Fairlight Primary & Nursery School

Every individual child achieves

Remote Learning Provision at Fairlight

Whilst the school is not open we will be reverting to remote learning. 

This will be mainly delivered on the Seesaw platform.

All the children have received an individual login.

 

Please go to your child’s Year Group Remote Learning page for more information and a suggested timetable.

Please click here for a copy of the letter sent out to parents/carers recently, outlining the provision we will be offering if any children need to access remote learning at the current time.

If you have any questions about Seesaw then please look at our Converting page.

This is a copy of the letter sent on 12th January 2021 to update parents about Remote Learning.


Remote Learning 2021 Letter

ADVICE

Learning At Home from the Home Schooling Team at Brighton & Hove

Following recent school closures and the pressure this will put on families across the city, we are offering some practical tips and suggestions that we hope will help in this difficult time. What works best for you as a family will very much depend on the age and aptitude of your children, so this list is not designed to exhaustive. Please use as you find helpful.

Please bear in mind that resources listed in this letter are not formally endorsed by Brighton and Hove council. Therefore, please exercise caution and look at the sites yourself before allowing the children to access them.

If you have difficulty accessing online resources, advice is currently to drop down to 2G or 3G which may solve the problem.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ROUTINE

Children who are used to going to school will respond to routine and find it reassuring in this difficult time. Decide what time you will gather as a family to begin school activities. A 9am start makes sense as this is what they will be used to. Build in breaks for movement, screen time and outdoor time where possible.

Where it is healthy and safe to do so, consider starting every day with a short walk round the block, a run or cycle ride.  Children and young people are used to walking to school or playing in the playground before school begins. They will settle more easily and quickly if they have burnt off some of that early morning energy and it will be good for the mental health of parents/ carers also.

Rather than having a timetable of lessons, think of it as providing children with a list of activities/ tasks to work through.  Remember that individual learning is more intense than school learning so lessons do not need to last as long as they do in school- 20 minutes a day of maths might be plenty. Be realistic about what you can achieve without straining your relationship with you child.

OUR YOUNGEST LEARNERS
For younger children, a range of activities/ toys set up around the room that they can move between will keep them occupied for extended periods- if they go to nursery or are in reception, they will probably be used to this set up. Play doh on a mat on the floor, crayons on the kitchen table, a sink full of water and plastic cups can provide more entertainment than you might imagine, and don’t forget that a nice long midday bath may be the perfect antidote for a confined young person (supervised of course).

Screen time intervals are also going to be important, so try and find some good apps where stories are read to your child or there are number games being played (see links below for ideas). There is nothing more important for brain and language development than reading, so if you find yourself struggling, focus your efforts here: whatever else happens in the day, take time out to share some books together. For children who don’t enjoy reading aloud alone, they can read in unison with you or you can take turns reading pages. Keep it simple, positive and fun. Activities like counting money and cooking together are really valid learning experiences and should not be underestimated. 

PRIMARY LEARNERS

Children who are in year 2 to 6 can be expected to work through tasks more independently for longer periods (20 minutes for a 6 year old, on average). Have a range of things you know they love to do as well as more academic work. Age appropriate jigsaws, matching games and board games are all constructive ways to learn actively. Regular Maths, English and Science is important. In addition to this, you can be flexible in your approach: these year groups will be used to taking a project-based approach to their learning, so you can use this to your advantage. Ask your child/ children what they would like to learn about, then let them do some research, draw pictures, write an information sheet, create a model etc. Although they are used to more independent work, they will still need regular check ins and lots of encouragement from you.

Where possible, set up a workstation for each child to use: even a cushion on the floor will provide a sense of separate space. Build in time alone where possible: sometime around the kitchen table or on the lounge floor is great but giving children half an hour on their beds with a pile of books or a sketchbook is a really good way to give them (and you) some quiet time through the day.

This age group will also benefit from contact with their friends, so if you are unable to go out and about, you could arrange video chats. They will need to feel in contact with the World at large. In particular with this age group, don’t be afraid to talk to them about what is happening with the Covid 19 virus in a calm, factual way. Children this age can be reluctant to bring up difficult subjects, but that doesn’t mean they’re not thinking about them.  They WILL be hearing the news, listening in to adult conversations and building a picture in their head of what they think is happening. What is in their head is usually worse than reality. Therefore, regular check ins regarding what they’ve heard and how they’re feeling are very important. Look here for advice on how to talk to your child: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

One of the most popular sites that primary school teachers use for printouts- Twinkl- is offering free one month membership to parents. You will find a wealth of resources here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk.

There are many online fitness workouts for children. Joe Wicks is running online PE sessions for children. They can be found on Youtube.

 

MENTAL HEALTH

An important priority for looking after young people at home during this challenging time is mental health. There are several apps that can support you in this endeavour. They are available on the usual app platforms- search your provider.

Calm Harm: An NHS app that supports young people who self harm to resist and manage urges.

Clear Fear: For anxiety management

Combined Minds: For parents to help children

For Teens/Adults – Mindshift (CBT and mindfulness), SmilingMind (free version of Headspace) and Sanvello (anger management, CBT, mindfulness) has made all its premium content free for this period.

ONLINE RESOURCES

GEOGRAPHY and HISTORY

ART

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Big History Project
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!

 Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities

MIXED SUBJECTS

 

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

Seneca
https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

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Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience

iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetect…/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest

 

Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/…
Activities and quizzes