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Remote Learning

SUPPORTED HOME LEARNING POLICY DIAMOND ACADEMY

We are happy to help if you need any support accessing Class Dojo or the work provided, please let us know.

If you are unable to access Dojo, or would like the learning packs for each week printed out for your child, please inform the school office and a pack will be available for you to pick up from school every Friday.  Work can either be photographed and uploaded onto Dojo or you can return completed packs of work to school for marking on Fridays.  If you require support with devices for home learning such as laptops or internet connection please contact the school for advice.  We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school.

 

All children learning at home will have work set will have work set that will last for a minimum of 4 hours every day.  A daily timetable will be posted at the start of each day on Dojo and a paper copy included in the learning pack

Class Dojo is an amazing online home learning platform where teachers will set work daily for your child to complete. Each day your child will watch a video introduction by the teacher and an explanation of the day’s learning.  Each separate lesson will have a video or audio introduction that will cover the learning objectives, teaching points and explanation of the learning task.  The work to be complete may then appear as either a Powerpoint, word document or PDF.  Additionally, your child could be directed to access a lesson taught by Oak Academy or to watch a video from another source such as YouTube or BBC.  Your child will also be able to access a daily video of a class story.

Your child should upload all work completed in their individual Dojo portfolio or returned form marking in their learning pack every Friday.

Children are strongly encouraged to get dressed before 9am and work in a suitable environment, seated at a table.  Their timetable allows for regular breaks and excercise.  We ask parents to support their children with encouragement to complete tasks and keep them to the school timetable.  You can also help us by checking Dojo for messages from the school or via your child’s portfolio.  If you have any concerns about the learning your child’s class teacher will respond to these by email.

If your child forgets a password for e.g. Pixl or Bug Club, their teacher will be able to provide you with this information.

http://www.classdojo.com

Staying in Touch

Your child’s teacher will contact you once every two weeks by phone but will check uour child’s learning portfolio several times a day.  If we think that you andyour child may need extra support and encouragement we may ring you more often or carry out a home visit to see if there is anything else we can do to help with home learning.

Assessing your child’s work and progress

Marking and feedback can take place in many different ways.  If your child is completing a quiz on line they might only get to know how many answers were correct.  When your child uploads several pages of work for one subject, such as Maths, only one page may get a written comment, which will help them understand what they have done well. and what they need to look at again by making changes or corrections.  They may even be given a challenge to do that extends their learning.  Your child should always respond to what the teacher is asking them to do.

All work posted between 9am and 3pm will be reviewed that day, but any work posted after 3pm or at weekends may not be reviewed or commented on until the next working day.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

We recognise some pupils, e.g. with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) may not be able to access remote learning without support from adults at home.  If these children need additional support we will ensure that the work set will be differentiated so it is appropriate to the learning need s of the child.  The class teacher and the SENCO will also make additional contact with home every week to offer support and advice both to the parent and the child.

Remote Education for Self-Isolating Pupils

Where individual pupilsd need to self-isolate but have previously been taught in school, they will immediately be able to access the remote learning via Dojo or by requestiong a paper pack.

 

Reading

We value reading at Diamond Academy and ensure that children have access books that they can read and enjoy. We use Active Learn ‘Bug Club’ for children to access the reading books at their ability level. In addition to this we also enable all children to access the class guided reading book. This book we share daily with the class so your child will become familiar with the book and its contents.  Encouraging daily reading of this will help your child become more fluent with the vocabulary used in class.  Teachers will ensure that parents know the class guided reading books via class dojo.  Bug Club is not just a place for reading, for successful quizzes and rating of books you will gain coins. Your child can spend these coins on the games and on building a tree house.  Importantly your child will not be able to communicate with anyone on this site and will enjoy reading the range of books on their account.  Class teachers will monitor the book usage and assign more books when needed.

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

Some helpful tips for reading at home

  • Schedule a time and place in the day where you sit down to read with your child.
  • Ensure there is a comfortable, preferably quiet, place to read.
  • Encourage your child to read for at least 30 minutes a day. Try to spend part of that time reading with them and talking about the book.
  • Before reading, encourage your child to discuss what has happened so far and what they think is going to happen next.
  • Encourage your child to speak to other family members about what they have read.

Reading resources and online links

Phonics

 

This year at Diamond Academy we are proud to introduce Bug Club phonics.  All children will have access to the different games and learning tools to support them in home learning.  We feel it is important for children to gain a secure phonics knowledge so that they are able to access all learning as they progress through the school.  Your child will enjoy the games as these give them more opportunities to earn coins that can be used to build a tree house or to access more games. Bug Club Phonics is available via Active Learn using the same user name and password.

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

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Your child also will have access to the Pixl Vocabulary app, this uses the same username and password as the times tables app.  This home learning app will help your child develop their understanding of different vocabulary and support them in their reading.

Writing

Each year group will be set a talk for writing home learning booklet on their class dojo page.  These units follow the process we use in school, with a model text at the beginning and lots of activities which mirror the talk for writing process we use in school.

https://www.talk4writing.com/home-school-units/

Maths

A daily Maths lesson is posted on Dojo every day and includes a video introduction with teaching input from the teacher.  There may be a Power Point to read.  Work will be set using a word document or PDF

One of the most important things that your child can do to support their Maths whilst learning at home is to keep practising their key number facts, including number bonds and their times tables.

All children have a  Pixl times tables account.   Your child can use this via the website or an app on a phone or tablet. Using Pixl times tables app daily will help your child develop an understanding of their times tables. Again, there is a range of activities on this app that will support your child and maximise your child’s enjoyment of home learning.  Children can compete with children in other schools in a secure platform that does not enable communication.  If you need help with passwords etc contact your class teacher via Classdojo,

The following websites and resources are suitable for use by children but, as always, please do ensure that children are supervised when using the internet.

Times Table practice:

Websites:

Number facts practice:

Foundation Subjects

Foundation subjects and Science will be covered in daily lessons.  A video or audio introduction will be made by the teacher on Dojo and any task information will be presented by links to other sites such as Oak Academy for e.g. music of by accessing Power Points , Word of PDF’s.  However we would like to offer additional resources which you may find useful.

Science

  • https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/primary
    This website has lots for home learning, including starters for STEM which are ten activities that parents can use at home to help children develop their science, technology, engineering and maths skills. These activities are easy-to-resource and provide children with the stimulus to talk about the world around them.
  • http://www.sciencefun.org/kidszone/experiments/
    This website has science experiments you can do at home!
  • https://wowscience.co.uk
    This website has fun games and provides links to great primary science learning materials, helping children to enjoy science both inside and outside the classroom. The resources, which cover a broad range of science subjects and are suitable for all primary ages and can be an excellent tool for students and their parents.
  • https://pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/Science-Fun-at-Home
    The Primary Science Teaching Trust is working with Science Sparks to create activities for children to have some fun with science at home.
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ks2-science/zf3kt39
    Free resources suitable for use in science lessons with primary school children at Key Stage 2

Computing

  • https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-computing-resources
    Teaching resources to develop an understanding of the computing curriculum, helping children to become creative, confident and safe.
  • https://code.org/
    A great website which helps you learn all about computer science
  • https://scratch.mit.edu/
    With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
  • https://www.codeclubprojects.org/en-GB/
    Here you’ll find step-by-step instructions for coding projects, which will teach you how to create games, animations and more with code.

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