Covid-19

School Reopenning Summary

We will be open to all children from Monday 7th September 2020. This is a summary of the key information regarding our reopenning. 

  • - We have, and will, endeavour to ensure that our school environment is as safe as it can be, as described in our risk assessment.
  • - Each classroom has been arranged to allow as much distancing as possible in line with Government guidance.
  • - Tables will be forward facing.
  • - Children will have their own resources and keep these and their own designated trays, alongside their work books.
  • - Hand gel sanitisers are located around the school and at every classroom entry and exit.
  • - Regular hand washing will take place throughout the day.
  • - Enhancing cleaning of surfaces and contact points will take place.
  • - Class bubbles have their own start and finish times to help ensure bubble do not mix.
  • - Although play times and lunch are at the same time, the playground is zoned so that class bubbles have their own designated space to play    and do not mix. Class bubbles will eat lunches in their respective bubbles to prevent them mixing.
  • - Visitors to school will be limited to help safeguard children and staff.

A copy of our Covid-19 school Risk Assessment can be requested via the school office.  

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Common cold and COVID-19 symptoms

Advice where a child or young person in your care presents with symptoms of the common cold or similar bugs during this pandemic.

Following the return of schools after a prolonged break, it is common for colds and similar viral infections to circulate. In many cases, children will be well enough to attend school and continue their learning with little or no interruption to their education. In other cases, for instance where they have quite a heavy cold, they may need to take a day or two off to recover.

This is not the case for children and young people with potential COVID-19 symptoms, they are required to self-isolate and seek a test through https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ or by calling NHS 111 online coronavirus service

In order to ensure your children do not miss out on their education, it is important to be clear about how COVID-19 symptoms differ from those of other infections that we normally see circulating at this time of year.

COVID-19 symptoms

It is important that all of us – including those who make up the community around a school - are vigilant for the symptoms of COVID-19 and understand what actions we should take if someone develops them, either at school or at home.

The main symptoms to be aware of are:

  • new continuous cough
  • fever/high temperature
  • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste
If anyone displays any of the above symptoms, they will need to go home and remain there until they have had a test and the results are known.
 
We will only inform you if we have a confirmed case.

School Closure

Should we close during the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be coordinating home-learning via Google Classrooms. If you need further support accessing this or any any of the work sent home, please contact your child's teacher using the email address provided in their home learning pack or alternatively email marshwoodoffice@acornacademy.org.uk 

Where to start?

Coronavirus Anxiety Toolkit.pdf

For support with mental health (adult or child) and other related concerns during this time, this helpful document contains contacts and links that you may find helpful. If your child is feeling worried at the moment there are lots of things out there designed to help like a presentation from the Children's Commissioner, either of these e-books for children: Coronavirus for Children or Covid-19 for Kids, or explain it through some of Julia Donaldson's much-loved characters. There's also this Kid's Guide to Loneliness which might help deal with self-isolation and social distancing. Do get in touch with us if you need help and support at any time.

Although we will be doing what we can to coordinate lessons and support learning remotely, if you are finding this hard to manage, you are not alone. We will continue to be available via email and through regular check-in phone calls. We will also be posting details of free online resources that children and parents can access throughout the schols closure period.

Try to set up a daily routine and a set place in the home where work takes place. We will be posting work by 9.30am and suggest starting the day with Joe Wicks' PE on YouTube (link below) and then logging into Google Classroom to view the day's learning. There will be daily lessons in English and Maths which work well in the morning with a break in between. Further learning in other subjects can take place in the afternoon supplemented by ideas using many of the links below. If this timetable doesn't work for you though, don't feel constrained by it. If you need support with setting up a structure for your home-learning day then let us know and we'll be happy to help.

The Government-based "Oak National Academy" are also publishing daily lessons for all year groups which are video-based: Oak National Academy

Not sure where to start, try this link: 20 Ideas for Parents when schools are closed

Here are our top tip priorities:

  • A bit of reading every day (read to your child, get them to read to you, let them read independently) - try free audio books at Audible and many authors are also using their own websites or Youtube to read their own stories, for example David Walliams who is holding a daily 11am storytime or Michael Rosen
  • Free writing as often as possible. If they'll keep a diary or write a story, great. Write letters to your family and neighbours (contact us if you want details of local nursing homes who would be glad to receive letters from children). If not, would they draw a comic?
  • Practical hands on maths via cooking, cleaning, role-play shopping or some maths games, physical or digital
  • Fine motor skills: Lego, cutting, playdough, tidying up small toys
  • Physical exercise everyday
  • Some art/music where possible through the week - which doesn't have to be adult-led
  • If old enough, work independently work on a project - research in a book or online (using some of the links below) and put together something to present to you
  • If younger, lots of imaginative free play... the more independent the better

This is a strange period for all of us. Many people are already choosing to keep a diary or scrapbook to show future generations what it felt like living through it. If you'd like some ideas for doing this sort of thing, why not start with this Covid-19 Time Capsule pack?

General Resources:

The Department for Education has now published a list of their recommended home-learning links and resources, many of which are also referenced below or through our home-learning resources.

If you'd rather browse useful websites in a different format, try some of the links via this Padlet. There are also very comprehensive lists updated here: Home Learning Resources and Boredom Busters.

Websites such as School Run and Primary Homework Help already exist to help parents support their children with homework  - they can be used to help explain things or to find extra practice. Dorset Council also have a helpful list of approved providers on their website.

BBC Teach and BBC Bitesize - contain links to BBC games, activities and clips in all subjects of the currciulum. If you're stuck with any home learning, try here as there are often helpful videos explaining key ideas. For instructional maths videos, you could try Khan.

If you need extra reading material, a number of companies are now offering free access to e-books (see links below), including Collins which can be accessed via the "teacher portal" with Username: parents@harpercollins.co.uk / Password: Parents20!

The following authors/publishers have various things set up:

  • Stay-At-Home with Nicola Davies

Award winning Nicola Davies has written a wonderful blog for us about DNA to celebrate the publication of Grow, illustrated by Emily Sutton which you can read on Picture Book Party here https://www.picturebookparty.co.uk/.  There are teachers notes for the book here: http://www.walker.co.uk/UserFiles/file/Grow_Teachers'%20Notes.pdf

  • Stay-at-Home Adventures with Anna McNuff

Look out for Anna McNuff’s instagram stories takeover on @WalkerBooksUK as she talks about her new book, 100 Adventures to Have Before You Grow Up. by Anna McNuff, illustrated by Clair Rossiter, it is packed with adventure ideas you can do right now in your home and garden & those big bucket list adventures that you can start planning now! You can see Anna talking about her book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTw0eFJ5yFQ

  • Stay-at-home with the Walker Bear

Our 'Stay home with the Walker Bear' playlist features all the best and brightest videos from our Walker Books authors and illustrators. The perfect place to find readings, activities and more to keep your little ones entertained. https://www.youtube.com/user/WalkerBooksUK?blend=8&ob=5

  • A Monster Calls - The movie adaptation was shown on BBC and is now available on iPlayer.
  • Football School Friday which starts at 10am with Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton on the Football School YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/footballschoolfacts!
  • The Bear Hunt's gone GLOBAL! All around the world, people are putting bears in their windows for families to spot on their daily walks.  Walker have put together reading recommendation assets.  These are the first set in bi-weekly recommendation assets which will range in theme, age group, and school subject. There are also two activity sheets for children to make their very own bear and bear ears to print off and cut out available at jointhebearhunt.com https://www.jointhebearhunt.com/ which has been updated with the latest books and news.
  • Chris Haughton, author-illustrator of such favourites as - Oh No, George!, Shh! We Have a Plan, Goodnight Everyone, A Bit Lost, and the soon to be in paperback Don't Worry, Little Crab - is keeping kids across the world busy with his read-alongs, live art tutorials, and activities. You can see more here: https://www.picturebookparty.co.uk/
  • From the award-winning creator of Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth comes Follow Me, Flo a hilarious and heartfelt daddy and daughter cautionary tale, sure to get all young readers laughing and singing.  You can watch Jarvis sharing his story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RER5zRz766k&t=27s

Puffin Storytime: From Monday 6th April, Puffin will be bringing 20 minutes of storytime magic to homes daily at 3.30pm on weekdays. This will include readings and draw-alongs from their stellar list of authors and illustrators. Caregivers, teachers and children can view Puffin Storytime on Puffin’s YouTube, Instagram and Facebook channels #PuffinStorytime

The Full ‘Puffin Storytime’ Schedule:

Mondays & Fridays, 3.30pm - Storytime & Draw-alongs for little ones 0-5. Launching on 6th April with Look Up! By Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3.30pm - Sam Copeland will serialise, in 20-minute episodes, the entirety of his hilarious book Charlie Changes into a Chicken for readers 7+ 

Wednesdays, 3.30pm - Story Starters for ages 6-11. Puffin authors will read extracts from their books to help inspire children to discover their next read. Launching on 8th April with an extract from the bestselling Murder Most Unladylike read by Robin Stevens.

  • The Puffin Podcast: A new 3-part Puffin Podcast series will launch on Sunday 19th April (via Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Acast and YouTube Kids), where comedian, children’s author and YouTube personality Humza Arshad hosts laugh-out-loud stories, games and jokes guaranteed to give you the giggles! Aimed at unlocking creativity, taking stories to imaginations worldwide and inspiring children to dream big, the podcast will be available at www.puffin.co.uk/podcast  
  • Puffin Schools: To support teachers, parents and caregivers now tackling home-learning, the Puffin Schools website has been restructured to make Puffin books and resources accessible to children who need them. A huge collection of easy to discover resources to bring stories to life, including bite size activities and new categories such as Writing Prompts, Activity Ideas and Picture Book Packs, can be found at https://www.puffinschools.co.uk/

SF Said - Twitter Q&A's

Ed Vere - 'learn to draw'

Benji Davies - reading his book aloud

Piers Torday - reading his book aloud

Cressida Cowell - reading her books aloud

Alex T Smith - daily story starters

Eva Eland - free resources for her books

Joanne Limburg - a poem a day

Marcus Sedgwick - reading his book aloud

David Roberts - draw together

Michael Rosen - YouTube channel performing his poems and more

Rob Biddulph - draw along

Sarah McIntyre - draw alongs

Frank Cottrell-Boyce - read aloud

Chris Haughton - reading aloud

Matt Goodfellow - sharing his poems

A.F. Harrold - kids' poetry podcast

Oliver Jeffers - stay at home storytime

Tom McLaughlin - Learn to draw

Chitra Soundar - a new stay at home story, read aloud

Ken Wilson-Max - reading aloud

James Mayhew - telling and illustrating traditional tales

Toppsta - Daily Author/Illustrator online event timetables

J K Rowling - Harry Potter at Home

Century are offering free access to English, maths and science resources using the following login codes: Year 3 - 54W9BV / Year 4 - 54W8Z7 / Year 5 - 54WA83 / Year 6 - 54WAK3

Scouts Indoor Ideas - all sorts of fun ideas that can be done indoors with relatively few resources.

Arts and Culture - virtual tours of many different art galleries and museums. If you want specific links around this theme, try this: Walkthrough Tours for Kids.

Many of the other websites linked below, such as Crickweb, Brainpop and ICT Games also contain online games across other subject areas if you browse further. Other websites provide quizzes online to support learning, such as KS2 Quizzes and KS1 Quizzes.

 

Reception - Year R

KS1 - Years 1&2

KS2 - Years 3-6

Maths

White Rose - online daily maths lessons

NCETM - advice and ideas for parents

I See Maths - maths lesson videos

Khan - instructional maths videos

CBeebies - games, activities and video clips

IXL - interactive maths questions

ICT Games - free online games 

Crickweb - free online games

TopMarks - free online games

White Rose - online daily maths lessons

NCETM - advice and ideas for parents

I See Maths - maths lesson videos

Khan - instructional maths videos

BBC Bitesize KS1 Maths - games, activities and video clips

STEM - links to resource packs for all areas of maths

IXL - interactive maths questions

ICT Games - free online games

TopMarks - free online games

Mathsframe - free online games

Mathsphere - maths puzzles and games

Doodle Maths - free trial for personalised learning package

Third Space Learning - home learning advice and links

White Rose - online daily maths lessons

NCETM - advice and ideas for parents

I See Maths - maths lesson videos

Khan - instructional maths videos

BBC Bitesize KS2 Maths - games, activities and video clips

Nrich - excellent maths challenges

STEM - links to resource packs for all areas of maths

IXL - interactive maths questions

ICT Games - free online games

TopMarks - free online games

Mathsframe - free online games

Mathsphere - maths puzzles and games

Doodle Maths - free trial for personalised learning package

Third Space Learning - home learning advice and links

TTRockstars - times tables (email your teacher  if you need help with your login)

Numbots - maths games accessed via your TTRockstars login

English

CBeebies - bedtime stories (with linked comprehension questions here)

Literacy Trust - various literacy activities

Love Reading - lots of reading ideas

Book Trust - reading ideas

Phonics Play  - phonics games and activities

Username: march20 / Password: home

 - including decodable Comics

Oxford Owl - e-books and phonics

Home Activities - at-home literacy activities

ICT Games - free online games (including phonics)

Phonics Bloom - phonics games

British Library - videos linked to Gruffalo etc 

CBeebies - bedtime stories (with linked comprehension questions here)

Literacy Trust - various literacy activities

Love Reading - lots of reading ideas

Book Trust - reading ideas

Toppsta - ideas using books

BBC Teach - clips and interactive lessons

Phonics Play  - phonics games and activities

Username: march20 / Password: home

 - including decodable Comics

Oxford Owl - e-books and phonics

World Books - free electronic books to read

Reading Realm - reading activities

Literacy Shed - animation with linked literacy ideas

Film Education - ideas based around films

Home Activities - at-home literacy activities

Hopscotch - reading comprehension

ICT Games - free online games (including phonics)

Phonics Bloom - phonics games

British Library - videos linked to Gruffalo etc

Make your own book (instructions here) and fill it with writing - make one for a younger subing or send to a friend

Premier League - wrirting competition

Literacy Trust - various literacy activities

Love Reading - lots of reading ideas

Book Trust - reading ideas

Toppsta - ideas using books

Writing POW - daily writing lessons on Youtube

BBC Teach - clips and interactive lessons

BBC Bitesize - games, activities and clips

Pobble - ideas based on a daily picture

Literacy Shed - themed animation with activities

Film Education - ideas based around films

Oxford Owl - e-books levelled by age

World Books - free electronic books to read

Home Activities - at-home literacy activities

Hopscotch - reading comprehension

A few links from the British Library:

Character / Poetry / Miniatures / Comic / Hero 

Computing and E-safety 

Safer Internet - various activities

Childnet - online safety story

Vodafone Goldilocks - digital safety tale 

Esafety - video-based esafety lesson 

BBC Bitesize - computing clips and activities

BBC Dancemat - learn to type

Safer Internet - various activities

Childnet - online safety activities

Vodafone Goldilocks - digital safety tale

Esafety - video-based esafety lesson 

Scratch - learn to code

BBC Bitesize - computing clips and activities

BBC Dancemat - learn to type

Safer Internet - various activities

Childnet - online safety activities

Esafety - video-based esafety lessons

Music

Singup - singing

BBC Bitesize - music clips

Fischy Music - weekly assmblies with songs

Singup - singing

BBC Bitesize - music clips

Fischy Music - weekly assmblies with songs

Singup - singing

BBC Bitesize - music clips and activities  

Fischy Music - weekly assmblies with songs

The Shows Must Go On - full musical theatre performances every Friday

R.E. and Worship

Messy Church - fun family activities

Fischy Music - weekly assmblies with songs

Diddy Disciples/ - daily bedtime prayers

Collective Worship Book

Bible Stories at Home

The Seriously Surprising Story: https://youtu.be/ndtnZV-5QTo

The Super Cool Story of Jesus: https://youtu.be/N6kmDligfKU

Three Friends and the Miracle Man: https://youtu.be/Aj0K_iUitGQ

NATRE - RE association activities

Messy Church - fun family activities

Fischy Music - weekly assmblies with songs

Worshiping with Children

Diddy Disciples/ - daily bedtime prayers

Collective Worship Book

Bible Stories at Home

The Seriously Surprising Story: https://youtu.be/ndtnZV-5QTo

The Super Cool Story of Jesus: https://youtu.be/N6kmDligfKU

Three Friends and the Miracle Man: https://youtu.be/Aj0K_iUitGQ

NATRE - RE association activities

Messy Church - fun family activities

Fischy Music - weekly assmblies with songs

Worshiping with Children

Diddy Disciples/ - daily bedtime prayers

Collective Worship Book

Bible Stories at Home

The Seriously Surprising Story: https://youtu.be/ndtnZV-5QTo

The Super Cool Story of Jesus: https://youtu.be/N6kmDligfKU

Three Friends and the Miracle Man: https://youtu.be/Aj0K_iUitGQ

Science

STEM - home learning activities for science, technology and engineering

Science Week

Dyson

Crickweb

BBC Bitesize

PSTT

Discoverers

CREST - easy, low-cost science challenges to earn awards

STEM - home learning activities for science, technology and engineering

Science Week

Nature Detectives

Dyson

Crickweb

BBC Bitesize

CREST - easy, low-cost science challenges to earn awards

STEM - home learning activities for science, technology and engineering

Science Week

NASA

Dyson

BBC Bitesize

Geography

TopMarks

CBeebies

BBC Bitesize

Geography

3D Geography

BBC Bitesize

Geography

Pod

YPTE

NatGeo Kids

3D Geography

BBC Bitesize

RGS

Pod

YPTE

Cooking

Family Fun Cooking - recipe ideas

BBC Food

Family Fun Cooking - recipe ideas

BBC Food - Cook

BBC Food - No Cook

Family Fun Cooking - recipe ideas

BBC Food - Cook

BBC Food - No Cook

PE

Body Coach - daily PE

Go Noodle

Wake Shake - free dance tutorials

BBC Workouts

Body Coach - daily PE

Go Noodle

Wake Shake - free dance tutorials

BBC Workouts

Primary Resources

Schoolsnet

Body Coach - daily PE

Go Noodle

Wake Shake - free dance tutorials

Primary Resources

Art

Royal Academy

Red Ted

Imagination Tree

Artful Parent

Tate Kids

Draw with Rob - draw along videos

Pinterest Art Ideas

Royal Academy

Art Craft

Crafty Classroom

Red Ted

Imagination Tree

Artful Parent

Tate Kids

Draw with Rob - draw along videos

Pinterest Art Ideas

Picasso

National Gallery

Royal Academy

Art Craft

Crafty Classroom

Red Ted

Imagination Tree

Artful Parent

Tate Kids

Draw with Rob - draw along videos

Pinterest Art Ideas

Picasso

National Gallery

Quizzes

TopMarks

History

 

BBC Schools

History

Coxhoe

BBC Schools

History

Coxhoe

NHM

SEND

Chatterpack - huge list of free to access SEND resources and sites

Cricksoft

Reader Pen

SEND Information Directory

Chatterpack - huge list of free to access SEND resources and sites

Cricksoft

Reader Pen

SEND Information Directory

Chatterpack - huge list of free to access SEN resources and sites

Cricksoft

Reader Pen

SEND Information Directory

French

 

BBC Bitesize - games, activities and video clips

Crickweb - free online games

Digital Dialects - free online games

BBC Bitesize - games, activities and video clips

Crickweb - free online games

Digital Dialects - free online games

PSHE

Heartsmart - mental wellbeing with Boris the robot 

Heartsmart - mental wellbeing with Boris the robot 

Primary Resources - activity ideas and resources

Teaching Ideas - activity ideas and resources

Premier League - activity ideas and resources

Heartsmart - mental wellbeing with Boris the robot 

Primary Resources - activity ideas and resources

Teaching Ideas - activity ideas and resources

Premier League - activity ideas and resources

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