Google Classroom is the main platform that we use to support remote and home learning at St George’s RC Primary, as well as being a tool that we use in lessons throughout KS1 and KS2. All the children from Year 1 upwards regularly use Google Classroom, and the Google Workspace apps where appropriate, in lessons using the Chromebooks so that it is a familiar environment that they can access with confidence, and every child has a unique login to access this platform. For the past two years we have prioritised actively teaching the children in KS1 how to do this in the Autumn term which has greatly supported the smooth transition to remote learning when this was necessary. Click on the Classroom logo for help with logging in to Google Classroom from home.
We subscribe to a fantastic online service called Purple Mash which is full of great resources, activities and creative tools and your child can even save their work online. We often use Purple Mash in our Computing lessons in school, and may sometimes include activities from Purple Mash as homework choices.
We also subscribe to both Numbots and Times Tables Rocks Stars. The children from Y1 to Y6 have used either Numbots, TTRS or both in school to consolidate their maths learning and they really love to play! Just click on the pictures to go directly to the St George’s RC Primary portal on these sites.
The children often use these resources in school so they should be familiar to most. Each child will have an individual login to sign in to these sites, and log in details have been sent home, but if you need a reminder please let us know.
Home Learning during National Lockdowns and Partial School Closures
We have collected the resources below help families support their children’s learning during the school closures or periods of self-isolation due to coronavirus. Please see the class pages and Google Classrooms for information about home learning for each year group.
During national lockdowns, a number of educational websites started to offer free access to their online resources to help families to support their children’s learning at home. They may help to keep your children busy!
- Classroom Secrets https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/
- These packs are split into different year groups and include activities linked to reading, writing, maths and practical ideas you can do around the home.
- Twinkl https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer
- Twinkl are offering 30 days free access to families – click on the link and sign up using your own email address and creating your own password and use the offer code CVDTWINKLHELPS
- NumberFun https://parent.numberfunportal.com/
- The company says “To support children’s mathematical learning through this period of self-isolation and school closures we’ve decided to offer ALL parents completely FREE access to our Number Fun Parent Portal for 30 days”
We will add any new resources that we find and think you might enjoy to this page.
SOME SPIRITUAL RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE TIME
The Wednesday Word Primary School Resource – a beautifully presented bulletin for the whole family with a Sunday Gospel reading and some fun activities related to the scripture (free edition)
Special edition-Lent and Easter Special-Edition Lent and Easter
Sunday 3rd of May 2020-Good shepherd Sunday Good Shepherd Gospel
YOYO CREATE 2020 Project- “Who is God?” – Yoyo invites all the children to look at different names of God in the Bible and create an art work about it. All information are included in the video.
Free spiritual resource kit from Monica Brown
Wintershall have edited some of their workshop material for families to use at home in the lead up to Easter and beyond. https://www.wintershall-education.com/resources/resources-family/
The Pastoral Centre are offering free resources: https://holyweek.pastoral.center/
Lent Resources have been collected by the Catholic Education Service http://catholiceducation.org.uk/component/k2/item/1003680-lent-resources
CAFOD have home learning resources that will be updated every week:
Ten:Ten have shared a short prayer service for schools. The first slide refers to school closure but subsequent slides will be relevant throughout this period. https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/primary-subscription/other-resources/us-families-world/
The National Association of Teachers of Religious Education have free, quality-assured online resources to support parents and their children with the provision of RE activities for use during the coronavirus crisis. These resources are available for anyone to access at: lots of resources for all ages: http://www.natre.org.uk/about-natre/free-resources-for-you-and-your-pupils/
The Association of Catholic Teachers of RE (ATCRE) are going to try and share some resources each week. To join this group (which is free) go to https://www.atcre.co.uk/about-us . They offer discussion on two Facebook groups Catholic RE (for secondary) and Primary Catholic RE, and please tag @atcre_ew on Twitter so the group can retweet.
Resources from Mission Together https://missiontogether.org.uk/teachers-resources/
YouTube links with particular reference to The God Who Speaks theme
The Bible in Animation – the link is to the story of Noah but there are lots of other parts of the Hebrew Scriptures available. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Tma_QZrwSk&list=PLg0Ko2Mi3_cpGz_GaZ6R-_k8L2JHD8fn8&index=4
The British Library has lots of online learning resources, including some on Sacred Texts, as well as many other subjects. https://www.bl.uk/learning/schools-and-teachers
Arundel and Brighton, SAFE (Schools Alliance for Excellence) and STSN (Surrey Teaching Schools Network) have curated below a number of free resources that may be of assistance at this time: