ADDITIONAL REMOTE LEARNING RESOURCES
National Home Learning Support Helpline for Parents
A national parent helpline has been set up, known as StarLine, and backed by the new virtual Oak Academy, as well as Star Academies, the Confederation of School Trusts, Triple P UK and a number of academy trusts. It is also staffed by Ofsted inspectors who have been redeployed alongside teachers to provide advice about home learning to parents. The helpline is designed to help parents and carers create regular routines and study habits, offering practical steps to take and access to resources, such as support with a specific topic or advice on how to structure the day, deal with difficult behaviour or manage the learning of several children.
StarLine is open six days a week and covers all areas of the curriculum across all phases of education. The number to call is 0330 313 9162 (calls charged at local rate).
The Oak National Academy has been created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by government grant funding for every year group from Reception through to Year 10. The Academy will support teachers by providing up to 180 hours of lessons a week. It will have free online daily lessons and resources during this challenging time. They will be providing a sequences plan of video lessons and curricular resources for teachers to use as they wish, to complement their existing teaching. The website is: https://www.thenational.academy/ and you can follow them on twitter at @OakNational. To our parents/carers, our teachers are working together to ensure that we do the hard work for you, by reviewing activities on this government resource site, and using ideas where appropriate into our weekly plans. Please feel free to have a look at Oak National Academy site yourself, to understand the site and how it can assist our teachers' planning.
The BBC has now released its BBC Bitesize Daily. This is a new service which will deliver a tailored day of learning across BBC iPlayer, Red Button, BBC Bitesize website and app, BBC Four and BBC Sounds, with curriculum relevant offers across the UK. Together, this comprehensive package is aimed at minimising disruption to children’s education and providing rhythm and routine in these challenging times. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons . To our parents/carers, although our teachers are reviewing activities on this BBC resource site, and using ideas where appropriate into our weekly plans. Please feel free to have a look at the BBC resource site yourself, and use any resource you find useful for your children.
How about some creativity? Epping Learning Team, part of the Epping Forest Creative Network have a challenge for our children. Click into the link below and complete a minimum of 20 out of 40 simple, fun creative activities, then they will achieve the 20/20 Creativity Challenge certificate. All activities can be completed at home with simple resources and a lot of imagination. There is also a fun quiz to help families find out more about the partners in the Creative Network. Good luck, click here to download the creative challenge.