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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please follow the links to your child's class for tailored information about their stage of learning.
For more information on e-safety, visit the ThinkUKnow website, choose your child's age and navigate through the various resources.
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.
Encourage your children to keep reading this summer - Silly Squad, the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge is here!
You’ll be pleased to hear that, whilst our buildings are still closed to the public, we’re still able to offer children the chance to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge this year. The challenge has gone digital, and so have we! Find out everything you need to know about how to join, find events and borrow books below.
Normally, a member of our libraries team would come in to school to tell pupils all about the challenge. This year, we’re bringing assembly home. Watch Apryl and Adam tell you all about the Summer Reading Challenge in Norfolk in this YouTube video.
How to join the 2020 Challenge:
Step 1: Join the challenge at www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk Parents will need to set up their own account first before setting up their children to make sure they have permission to take part.
Step 2: Set your own challenge. We’re still encouraging children to read at least 6 books, but you can set your own challenge for more – it’s a long time until September! You can even adjust it as time goes on.
Step 3: Get reading!
Step 4: After you finish your first book, log back in at www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk and log your book! Get virtual rewards and unlock new buddies as you get closer to your target.
What to read?
You can read ANYTHING you like – books you have at home, books you have bought home from school, library books you still have on loan. We’d love you to try out our e-book library, which you can browse here. You can borrow books to read and books to listen to. It’s free, you just need a library card.
If you don’t have a library card, don’t worry, you can still join the library here.
All of our e-library is free to borrow, you can use the Libby app on your tablet or smartphone, or read online on a laptop or PC.
As well as books, we have lots of magazines and comics you can read on the Press Reader app or website. From the Beano to horse riding, gaming to pets, there are lots of topics to keep you interested. To sign up for free, sign up with a library card, not a social media account.
If your children are not reading yet, or just starting out, books you read to them or read together count; enjoying books as a family is important too. The library Youtie channel already has some great picture book recommendations and there will be new suggestions added very week for children of all ages.
Events and activities
Whilst we can’t welcome you in to our library buildings for events, our Facebook page, Norfolk Libraries for Families, has lots of different things going on. Storytime, bounce and rhyme, book recommendations and activities – find out the latest events here.
Mondays and Wednesdays at 12pm – Storytime – let your children sit and listen to a story from one of our library team – you can even count it as a book toward your target afterwards!
Mondays at 2pm – a new book for our e-book club. Listen to one of the library team share the first chapter of our library book club read and find out how to download it yourself for free.
Tuesdays at 10am – Bounce and Rhyme time. Songs and rhymes for under-5s and anyone else who enjoys a song!
Wednesdays at 4.30pm – Brick builders challenge. A new theme for your buildings set every week.
Thursdays at 10am – Silly Squad book time. A member of our library team will share their favourite book for 7-11 year olds to download from our e-book library, and suggest some book-related activities to do as well.
Fridays at 12pm – story and activity time. Another story from our libraries team with a fun activity to do too.
You can even message the children’s team, who’d be happy to help with anything to do with children’s reading.
*Due to publishers’ permissions, story times have to be deleted after viewing. All other videos will be available to watch later and on our YouTube channel.
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.
On 19th June 2020 Norfolk School Games are hosting a Rainbow Run Challenge.
Check out this link for more information.
National School Sport Week 2020
The Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports are teaming up to unite the country through sport this summer with National School Sport Week At Home. It takes place between Saturday 20 June and Friday 26 June and we would love as many of you to take part as possible.
For more information head to their website or check out these links: