Following the closure of schools on Friday 20th March, we intend to ensure and maintain as much stability for the children’s education as possible. Whilst it is not possible to fully replicate the educational experience at home, we are providing content to enable children to continue learning at home.

Our homework is designed to last approximately three to four hours.

Setting Up for Home Learning

It is important that the conditions are suitable for children to be able to learn at home. At Ark Atwood, your children are used to a structure timetable to facilitate learning. Clearly this cannot be fully replicated at home but these considerations should support you in facilitating successful learning at home:

  1. Work out your working hours, timetable and dedicated learning space.
  2. Set ground rules and expectations around independent work from the outset. For example, how much work is needed before break; how long will breaks be; set times for independent work (a timer might be helpful); what time working should end; and continually refer to expectations about presentation of work.
  3. Provide time for physical exercise breaks and offline time. (Go Noodle is a good website for brain breaks, indoor workouts, dance routines etc / the Body Coach will be doing live workouts at 9am every day and these will be streamed for children on Youtube)
  4. The table below provides an example timetable based on the Atwood timetable. Timings are approximate and may be extended or reduced depending on the age of your child/children.

Time

Activity

Done?

9:00 - 9:30

Wake and shake exercise (Body Coach Live TV)

 

9:30 – 10:00

Maths

 

10:00-10:15

Break

 

10:15-10:50

Reading

 

10:50-11:00

Movement break (Go Noodle video)

 

11:00 – 11:45

Writing

 

11:45 – 12:15

Spelling

 

12:15 – 13:00

Lunch

 

13:00 – 14:00

Other work to complete

 

Uploading School Content

Work will be uploaded onto the Atwood website via the year group tabs above each week (this is only during term time). Please note the following details:

  • By Monday 10.00am each week: content will be uploaded onto the Atwood website for the upcoming week for all year groups and will be broken down day by day and into subjects.
  • The home timetable is adaptable – feel free to chunk up your day into specific slots and subjects to help keep consistency with school routines.
  • In addition to the daily timetable set by school, there is a wealth of resources and online activities available – please scroll down to see these
  • Teachers will email their class email distribution list between 10.00am and 10.30am each morning with an introduction to that day’s content
  • Teachers will be available on email to answer queries and advise. Please allow reasonable time for responses bearing in mind the staff:children ratio and the wider welfare of teachers at this time

 

 

Useful Websites

You may like to access the following websites which provide additional learning content.Please remember the importance of internet safety – children should not be online for extended periods without supervision. For further information and guidance visit www.internetmatters.org.

  • Mathematics Mastery

https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources

Mathematics Mastery, an Ark programme, are the provider of the Atwood Maths curriculum. They have made resources available for free to parents of all primary age children.

  • Classroom Secrets

https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs

There are year group differentiated packs available to download for free. These include a range of maths, grammar and practical project ideas.

  • Twinkl

https://www.twinkl.co.uk

This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents with the code: UKTWINKLHELPS

  • NHS Workouts

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities

NHS activities and indoor exercise ‘shake-ups’.

  • Westminster Library eBooks

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/ebooks-emagazines-and-audiobooks

Westminster library card holders can access the whole catalogue for free via phones, tables and PCs

  • Cbeebies Radio

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio

Interactive listening activities, stories and songs for Nursery, EYFS.

  • BBC School Radio

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio

Interactive listening activities, stories and songs for KS1 and KS2.

  • Purple Mash

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/arkapa

We have paid for all children from Atwood to have log-ins to use this service. It is advert free and has a range of creative tools and games for children to create, save and share project work. Guest Account (password free access): https://www.purplemash.com/ql/53a0083666256

  • Oxford Owl for Home

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

After creating a free account there are lots of free resources for Primary age including ebooks (linked to the Atwood Phonics programme)

  • British Council

https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find

Resources for English language learning

  • TED Education

https://ed.ted.com

All sorts of engaging educational videos

  • The Imagination Tree

https://theimaginationtree.com

Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

  • Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org

Especially good for maths and computing for all ages. Note this uses the U.S. grade system.

  • Blockly

https://blockly.games

Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

  • Scratch

https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/

Creative computer programming.