“Home Education”

New information for January 2021

There is an expectation that children complete at least 3 hours of school work each day at home: 1 hour of maths, 1 hour of English and 1 hour of topic work e.g. history, geography, science. Pupils’ work will be closely monitored to ensure that they are making sufficient progress whilst learning from home. Most of the work will be set on Purple Mash, as before, but have now included some videos by experienced teachers, which use the teaching methods we use at school. Feedback will be given regularly, again this will usually be via Purple Mash. The work set online will also be completed by those pupils who are working in school. We have taken the decision not to use zoom or teams for live lessons due to safeguarding and GDPR.

As well as using Purple Mash to set work, we will use the class blogs and Purple Mash email to encourage children to keep in contact.

To help parents support their children with Purple Mash we have uploaded some helpful guides here.

As well as the curriculum-based websites that St James’ have provided, there are many external websites which some of our children have already been using and enjoying.

BBC Bitesize have created fun lessons for each Key Stage that children can get involved in:

Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2)

Key Stage Two (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)

Oak National Academy

This is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown. The online classroom offers free access to great teachers, delivering video lessons, quizzes and worksheets. It covers a range of subjects. All of the lessons are ordered so your child can learn along a clear plan. They will provide new lessons and resources each week.

Each class teacher will  suggest if and how this online classroom is used, alongside any existing work we have set at St James’.

Oak National Academy will fit alongside other resources to offer a structure for the day for children until schools fully reopen.

On the following pages, there are other links relevant to different curriculum areas.

The government have updated their guidance to help parents keep their children safe online, especially during the Covid-19 outbreak: Keeping children safe online