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Home Learning – Updates

July 10, 2020

For the Home Learning page which has useful resources and website links  – please click link: Home Learning page – (Covid-19 Support)  

To go directly to the weekly Home Learning packs (Continuous Learning projects)  – please click link: Home Learning Packs (Continuous Learning projects)

 

 


10th July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to start by saying a massive thank you for all of the support you have shown for Sport in Olton this year. So many of you have given up your time to take your children to sporting events to represent the school and have been brilliant cheerleaders on the sidelines. I really appreciate everything you have done.

For the final CSW Virtual Games this week, we have a Personal Best Competition. It is a revisit of some of the activities the children have taken part in throughout the Virtual Games. If your child takes part, please let their class teacher know on Class Dojo and they will receive 20 dojos. There is no need to submit any results this week, it is a celebration of their progress in the events.

These are the events for the competition:

FinalCSWGamesTable     CSWGamesTable

DanceFinalPDF  Primary Cricket – PDF Final

Primary Tennis final PrimaryBasketballFINAL

PDF FINAL – ATHLETICS – CSW VC

Thank you again for your continued support with sport at Olton,

Miss Walton & Mrs Brady

PE Coordinators

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3rd July 2020

Good Afternoon,

This is a reminder that CSW Virtual Games continues from last week with the four different themes including Football, Sitting Volley ball, Athletics and Gymnastics. Please use the link on the flyer Olymp-MixPrimaryFINAL to report your child’s scores. Have fun!

Kind regards

J Brady

PE Coordinator

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Re:   Continuous Learning Projects

While school is closed, we continue to send home continuous learning projects for you to use with your child over the following week.  These will be sent out via parentmail and added to the school website each Friday so you can look at them and familiarise yourself with the content and activities prior to starting any work with your child on the Monday.

The purpose of them is to combine all of the information and activities you need to complete home learning with your child.  We fully acknowledge that they cannot replace the quality of learning your child receives at school however, we have tried to create a set of projects that all children can access to maximise their learning whilst they are not able to be in school.  If you do not have an email address, we will post the projects to you each week.

The format of the projects has been amended slightly but the information follows the same pattern as the previous projects.  We have now included a ‘wellbeing’ box which include PE and PSHE activities to complete at home.

Maths worksheets are not available on the White Rose website so these now included as attachments or enclosures so that you can still use them.  The exception to this is EYFS where the activities are still available.

Attached to this email will be the project that is for the year group your child is in however, the projects for the other year groups will be available on the website if you want your child to access work from another year group.  Please see below the themes for the upcoming projects. The aim is for you to complete a minimum of two hours of learning a day with your child but this is very much your parental choice and you may wish for your child to do more.  There is no expectation that you complete every activity contained within the project each week.  Please feel free to share work that your child has completed with the class teacher on Class Dojo.

 

Week Theme
W/B 29.6.2020 Space
W/B 06.7.2020 Transport
W/B 13.7.2020 Food and Transition

 The learning projects were planned in phases: EYFS (Nursery and Reception), KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2), Lower KS2 (Year 3 & 4) and Upper KS2 (Year 5 & 6).  This means that the ‘Learning Project’ section towards the end of the learning plan will be very similar for both of the year groups for the phase it covers.  However, in Years 1 – 6, the teachers have tailored some of the other activities, particularly the English and Maths activities so they are year group specific.  The EYFS plan is suitable for Nursery and Reception but if your child is in Nursery, you may wish to select the activities that are most appropriate for your child from the learning plan each week.  Year 6 are also including transition activities as part of their plans.

We hope you will find these projects useful and that you use them to provide a framework from which you can plan other learning opportunities to complete with your child.

 

Thank you for your support and we hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.

Yours sincerely,

         

Mr L Chamberlain                               Mrs E Gray

Head Teacher                                     Deputy Head Teacher

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26th June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you for all of your support with the CSW Virtual School Games so far. As it would have been the Olympics this year, the organisers of the CSW Games have launched a 2-week challenge titled ‘The Olymp-mix’. It is a series of challenges and a flag drawing competition.

Please let your child’s class teacher know if they have taken part as they will receive 20 Class Dojos. 

Please find attached a new flyer from Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Virtual School Games for the next challenge to take place over the next 2 weeks beginning 29th June to 10th July 2020. Olymp-Mix Primary – 29.06.20 – 10.07.20

Upon completion of the challenges Teachers will award participating children with 20 Dojo points. There are 4 different themes including Football, Sitting Volleyball, Athletics and Gymnastics. There is also a competition to design a flag.

Please encourage your children to take part and submit your results by Friday 10th July 2020 by following the link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CSWVirtualOlympics

All participants will receive access to an e-certificate on completion of each challenge.

Individuals – At the end of the two weeks the 3 lucky individuals from KS1, KS2 and stand out School Games values performers will receive a £5.00 E-VOUCHER.

Schools – The infant/junior or primary School with the highest percentage of participants by the time the challenge ends will receive a £75.00 PE equipment voucher.

Kind regards

Mrs J Brady &  Miss Walton

PE Coordinators

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18th June 2020

Re: CSW Virtual Games – National Sports Week (20th – 26th June 2020)

Dear Parents/Carers,

Next week our CSW Virtual Games is slightly different. As it is National Sports Week and would have been the week of our School Games Day, we are holding a virtual intra-school sports competition.

It would be absolutely brilliant if your child could take part and send their results to their teacher on Class Dojo.  Every child that takes part will receive 20 dojos.

To take part, please read the instructions on the attached documents and send the results to your class teacher by Friday 26th June.

Certificate Rainbow Games Activities (1) Score Sheet

Kind regards

Miss Walton

PE Coordinator/Year 6 Teacher


                       15 June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re:   Continuous Learning Projects

While school is closed, we continue to send home continuous learning projects for you to use with your child over the following week.  These will be sent out via parentmail and added to the school website each Friday so you can look at them and familiarise yourself with the content and activities prior to starting any work with your child on the Monday.

The purpose of them is to combine all of the information and activities you need to complete home learning with your child.  We fully acknowledge that they cannot replace the quality of learning your child receives at school however, we have tried to create a set of projects that all children can access to maximise their learning whilst they are not able to be in school.  If you do not have an email address, we will post the projects to you each week.

The format of the projects has been amended slightly but the information follows the same pattern as the previous projects.  We have no included a ‘wellbeing’ box which include PE and PSHE activities to complete at home.

Maths worksheets are not available on the White Rose website so these now included as attachments or enclosures so that you can still use them.  The exception to this is EYFS where the activities are still available.

Attached to this email will be the project that is for the year group your child is in however, the projects for the other year groups will be available on the website if you want your child to access work from another year group.  Please see below the themes for the upcoming projects. The aim is for you to complete a minimum of two hours of learning a day with your child but this is very much your parental choice and you may wish for your child to do more.  There is no expectation that you complete every activity contained within the project each week.  Please feel free to share work that your child has completed with the class teacher on Class Dojo.

Week

Theme

W/b 15.6.2020

Around the World

W/b 22.6.2020

Music

 

The learning projects were planned in phases: EYFS (Nursery and Reception), KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2), Lower KS2 (Year 3 & 4) and Upper KS2 (Year 5 & 6).  This means that the ‘Learning Project’ section towards the end of the learning plan will be very similar for both of the year groups for the phase it covers.  However, in Years 1 – 6, the teachers have tailored some of the other activities, particularly the English and Maths activities so they are year group specific.  The EYFS plan is suitable for Nursery and Reception but if your child is in Nursery, you may wish to select the activities that are most appropriate for your child from the learning plan each week.  Year 6 are also including transition activities as part of their plans.

We hope you will find these projects useful and that you use them to provide a framework from which you can plan other learning opportunities to complete with your child.

Thank you for your support and we hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.

Yours sincerely,

                                                   

Mr L Chamberlain                               Mrs E Gray

Head Teacher                                     Deputy Head Teacher

 

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11th June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find attached a new flyer from Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Virtual School Games for the next challenge to take place week beginning 15th June to 19th June 2020.  Primary Basketball

The theme for this challenge is Basketball, no special equipment needed so everyone can take part.

Please encourage your children to take part and submit their results following the instructions on the flyers.

Have a look at some teachers getting involved too! Look out for a familiar face.

·        Part 1 https://youtu.be/QkH-i9ibgUg

·        Part 2 https://youtu.be/UZ_irrwW4Po

All participants will receive access to an e-certificate on completion of each challenge.

Individuals  at the end of each week the top 3 individuals will receive a £5.00 AMAZON VOUCHER.

Schools – The infant/junior or primary School with the highest percentage of participants by the time the challenge ends will receive a £75.00 PE equipment voucher.

Kind regards

Mrs J Brady

PE Coordinator

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5th June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Continuous Learning Projects

 While school is closed, we continue to send home continuous learning projects for you to use with your child over the following week. These will be sent out via parentmail and added to the school website each Friday so you can look at them and familiarise yourself with the content and activities prior to starting any work with your child on the Monday.

The purpose of them is to combine all of the information and activities you need to complete home learning with your child. We fully acknowledge that they cannot replace the quality of learning your child receives at school however, we have tried to create a set of projects that all children can access to maximise their learning whilst they are not able to be in school. If you do not have an email address, we will post the projects to you each week.

The format of the projects has been amended slightly but the information follows the same pattern as the previous projects. We have no included a ‘wellbeing’ box which include PE and PSHE activities to complete at home.

Maths worksheets are not available on the White Rose website so these now included as attachments or enclosures so that you can still use them. The exception to this is EYFS where the activities are still available.

Attached to this email will be the project that is for the year group your child is in however, the projects for the other year groups will be available on the website if you want your child to access work from another year group. Please see below the themes for the upcoming projects. The aim is for you to complete a minimum of two hours of learning a day with your child but this is very much your parental choice and you may wish for your child to do more. There is no expectation that you complete every activity contained within the project each week. Please feel free to share work that your child has completed with the class teacher on Class Dojo.

 

Week Theme
W/b 8.6.20 Famous & Significant People
W/b 15.6.20 Around the World
W/b 22.6.20 Music

 

The learning projects were planned in phases: EYFS (Nursery and Reception), KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2), Lower KS2 (Year 3 & 4) and Upper KS2 (Year 5 & 6). This means that the ‘Learning Project’ section towards the end of the learning plan will be very similar for both of the year groups for the phase it covers. However, in Years 1 – 6, the teachers have tailored some of the other activities, particularly the English and Maths activities so they are year group specific. The EYFS plan is suitable for Nursery and Reception but if your child is in Nursery, you may wish to select the activities that are most appropriate for your child from the learning plan each week.

 

We hope you will find these projects useful and that you use them to provide a framework from which you can plan other learning opportunities to complete with your child.

Thank you for your support and we hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.

 

Yours sincerely,

Mr Leon Chamberlain                                 Mrs Emma Gray

Head Teacher                                               Deputy Head Teacher


4th June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find attached a new flyer from Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Virtual School Games Dance Final for the next challenge to take place week beginning 8th June to 12th June 2020. The theme for this challenge is Dance, no special equipment needed so everyone can take part.

Please encourage your children to take part and submit their results following the instructions on the flyers.

Have a look at some teachers getting involved too! Look out for a familiar face.

·        Part 1 https://youtu.be/QkH-i9ibgUg

·        Part 2 https://youtu.be/UZ_irrwW4Po

All participants will receive access to an e-certificate on completion of each challenge.

Individuals  at the end of each week the top 3 individuals will receive a £5.00 AMAZON VOUCHER.

Schools – The infant/junior or primary School with the highest percentage of participants by the time the challenge ends will receive a £75.00 PE equipment voucher.

Kind regards

Miss Walton

Year 6 Teacher/PE Lead (Junior)

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4th June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

NosyCrow is a small independent children’s publishing company who have recently published a book for children which is all about the current Coronavirus pandemic.  The aim of the book is to, in a very child friendly way, inform children about what is currently happening and to answer any questions that they may have.  Some of you may have already be aware of this book but if not, the book is free to download from http://nosycrow.com/

Kind Regards

Mrs A Pimm

SENCO/Year 6 Teacher

 


1st June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find attached the updated times and schedule for the Read Write Inc. YouTube lessons that are starting this week. RWI Final Schedule. They are running from the 1st June to 17th July.

From next week, you will be able to see this information on your home learning packs, and the children who will be attending school will be following the same structure of lessons within their ‘pod’.

Kind regards,

Mrs Harris

Class teacher and RWI Lead

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Dear Parents/Carers,
Re: Continuous Learning Projects
While school is closed, we continue to send home continuous learning projects for you to use with your child over the following week. These will be sent out via parentmail and added to the school website each Friday so you can look at them and familiarise yourself with the content and activities prior to starting any work with your child on the Monday.
The purpose of them is to combine all of the information and activities you need to complete home learning with your child. We fully acknowledge that they cannot replace the quality of learning your child receives at school however, we have tried to create a set of projects that all children can access to maximise their learning whilst they are not able to be in school.

If you do not have an email address, we will post the projects to you each week.
A change for the project from week beginning 25th May (half term) is that the White Rose Maths worksheets are no longer accessible to parents on the website from their week beginning 11th May so they are now included as attachments or enclosures so that you can still use them. The exception to this is EYFS where the activities are still available.
Attached to this email will be the project that is for the year group your child is in however, the projects for the other year groups will be available on the website if you want your child to access work from another year group. There are seven weeks of projects that have been planned so far. The aim is for you to complete a minimum of two hours of learning a day with your child but this is very much your parental choice and you may wish for your child to do more. There is no expectation that you complete every activity contained within the project each week. Please feel free to share work that your child has completed with the class teacher on Class Dojo.

Week Theme
Week 1 My family
Week 2 The area I live in
Week 3 Viewpoints
Week 4 Animals
Week 5 Environment
Week 6 Food
Week 7 Celebration

The learning projects were planned in phases: EYFS (Nursery and Reception), KS1 (Year  1 and Year 2), Lower KS2 (Year 3 & 4) and Upper KS2 (Year 5 & 6). This means that the ‘Learning Project’ section towards the end of the learning plan will be very similar for both of the year groups for the phase it covers. However, in Years 1 – 6, the teachers have tailored some of the other activities, particularly the English and Maths activities so they are year group specific. The EYFS plan is suitable for Nursery and Reception but if your child is in Nursery, you may wish to select the activities that are most appropriate for your child from the learning plan each week.
We hope you will find these projects useful and that you use them to provide a framework from which you can plan other learning opportunities to complete with your child. Although we are aware that week beginning 25th May would normally be half term, a number of parents have requested that the home learning support is still made available and as we continue to have key children in school, they will also be able to follow the same activities on the plan as they have in previous weeks.

Thank you for your support and we hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.
Yours sincerely,

Mr L Chamberlain Head Teacher            Mrs E Gray   Deputy Head Teacher

 


Dear Parents / Carers,

Please find attached a new flyer Primary Tennis from Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Virtual School Games for the next challenge to take place week beginning 1st June to 5th June. The theme for this challenge is Tennis, no special equipment needed so everyone can take part.

Also attached is a flyer for ‘Leadership Bingo’  Bingo Card for over Half Term  which give the children some great ideas of challenges to do over the half term week.

Please encourage your children to take part and submit their results following the instructions on the flyers.

Have a look at some teachers getting involved too! Look out for a familiar face.

Part 1 https://youtu.be/QkH-i9ibgUg

Part 2 https://youtu.be/UZ_irrwW4Po

All participants will receive access to an e-certificate on completion of each challenge.

Individuals  at the end of each week the top 3 individuals will receive a £5.00 AMAZON VOUCHER.

Schools – The infant / junior or primary School with the highest percentage of participants by the time the challenge ends will receive a £75.00 PE equipment voucher.

Kind Regards

Mrs Brady

PE Coordinator

 

21st may 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Just a reminder that the Coventry, Solihull And Warwickshire Virtual Sports Games are still running. Please see the below email that was sent to you last week for full details.

Please use the link provided on the flyer  Primary Cricket to submit your child’s results if you would like to enter.

Nursery and Reception children can also now take part too! Entries need to be submitted by 1pm tomorrow so come on Olton Primary show us what you can do!

Have Fun!

Kind Regards

Mrs J Brady and Miss G Walton

PE Coordinators

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18th May 2020

Dear Pupils,

Please see the attached ‘exciting’ Guinness World Record challenge.

Guinness World Records – TT Rock Stars – Letter to Pupils

Guinness World Records – TT Rock Stars – Letter to Pupils

Kind regards

Mr Gunchala

Year 6 Class Teacher/KS2 Maths Lead


18th May 2020

TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please see letter attached Times table Rockstars KS1 Parent Letter

Yours sincerely,
Miss Morgan
Maths Lead/Year 2 Teacher


14th May 2020

CSW Virtual School Games

Dear Parents / Carers,

Please find attached two flyers from Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Virtual School games. These are simple sports challenges that everyone can get involved in, get outdoors in the fresh air and develop their sports skills.

Please encourage your children to take part and submit their results following the instructions on the flyers.

ATHLETICS – CSW     CRICKET – CSW

Have a look at some teachers getting involved too! Look out for a familiar face.

Part 1 https://youtu.be/QkH-i9ibgUg

Part 2 https://youtu.be/UZ_irrwW4Po

All participants -will receive access to an e-certificate on completion of each challenge.

Individuals – At the end of each week the top 3 individuals from KS1, and KS2  will receive a £5.00 AMAZON VOUCHER.

Schools – The infant / junior or primary School with the highest percentage of participants by the time the challenge ends will receive a £75.00 PE equipment voucher.

Kind Regards

Mrs Brady

PE Coordinator

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12th May 2020

Dear Parents,

One of the external agencies we work with as a school has forwarded this  SEMH Newsletter to us to share with our families.  We do hope that you find it useful.

Kind regards,

Mrs Pimm and Mrs Sainsbury

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12th May 2020

Good Morning Parent/Carers,

We are really excited to be joining the launch of the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Virtual School Games Competitions starting today and hope that you will all take part at home. Every child that takes part will receive an e-certificate of participation and at the end of the week the top 3 individuals from KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4 will receive a £5 Amazon voucher. Also, the schools with the highest number of participants will receive a £75 voucher to spend on PE equipment.

 

The CSW Virtual School Games are an opportunity for pupils to engage in competition at home whilst still feeling part of their school team. All Competitions are open to pupils from KS1-KS4; they will have a week to practice the challenges before submitting their results before the deadline.

 

 

At the start of each week we will send out the competition for that week. We have attached the PDF  ATHLETICS – CSW  ,which explains how to take part if your child would like to and when you will need to submit your results by.

If your child would like to enter please click the following link

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CSWVirtualAthletics

Keep smiling and keep moving,

Mrs Brady and Miss Walton

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7 May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I wanted to let you know about two exciting book-related competitions you could
participate in.
 At https://www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools, you can nominate Olton
Primary School to win £5,000 of book tokens – and £100 for yourself!
Please share this on social media as widely as possible and encourage
everyone you know to enter and increase our chance of winning.

 At http://www.nationalbooktokens.com/create, your child can design a book
token, which would then be made and put on a gift card, as well as winning
£10 book vouchers for everyone in their class!

A reminder as well that all children’s audio books are currently free at
stories.audible.com. There is also a new platform at
https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home with lots of Harry Potter-related games and activities, and videos of celebrities reading the books
– Daniel Radcliffe has read the first chapter of the Philosopher’s Stone.

Many thanks,

Miss K. Barnes
Reading for Pleasure Lead

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4th May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
Reading support – Information regarding the Oxford Owl website for Read Write Inc.

We are continuing to send out information and any updated information about additional home learning opportunities during the period of school closure. We want children in our schools to continue learning to read and have familiar routines during this difficult time for families.

There has been an update regarding the Oxford Owl website for Read Write Inc. Phonics which provides free access to RWI e-books, activities and lots of advice and information for parents.

As a school we teach our phonics, reading and writing through the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc. scheme; Ruth Miskin and Oxford Owl are continuing to provide free access to lessons, books and different reading activities so the children can continue learning from home.

Oxford Owl Website – https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/read-write-inc-home
The link will take you to the Oxford Owl homepage for Read Write Inc. On here you will find lots of information and free resources to support your child’s learning during the school closures.

On this page you will find the drop down bars for each of the stages within RWI and you can click on the one where your child is currently learning. The drop down zones provide information on the current sounds they are learning within that set and examples of words containing those sounds. It also provides links to free resources such as e-books, speed sound books and slideshows to consolidate their learning of these sounds within reading. The drop down zone of where your child is currently working will advise you of the correct colour band of books your child needs to read. We recommend children read each e-book three times, as they would at school: once to read the words correctly, a second time with more fluency, and a third time in a ‘storyteller voice’ that shows their understanding. When clicking on the e-book link, it will take you to the shelf of e-books where you can choose the correct colour band. You will need to create a free account to access these resources.

Also on this website page, it also provides parents with access to supportive videos to help support with the pronunciation of sounds and blending in addition to teaching the more complex sounds such as digraphs.

Further on the website page, it provides you with each online Speed Sound book (set 1, 2 and 3) along with practise sheets to consolidate these. In set 1 there are the practise handwriting sheets to ensure your child is forming their letters correctly in addition to practise reading sheets for particular sounds in set 2 and set 3. To further support fluency within reading, they have provided ‘Speedy Green Word’ slideshows with additional  support on how to use these.

RWI Phonics lessons at home
Please continue to access the short daily Speed Sounds lessons for children on the Ruth Miskin YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ
Each lesson is ten minutes long and they have now incorporated word time and spelling within each set. Please see times below:
Set 1 – for children in Nursery and Reception and children who are new to English
Speed sound lesson – 9.30am
Word time – 9.45am
Spelling – 10am
Set 2 – for children in Reception that can read Set 1 Speed Sounds and for children in Year 1 and 2
Speed sound lesson and word time – 10am
Spelling for set 2 – 10.15am
Set 3 – for children in Year 1 and 2 that can read Set 2 Speed Sounds
Speed sound lesson and word time – 10.30am
Spelling for set 3 – 10.45am
Click here for the YouTube Speed Sound lesson schedule. Please do not worry if you miss the timings for these lessons, they stay on the YouTube channel for 24 hours and once each set they will replay one a day from each set.

Storytime with Nick
Story time with Nick is still continuing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 2pm. Three stories will be published each week on the RWI YouTube channel and are ideal for Nursery, Reception and KS1 children. Most films will be available for the period of school closure.

Poetry Time films
You can also find access to the poetry films they have on the YouTube channel. The films will stay on YouTube so children and parents can join in and enjoy them again and again. Please continue to enjoy using these resources with your children to support their phonics development and to foster a love of reading.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Emma Gray
Deputy Headteacher

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17th April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Continuous Learning Projects

 From today, while school is closed, we will be sending home continuous learning projects for you to use with your child over the following week. These will be sent out via parentmail and added to the school website each Friday so you can look at them and familiarise yourself with the content and activities prior to starting any work with your child on the Monday.

The purpose of them is to combine all of the information and activities you need to complete home learning with your child. We fully acknowledge that they cannot replace the quality of learning your child receives at school however, we have tried to create a set of projects that all children can access to maximise their learning whilst they are not able to be in school. If you do not have an email address, we will post the projects to you each week.

Attached to this email will be the project that is for the year group your child is in however, the projects for the other year groups will be available on the website if you want your child to access work from another year group. There are seven weeks of projects that have been planned so far. The aim is for you to complete a minimum of two hours of learning a day with your child but this is very much your parental choice and you may wish for your child to do more. There is no expectation that you complete every activity contained within the project each week. Please feel free to share work that your child has completed with the class teacher on Class Dojo.

The learning projects were planned in phases: EYFS (Nursery and Reception), KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2), Lower KS2 (Year 3 & 4) and Upper KS2 (Year 5 & 6). This means that the ‘Learning Project’ section towards the end of the learning plan will be very similar for both of the year groups for the phase it covers. However, in Years 1 -6, the teachers have tailored some of the other activities, particularly the English and Maths activities so they are year group specific. The EYFS plan is suitable for Nursery and Reception but if your child is in Nursery, you may wish to select the activities that are most appropriate for your child from the learning plan each week.

We hope you will find these projects useful and that you use them to provide a framework from which you can plan other learning opportunities to complete with your child.

Thank you for your support and we hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr Leon Chamberlain                                 Mrs Emma Gray

Head Teacher                                               Deputy Head Teacher

(n.b. Please click on Home Learning page – (Covid-19 Support) to access the Continuous Learning projects page)

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6 April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Home Learning over Easter and Continuous Learning Projects

 Over the traditional Easter holiday period we are not sending home additional home learning packs but we will continue to set books on Bug Club and through Purple Mash. We have also sent home a letter today with some updated information about phonics and reading opportunities which you can access during the Easter period. The letter which we sent on 23rd March also contained a long list of different websites with useful resources and activities that you can access as you wish to. Additionally, if you still have work to complete from the original home learning packs we sent home, you can also be completing this. We are also encouraging the children to create an Easter garden, bonnet, cake or character and send pictures to us to share on our Twitter feed. A separate letter has come home today about this.

From Friday 17th April we will be sending home continuous learning projects for you to use with your child over the following week. These will be sent out via parentmail and added to the school website each Friday so you can look at them and familiarise yourself with the content and activities prior to starting any work with your child on the Monday.

Continuous Learning Projects

Continuous Learning Projects have been created as a result of the school closure, due to the Coronavirus outbreak across the UK. In creating the Learning Projects, we fully acknowledge that they cannot replace the quality of learning your child receives at school however, we have tried to create a set of projects that all children can access to maximise their learning whilst at home.

What are the aims of the Learning Projects?

  • To create age specific learning opportunities for primary school children.
  • To create a resource for parents that is easy to access and use – the focus is on parents being able to help deliver the content or children accessing it independently.
  • Key learning is linked to the National Curriculum.
  • To enable children to continue with their learning at home during the enforced shutdown.
  • To enable families to focus on a joint topic and theme to promote family wide learning.
  • To provide structure and focus to each day.
  • To centralise online learning resources and links into an easy to manage format for families.

How do I use the Learning Projects?

You will be emailed the project that is for the year group your child is in however, the projects for the other year groups will be available on the website if you want your child to access work from another year groups. There are seven weeks of projects that have been planned so far. The aim is for you to complete a minimum of two hours of learning a day with your child but this is very much your parental choice and you may wish for your child to do more.

 

Week Theme
Week 1 My family
Week 2 The area I live in
Week 3 Viewpoints
Week 4 Animals
Week 5 Environment
Week 6 Food
Week 7 Celebration

What happens if my child finds the learning too difficult?

Our first piece of advice to parents is that ALL children find elements of learning challenging at times so try not to worry if your child becomes stuck and you cannot explain it to them. If this happens then make a note of what they found hard and move onto another learning activity – the school will cover any misconceptions when we return.

The Learning Projects which have been designed are based on the National Curriculum expectations for the year group which your child is in. It may be that your child finds the tasks set within the Learning Project for their year group too challenging, for example if they have additional learning needs. If this is the case, then we advise that your child accesses the Learning Projects which are set to the age range below, for example a child in Year 3 could attempt the Year 1 Learning Project, if this is more appropriate for them.

We hope you will find these projects useful and that you use them to provide a framework from which you can plan other learning opportunities to complete with your child.

Thank you for your support and we hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Leon Chamberlain                                 Mrs Emma Gray

Head Teacher                                               Deputy Head Teacher

 

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6th April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Updated Phonics and Reading Home Learning Opportunities During School Closure

We are continuing to send out information and any updated information about additional home learning opportunities during the period of school closure. We want children in our schools to continue learning to read and have familiar routines during this difficult time for families.

 

As a school we teach our phonics, reading and writing through the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc. scheme and there has been an update from Ruth Miskin about the opportunities they are continuing to provide through their programme.

 

RWI Phonics lessons at home

They are continuing to stream three, short Speed Sounds lessons for children to watch at home every weekday on their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ

Each lesson is ten minutes long and available for 24 hours.

Repeats of lessons streamed up until Friday 3rd April will be shown during the Easter holidays (excluding Bank Holidays).

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds 9.30 am (BST) – for children in Nursery and Reception and children who are new to English
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds 10.00 am – for children in Reception that can read Set 1 Speed Sounds and for children in Year 1 and 2
  • Set 3 Speed Sounds 10.30 am – for children in Year 1 and 2 that can read Set 2 Speed Sounds

After the Easter holidays, they will:

  • Continue Sets 1, 2 and 3 Speed Sounds lessons
  • Add lessons to help children read words with Set 1 Speed Sounds and spell words with Set 1, 2 and 3 sounds

Don’t worry if you miss a lesson. Once each set has been shown, they will replay one a day from each set.

Storytime with Nick

From Monday 20th April, they are releasing Storytime with Nick; films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer and a wonderful storyteller. See him in action here.

Three stories will be published each week on their YouTube channel and are ideal for Nursery, Reception and KS1 children. So far, they are filming stories by Jeanne Willis, Tom Percival, Jill Murphy, Cressida Owen and Claire Freedman.

Click here for the YouTube Speed Sounds lessons schedule.

Storytime with Nick

Most films will be available for the period of school closure.

Poetry Time films

 They have also added Poetry Time films to YouTube and will add PDFs of the poems to the website shortly.

The films will stay on YouTube so children and parents can join in and enjoy them again and again.

Other Reading Opportunities

There are so many extra reading opportunities for you at home at the moment that we thought it would be good to share some exciting resources with you, before the Easter holiday! Obviously, Bug Club is great for reading books set by the teachers, alongside completing the quizzes set, but here are some reading for pleasure links:

Please continue to enjoy using these resources with your children to support their phonics development and to foster a love of reading.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr Leon Chamberlain            Mrs Emma Gray

Head Teacher                      Deputy Head Teacher

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26 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Maths Home Learning Opportunities During School Closure

We are continuing to send out information about additional home learning opportunities during the period of school closure.

The Maths Factor was created by Carol Vorderman and following the Government’s decision to implement widespread closures to minimise the spread of Coronavirus, the usual £2 weekly fee to access the website content has been removed making it free for all to access.  The activities are matched to the National Curriculum and are suitable for children aged between 4 and 12 years old.

You can sign up for free using the website link below:

https://www.themathsfactor.com/

Please enjoy using these resources with your child to support their development of mathematical knowledge and understanding.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Leon Chamberlain         Mrs Emma Gray

Head Teacher                       Deputy Head Teacher

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24th March 2020

SEND Learning Resources

Dear Parent/Carers,

I have been provided with a list of websites that could be useful for home-learning for pupils who may have an additional learning need and receive additional support for this in school, or via another external agency.  Some of these websites may have already been provided to you by us previously.

As there are a variety of additional needs I have put all the information together; therefore, not all of this information may be relevant to you but I do hope that you may find some of it useful.

There are resources that cover EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

Language Link – a number of children in school are a part of a Language Link Group (you will have been informed if your child is one of them).  To support your children’s speech, language and communication needs, Language Link have fast tracked the launch of their new Parent Portal to help with this. The site will be live from Friday 20th March and will provide parents with FREE speech and language advice, resources and activities.  

The site can be found at  https://speechandlanguage.info/parents

Twinkl

Has lots of resources for all areas of the curriculum – if you don’t have a printer you could use a lot of their sheets as a guide to create your own activities

www.twinkl.co.uk/offer

Sign up using an email address and password and use the code UKTWINKLHELPS to subscribe for free

Teach it primary

Sign up to get free access until the end of April – teaching packs including adaptable word documents, power points and activities for all areas of the primary curriculum

https://www.teachitprimary.co.uk/membership?utm_source=Teachit%20Primary&utm_medium=Slider&utm_campaign=COVID-19%20membership%20slider

Phonics play

Interactive phonics games for children learning reception to year 2 work

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

Username: march20

Password: home

Teach your monster to read

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com

A free online phonics and reading game

There is also an app you can download for £0.99

Number fun portal

Videos, songs, games and activities covering the primary maths curriculum

https://numberfunportal.com/

TTS

Free to download home learning activity books for EYFS, KS1 and KS2

https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html

Brain pop

Lots of useful educational videos

https://www.brainpop.com/

Scholastic

Launching free online courses for children to complete independently around any curriculum area.

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Classroom secrets

https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/

Free home learning packs and access to interactive resources for EYFS to KS2

Oxford owl

Lots of primary reading resources, including over 100 free e-books

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

Storyline online

Stories read out loud for all ages

https://www.storylineonline.net/

World ebook

Have made over 3000 ebooks and audio books available for children to access for free. Just create an account if you don’t have one already

https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/#!/

Top marks

Full of educational games

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

Prodigy game

A maths based game – you can get a free account

https://www.prodigygame.com/

Duolingo

Learn a language for free – there is also an app free to download

www.duolingo.com

BBC Bitesize

Learning and revision activities for all areas and stages of the curriculum

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Resources focusing less on the curriculum but equally useful!

 

National Geographic

Lots of interesting information and activities for kids

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

30 day Lego challenge

Lots of fun ideas to keep them busy if you have Lego at home – scroll to the bottom of this link to download a printable version of the 30 day Lego challenge

https://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-printable-30-day-lego-challenge-instant-download/

 

Scratch

Create stories, games and animations

https://scratch.mit.edu/

 

CBBC Newsround

Kid friendly news

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

Corona virus info

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround#more-stories-2

Mencap

Easy to read information for pupils with SEND

https://www.mencap.org.uk/search?search=coronavirus

Pobble

Non-screen activities to do at home

https://www.mercerislandschools.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=8282&dataid=58082&FileName=Non-screen%20activities%20-%20from%20Pobble.pdf

To give your brain a break

 

The body coach

Will be hosting a daily PE class for children of all ages at 9am Monday to Friday through his Youtube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

Calm

Lots of calming, mindfulness and meditation resources for kids and adults

https://blog.calm.com/take-a-deep-breath

Supermovers

Lots of fun videos that are linked to the curriculum and get you moving

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

Go noodle

Lots of videos and activities to encourage moving and mindfulness

https://www.gonoodle.com/

Cosmic kids yoga

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids 3+

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Tips for working from home using autism resources

·             Provide a visual structure – this can be a simple ‘now and next’ board or a full timetable showing each activity etc. depending on the level of understanding your child has- be mindful that ALL children and young people like to know what they are doing, how long for, when they will be finished, and when they get to do something they want to do.  Visuals/written checklist allow our children and young people to cross off activities which will help them feel like they are achieving and gives them a clear end.

·             Having an incentive or reward system is great – be mindful that some children will need rewards at regular intervals (using the ‘I am Working For’ card system is good for this). If our child/young person is faced with too much of a demand/too long a wait, then they may feel it is impossible to achieve and avoid even attempting the task. This may result in defiant behaviour due to fear of failure.  Little and often! J

·             Having a designated work space- our children and young people may find working at home very challenging and might not be able to understand the reasoning behind this. Allow the child/young person to choose their work space (if they display demand avoidant behaviours, limited choice is better- give them some structured options). Make sure the choice is reasonable i.e not in front of the TV. Consider the environment – noise, distraction etc.

·             Allowing the child to have their own ‘display board’ or wall like in their classrooms can help. They can display their work or favourite picture etc.

·             Allow breaks- use the sensory feedback sheet for options of activities during the break for children with sensory processing difficulties.

·             Make learning fun- it does not have to be at a table- particularly for those children/young people that are impulsive and find it difficult to focus- gardening, baking, crafting etc. are great

·             Go where their interest is! Complete projects, research, activities around their motivating subjects. Helping around the house, outside, with cars, construction etc.

·             Exercise and activities- the sensory feedback sheet can help but also creating your own fitness circuits, researching Youtube videos for fitness routines and relaxation and mindfulness for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaTDNYjk-Gw  for younger children.

I do hope that you find these resources useful.

 Kind regards,

Mrs Pimm

SENDCO

(Junior Site)


24th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

PE Home Learning Opportunities During School Closure

As we are made aware of further home learning opportunities which we think will be useful during the period of school closure we will continue to update you.

You may have seen that Joe Wicks is doing a 30 minute live PE session at 9:00 am each weekday morning. Go to The Body Coach TV on YouTube and simply join in the workout session with hundreds of thousands of others around the country.

In school we use a PE scheme called ‘Real PE’ and a home log in has also now been made available for this scheme so the children can continue to be active at home. Real PE at home includes an online programme which 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 1000s 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 this week) 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. Here are the details to access Real PE home:

The website address is: home.jasmineactive.com 
Parent email: parent@oltonprima-1.com
Password: oltonprima

Click here to view more information to support you including a user guide and FAQs.

We hope you will find the resources useful and a good way to continue to be active during these unprecedented times.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Leon Chamberlain                              Mrs Emma Gray

Head Teacher                                           Deputy Head Teacher

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19th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Re: Home Learning Packs

During the school closure, each year group is providing a range of activities that can be completed at home.

For parents on Parentmail, these packs will be emailed out to you; paper copies of work will be available for those parents who receive paper copies of letters. If you receive communications via Parentmail but do not have a device from which your child can work (i.e. if you only have a phone available), we can provide a limited number of paper packs. If this applies to you, please call the relevant site’s office by the end of today and you will be able to collect your pack on Friday.

Children in school today who require the packs will be given them to take home. Those children who are not in school and usually receive hard copies of all communication can collect a pack (as long as the family is not in self-isolation) from 3.15pm today.

The home learning activities we are currently able to provide:

 A range of activities (year group specific) covering different subjects

 A ‘Power Project’ which is linked to a specific learning topic or theme, which the children can work on over a period of time. These are included in packs if you request a paper copy, or will be emailed out with the activity packs.

 Reading books, together with allocated books on Bug Club.

 ‘To do’ activities set on Purple Mash. These can be updated remotely, so staff can add additional tasks to this each week as necessary.

TimesTable Rockstars programme (Year 1 and up), so the children can be learning and rehearsing times tables.

A range of companies are providing free access for a set period of time to support parents with home learning activities. These will be suitable for a range of ages.

Twinkl are offering a free subscription for parents at the moment. Use the website www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and use the code: UKTWINKLHELPS to access the whole range of resources.

White Rose Maths are going to produce resources to support with Maths learning. These will not be available until next week so further information about this resource will be provided then. Please use the website: https://whiterosemaths.com/

A list of useful websites can be found below. Please check these will provide age related activities for your child.

National Geographic Kids – activities and quizzes for younger kids. https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

Cbeebies Radio – listening activities for younger children. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio

Nature Detectives – Ideas great for being outside in the garden. https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/

Oxford Owl for Home – A range of free resources for Primary-aged children. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

Phonicsplay has lots of phonics resources and interactive games to play on the computer. Please use march20 as the username and home as the password to access the resources. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk

 www.khanacademy.org – Some fantastic resources for teaching maths skills.

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1vYCLNlGK2wdM8R9FqhVxhV/classclips-primary – tonnes of videos and ‘learn pages’

 https://hourofcode.com/uk/learn – lots of hour long programming tutorials based around popular games (including Minecraft, Angry Birds, Star Wars, Frozen…)

 https://blockly.games/ – more coding games

 https://scratch.mit.edu/ – programming tool – again, good tutorials and the ability to make your own game.

 https://mysteryscience.com/ – ‘open and go’ science lessons

 http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/menu/?_ga=2.84484572.492358472.1584526 696-2004598486.1584526696 – A range of activities that could be done in the garden, or the park.

 https://world-geography-games.com/  https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/ – online encyclopaedia with games and quizzes

Staff will continue to update Bug Club and Purple Mash with different activities to do and further work may be emailed out when we have a greater understanding of how long the school closure may impact the children’s learning for.

We will continue to use our usual lines of communication such as Parentmail, Twitter and the school website. During the period of school closure, we are also encouraging parents to use the class dojo message facility so that it there are queries e.g. such as forgotten log in details for some of the learning platforms such as Purple Mash that you can still have these resolved. Teachers will check dojos a minimum of twice per week so they can respond to queries.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Leon Chamberlain                              Mrs Emma Gray

 Head Teacher                                          Deputy Head Teacher