It is an unsettling time for all as we remain contained to our houses due to Covid-19. 'Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives' is our new and hugely important mantra.
Our school community is amazingly supportive and the sense of team spirit and 'Belong, Believe, Achieve' prevails.
This page will provide some guidance and links to support you at home over the coming weeks to help keep the children engaged and motivated. Please also see the linked 'Health and Wellbeing' page for ideas to help both you and your child.
Please remember to follow @BurleyOaks on Twitter for regular updates and suggestions. Our teachers are all available via email and then by phone should you need; all of the contacts were sent out via Parentmail. If in doubt contact the school office by phone on 01943 862642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping Children Safe
Keeping EVERYONE safe at this time is our nation's ultimate goal in this unprecedented emergency situation. The government's advice for keeping safe at home can be found here.
Advice from the DFE has also been published about school closures.
We have added an annex to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy to take account of new measures which are now in place to ensure that our procedures are robust. This can be read here.
If you have a concern about a child's welfare please click here.
The NSPCC have published a guide to support families during the Coronavirus pandemic.
A children's guide to Coronavirus from the Children's Commissioner can by found by clicking on the picture below:
If you are a child and have a worry that you need to share, you can email your teacher or contact Childline on 0800 1111.
Learning at Home
Currently, we have a small number of children in school who are either vulnerable or have parents who are key workers critical to the Covid-19 response. Our staff are doing a great job both in school and remotely to support children's learning despite the obvious challenges.
The packs we sent home are a start for your child to keep learning at home. As per my email, please keep perspective and understand that this is not 'homeschooling'; this is, at best, distance learning. In reality, it's everyone trying to do the very best they can amidst a range of challenges.
In addition to this, teachers will set work through their blogs on a regular basis. For those in Upper Key Stage 2, the Google Classroom will be used to set and upload work. Please keep checking them regularly. Please bear with us as we develop our strategies for learning together.
You are your child's primary educator and know your child best; the first priority here is to keep our mental and physical wellbeing in top shape. Have a look at the 'health and mental wellbeing' blog on our site for some ideas.
This is a great start:
The DFE has published the following guide (click on the picture) which is accompanied by an 'easy read' to help look after our feelings.
From there you could aim to do:
- A bit of reading every day (independently or to/with your child or via an audio-book etc.). See our reading blog page with great activities for reading and links to our vast online library. Choose from the collection to keep imaginations alive.
- Some free writing now and then - a diary is great and will serve as our very own piece of history in years to come.
- Practical hands on maths, be that via cooking, cleaning, outside or some maths games, physical or digital.
- Some fine motor work; lego, cutting, play-dough, tidying up small toys.
- Physical exercise every day.
- Some art/music where possible through the week.
- Working on a project is great for keeping brains ticking over. Start researching in a book or online and putting together something to present to family.
- Lots of imaginative free play; the more independent the better.
If you prefer to set more of a structure, picking and choosing from the following may be of use:
- 9am - P. E. with Joe Wicks, The Body Coach or
- 9am - Cosmic Kids' Yoga
- 9.30am - Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc Phonic Sessions
- 10am - Mylene Class' Music Class or
- The Maths Party - a daily maths lesson from The White Rose Hub
- 10am Dr Chip’s daily dose of Science, Engineering and Computing
- 11am - Story time with David Walliams
- 11am - Let’s Go Live Science with Maddie Moate and Greg Foot
- 11am - Body Beats body percussion online lesson
- 1pm - A Virtual Singing Assembly with The Voices Foundation
- 1pm - Natasha Lamb basics of British Sign Language
- 6pm - Oliver Jeffers story time Instagram @oliverjeffers
- Keep the BOPS sound of music with Mrs Ashton's blog.
- Via blogs teachers will share the Oddizzi Geography (KS1 example or KS2) weekly home learning tasks.
- BBC Bitesize - Beginning Monday 20 April, BBC Bitesize will publish daily online lessons for all ages. We'll also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer.
- BBC Minds - Do you have a curious mind? Feed your brain. Leave that little bit smarter. (Part of the @BBCRadio4 family.)
- Encounter Edu - Fieldwork Live - live lessons interacting directly with explorers and scientists.
- Edinburgh Zoo live streaming
- This is PE - The Yorkshire Sport Foundation are providing online PE lessons delivered by PE specialists
- Art Ninja - Expert art animator who can get you creating.
- The Big Book Creator - Jam-packed full of interactive content, puzzles, games, and challenges to bring out your creative side.
This Easter, why not take a virtual trip/tour? Click here for a pretend holiday!
Stay safe; stay at home, everyone. You know where we are if you need us.