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Coronavirus Home Learning

January 2021


Dear Parents/Carers,

All parents of children who are expected in school from tomorrow have either been contacted by telephone, or have had their place confirmed via email. Children should not attend school unless they have been contacted.

Staff have worked extremely hard today getting classrooms and remote learning ready for tomorrow.

Children have been split and organised into year group bubbles and for at least the next 2 weeks there will be no mixing of these smaller bubbles, either for staff or children.

To make work as accessible as possible for you and your child, work will be posted daily on the class pages of our school website. Work for tomorrow will be available on every class page by 8am tomorrow morning. Here is a link to the class webpages section of our website.


As a general rule the following work will be set:

• Literacy based activity- daily

• Maths based activity- daily

• An additional subject based activity such as science or music- daily

• 2 active activities per week (these may be part of the above).

Each day these activities will also be delivered to children of key workers and vulnerable children, who are in school over the next 2 weeks.

We have organised things so that a teacher from your child’s year group has been allocated to manage remote learning for the year group. Each year group will have two live 30 minutes sessions each day, where direct teaching can take place via Teams. Your child should receive invites to the teams meetings directly to their teams/email account.

If you have misplaced your child’s log in details, please contact the school office.

The times for the live ‘teaching ‘sessions are as follows:

Year 5 and Year 6 8:45am-9:15am and 12:30pm-1pm

Year 3 and Year 4 9:15am-9:45am and 1pm-1:30pm

Year 1 and Year 2 9:45am-10:15am and 1:30pm-2pm

Nursery and Reception 10:15am-10:45am and 2pm-2:30pm

Nursery may also have some pre-recorded sessions instead of longer live sessions that can be watched at another time.

Throughout the day, the allocated remote learning teacher will be available to answer queries via the messaging function of Teams, if you or your child have any queries over learning. Here are some links to user guides that you may find useful.


If you are not able to access Teams, despite trying really hard, then please just phone the school office and we will arrange for someone to contact you as soon as possible to answer any queries and provide help with your child’s learning.

We fully appreciate that not everyone will be able to access remote online learning. If you would find it easier to access learning with your child by having paper copies of work, please just contact the school office. We have allocated staff to manage printing of work where needed. However if you ask for paper copies we do expect that the work is collected promptly from school. Understandably paper copies of work cannot be posted.

We realise that the whole situation is very challenging for everyone and greatly appreciate all of the really positive and supportive comments that so many parents have taken time to make.

We appreciate that remote learning for some families may have to fit around parental work commitments and that it may not be possible to follow a normal school day. However if this is the case please do not expect staff to respond to questions about children’s learning outside of the normal working day (8:45am to 3:30pm).

We really hope that the children and yourselves, enjoy the learning that teachers have planned and will support with as much as possible. However we are also extremely grateful for the support that you are able to give your child while they are unfortunately unable to attend school.

Many thanks

Mrs H. Shaw.

Head Teacher

Remote Learning

In this section you will find lots of information to enable your child to access learning in the eventuality that they are not able to attend school because they have to self -isolate of a period of time.

As a school we have adopted 2 different models:

  1. If a whole bubble or class closes
  2. If individual children have to self-isolate.

If a whole class or bubble closes staff will not have the responsibility of being with their class during the day. In this situation we will use OFFICE365 for Education aas our learning platform.

If individual children have to self isolate, we will use our class pages of the school website alongside a daily opportunity for your child to speak with a member of staff- ideally their class teacher. However due to circumstances outside of our control, such as staff absence, it may be a different member of staff.



BBC Bitesize

Some really useful learning resources from the BBC.  Follow the link, pick your year group and start your learning.


You'll find daily lessons for homeschooling in Maths (linked to White Rose) and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.




White Rose Maths

Our maths scheme is White Rose.  They have released some excellent home learning resources.  Follow the link and then select your year group.



Read, Write, Inc and Early Reading

To ensure early reading and phonics teaching continues for our Reception and Key Stage 1 children, our reading programme have released some teaching videos.  Read, Write, Inc are streaming 7 phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on their YouTube channel.  Each lesson is ten to fifteen minutes long and available for 24 hours.


Also, watch Storytime with Nick; films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer and a wonderful storyteller.

A new story is added to the YouTube channel at 2pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.



Useful Learning Websites

There are also a number of online activities for children to enjoy. 

Reading Buddy (online login provided in the pack)


Times Tables Rock Stars (online login provided in the pack)


Education City (online login provided in the pack)




Other Free Online Resources Include:

Primary Stars


Maths Shed


Maths Whizz


Phonics Play


Spelling Shed



https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/covid19-school-closures   (password UKTWINKLHELPS)

Premier League Primary Stars




BBC Bitesize


IXL Quizzes


Oxford Owl ebooks


Parent videos to support reading at home


Toddler Time Storytelling


Odizzi Geography Fun


British Museum


Learning at Home

A suggested weekly timetable from Durham County Council that may help keep a routine to your day.

There are links to online learning websites that you may enjoy.

Keeping Healthy


A lovely online book to help with any possible worries our children may have at this time.

Durham Music Services

For some singing and music fun go to https://www.durhammusic.org.uk/News/youtube
Our Durham music teachers have created a You Tube channel that has some fun music resources and a song a day for everyone to sing together.
You will need to subscribe to the channel for free before enjoying the resources together. 
Great fun!
Brand new video every day to support remote learning at home and within school. SUBSCRIBE NOW

Durham Library Services

*Virtual Storytelling Project - Story Team*

Why not get involved with Durham County Council's exciting new virtual storytelling project for families?

We know there is nothing quite like losing yourself in a good book and this project involves families in actually shaping the adventure as it is being written.

County Durham artist Ruth Mary Johnson read the opening of the story via the Durham County Council YouTube channel on Tuesday, 5 May, at 2.00pm. Guided by Ruth, families are invited to come up with suggestions for what happens next, either with a drawing, sentence or just a single word with the next instalments being read every Tuesday until the finished story is released on Friday 5 June.



*Toddler Time – online story time sessions at your fingertips*

If you have children or even just like to listen to stories you can now enjoy listening to these at home. New story time sessions from Kitchen Zoo, a North East company which creates theatre for young audiences, and County Durham artist Ruth Mary Johnson are available online.

The sessions are available via Durham County Council's YouTube channel with a new story added each Thursday at 2.00pm. They are then available to enjoy at any time for free. We hope that you enjoy these and they make an interesting addition to your library experience. Below is a list of previous titles that you can still enjoy, plus the upcoming ones!

9 April - Chicken Licken, read by Ruth Mary Johnson

16 April – The Owl and the Pussycat, read by Kitchen Zoo

23 April - The Three Bears, by Kitchen Zoo

30 April – Aesop’s Fables, by Ruth Mary Johnson

07 May - The Jumbellies by Edward Lear, by Kitchen Zoo

14th May - The Lambton Worm by Stan Hodgson

21st May - The Boy who Cried Wolf by Kitchen Zoo

28th May - The Magic Porridge Pot by Shelley O’Brien