At Whitmore Park, we provide high quality Remote Learning for all children who are self-isolating at home. This is so that the children can continue with the same level of learning at home as the children in school and will help them to stay on track with their learning whilst they are self-isolating. The Department for Education have set high expectations for children learning at home such as schools providing access to the full curriculum and a full day’s lessons. We will provide this and support parents and children to do their very best to achieve it whilst learning from home.
We will provide:
- daily English lessons including reading, writing, spelling or grammar
- daily maths lessons including Maths No Problem lessons and arithmetic lessons
- weekly lessons for all of the other lessons that we are teaching in school
We also expect the children to continue reading at least 5 times a week, practise handwriting at home, practise times tables on Times Table Rockstars and complete reading questions on Oxford Reading Buddy.
The lessons will include:
- the expected learning outcome for the lesson
- the vocabulary used in the lesson
- lesson explanations of how to complete the work
- videos or worked examples to demonstrate the main teaching point of the lesson
- task for the children to complete
Guidance for parents
Lessons will be available on the Showbie learning platform each day for Y3,4,5 + 6 and on Seesaw for Y1 + 2.
Children should complete their work in their Remote Learning book, Maths No Problem workbook or directly onto Showbie or Seesaw. If children complete their work in the Maths No Problem workbook or Remote learning exercise book, please take a photograph of the work and upload it to Showbie or Seesaw so teachers can provide feedback.
Please read our parent guides for further information and frequently asked questions:
Feedback on learning
Teachers will provide daily feedback on the children’s learning on Showbie or Seesaw. As well as marking correct work and providing positive feedback, they will address any errors that the children have made, help them to correct the work and provide next steps to support.
Access to IT
If you do not have access to the internet or a suitable device (phones are not suitable devices) for your child to work on at home, please contact the school. We may be able to loan you a device for your child to use at home wherever we can make them available. We are also looking into the availability of reasonably priced devices that you may be able to purchase. We will provide paper copies of the lessons so that your child can continue to work on the same lessons as those with access to IT.
The class teacher will keep daily communication with the children through Showbie or Seesaw and may phone as well. If your child is not using Showbie or Seesaw, the class teacher or another member of school staff will make regular phone calls to check on how learning is going at home, provide motivation or encouragement and help to solve any problems. Please note that when a member of school staff calls it may come up on your screen as ‘no caller ID’.
Class Teacher Videos
Videos for Parents and Pupils
Here are some videos created by the staff and pupils of Whitmore Park that you might like to watch.
Read, Read, Repeat!
One of the most important and best things you can encourage your child to do to support their learning is Read, Read, Repeat!
At Whitmore Park, we’ve decided to have a month of reading, whether you’re learning at home or school.
We have asked some members of staff to read some of their favourite children books. Recordings of these can be found below.
If your child has forgotten their login details for any of these websites, please contact the school.
Purple Mash is a creative educational website for children, full of cross-curricular resources. It is a safe environment, that does not require any downloading or interaction with people online, and can be accessed from home on a laptop, desktop or tablet*. Your child has been taught how to use Purple Mash, and will be able to use it independently, but you may want to take a few moments to explore it yourself.
*There are some tools that won’t work on tablets, but most do.
Link to Login Page – https://www.purplemash.com/sch/whitmore.
Oxford Reading Buddy is a digital reading service that supports each child’s personal reading journey by providing them with access to thousands of books. Your child can also complete quizzes based on these books, which helps build their comprehension skills.
Please be aware that the website has been experiencing a few technical difficulties so if you are having troubles logging in, please try again at a later time.
Link to Login Page – https://www.oxfordreadingbuddy.com/
Times Table Rockstars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so.
Link to Login Page – https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/57259
Twinkl is an online educational publishing house, that produces teaching and educational materials. They are offering a month’s free access to all Twinkl resources to parents of children in schools that face closure.
To sign up for your free month, go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code CVDTWINKLHELPS to get started.
Twinkl also has a Parents Hub with a number of different guides, designed for parents, to support them with different curricular areas.
School Nursing Team Information
www.healthforkids.co.uk offers a fun way for children to learn about health with games, activities and quizzes.
Parents can call the School Nurses between 8.30am – 16.30pm, Monday to Friday on 02475189190 to discuss any child health concerns they may have. For advice and support from your school nurse please text “Chat Health” on 07507 329114 between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. If your child is unwell please call your GP or call 111. For medical emergencies ring 999.