Using the Internet Safely at this time
We are aware that many families are helping their children stay in touch with their classmates and friends through video chatting using Zoom, House Party, WhatsApp or other similar means. We recognise this is really positive in supporting them and their mental wellbeing during this time. It may also be that a member of staff has supported your family through a video call. All of this is extremely positive and is being used well however we do want to make you aware of the risks around video calls especially as they are now such a prominent means of communication. Unfortunately, not everyone is using them in the way they are intended to be used and some are abusing them! Please click on the links below for more information about these methods of communication and some of the current issues and risks. These posters are excellent and contain lots of useful information.
Also, a few pointers for any time when your child is in video contact with both individuals and groups to ensure that all involved are safe (some are also relevant to telephone contact):
Make sure that children call from a communal space in the home.
Do not allow children to call from their bedrooms unless a parent is with them.
Make sure your child and anyone else present is fully clothed even when it is hot (e.g. dress first rather than call in swimming costumes or when shirtless etc)
Always make sure an adult is present throughout the call.
Make sure that everyone present behaves appropriately.
No swearing or inappropriate language from anyone during the call.
If you have been using something other than Zoom, House Party or WhatsApp and would like similar support then please get in touch with your class teacher and they will be happy to help.
General Websites which are available for free due to school closures around the world because of Covid-19
123 Homeschool for me Free printable worksheets and educational activities to help making learning fun. Resources arranged by grade or subject.
Purple Mash Purple Mash is a website designed for children aged 3-11. It contains many creative tools ie: coding, animation, publishing, art and also applications for maths, spelling and grammar. Teachers can ‘set work’ for children easily then view / comment on completed files. It also contains thousands of topic based activities. Serial Mash gives you a whole library of e-books and corresponding activities. Both can be used on any tablet or computer with a web browser.
3P Learning 3P Learning offers a suite of learning resources is designed for schools and families, covering mathematics, spelling, literacy, science
Actively Learn Actively Learn is a web-based reading platform that helps students read deeply and think critically, with thousands of texts and associated instruction in ELA, Science, and Social Studies.
Active History Amazing resources for history teachers by the British educator Russell Tarr including interactive simulations, quizzes, games that can easily be used for online learning.
Classroom Cereal Grammar practice in free, printable short stories
Doodles Academy Doodles Academy is a free art curriculum that is available virtually. It provides art projects that offer authentic art experiences for students -- every student makes their own artistic decisions and walks away from the project with an artwork unique to them. Each project includes video tutorials and thorough lesson plans so that anyone can feel comfortable teaching art, regardless of their background or experience level. More, the art projects are aligned to topics and themes found in literacy, math, social studies, and science, so while students work through an art project they are building knowledge and context around other subjects.
Dyslexia Academy Many different resources
Ed Helper Maths workbooks
Enchanted Learning The Enchanted Learning website has over 35,000 K-12 pages (with a focus on primary) covering a wide range of topics -- information pages, printable worksheets, crafts, colouring pages, etc.
Explore Learning Science 4 Us Science4Us covers Inquiry, Physical Science, Life Science and Earth & Space Science with lessons specifically designed for K-2 students. The sessions have 1000’s of online and offline activities that can be completed in as little as ten minutes, and teach students using videos, interaction, poems, songs, and digital notebooks.
Exploring Nature Educational Resource ExploringNature.org is a science education website with more than 6,000 pages of illustrated Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, Anatomy, Ecology resources for K-12. Subscribers can access science content, activities, investigations, posters, diagrams, worksheets, testing and Next Generation Science Standard integration. Our science store also sells picture books, posters, flip charts, science kits, and downloadable bundles.
Free Math Free Math allows collecting digital assignments from students and enables quick grading by grouping similar student work on each question. It isn't limited to a specific bank of questions and all of the work done by students is completely freeform, so it can work for a broad range of classes.
Game Salad Inc GameSalad teaches STEM and STEAM with a game design focus. Students learn programming concepts and computer science through project-based lessons, building their own video games on a syntax-free visual programming interface. Detailed instructions for students and full lesson plans for teachers make a great introduction to coding for 5th grade through post-secondary. Web-based interface is set up for either self-paced or teacher-led instruction.
Historians 4SC A critical thinking activity that incorporates primary sources, argumentation, and history topics together. Lesson plan, suggest topics and primary sources, and publishing students' work on the website are all free.
Making English Fun Free English Learning Online games, mobile apps and printable Board games and worksheets. All ages
Math Playground Math Playground provides hundreds of math games, logic puzzles and educational resources.
Mindful Poetry Moments Mindful Poetry Moments is a free program that offers a chance to pause and reflect on poetry's ability to encounter ourselves, the world, and the mystery of each other. Participating schools, individuals and organizations will be offered recordings of poets — including Brad Aaron Modlin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Naomi Shihab Nye, Carrie Newcomer and Gregory Orr - — reading their work from two of The On Being Project’s content offerings: the On Being with Krista Tippett radio show and podcast and/or Poetry Unbound podcast. The audio will be accompanied by mindful prompts and meaning-making questions like "Does this poem encourage gratitude? How?” and "What’s a line in this poem that brings a strong visual image to your mind?
Nessy Learning For schools closed by Coronavirus (COVID-19), Nessy is offering the free use of our digital learning platform* to support the continued education of children. The structured language programs automatically guide the instruction of phonics, reading, spelling and writing to all children aged 5-12 years. Teachers may monitor student progress remotely. We are offering our programs at no charge to contribute to the community effort to stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and because we want to ensure children do not miss out on their learning. No credit card information is taken. Schools will not be billed.
Readers 4SC A critical thinking activity that incorporates novels and famous books, argumentation, and key themes together. Lesson plan, suggest topics per book, and publishing students' work on the website are all free.
Scholastic Scholastic has created a learning hub that provides 20 days of learning experiences for students in grades PreK-9+ across the content areas. The company is also providing free access to other digital learning programs. Information provided in this link. Please feel free to share.
Times Table Rockstars A brilliant site to rehearse and learn your times tables - you will need to use your log in details which will be / have been sent home.
Twinkl A wealth of different worksheets and PowerPoint presentations on many curriculum areas
Vooks Pictures books read aloud and animated
Greenfield Primary School's Calculation Policy
Mathsbot (This great for KS2 / Y6 especially. You can practice your artihmetic on this site by choosing the topic then create starter. It does go up to GCSE so pick the levels carefully... Maybe level 3 maximum?)
What does reading look like at Greenfield? Click this link to view a reading booklet which includes key information.
Read Write Inc
KS2 Spelling Patterns
Spellings Login (This is case sensitive so you must make sure that the first letter isn't a capital unless it is a capital letter on the test. This may be an issue if using an iPhone or iPad).