Year Group Pages
Welcome to our Year Group pages:
During our period of closure we send our thoughts and prayers to every family, to stay safe and well in the coming weeks. We are determined that learning will continue for all our children, although we are aware of the different and difficult circumstances our families will be in.
Thank you to those who completed our parent survey (sent out prior to the Easter holidays). From your responses we have been able to gauge how the learning we are providing has been received.
The vast majority of you are using and getting to grips with home learning within the constraints we have all found ourselves in. We are grateful to you (our parents) for all the energy, imagination and patience this has taken. Please remember that the amount of learning you cover and the timetable you have set up, is entirely based on what works for your family circumstances. We recommend 2 hours of learning a day (if possible).
The main outcome of the survey was the need for interaction between children and teachers. (This is echoed by The Queen’s staff too). We have therefore made the move to using Google Classroom. Please see your parent mails for instructions on how to access this platform.
If you are unable to access Google Classroom please click on the relevant year group pages for links to alternative learning options. Please note that we will be putting the main body of our learning on this new platform.
Each year group has their own Google Classroom for children to access. The learning is laid out in subject areas (similar to our website). We are very aware of the different pressures families are facing. So please note that there is no pressure to complete all the learning set, try to do what you can, when you can.
Teachers will guide you on what task they will feedback on over the week, to help you prioritise. Year groups will give:
- individual feedback on one core subject task (English or maths)
- group feedback on one other task
Google Classroom will go live on Monday 27th April and be renewed every Friday thereafter. The previous week’s learning tasks will remain in the classroom for your convenience.
Please be reassured that we want children’s screen time to be limited. Children need time in their day to write, to be creative and to be active. Therefore the learning we provide covers a range of tasks and please encourage them to use their home learning books to record their work.
At the end of this page, you will find a document detailing ‘Non screen activities you can do at home’ courtesy of https://pobble.com/
Please keep checking your emails and the website for updates as we begin this new learning journey together.
We have added a link (below) to support reading at home. Parents will need to sign in, and there are a range of books for different ages and levels of reading.
When using an online resource, please ensure that children are supervised (in the same room as an adult) and you have enacted parental controls on their device. Lots more details on how to help children be safe online can be found on our website here Keeping Your Children Safe Online.
Spirituality and Wellbeing:
During this period of uncertainty, it is important that we come together as a community and support each other. Therefore, please keep referring to this page as we upload and update it with a variety of tools to help support family mental health and offer spiritual guidance.
The Church of England Supporting Good Mental Health. A series of 13 reflections taking a topic a day, including scripture and a “Have a Go” habit or challenge.
Childline Calm Zone. A great collection of activities and tools to use with children to develop a culture of calm. https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
This site also has some useful tips, in particular the 5,4,3,2,1 grounding technique which is an effective tool for managing anxiety for any age. https://copingskillsforkids.com/blog/2016/4/27/coping-skill-spotlight-5-4-3-2-1-grounding-technique
Please look out for a parentmail detailing stories and resources, from our PSHE scheme of work ‘Jigsaw’, that you can access to help your child understand and process the current situation and this new learning environment.
Year 4 Prayers for Thanks
Some of the Year 4 children have written prayers for thanks at this difficult time, you can see them in the video below.
Well Being Journal
What have you done to make you feel proud today? How are you feeling? Keep a journal of this experience to help explore your feelings and to help you capture the creative ways you are keeping busy with your family. There are some pages below to start you off.
It is key at this time to ensure that we are mentally and physically active. We have added some new PE resources (see Home Activity Resources below) for KS1 & KS2.
BBC radio for schools has a number of dance programmes for the whole family to get involved.
While your child is learning, please remind them to look at our Learning Certainties and reflect on their learning e.g. Have I been a good learner today? How have I been resourceful today? How can I be more ……?
All our Learning Certainties are linked to Bible stories, which are a good way of exploring their meaning. When giving your child feedback and praise it is useful to refer to the Learning Certainties and for example praise your child for being motivated, enthusiastic or determined.