Throughout the national school closure brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, we will do everything we can as a school to support you with home schooling your children.
We will provide guidance for you with learning strategies, as well as useful links to resources and activities to support their learning. If you feel there is something missing that you'd like to know, please email the school office on email@example.com.
Please follow the links to your child's class for tailored information about their stage of learning.
Audible from Amazon
While the schools are closed, Audible from Amazon are providing free access to stories for children. Children can instantly stream from a desktop, laptop, phone or tablet to help them continue dreaming, learning and just being children.
Tasty morsels from your Education Library Service
The Norfolk Education Library Service currently has plenty of resources available for parents who now find themselves home schooling their children. The link below provides details about what the public library is offering and includes some online activities to keep the younger members of your family amused.
Maths Chase is a completely free home online learning tool where children can play times tables games, along with many other mathematics skill-based games! The site features many simple learning games which children can play at home. We hope kids will find it a fun and different way to improve their maths accuracy and speed.
Visit our website for more information and to have a go - Maths Chase
Norwich Cathedral - Home Learning Resources
Norwich Cathedral have a new resource that both Key Stage 1 and 2 children will enjoy (and maybe even some year 7’s who love stories!)
There is a new story about Budge the Norwich Cathedral Cat and Philbert Frog, with activity sheets offering crafts/creative writing to accompany it. There is also a short introductory film to watch on there YouTube channel before reading the story itself.
The story is called Holy Smoke – the day the tower fell and is great for local history as it tells of when the tower and roof were destroyed by fire back in 1272.
Use this link to access both their YouTube channel for this film and any others you might find useful, as well as the illustrated story text itself. The activity sheets are there too. Enjoy!
Keep Everyone Active!
Staying active is just as important as encouraging your children's academic learning, so, with that in mind, here is some information to help you:
real PE at home – online learning resources
real PE at home includes an online programme that supports families to be active, play and learn together. It includes a programme specifically for children in Early Years and Key Stage 1, with 12 themes, 6 areas, over 250 activities and challenges and thousands of hours of fun and activity. This programme is also great for family play and fun.
It also includes a programme for children in Key Stage 2, with daily and weekly guidance provided for both programmes (starting from Monday 23rd March 2020) in addition to an option to choose your own themes and activities.
There are so many benefits to being active, not only to our physical wellbeing but also to our emotional and mental health, especially in such testing times for all of us. We hope that the ideas help support you and your family to stay fit and healthy in the coming months.
The details you need to access real PE at home are as follows:
Click here to view more information about support, including a user guide and FAQs.
You can see what real PE at home looks like by clicking here.
The Body Coach - PE with Joe
Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, is hosting a free workout aimed at children (although adults can join in too!) from Monday-Friday at 9am on his YouTube channel. As he says, 'exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic.'
You don't need any equipment, just tune in at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout.
For more details, you can read Joe's blog post here.
Chance to Shine - Spreading the power of cricket
For pupils who are at home, Chance to Shine have some weekly skills challenges for them to do at home with their parents.
Their Cool Catcher challenge is easy to do and needs very little equipment. Check out the explanation guides here:
To support numeracy learning whilst keeping active, parents can also try the Cool Counter lesson with their children.
Pennine Gymnastics Club
Pennine Gymnastics Club is a large community-based gymnastics club in Huddersfield.
They have been developing a series of virtual curriculum-based gymnastics PE lessons for KS2 and are now offering this online service completely free (no strings attached) to children who are schooling from home during these hard times.
The scheme of work is a series of 7 video lessons, lasting between 34-50 minutes. Each video lesson guides the pupils through warm up, stretch, body conditioning, and then a series of gymnastics progressions which develop into learning a full skill.
It is still in the development stage, so not all resources are working, but the scheme of work and most of the videos are now online. If you wish to check it out and maybe use it to keep your children busy, the login details to our free account are provided below. This free account will be made available until September 2020, when it will be deleted.
Log in email- Caboodle@penninegymnastics.com
Norfolk School Games Virtual Challenge
Norfolk School Games are the organiser of many of the sports competitions that our children participate in throughout the year.
During the school closures they will be providing activities and resources for children at school or at home to continue to be active and improve their physical literacy, and you can forward your challenge attempts to them. The schools with the most engagement will be celebrated, so it's definitely worth giving it a go!
The launch is celebrated on YouTube here.
More information can be found at www.norfolkschoolgames.co.uk.