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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: email@example.com) 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.
If you don't know your email address or password, ask the class teacher.
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
"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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BookTrust are offering lots of lovely interactive books to read online or watch with signing.
Prodigy offers logins to parents to help their children's learning at home.
An online classroom and resource hub.
A variety of high-quality videos and lessons plans available to use.
There to help with homework, revision and learning.
Find free videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes by level and subject.
Daily lessons for primary and secondary home schooling covering English, Maths, Science and more.
Helping every child with Maths.
Free teaching resources for effective Maths learning.
Watch to find out what how to keep your child's phonics learning on track.
Listen to some of the world’s best poems read out aloud.
If you are feeling brave, read/recite alongside the reader.
Children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 can put their phonics knowledge to the test with fun games and activities.
A new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided.
Free online projects for young people to learn coding and develop their digital skills.
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
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
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:
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
Explore simple activities, play ideas and find out about your child's amazing early development.
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