Information of School Closures

From Friday 20th March, all educational settings are closed to everyone except the children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, schools, colleges and childcare providers will be closed to the majority of pupils until further notice.

Resources and Support - Primary (3-13 Years Old)

General

  • Classroom Secrets Kids website - Platform for learning grammar, punctuation, spelling, maths, reading history (years 1-6).

  • Doorway online website - Collection of interactive literacy games and numeracy activities.

  • Emile website - Online program for 4-12 year olds that covers the UK national primary curriculum for numeracy and SPaG with some phonics thrown in (free access currently).

  • Pobble 365 website - ‘One picture. One teaching resource. Every day.’

  • Robin Hood MAT website - Lots of learning projects for parents and schools (EYFS, KS1, Y3/4, Y5/6). Be sure to read the project overview guides first.

  • Teacher’s pet website - Provides thousands of resources for KS1 and KS2.

  • TTS website - Free home learning activity booklets for Early Years, KS1 and KS2.

  • Twinkl website - 500,000+ teacher-created materials and resources.

Art

Computer science

  • iCompute website - Supporting schools with comprehensive computing curricula for pupils aged 3-11 (free access currently).

Physical education

  • Jump Start Jonny website - Weekly workouts and activities (a paid site with access to some free activities).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8o8wMgAT-Y – Its really important we exercise and keep the children active. Joe Wicks the UK based influencer, who is known as the body coach, will be holding free 30 minuet classes every weekday on YOUTUBE. You can find them by simply going to www.youtube.com and typing in ‘P.E with Joe’ or visit our website each day for the latest workout.

Numeracy

  • Eedi website - Craig Barton’s maths resources.

  • Oxford Owl website - Free maths games and activities for ages 3-11 (requires sign up for an account).

  • Eedi website - Craig Barton’s maths resources.

  • NRich website - Primary maths activities and games.

  • Mathsticks website - An online platform for maths games.

  • Numbots website - Games that focus on addition and subtraction.

  • Times tables rock stars website - A programme for daily times tables practice. (currently full free access to all schools closed).

https://www.themathsfactor.com/ - Following the Government’s decision to implement widespread school closures across the UK to minimise the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Maths Factor will be FREE for everyone (usually about £2 per week) to support children’s continued learning at home for the duration of the UK Schools closure period. Suitable for children aged 4-12 years old.

Literacy 

  • Oxford Owl website - Free e-books for ages 3-11 (requires account signup).

https://readingeggs.co.uk/ - This website covers English for different ages and abilities from first steps right up to 13 years old. They also cover Maths from 3 – 9 years old. They are currently offering a 30day free trial.

Science

  • Rethinking Education website - Practical ideas for parents to do with their children. Linked to the National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6.

  • That Science Lady website - Lots of resources, including home discussion questions, enquiry questions and careers information.

  • GrowEatGift website - 30 ways to go wild with science.

There are loads of fun activities and ideas that you can do to teach your family and pass time, such as:

  • Baking – while food supplies are low, how about baking your own sweet treats or savoury snacks.

  • Read books – if you have several children perhaps get the oldest to read to their younger siblings.

  • Arts and crafts – why not make sock puppets and then put on a show.

  • Gardening- If your fortunate enough to have a garden perhaps sweep up the leaves and make a pile of sticks and make a garden collage.

  • Learn life skills- For older ones teach basic life skills such as using the washing machine and how to iron your clothes.

Resources and Support - Secondary (11 - 16)

 

General Subjects

  • Gojimo website - A revision app that covers 28 GCSE subjects, 20 A level subjects, and much more.

  • A Chemical Orthodoxy website - A list of Q&A spreadsheets for retrieval practice, including History, English Lit, IB Business Management, A-level Psychology, RE, Sociology, Philosophy, and lots on science.

English

  • Remote learning @SPryke2 (via dropbox) – Revision guides and remote learning guides for GCSE English lit – Christmas Carol, Inspector Calls, MacBeth.

Science

  • Born to Engineer website (The science of bubbles) - Video clips, practical activities, worksheets and further reading for KS3.

Maths

  • NRich (University of Cambridge) website – Secondary Maths activities and games. 

Pearson - If you have concerns around how to support teaching and learning during school closure, as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are providing free access* to some of our digital secondary resources, which can be accessed in school or at home. https://www.pearson.com/uk/educators/schools/update-for-schools/secondary-support.html

Information on Cancelled Exams

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to continue having a significant impact on the education system, and the country, for months to come. Therefore exams have been cancelled now to give pupils, parents, and teacher’s certainty, and enable schools and colleges to focus on supporting vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

 

What will happen?

Ofqual, the independent qualifications regulator, will develop a fair and robust process that takes into account a broad range of evidence, including, for example, teacher assessment, mock results, exam assessment and prior attainment. The approach will be standardised between schools and colleges.

Pupils who do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible after schools and colleges open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021. 

 

Will universities/colleges/sixth forms accept these calculated grades?

The calculated grades awarded will be formal grades, with the same status as grades awarded in any other year.

University representatives have already confirmed that they expect universities to be flexible and do all they can to support students and ensure they can progress to higher education.

 

Might the exams be reinstated if the coronavirus (COVID-19) is not as bad as expected?

No, the decision has been taken to cancel all exams this summer.

General secondary and primary

  • BBC Bitesize on BBC website - Provides interactive activities mapped against the national curricula for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Covers Early Years, Primary, Secondary and 16+

  • BrainPOP website - Free resources on a range of subjects, both traditional school-based subjects and topical subjects.

  • Discovery education (US-based) website - Videos, activities, printable resources on a wide range of topics. (some free content available).

  • Kahoot website - A free platform where you can create quizzes, or use quizzes made by others. Children can play individually or in teams. Requires two screens. (currently offering premium service to schools for free).

  • Khan academy website - A vast library of online learning courses. Running daily schedules for students aged 4-18 during school closures. 

  • Learning by questions website - A wide-ranging resource covering English, Maths, Science at primary and secondary. Designed to be an in-class teaching and learning tool but can be used to deliver question sets to pupils at home.

  • MemRise website - A free and interactive platform for learning languages.

  • Myths and legends website - Provides information, activities and resources for teachers.

  • Outschool website - Online lessons at scheduled times covering a wide range of topics. (offering free live online classes during school closures).

  • Picture News - They send out a topical picture, with learning resources, each week (free access currently).

  • Seneca website - A huge range free online courses and resources covering a wide range of courses, from primary to 16+. Also includes CPD for teachers.

  • Typing club website- Learn to touch type for free. 

  • Young writers website - Regular writing competitions for primary and secondary age children.

 

YouTube 

There are loads of channels with free courses for children. Here are just a few:

  • Joe Wicks (YouTube video channel) - During school closures, Joe is broadcasting a live 30-minute PE lesson at 9am every morning. 

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