Staying Safe Online during School Closure Top tips for parents from the National Grid for Learning

Thames Valley Police  During this period of COVID 19 lockdown children and young people are increasingly using social media. TVP have launched a media campaign which highlights some of the safeguarding issues that this increased use can bring. The key messages highlighted in the campaign are as follows:
For children are:

  • Don’t be afraid of coming forward and speaking to a parent, carer, guardian, teacher or other trusted adult.
  • The Police are here to help and support you – you will not be in trouble.
  • Know who you are talking to on-line. If something doesn’t feel right – tell someone.

Key messages for parents

  • Trust your instinct for signs, you know your child better than anyone
  • Have your children suddenly become very secretive?
  • Are they sad or withdrawn but won’t say why?
  • Do they seem distracted
  • Do they have sudden mood swings?
  • Are they unable to switch off from their phone or social media?
  • Have open conversations with children about their internet usage.
  • Use parental controls and seek guidance from the available free resource.

TVP is strongly advocating for information on staying safe the use of the NCA CEOP website www.thinkuknow.co.uk – this contains links to advice for children at different age groups, parents/carers and professionals including teachers.

Accelerated Reader
During this period of school closure, our Accelerated Reader quiz facility will be open for children to log into during the school day and quiz at home. All children have an AR log in and will be able to log into the Accelerated Reader website using the link below. Please ensure that all children fully complete the reading of any books before they quiz. https://ukhosted104.renlearn.co.uk/6706359/default.aspx

Your child may also be reading other books at home that they can quiz on. Please log into arbookfind.co.uk to check if a title is available for quizzing. We would strongly recommend that children only quiz on books within their current ZPD level. The ZPD level for a book will be on arbookfind.co.uk and children will be sent their ZPD band with their log in details. Please get in touch with your child’s class teacher via seesaw if you or your child are unsure of their ZPD band.

There is also a link for children to access over 6,000 digital books through Accelerated Reader, most of which should be available for quizzing. https://readon.myon.co.uk/

We advise students complete quizzes unaided. If parents/carers wish to support their child, they can do so in the following ways:

  • Discuss the book with their child as the book is being read
  • Ask their child to read the question aloud
  • Re-word questions for their child, if necessary
  • Ask their child which answers are not correct

NB: If you are asked for an administration password then please check that you have clicked on the Accelerated Reader tab and NOT Star Reader.


Twinkl
To support you during this period, Twinkl is offering every parent and carer in England access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. Pupils can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.

Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS


Website for all subjects
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

TTS workbooks for EYU, KS1 and KS2: https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html

Free Resources
This is a mixture of phase and subject resources that are free (usually or due to offers from organisations during the Corona situation). Some links will be for older children but may be useful for others in the family. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yE4i9IG7veSl6zrxgBla81iUh4pM1ZjisgMpsz0NxB4/mobilebasic

Website to help with Maths (adult’s confidence and children’s work) https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/

Website to support times tables
https://timestable.pixl.org.uk/Timestables.html

Websites for Maths fluency
http://www.arcademics.com/

K7Maths Free Home-school Package for parents/teachers. The Package covers all Learning Areas and related subjects (i.e. more than just maths) and provides guidance, daily timetables and many resources via links. https://www.k7maths.com/help/2107

Websites for Phonics
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ PhonicsPlay have made their website free to use from home for this period. Username: march20    Password: home
They also have a free site called https://www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds
http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ Teach your Monster to Read (phonics and reading games). The app is available free on Apple and Amazon from Thursday 19th March, free to play on PCs and laptops and only 99p on Google Play.

Websites for Science
bp.com/bpes BP Educational Service resources, many of which are linked to science.
https://pstt.org.uk/  Primary Science Teaching Trust.
https://padlet.com/seerihmanchester/lwm3x71u1z8t Great Science Share for Schools: inspiration and resources.
https://thestemhub.org.uk/index.php/news/news-article/stem-at-home STEM Resources. The first theme is Space.
https://www.oxfordsparks.ox.ac.uk/justaddimagination Oxford Sparks fun science activities to do at home.
https://communities.theiet.org/communities/home/31schools-liaison Encourages young people to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths.
https://leadersaward.com/resource-area-registration/ Register here for ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ STEM Competition open to home learners. Once registered, you will be given access to the online resources, guides and information on the upcoming engineer interviews via the resources area. The deadline for this project is 10th September 2020.

Websites for computing
http://code.org/
http://scratch.mit.edu/
http://https://www.codeclubprojects.org/en-GB/

Websites for PE
https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html PE with Joe Wicks.
https://imoves.com/the-imovement Fun activities for teachers and parents to keep children happy, healthy and focussed

Websites for PSHE
https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/teaching-resources/kindness-resource-list Red Cross Kindness teaching resources.
https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/teaching-resources/kindness-calendar
Children, young people, parents and teachers can use their free and engaging online resources during the coronavirus lockdown. Each one explores and promotes the value of kindness.

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