Home Learning Update

Northumberland Learning and Skills Team

Guidance for professionals on the range of home learning opportunities available to families in Northumberland

Over the last few weeks, because of the temporary closure of schools during the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a huge increase in online resources available for parents to support home schooling. This is an attempt to highlight some of these online resources so that you can signpost parents to appropriate activities, and help support them in their new role as home educators.

Home Learning Guides

The School Improvement Team have put together a comprehensive set of Home Learning Ideas for KS1 (5-7 years) and KS2 (7-11 years). It's packed full of great resources and suggestions.

A weekly guide to activities can be found here (in the 'Homeschooling resources' section).

Additional ideas can be found on their Padlet which provides links to a wide range of home learning opportunities. More recently, new resources have been added specifically for parents, and also for staff.

For younger children under 5, some great ideas and activities that can be found here.

To help children understand the current situation, suggested resources can be found via this link.

Learning Platforms

Most pupils in Northumberland have access to a learning platform. For the majority of children, this will be School360. It's web-based and can be accessed on a range of devices, including iPads and Android tablets. Children will have received a unique username and password from their school.

School360 includes a wide range of award-winning, cross-curricular resources which include hundreds of interactive activities, supported by an e-library, clipart, songs, stories and photographs. Further information on the platform can be found here, or by playing this video.

In addition, the resources section contains links to many of the home learning resources highlighted in this newsletter to help parents and pupils access the materials quickly and easily.

What Are These?

Northumberland Sport, along with Northumberland County Council, regional NHS Foundation Trusts and many other proactive organisations, have come together to produce a new physical activity strategy for Northumberland called More Active for Life.

With the closing of many schools up and down the county, More Active for Life understands that children are missing out on their weekly PE lessons as well. This website provides various links, which showcase a diverse range of activities from the likes of CBeebies, PE with Joe and much, much more.

To help keep you active at this time, the Youth Service have come up with The Northumberland Home Challenge!

The task is to complete all 6 challenges over the next few weeks. Document all your achievements, send us the evidence of what you have done and you will receive a certificate and a chance to win one of our online vouchers to spend! Click here for further details.

The DfE have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.

These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages. The list includes subject-specific resources and these are currently free to access.

For Primary aged pupils, specific advice can be found via this link.

For younger children, advice on a range of activities can be found here.

Guidance to support children and young people's mental health and wellbeing can be found here.

Click on this link to get technology support for children and schools during coronavirus.

What is the Oak National Academy?

'We are an online classroom and resource hub created by teachers, for teachers.

Our aim is to support teachers to support their pupils. We provide a bank of high-quality, sequenced video lessons and resources for teachers to use as they wish. We’ll cover a range of subjects including maths, English, art and languages.

Teachers can use these resources to complement their own lesson planning and remote teaching until schools fully re-open. Every lesson will be free to use for every teacher and every pupil.

To find out more please see our information for teachers and schools or information for parents and pupils.'

What is Bitesize?

BBC Bitesize is a free online study support resource designed to help with learning, revision and homework!

Bitesize provides support for learners aged 5 to 16+ across a wide range of school subjects. It also supports children and young people’s wellbeing and career choices. From April 20th Bitesize will be publishing daily lessons to help students across the UK with home schooling.

Bitesize guides are written by teachers and subject experts and are mapped to follow the curricula of the UK. Secondary Bitesize follows exam board specifications for the main exam boards in the UK, including for GCSE in England.

Bitesize Parents' Toolkit: SEND

SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) resources, activities and support to help families during lockdown can be found here.

In addition, DfE advice can be found at this site.

Resources to help keep children safe online

Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing.

This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.

Further advice and activities for children and young people can be found on the Thinkuknow website.