If St Paul’s is closed due to a local or national coronavirus lockdown, many families will be caring for and educating their children at home. This webpage contains information and advice during this time. Please check your Class Dojo for the activities set by your class teacher/s. At the bottom of this page is information about ClassDojo, the learning and communication tool we have adopted to keep contact between your child and class teacher going.
How To Support Home Learning
Supporting Children and Young People with worries about COVID-19
Inevitably, children and families will be spending more time online during the lockdown. In this section there are resources parents and carers can use to get a better understanding of the issues and material to support.
There is support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
- Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
- Let’s Talk About It (support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation)
- UK Safer Internet Centre (tips, advice, guides)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Closure of educational settings: guidance for parents and carers A range of information, including support to help keep children safe online.
- Let's Talk About It - Staying Safe Online Unfortunately, whilst rare, there are negative influencers and online groomers who use the internet, social media and online gaming to spread their extreme ideas, which children can be exposed to. Some of these ideas may be considered radical or extreme and when a person starts to support or be involved in them, this is called radicalisation.
Getting Too Much?
While it is great having time with the children, being with them 24/7 can be a completely different story. If you need help to keep on going, try these resources:
- Every Mind Matters Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
- Family Lives (previously known as Parentline) If you’re finding it hard at home with your child and are struggling to cope, call Family Lives for free, confidential advice on 0808 800 2222.
- MindEd for Families Safe and reliable advice about young people’s mental health, created by experts and parents together.
- NSPCC If you’re worried about the safety of another child in our community, call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. Or call the police on 999 if you think a child is in immediate danger.
- SAFE cic: 10 Questions Frequently Asked by Families To help families keep as safe as possible SAFE has developed some useful FAQs.
Routine - Establish a Daily Schedule and Stick to It!
Although is may be the easiest option, allowing your children unrestricted gaming and use of the internet is not the best move; in fact, it is an incredibly bad one as you will be fostering a mindset fixed wholly around lethargy and leisure. Parents/carers will find that they are treated more like domestic servants by their children, rather than mothers or fathers. Moreover, by encouraging a sedentary lifestyle you are getting your child to adopt seriously life-debilitating attitudes for the future, with associated health-risks and limited life-choices. So, first of all, ensure that the game console, etc. are strictly rationed!
Next - establish a plan which works for you and your family. Here's a suggestion:
7.30am Rise and Shine!
8.30am Chores (set up a rota for your child to be involved with household maintenance)
9.00am Have an exercise routine to start the day. Remember those Joe Wicks routines
9.30am Individual reading - linked with Accelerated Reader
11.30am English (activities set from my school as well as Studyladder spelling)
12.30am Lunch (sit down and eat together: avoid putting on the TV - listen to music and chat, share best moments of the day so far - and finish with the children taking their fair share in the tidying up)
1.30pm Arts and crafts (draw a picture, make something, be creative) or Topic Work [try alternating daily]
2.30pm Collective Worship – Check the School’s Youtube Channel for updated Collective Worship Videos as this would be when school gets together, maintain the tradition. If you are religious, pray together; if you are not religious, share more of the day's highlights and what you are looking forward to over the next few days. Encourage your child to write down something, perhaps in a notebook which you intend to keep as a family, about this reflection. Let them relax into the activity, taking pride in what they do. Each day you are together is precious - encourage them to see that.
3.00pm End the school day by encouraging your child to contact someone who would love to hear from them, whether an elderly relative, a neighbour in need or an absent friend - but keeping in mind the rules of isolation and social distancing. A letter, note or phone call is all it needs.
3.45pm - bedtime Family time, including limited gaming/social internet use (keep bedtime at its usual time for a school day and not the same as adults - you need time away from the children too).
There will be resistance to this schedule from many: please do not crumble and give in. Patience and endurance will get you there and will help establish good routines for life in your child.
Arts, Culture & Virtual Visits
Life during lockdown prevents us being out and about, so visits to heritage and cultural sites are off the agenda. While such trips are not possible in the real world, the virtual world is a different story. Check out the following document and links to get out-and-about without leaving home:
The following links will take you to a range of useful resources and videos - please try them out:
- Coronavirus (COVID 19) Guidance: list of online education resources for home educationThese 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.
- 20 learning apps for stir-crazy kidsThese fun-filled educational apps provide perfect brain food for children while schools are closed
- Home Learning Resources List for Schools and FamiliesAn extensive range of resources across the curriculum
- Abacus (Active Learn Portal)Abacus is a maths toolkit that has been carefully crafted to inspire a genuine love of maths and help you support every child to master the National Curriculum.
- Audible StoriesFree audio books for streaming during the school shutdown
- BBC Bitesize - Learn and ReviseDaily content that supports home-learning while schools are closed across the UK, to help parents with their children's education and wellbeing.
- BBC Primary GamesA range of educational games from the BBC.
- Best Ideas for KidsThis is a community where we share mostly craft ideas for kids of all ages! We also create and share activities, recipes and other ideas for kids. Whether you’re a parent, caregiver or teacher, there is something for everyone here!
- Best Ideas for Kids: 15+ Best Educational Videos For KidsIf you are looking for ways to keep kids entertained but also learning, then this list of YouTube channels may be a great resource for you. We have compiled a list of the 15+ Best Educational YouTube Channels For Kids. There is something here for almost every subject, including Maths, Science, Art and even general channels with a breadth of learning videos.
- BP Educational ServiceFree sciencec, geography and design & technology resources for ages 4 to 11
- Challenging Learning ActivitiesShared resources and recommendations for adults everywhere to engage young people in thoughtful conversations and problem-solving activities at home.
- ClassDojoHelping child and parents stay connected to their teachers and keep learning at home.
- DuolingoLearn a language for free. Forever.
- Educational Games for KidsChildren will love learning with these maths and reading games. Have fun and watch their skills grow.
- Jigsaw Big SingWould your children like to share a video of themselves singing and dancing along with a national singing initiative? If so, play the video in this link. Jan and Ryan will explain everything. Then work your way through the supporting materials.
- Jigsaw Families At Home - Free Stories with ActivitiesSpecially adapted Jigsaw PSHE lessons and learning activities for parents and children. There is a strong emphasis on emotional wellbeing and mental health.
- myON: Life is Better When We Read TogetherTo help support teachers, students and parents to 'Keep the UK and Ireland reading', we are offering access to thousands of enhanced digital books through myON and articles from myON News.
- Oxford Owl for HomeFree resources to help your child learn at home
- Purple MashEmbedding computing and digital skills across the whole curriculum: award-winning teaching and learning software for the primary school years.
- RHS Campaign for School GardeningSaucer Veg: with a little time and patience there are vegetables that you can re-grow again and again from kitchen scraps!
- Times Tables Rock StarsTimes Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.
- Young Enterprise & Young Money - Parent ToolkitThis Parent Toolkit is designed to give you access to a range of Young Enterprise and Young Money resources suitable for use with children and young people as part of their home-learning.
ClassDojo during the Coronavirus Pandemic
ClassDojo is the system St Paul’s will use to maintain contact with our pupils during the time school is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Children need to use a QR code to enter the system and parents/carers have been provided with their own logins to monitor communications between teachers and pupils.
Parents/carers should understand that, during the crisis, while teachers will do what they can to maintain the system within our usual 3-day service standards, it will not be possible to do so at evenings or weekends and, if staff become sick, they will not log into ClassDojo at all. Teachers are likely to look at the system only between 8.50am and 3.30pm.
Urgent messages should be sent via the School Office email firstname.lastname@example.org or Dojo or call Mrs Roberts in the school office 01749 343250. Or out of Hours please use this email: