Covid-19 - parent info

Home Learning 2021

January 2021

Remote Learning for the week ahead can be found by clicking on the relevant Year Group listings below. 

If you need support with the learning or wish to speak to a teacher about it, you can now use the following email addresses to make contact. 

Year 3:year3@orchard.emat.uk      Year 4: year4@orchard.emat.uk

Year 5: year5@orchard.emat.uk      Year 6: year6@orchard.emat.uk

CONGRATULATIONS to our Home Learning Stars of the Week:

Year 3: Luca    Year 4: Jayadeep    Year 5: Athavan     Year 6: Sabah

Remote Learning Meeting for Parents / Carers

Friday 8th January 2021

 

Week Commencing 25th January 2021

Assemblies

Physical Education (All Years)

Year 3 'A Sway a Day' Week 4

Year 3 

Year 4 'A Sway a Day' Week 4

Year 4 

Year 5 'A Sway a Day' Week 4

Year 5 

Year 6 'A Sway a Day' Week 4

Year 6

In addition to all of the above, children are also encouraged to access new reading material every day while at home by using BugClub. Teachers have assigned all children with reading books approrpiate to their ability.  

Weekly spellings will continue to be taught in school using the EdShed Spelling scheme. All children can access these and continue to practice their weekly spellings by logging into Spelling Shed where teachers will assign new spellings each week. 

Maths skills and Times Tables can be practiced daily as extra, this will really help children continue to develop fluency in maths. Please use Sumdog and TTRockstars

To support with Science, children all have a log in for the Developing Experts website, where they can access presentations, activities, videos and quizzes to support them with their current science topics. This is alligned to what teachers are teaching in class currently. 

We have also gathered a range of wider resources you might find of interest, including some recommended podcasts to listen to and websites to visit to further your learning.

CLICK HERE 

 

Week Commencing 18th January 2021 (Week 3)

Assemblies 

Phsycial Education (All Years)

Year 3 'A Sway a Day' Week 3

Year 3 

Year 4 'A Sway a Day' Week 

Year 4 

Year 5 'A Sway a Day' Week 3

Year 5 

Year 6  'A Sway a Day' Week 3

Year 6

Week Commencing 11th January 2021 (Week 2)

Assemblies

Physical Education Personal Challenges

Year 3 'A Sway a Day - Week 2'

Year 3 

Year  4 'A Sway a Day - Week 2'

Year 4 

Year 5 'A Sway a Day - Week 2'

Year 5 

Year 6 'A Sway a Day - Week 2'

Year 6

Week Commencing 4th January 2021 (Week 1)

Physical Education Personal Challenges

Year 3 'A Sway a Day'

Year 3 

Year 4 'A Sway a Day'

Year 4 

Year 5 'A Sway a Day'

Year 5 

Year 6 'A Sway a Day'

Year 6

 

 

Week Commencing 1st February 2021

Year 3 

Year 4 

Year 5 

Year 6

Week Commencing 8th February 2021

Year 3 

Year 4 

Year 5 

Year 6

 

November 2020 Update

We understand that there might be times this year individuals are not able to attend school due the current situation. If this happens, we want to make sure all children are able to continue with their learning. We have mapped out online lessons and resources which match to what children should be learning at each part of the year. We hope this means no child has to worry about missing out on their learning. If you need support please contact the school. (Please be aware that all teachers currently have full time teaching commitments so may not be able to speak to you straight away, but will do their best to get in touch within 1 day). 

Week Commencing 7th December 2020

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6 

Week Commencing 14th December 2020

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6 

Week Commencing 30th November 2020

Year 3 

Year 4 

Year 5

Year 6

In addition to all of the above, children are also encouraged to access new reading material every day while at home by using BugClub. Teachers have assigned all children with reading books approrpiate to their ability.  

Weekly spellings will continue to be taught in school using the EdShed Spelling scheme. All children can access these and continue to practice their weekly spellings by logging into Spelling Shed where teachers will assign new spellings each week. 

Maths skills and Times Tables can be practiced daily as extra, this will really help children continue to develop fluency in maths. Please use Sumdog and TTRockstars

To support with Science, children all have a log in for the Developing Experts website, where they can access presentations, activities, videos and quizzes to support them with their current science topics. This is alligned to what teachers are teaching in class currently. 

Previous Home Learning which might also be of interest 

Week Commencing 23rd November 2020

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5 

Year 6

Week Commencing 16th November 2020

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Week Commencing 9th November 2020

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Week Commencing 2nd November 2020

Year 3 

Year 4 

Year 5 

Year 6

Week Commencing 19th October 2020
Year 3

Year 4 

Year 5 

Year 6 

Week Commencing 12th October 2020

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Week Commencing 5th October 2020

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Week Commencing 28th September 2020

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Week Commencing 21st September 2020

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5 

Year 6

Week Commening 14th September 2020

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Week Commencing 7th September 2020

Year 3 

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

If your child is at home, please follow the links below for some suggested learning activities. As school is closed to most pupils, these pages are being updated regularly by teachers.

If you need any help please email ParentSupport@orchard.emat.uk.

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Support for children with SEND

Message from Mr. Brown

I very much hope that you and your families are safe and well in these difficult times.

I am very proud to welcome you to the Home Learning section of our website. It is strange to think that in mid-March it did not even exist and yet has now become a vibrant hub of learning activities and a place to celebrate and share the successes of our children, whatever these are and wherever they may be. Feedback to us anecdotally and through our parent survey has been really positive and we very much appreciate your support. Please remember to keep checking back daily and follow our Facebook Page for all the latest news from school.

I need to thank colleagues at Orchard who have been amazing in the speed with which they began posting resources and activities online, as well as the regularity with which they continue to add new content every day. In particular, Mr. Williamson, Mr. Allwood, Mrs. Mundy and Mrs. Carter have really ‘led the charge’ in getting everything prepared and delivered to you. I’m also hugely grateful to other teachers who have contributed content, whether it be through producing the Daily Task sheets or even making videos for our pupils – this really has been a team effort.

I know that many of you have been struggling at home with your children. Please be assured you are not alone. Even very experienced teachers have found it difficult educating their children at home. There are so many reasons it is a huge challenge. Remember…

 You can only do your best.

Most of you are not teachers and in my previous letters I have tried to reassure you that you cannot be expected to give your child the same level of education they would receive at school normally. Becoming a teacher takes years of training and study – you have had no time at all, have a lot of other things going on and can only do what you can for your children. Your children are out of their normal routine and some will have found this very difficult indeed, so things were always likely to be difficult!

Be realistic and appreciate that the most important thing at this time is that your family stays safe. As I have said previously, try to come up with a manageable routine each day. Routines are very important. Don’t expect too much from yourself or children. They are not going to be able to sit still and learn for hours on end and you are not going to be able to teach them for that long as it would be too stressful for everyone! Be very cautious about people who look like they are doing an amazing job at ‘home-schooling’ on social media. Like with many things on Facebook or Instagram, photos can paint a very different picture from reality! Just this weekend I saw a family out in the park doing a P.E. session together. There was a massive falling-out between them and a very public row, but ten minutes later they took a ‘family selfie’ which I imagine will now be on social media showing what an amazing time they had! Don’t let other people’s social media posts make you feel like you are failing!

According to our survey, most of you are doing between one to two hours of learning per day and many of you are doing up to four. This is fine and far better than trying to do too much! Some said that they had not done any at all. I would encourage you to make an effort, no matter how small, to support your children. We are here to help with that.

To try to support you, we are offering a ‘Daily Task’ sheet for each Year Group.

This will feature a maths task and an English task, along with a link to tell us when you are finished! Answers will be revealed on the following day’s sheet where appropriate. This is meant to be a good starting point for your home learning and of course staff in each year group are continuing the great job they’ve been doing of updating their pages with various activities to choose from. Aim to do the Daily Tasks as a minimum and then select a few additional home learning activities as a bonus. We have made it so the Daily Task is openable on almost all smartphones / tablets and there is no need to do any printing – you’ll just need a scrap piece of paper and a pen / pencil each day. You may have seen in the news that a range of home learning services have begun to launch now such as BBC Bitesize daily lessons and the Oak National Academy. We will be linking to some of the activities on these sites through our own website, so start with us and head over to the others through our links. Remember, learning can be fun! Reading is very important and story-time definitely counts as learning time!

We have started making phone calls to every family to find out if they need any advice / support. It will obviously take time to get through all 355 children so please be patient, but we hope to speak to every one of you in the next few weeks. People have been getting in touch via ParentSupport@orchard.emat.uk to ask for work to be printed and this is absolutely fine. Please get in touch if you need our help.

Lastly, thank you to everyone who has been sending pictures of your fantastic work you’ve been doing at home! Please keep this up as we love seeing what you’ve done. Get in touch either through the ParentSupport email address above, or through our Facebook Page

Questions about returning to school

There have been several news articles recently which have said there are plans to re-open schools to more pupils in three weeks. I know this has concerned some of you, particularly given that so many people continue to be tragically taken from us each day by this dreadful virus. The Government has not indicated when they will begin to allow more pupils back into schools, but in response to the news articles the Department for Education said on Saturday:

“No decision has been made on a timetable for re-opening schools. Schools remain closed until further notice, except for children of critical workers and the most vulnerable children. Schools will only re-open when the scientific advice indicates it is the right time to do so.”

Safeguarding children, families and staff is every school’s top priority. At the minute, it would be hard to imagine how we could guarantee everyone’s safety if a large number of people were here. Some parents have asked really good questions about what will happen when we do all return to school. Will there be a ‘phased return’ with different year groups in school on different days? Will staff and pupils be expected to wear personal protection equipment (PPE) such as masks? Unfortunately, we simply do not know the answers to such questions at this stage. The Government last week set out 5 tests for ending the current ‘lockdown.’ Test 5 was needing to be confident that any adjustment to the current measures will not risk a ‘second peak’ of infections and overwhelm the NHS. It seems almost certain that this test alone will not be met within the next three weeks, therefore it is highly unlikely schools will begin to fully reopen in that time. Beyond this is impossible to predict at this stage. Rest assured, as soon as I have any further information on this matter, I will write to parents.

 

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