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School Closure

As the school remains closed we would like to provide you with continuing support and activities for home learning. We wish you all the very best and hope that you are all safe and well.

HOME LEARNING ACTIVITIES

Our teachers will be adding Home Learning Activities to their own class pages on this website. These will be updated every two weeks. Please continue to ensure that daily reading and practice of basic maths skills are taking place.

It is important to keep a daily routine for your child, so we have outlined a suggested timetable below.

For Year 1 to Year 6 pupils, we are now using Seesaw for staff to set activities and for pupils to communicate their work back in a variety of ways e.g. photo, text, verbal or video. You should have received a Home Learning code to login via email. Using Seesaw is not compulsory at all – we are happy for you to not activate it.

Tapestry will be used by the EYFS staff to set activities for pupils of Reception age.

Key Information

Free School Meals

HMFA schools will provide supermarket vouchers for pupils who are staying at home during the Covid-19 outbreak and who are eligible for free school meals. These will be ordered by your school through the Department for Education’s (DfE) national voucher scheme via Edenred UK which launched on 1st April 2020. A weekly shopping voucher worth £15 is available to spend at the following supermarkets; Sainsburys, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S.

Help and information for parents and carers is available at the following site –
Free School Meal Vouchers

Unfortunately some schools are experiencing delays accessing the DfE voucher scheme due to the high volume of vouchers needed across the country, please bear with us and be assured that we will ensure every FSM pupil eligible receives their full voucher entitlement whilst schools are closed.

A recent government announcement has confirmed that FSM vouchers will be available throughout the Easter holidays. Parents/carers will receive additional ‘top-up’ vouchers in due course to cover the holidays and for those who redeemed their original £44 voucher.
All enquiries regarding FSM vouchers should be directed to your school office.

Please note this does not apply to Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) which is available to all Reception, Year 1 & 2 pupils.

Primary Assessments

The Government confirmed that they will not be going ahead with the assessments or exams, which means that Year 1 Phonics Screening, Year 4 Times Table Tests, KS1 SATS and KS2 SATS are cancelled. The Government will be providing further information on this.

Special Educational Needs (SEND)

On the 19th April, DfE released advice for parents and carers looking after children with special educational needs and disabilities.
The guidance give parents access to:

  • a list of online education resources for children with SEND;
  • coronavirus educational resources from The Sensory Projects;
  • SEND-specific resources for learning from home from Tech Ability; advice on supporting children with a learning disability or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) from the Council for Disabled Children;
  • Communication

    If you need to talk to a member of staff you can email the school directly using the admin@marden.hereford.sch.uk email address for the school. This will then be passed on to the relevant person. However, Seesaw is the most direct means of communication with the Classteachers from Year 1 to Year 6 and Tapestry will be used by the EYFS staff.

    Wellbeing advice during the Covid19 outbreak.

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    Useful websites for home learning

    English

    Oxford Owl for Home – Lots of free resources for primary age.

    Story Line – Have lots of stories read to you by celebrities.

    Kid’s Poems & Stories with Micahel Rosen – Free stories, poems, songs, and jokes – YouTube. Subscribe and only click on that name

    Epic – Free 30-day trial – instant access to a range of books (age 12 and under)

    Audible – Free book with free 30 day trial.

    Phonics PlayFree resources and a free trial.

    Love My Books – Creative, fun activities to support children’s literacy.

    Alphablocks – This is for your infants to learn phonics. Similar to Numberblocks. A television programme for very young children.
    Storyline Online – Books read to you by celebrities.

    Maths

    Numberblocks – A maths television programme for very little children and early primary ages. Teaching your very little children is hard, particularly when you need to work and you haven’t got time to teach them. Numberblocks is a series on BBC iplayer. It can get you 30mins to yourself at least! NB. You need to own a TV licence.

    Top Marks

    White Rose Maths

    Computing

    Scratch – Computer programming games that your child probably already uses and loves! Used in many schools in the UK.

    Blockly Games – Simple computer programming games with no complicated sign in.

    Tinkercad – A free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It’s used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything! A great introduction to CAD. Computer-aided design.

    Kidz Type

    Science

    Earth Cam – Fascinate your children with live webcams from across the globe. Teach them about the world we live in right now!

    Nat Geo Kids – Older primary age kids can amuse themselves with these facts and games independently quite easily.

    NASA for Kids – Games, latest news about the satellite launches, photos from the space and interviews of astronauts.

    Geography

    World Geography Games – Self-explanatory. No login. Works on all devices through a browser.

    Nat Geo Kids – Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

    DK Find Out – An encyclopedia with games and quizzes. Easy for children to use.

    Google Earth – Visit the whole world virtually, whilst stuck in the house! Your children will scream when they find their house, school, church! Entertaining for hours! Give them a list of things to find: Eiffel Tower, Pyramids, etc.

    History

    Horrible Histories – A comedy television programme about history for children that is factually accurate.

    Museum Virtual Tours – Links to 12 different museums you can visit online.

    The Big History Project” – Click on the Get Started button.

    P.E.

    GoNoodle – Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Free at school, home, and everywhere kids are! Very fun for all the family or set up in another room, if you have work to do.

    The Body Coach – Joe Wicks You Tube channel with workouts for kids.

    Cosmic Kids – A British website teaching children yoga. It’s very good. Lots of free sessions and videos. There is a subscription service for more content.

    Change4Life – Short activities for children, but you, or older children will need to lead it. It has some video activities to follow too.

    Disney Workouts

    Stride Away Resources

    Stride Away

    Music

    Yousician– Teach you guitar, ukulele, or piano from a complete beginner.

    Art

    National Gallery of Art – Teaches your children about art with 0% mess. That’s right! Collaging without glue everywhere -priceless!

    Artful Parent

    Art for Kids Hub – YouTube videos.

    Google Arts and Culture – Learn something new every day!

    Red Ted Art – A website with activities for making crafts.

    Languages

    Duolingo – User friendly website or app that teaches adults and children most languages.

    Cooking

    Tasty Co – simple recipes, watch them be cooked.

    Educational Videos

    TED-Ed

    Crash Course – You Tube videos on many subjects.

    Crash Course Kids – As above for a younger audience.

    The Kids Should See This

    General

    BBC Bitesize

    Top Marks – Covering a range of subjects.

    Blue Peter Badges

    Blue Peter Badges – Applying for a Blue Peter badge is a great idea! Children can get a real sense of achievement. Get your Blue Peter badge and get into attractions for free.

    Daily Learning Programme

    Children can sometimes miss the routine which school gives them. Below I have shared a suggested timetable to keep some structure which was shared with me. Obviously, use this as much or as little as you want…it is just an idea!
    Before 9:00amWake up!Make your bed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed
    9:00-10:00Outdoor TimeFamily walk or outdoor play.
    10:00-11:00Academic TimeNo Electronics! Reading, puzzles, journal, do a suggested activity.
    11:00-12:00Creative TimeCreative play, drawing, Legos, crafts, music, cooking, baking.
    12:00-12:30LUNCH
    12:30-1:00Home ChoresClean rooms, put away toys…help out your grown ups!
    1:00-2:30Free/quiet TimeElectronics OK! Educational games, online activities, virtual museum tours
    4:00-5:00Outdoor timeFamily walk or outdoor play
    5:00-6:00Dinner timeFamily dinner, help with clean-up and dishes
    6:00-7:00Bath timeBath or shower
    7:00-8:00Reading/TV timeRelaxing before bedtime
    9:00 PMBedtimePut on PJs, brush teeth, clothes in laundry