Nursery, Reception and Year 1 Parents - Please see information on Class Dojo.
Year 2 and KS2 Parents - Please see information on Seesaw.
In Nursery, Reception and year 1 we are using Class Dojo to help improve how we communicate with parents and giving parents greater insight into what happens in school, we have set up Class Dojo accounts for each teacher and child. By now, you should joined and set up your Class Dojo account.
I hope that you will have now joined and connected with your child’s monster in school on your devices at home. You will also be able to see ‘class stories’ where the teacher will post a little information about what the children have been doing in a particular lesson and will also see your own child's individual learning journey, showing key moments from their learning and experiences at school.
We hope that you find Class Dojo to be a convenient and exciting way of being made aware of how your child is getting on in school.
You can also message your child's teacher or comment on any posts. With regards to messaging we would just like to clarify how to use them:
Do message your child’s teacher if you want to share something positive from home or congratulate your child on something they have done in school
Do message your child’s teacher if you have a small query or would like to find out something simple
You can message on Class Dojo to ask the teacher if you could arrange to see them
You can use Class Dojo for any general day to day communication
Please do not message your child’s teacher to notify them of absences or illnesses – this should be done via the school office as normal
Please do not use Class Dojo to message about any urgent or serious issues; please use the school office and normal school procedures for this
Teachers will always endeavour to reply as quickly as possible. However, please bear in mind that school life can be incredibly busy and whilst every effort will be made to reply or acknowledge messages, there may be a slight delay on occasion.
We hope this clarifies any questions you may have and that you enjoy connecting with us and your children through Class Dojo.
We are now using an exciting new earning platform called Seesaw for our pupils in Year 2 to Year 6.
All children in Year 2 to Year 6 have been issued with a QR log in code and should now be using the platform successfully in school.
Pupils can “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. Seesaw helps capture the learning process and children can use Seesaw’s built-in audio recording and drawing tools to reflect on what they’ve learned or explain how they got their answer.
You will be able to see some of the children's work on the class pages or via the weekly year group blog.
Websites/Links for parents
Here are some free websites that we think will help you work with your children at home, reinforcing much of the work we do here in school. Why not have a try and let us know how you get on!
Free access to past SATS papers
Websites to help with all Subjects
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Click on “Go To Primary”, then “KS1” or "KS2", and choose a subject!
Topmarks has some fantastic games, covering a wide range of topics.
Websites to support with Maths
The National Numeracy Website: https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/
This is a really good website with lots of useful resources. It is designed to raise standards of numeracy across the country for both children and adults and it has specific areas for parents who want to help their children.
This website has plenty of free resources to help your child with reasoning and problem solving.
My maths: https://www.mymaths.co.uk/ *
Times Tables Rock Stars: https://ttrockstars.com/ *
Math Playground: mathplayground.com
Websites to support with Literacy:
Read Write Inc https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/
This is a really useful website with a lots of free videos and information for parents
*The school subscribes to these sites and each child has their own log-in details which should be in their reading record book or in their homework book
OTHER FREE online education resources
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Educational online games
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
Lots of interactive materials for children aged 1 to 6. They are offering free full access with live classes and on
Select the KS1 option from the home page and there are lots of activities here which will help your child recall previous learning.
https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/ Classroom Secrets Kids is offering FREE access to everyone until the end of April 2020. The platform is aimed at primary aged children and covers subjects such as maths, reading, grammar and spelling. The platform is really child-friendly so that they're able to access it on their own. There's load of games and interactive activities from phonics to SATs.