Coronavirus Advice & Home Learning

Please use this page for information and support.  You will find DfE guidelines for schools and also tips to help you support your child if they are learning from home owing to household isolation or school closure.  Please use the links below to access parent guides for home learning and home learning work packs.

Please engage with your child’s class and class teacher via Seesaw!  Learning is being posted weekly for all classes by their class teacher and your child should be accessing this and uploading their learning for their teacher to see.  This is also a way for you and your child to stay in touch with your child’s teacher throughout this difficult time.  Your child’s teacher should have sent you your child’s home learning code for them to upload their learning, if you have not received this please contact school as soon as possible. 

If you are not able to access Seesaw please ring the school office to request a paper based learning pack instead, for your child to complete at home.

 

 

A guide for parents/carers if supporting children’s home learning during coronavirus 

The Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub

The sector-led Oak National Academy has launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:

BBC Bitesize

The BBC has launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.

BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:

EYFS Home Learning Packs can be found here.

KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2) Home Learning Packs can be found here.

KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) Home Learning Packs can be found here.

 

Here are some helpful websites you can use at home to support your child’s learning:

  • ABC Mouse – Reading, maths, science
  • Academics – Games based on a range of subjects
  • CrickWeb – Free, online educational resources and games 
  • Classroom Secrets – Free learning packs
  • TTS – Free downloadable primary packs covering a range of subjects
  • Robin Hood MAT – 7 weeks worth of learning projects
  • Sparklebox – Free resources on a range of subjects 
  • World united – Free worksheets for children
  • Hungry little minds – Simple, fun activities for under 5’s
  • Oxford Owl – Phonics and reading games
  • Early learn – Free to sign-up for one month
  • ABCYA – Free educational games
  • Great schools  /  WorksheetFun  /  All Kids  /  HomeSchool4Me – Free printable worksheets
  • The De Ferrers Academy – Free digital books on a range of subjects
  • BBC bitesize 
  • Homework Elephant – Covering a range of subjects
  • Every school – Free resources on a range of subjects
  • Top marks – Covering a range of subjects
  • The Education Hub – Ideas for Apps/craft/virtual tours/Online resources/Podcasts
  • TES – A range of free resources  
  • Twinkl – Free access to all Twinkl resources for schools and parents for a month
  • Love My Books  Creative, fun activities to support children’s literacy
  • Discovery Education – Free tool to make your own word puzzles
  • The Reading Realm – Free home learning packs/book and library challenges/quizzes/discussion guides/games and stories written by children for children! You can also now draw/write your own stories, poems, reviews, diaries etc, in the app too
  • IXL – All ages, database of resources
  • Epic – Free 30-day trial – instant access to a range of books (age 12 and under)
  • Audible – Free book with free 30-day trial
  • Phonics Play – Free resources and a free trial
  • Nessy – Help for children with Dyslexia – free trial
  • Houghton Mifflin Books – Learning activities based on numerous books
  • Elamentari – Write and code interactive stories – free access during school closures
  • Solomon Kingsnorth – Free books in PDF, Word and audiobook format – Alice in Wonderland / Wind in the Willows / The Railway Children / The Jungle Book / Peter Pan / Black Beauty
  • British Library – How to make a mini book
  • EFL – Rivet – Free app recommended for those learning English
  • Open Library Access – Free
  • Children’s books read online – Facebook
  • Corbett math
  • Mathster – Free worksheets
  • Mathsbox 
  • Dr Frost’s maths – Free database of resources
  • Khan Academy – Includes YouTube videos
  • The Maths Mum “I’ll be running daily ‘live’ tutorials on my FB and IG feed covering maths topics and setting work for all primary school years. Also, regular Q&A sessions to help with any questions/problems” Maths Genie
  • Number stacks – Free 14-day trial and resources
  • Maths with parents  – Free support with school closures
  • Times Table Rock Stars – Free, full access for schools
  • Bond Bonanza – Free App helping children to move away from counting numbers up to 20 to turn them into instantly recallable number bonds
  • Mathletics – Free trial for school and home
  • Maths Learn – Online tutorials for all ages
  • First 4 maths – a few free worksheets (Yr 4/Yr6) to help engage children in maths at home – no login and all free
  • My Mini Maths – (Yr 3, 4, 5, 6) Home learning packs ready to download
  • Bedtime Maths – Fun, offline maths activities
  • On Google – type in ‘Edinburgh Live Zoo Cams’ to watch the animals live

You can also access our Pupil Zone for further websites, please click the link below:

Pupil Zone

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DfE Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

Launch of the Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub

The sector-led Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:

Launch of BBC Bitesize

The BBC has today launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.

BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:

Get help with technology and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education on Sunday 19 April, laptops and tablets will be made available to help the most disadvantaged young people access online learning and social care services. Young people and families eligible for devices must not already have access to one, and must be in one of the following groups:

  • Children with a social worker
  • Care leavers
  • Disadvantaged children in Year 10, ahead of sitting their GCSEs next year

Responsible bodies will need to work with schools to identify eligible young people, and then place an order through our website when it launches later this week. Where care leavers, children with a social worker at secondary school and disadvantaged children do not have an internet connection, they will also receive a 4G router.

Schools will be able to keep these devices once they’ve reopened, allowing children and young people to continue to learn and receive support at home in the future.

Any 16 to 19-year olds in education without a suitable device and/or connectivity to study remotely and whose family can’t afford these costs will also be eligible for support via the 16-19 Bursary Fund. Decisions on support will be made by education providers.

Funding and financial support for education, early years and children’s social care

We have published guidance that sets out the financial support that is available for different types of education, early years and children’s social care providers in England.

This guidance can be found here:

Special educational needs and disability (SEND) risk assessment guidance

We have published guidance on risk assessment for settings supporting children and young people with an education, health and care plan during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The guidance can be found here:

Guidance for schools on safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have published guidance to help schools and teachers understand how to follow safeguarding procedures when teaching remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This guidance can be found here:

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting their children’s education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have published information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Guidance on helping children aged 2 to 4 learn at home can be found here:

Guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home can be found here:

Guidance on helping children with special educational needs and disabilities learn at home can be found here:

Updated guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings

The guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings has been updated with additional information on the support available for parents, online educational resources and support for vulnerable children.

The guidance can be found here:

Guidance on supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The guidance for education settings and local authorities on supporting vulnerable children and young people has been updated. This update includes clarification to the existing guidance on attendance.

This guidance can be found here:


The information below has not changed since yesterday.


Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours:
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:

PM statement on coronavirus: 22 March 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement on coronavirus.

PM press conference

Good afternoon everyone

Thank you for coming, and thank you to Robert Jenrick, the Communities Secretary, and Dr Jenny Harries, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

I want again to thank everyone in the country today for the huge effort that we are collectively making.

I want to thank the amazing workers in the NHS, everybody working in social care, in every sector, in food distribution, transport, you name it – absolutely everyone who is keeping this country going today.

And I want to thank everyone who is being forced to do something differently today.

Everyone who didn’t visit their mum for Mother’s Day but Facetimed them, Skyped them, rang them instead.

Thank you for your restraint and for what you did.

Everyone who was forced to close a pub or a restaurant or a gym or any other business that could have done fantastic businesses on a great day like this.

Thank you for your sacrifice, I know how tough it must be.

And I can tell you again that this government will be standing behind you – behind British business, behind British workers, employees, self-employed – throughout this crisis.

And the reason we are taking these unprecedented steps to prop up businesses, support businesses and support our economy and these preventative measures is because we have to slow the spread of the disease and to save thousands of lives.

Today we have come to the stage of our plan that I advertised at the outset, when we first set out the plan of the UK government.

When we have to take special steps to protect the particularly vulnerable.

I said the moment would come where we needed to shield those with serious conditions. There are probably about 1.5 million in all.

And in a minute Robert Jenrick will set out the plan in detail.

But this shielding will do more than any other single measure that we are setting out to save life. That is what we want to do.

Also to reduce infection and to slow the spread of the disease.

We have to do more to make sure that the existing measures that we are taking are having the effect that we want.

So it is crucial that people understand tomorrow that the schools are closed.

And tomorrow you should not send your child to school unless you have been identified as a key worker.

And more generally in the view of the way people have responded over the last few days to the measures we have set out I want to say a bit more about how we interact outdoors.

Of course I want people to be able to go to the parks and open spaces and to enjoy themselves – it is crucial for health and mental and physical wellbeing.

But please follow the advice and don’t think that fresh air in itself automatically provides some immunity.

You have to stay two metres apart; you have to follow the social distancing advice.

And even if you think you are personally invulnerable, there are plenty of people you can infect and whose lives will then be put at risk.

And I say this now – on Sunday evening – take this advice seriously, follow it, because it is absolutely crucial.

And as I have said throughout this process we will keep the implementation of these measures under constant review and, yes of course, we will bring forward further measures if we think that is necessary.

Always remember that in following this advice- and I know how difficult that is – that each and every one of us.

You are doing your bit in following this advice to slow the spread of this disease.

The more we collectively slow the spread, the more time we give the NHS to prepare, the more lives we will save, the faster we will get through this.

And always remember – we will get through this, and we will beat it together.