. Please contact us to enquire about these.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

All work is posted on Google Classroom each weekday morning.

  • English – Work is delivered in a variety of ways. Some lessons are live and some are prepared activities posted in Google Classroom. Pupils are encouraged to complete their work online and upload their work to Google Classroom so that teachers can monitor the work and provide feedback.
  • In addition to this, Spelling, Grammar and reading comprehension activities are provided for pupils.
  • Phonics – Letters and Sounds is used by the school. Zoom lessons and pre-recorded sessions are also available to pupils.
  • Maths - White Rose Maths lessons and video/audio recordings made by teachers. PDFs which can either be printed or viewed. Pupils are encouraged to complete their work online and/or upload their work to Google Classroom so that teachers can monitor the work and provide feedback.
  • Foundation Subjects are a combination of video/audio recordings, PowerPoint presentations and PDFs which can either be printed or viewed online. Pupils are encouraged to complete their work online and/or upload their work to Google Classroom so that teachers can monitor the work and provide feed-back. There are links to live lessons online and learning projects and lessons provided by various charitable organisations and outside agencies.

 

Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

  • We expect all children to engage in remote learning, and we will endeavour to loan equipment to those children without access but this cannot always be guaranteed. We can also assist parents in obtaining extra wifi data at home.
  • Parents and carers will need to support children to engage with and access remote learning. This will be different dependent on age. Please see the specific year group guides for more information.
  • Children are expected to engage with learning each day. We are very mindful that every family’s situation is different and will work with individual families to support them appropriately according to their circumstances.
  • Pupils are encouraged to complete their work online and/or upload their work to Google Classroom so that teachers can monitor the work and provide feed- back.

 

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

  • Teachers check pupils’ engagement with remote education by seeing who is logging into Google Classroom, who is uploading work and who is attending zoom meetings.
  • Where there are concerns, the teacher or an appropriate member of staff will call parents to see how we can support them.

 

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

  • Feedback will be given at least weekly and wherever possible more regularly either through work being annotated on Google Classroom or verbally during Google meet ups.

 

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

  • Resource packs will be produced to support home learning that can be collected from the main office. These will be bespoke packs to meet the individual needs of pupils.
  • We will also have the pupils attend school where possible
  • Wherever possible links with other professional agencies will continue remotely e.g Speech and Language Therapy.

 

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Where an individual pupils need to self-isolate, but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school. For these pupils there will be a reliance upon the work provided by Oak National Academy. Where parents do not have access to online learning paper, packs will be provided.

 

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All home learning will now be done through Google Classroom.

Children should use their login details to access this daily and correspond with their Class Teacher.

 

How do I sign in to Google Classroom for the first time?

Important: You must have an active internet connection to sign in. 

 

1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Go to Classroom.

2. Enter the email address (it looks something like this: you@g-suite.sevensisters.haringey.sch.uk) and click Next.

3. Enter your password and click Next.

4. If there is a welcome message, review it and click Accept.

5. Then, click I’m A Student
6. Click Get Started.

That's it!

 

If you don't know your email address or password, ask the Class Teacher.

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Remote Learning Support

 

Click here to find out more and apply for an increase in mobile data to support your child's remote learning.

How to Upload a Photo to a Google Classroom Assignment

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Here are some books to help children cope with the current pandemic (suggested by Insider 2020). You may wish to purchase the books or search for an audio/video version on YouTube.

 

 

 

 

 

Children will understandably have a lot of questions about the pandemic and "Coronavirus: A book for children" can help answer them.

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the artist behind the popular series "The Gruffalo," the book breaks down many of the concepts in a way for young readers to understand them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrice Karst's bestselling "The Invisible String" helps children visualize the unbreakable connection between loved ones as a piece of string.

A favourite among teachers, social workers, and therapists, the book is meant to soothe children coping with separation anxiety and loneliness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a chaotic world, Susan Verde's "I Am Peace" — a story about a boy trying to manage racing thoughts and uncertainty about the future — can offer children a sense of calm.

The book focuses on teaching readers to live in the present and to vocalize their feelings. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the title suggests, Nikki Giovanni's beautifully illustrated
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I Am Loved" is a collection of poems that focuses on reassuring children of the most important thing they need to know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabi Garcia's "Listening to My Body" guides children through the practice of naming their feelings and the physical sensations that characterize them.

The book seeks to help children develop an emotional vocabulary to more accurately express — and understand — their emotions. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Curious George Discovers Germs," written by H. A. Rey — follows the titular monkey as he comes down with an illness and has to stay in bed and rest.

Children learn about germs and how to avoid them, as George takes a trip through his own body in a dream. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kira Willey's "Breathe Like a Bear" is a collection of 30 mindfulness exercises created to teach kids techniques for managing their bodies, breath, and emotions.

The book's quick, easy exercises can help children find calm and ease their anxiety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Camille Andros' "Charlotte the Scientist Finds a Cure," a mystery illness is hurting animals in the forest.

Charlotte, a budding bunny scientist, sets out to find a cure — showing children that no matter how small they are, they can make a difference in the world.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Home Learning Useful Links

Click on images to be taken to websites or copy and paste URL.

 

 

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/

BookTrust are offering lots of lovely interactive books to read online or watch with signing.

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.prodigygame.com/main-en/

Prodigy offers logins to parents to help their children's learning at home.

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

https://www.thenational.academy/

An online classroom and resource hub.

A variety of high-quality videos and lessons plans available to use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

There to help with homework, revision and learning. 

Find free videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes by level and subject.

 

 

 

     

 

 

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

Daily lessons for primary and secondary home schooling covering English, Maths, Science and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Helping every child with Maths. 

Free teaching resources for effective Maths learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw

Watch to find out what how to keep your child's phonics learning on track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/

Listen to some of the world’s best poems read out aloud.

If you are feeling brave, read/recite alongside the reader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 can put their phonics knowledge to the test with fun games and activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.pobble365.com/

A new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.raspberrypi.org/learn/

Free online projects for young people to learn coding and develop their digital skills.

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Alongside resources on our Class Pages here are some activities, websites and ideas to keep you and your child entertained during school closures.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

(Nursery and Reception)

 

 

Creative ideas for families:

 

1.   Music and Singing

i) Online music workshops for children aged 0 to 7 and their bigger people. Stomping In The Woods Video 1: EleMouse! By community musician, by Ruti Lachs: http://www.activemusic.ie/

ii) Uplifting sing-a-long every morning with Rebecca Deniff from Music Tots, Whitby – both live streamed and recorded for you to listen / sing-a-long to with your little ones afterwards: https://www.facebook.com/musictotswhitby/

iii) Made with Music – providing a virtual early years class every Thursday using story books, props, favourite songs and more, with musicians Kathryn and her family: https://bit.ly/39x7SAO

iv) Concerteenies with Music in the Round presenter, Polly Ives. This live music series for babies, toddlers and their grown-ups which usually takes place in various theatres in the Midlands is now freely available online: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsErPP9-JhLN8qJIjtK4AnQ

2.   Art, Design, Materials and Mixed Media

i) Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, brings their stunning Galleries Day to the world’s living rooms, online for the first time, with 300+ artists available to view, many with 360 degree views within the gallery spaces: https://www.artsy.net/feature/alserkal-art-week.

ii) A myriad of amazing resources from experienced art teacher, Sarah Crowther, with great ideas on photography, drawing, mark making, painting and art lesson ideas for your home or school: https://theartyteacher.com/art-home-learning-inspiration-for-art-teachers/

iii) Creativity for Wellbeing by arts facilitator Richard Potter – many arts activities, either easy or more challenging, to help you explore (almost) every art or craft form under the sun – perfect for creative families: https://www.creativity4wellbeing.com/easy-activities.

iv) Teacher Tom, who spoke at an Earlyarts conference a few years back, writes a super daily blog on the many creative and educational activities his children taught him when he ran his preschool. Here’s a few ideas on the subject of art: https://teachertomsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/art.

 

3.   Dance and Movement

i) Dance artist, Jo Cone, is facilitating superb weekly family dance sessions that can easily be done in the home with nothing more than a blanket and a pair of socks… or ten! Join in here: https://www.facebook.com/peekaboomoves/

ii) Sadlers Wells will be offering a programme of full-length dance performances and workshops online over the coming weeks, for you to enjoy at home: https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2020/digital-stage/ or some fabulous family workshops for you to join in with together: https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2020/take-part-family-dance-workshops/

iii) ‘We Belong’ by dance artist, Takeshi Matsumoto, is a contemporary dance film made with and for stateless children in Thailand, exploring their sense of belonging, identity and growth: https://www.sevencircles.one/we-belong

 

4.   Museums

i) Creativity at Home – one beautiful activity to do EVERY week from the Glucksman contemporary art museum in Cork, Ireland, based on their collections: http://www.glucksman.org/events.

ii) A fabulous messy-drawing activity book from The National Portrait Gallery, featuring portraits of famous thinkers and doers of our time, for embellishing with your own creations: https://www.npg.org.uk/assets/files/pdf/learning/NPG_activity_book_playful_portraits.pdf

iii) Kids in Museums have put together some of the fun digital activities that you can enjoy from home: https://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/2020/03/10-museum-activities-to-keep-children-entertained/

iv) How do you turn a series of dusty collections into the ‘most joyful museum in the world’? Find out how many top museums have redesigned their programmes, inspired by the things that most excite and engage young children: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jan/19/museum-science-lab-playground-children-fun-architects

 

5.   Story and Theatre

i) The Scottish book trust bring you the online experience of the Long Nose Puppet’s adaptation of Polly Dunbar’s beautiful book, Arthur’s Dream Boat: https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/authors-live-on-demand/polly-dunbar. Plus you can get creative with LNP’s education pack, courtesy of Z-Arts here: https://www.z-arts.org/arthurs-dream-boat-sails-right-to-your-home/.

ii) Alive & Kicking’s education packs are now freely available for all to enjoy: https://www.aliveandkickingtheatrecompany.co.uk/teachers. Passwords:

  • The Museum Of Untold Stories: moustail – Years 1 to 6
  • Gawain: greenbelt – Years 5 to 6
  • Granny’s Underground Garden: worzlum – Years 3 to 4
  • The Princess Who Couldn’t Play: Leonora – Years Reception, 1 and 2
  • A Genie Comes To School: opensesame – Years 1 to 2
  • Crowheart: briganti – Years 3 to 4

 iii) Traveling Light Theatre, in partnership with The Egg, bring you their beautiful early years performance of The Snow Mouse – a magical journey into the winter woods as a young boy and his mousey friend tumble, slide, laugh and explore the snowy wonderland together: https://vimeo.com/204511734.

iv) Treehouse Theatre specialise in interactive performances and workshops. With a love of history and great story-telling, why not enjoy their beautifully read bedtime stories, bringing famous tales alive in your imagination: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbGf_tfJZW4T3wnPCRV8NBg

v) And, for a bit of adult sanity… Enjoy four amazing live performances by outstanding actors at the National Theatre, including Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous Treasure Island, every Thursday in April. PLUS NT are also opening up their world class collection of educational performances for pupils at home:  https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home

 

Get inspired from home by BBC's Tiny Happy People

 

Click here for activities to build your child's communication skills.

Explore simple activities, play ideas and find out about your child's amazing early development.

 

Current favourite activities for you to try at home:

 

1. Make a recycled toy

Making a toy together is a fun way to be creative but also a great way to develop a child’s conversation skills.

 

2. Make your own jigsaw

Have a go at making your own puzzle by cutting up an old cereal box. Chat together about how the different pieces fit together.

 

3. Sound effects story time

Children love it when you add sound effects during story time – especially animal and monster noises!

 

4. Make paper planes together

Making paper planes can help children’s turn taking and communication skills. See who’s planes can fly the furthest.

 

5. Have a dance party!

Why not start each day with a dance together?

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