Coronavirus (Home Learning)
As of Friday 20th March 2020 school closures across the country have been announced by the Government, we are currently unsure how long these closures will last. At Garswood, we have prepared an extensive list below of online learning facilities to aid and advise home learning, these include....
- News feed of Government information
- Suggested timetable
- Online communication platform (TEAMs)
- Live video streaming links for lessons
- Educational websites we alaredy subscribe to
- Educational sites made available during school closures
- Educational sites that are always free to access
- Suggested Educational APPs for Smart phones and devices
- Printale hard copy learning resources
- Online accredited safety course for parents
Please feel free to use these sites, applications and resources to support learning at home.
- 9th March 2020 - Number of cases and risk in the UK: click here.
- 3rd March 2020 - Coronavirus Action Plan: click here.
- 28th February 2020 - Guidance for Educational Settings: click here.
- 25th February 2020 - Travel Advice: click here.
Click below to find Government guidance on....
Corona Virus Risk Assessment:
With wider opening of schools taking place between 8th June 2020 onwards, Garswood have put together a series of documents and updated policies to ensure the guidance from the government and specific measures have been considered. These policies are available at request and the main points of Garswood's Risk Assessment are outlined below. If you would like a copy of the risk assessment in full or have have any questions about Garswood's reopening procedures, please email the school at email@example.com
Main Points Addressed:
- What are the hazards?
- Who might be harmed and how?
- Current control measures
- Any additional control measures required
- Date implemeted
Considerations identified by Garswood:
Everyone is encouraged to wash their hands with soap or alcohol-based sanitiser
Posters are displayed throughout the school reminding everyone of infection control procedures and social distancing arrangements
Everyone is encouraged to catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue and dispose of the tissue in a lidded bin.
Sufficient amounts of suitable cleaning agents are available on the premises to sanitise regularly-used areas and surfaces
The number of rooms used by staff and volunteers during working hours is limited
Children and staff will be allocated a bubble to limit contact with large numbers.
Plans for re-opening clearly communicated to parents and carers, including what protective steps the school/setting has taken to make it a low risk place for their child, with regular updates provided as necessary.
Staff, parents, children and young people informed of their allocated drop off and collection times and the process for doing so
Additional cleaning requirements discussed with cleaning contractors or staff, with additional hours agreed to allow for this.
Staff briefed on the control measures within this risk assessment and changes to policies and procedures
All visitors to be made aware of the expectations regarding appropriate hygiene practice through appropriate signage and information strategy
Strict access and exit routes identified and followed stringently (parents made aware of these prior to accessing the school site)
People who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or Childcare setting.
In the event of a school closure/part closure with staff and pupils at home who are well and still able to access education, work will be set electronically via email and TEAMS
Where applicable, class sizes are limited to fifteen pupils (8 for EYFS) and two members of teaching staff
When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus.
If children have been required to self isolate at home please feel free to use and adapt our suggested home learning schedule. We have attached a Word document version in the attachments below which you can print off or edit on screen to suit your families needs.
At Garswood we have set up an account for all children using Microsoft TEAMs. This application is GDPR complient and will allow us to upload files and folders unique to each class and more specificlly add links to particular websites, video lesson links and folders of work for particular days if you require them. There is also a facility on this application to have a conversation between class pupils and their class teacher (Visible to all class users at all times and monitored by the school, and authority). We have disabled the chat facility so that children and staff cannot 'chat' one to one in doing so protecting all members.
We have attached a word document below (see image) with full guidance on how to access the application from home. Usernames and passwords have now been created and a guide e mailed out to you. Please don't forget that when you first log onto TEAMs please add @sthelens.org.uk to the end of your username.
e.g. for username
gar-16-js1, their log on name would be
Office 365 also includes free access to Microsoft Word and PowerPoint if needed.
The conversation tab will be used to upload speciifc lesson links and can be downloaded onto your home desktop. Watch this space!
If you have any questions or some troubleshooting advice, there are several documents in the files at the bottom including the letter sent out to all, guides and video links. There has also an email address specifically for Garswood TEAMs firstname.lastname@example.org ; there are technicians and teachers available on this address to answer any questions. Alternatively you can ask any questions in the conversations tab on TEAMS.
Please take some time to look through this website for parents before your children undertake screen time learning or socialising. There are guides, resources and presentations available to help us all understanding the bigger online world.
Please also log onto our Teams class pages for further, more specific Internet safety packs and teaching as well as further parent packs wth tonnes to keep us all informed.
During this time of virtual learning, communicating, gaming and interacting it would be great if you could refamiliarise yourself with the online parents guides for all the social media platforms, games and sites we have available on our online safety page. This will give us all the information we need on age restrictions, and parental controls we can put in place to keep our children safe.
And finally...... If you scroll down to the bottom of this page you can enrol yourself in our parents Internet Safety course from the NOS. A very worthwhile accredited course and you get a certificate too!
Garswood Sites we already subscribe to...
You will have already been provided with log in details to these sites if suitable for your child's age.
RM Maths (maths)- https://www.rmeasimaths.com/
Teach your Monster (phonics)- https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/
Night Zoo Keeper (writing)- https://www.nightzookeeper.com/
My Lexia (reading)- https://www.lexiacore5.com/register
TT Rocks Stars (multiplication) - https://ttrockstars.com/
Subscription sites offering free access:
Below are some of the educational websites who are kindly offering free access during any School Closures. This is an option for those children and parents who wish to keep educating at home. These websites are not only educational but lots of fun and a good way to keep busy. These sites normally charge a lot of money and we appreciate their generosity allowing learning to continue during this time.
Twinkl (all areas, all ages) -
Twinkl is offering every teacher in England access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. We’re also extending this to every parent and carer in your school so your pupils can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.
Setting this up is really easy to do - go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
White Rose (Specific maths, all areas, all ages)
White Rose maths is preparing packages for parents to use at home including video tutorials and access to premium content.
The first lot of resources will be released week beginning 16th March 2020
Purple Mash (all areas, all ages)
How Purple Mash can support home learning
Unlimited pupil logins allows teachers to:
Set work remotely
Assess children’s work and provide feedback
Cloud-based, Purple Mash can be accessed, anywhere, at anytime, on any device.
Access to 1000s of cross-curricular resources.
Fully mapped curriculum and schemes of work.
Access anywhere, anytime, on any device.
Over 100 books in the ever-growing library.
Ability to adjust text size, background colour and font options
Power Maths (maths, all ages)
Exciting news! Power Maths have allowed access to free Power Maths resources via their demo site. Available to access below is our Year 1- 6 Textbook B's Spring term content – simply use the links below:
Year 1- 6 Textbook Summer term content is now also available – simply use the links below:
We understand that this is a new way of teaching and learning for many families. So Pearson have also created a video to help children and their families make the most of using the Power Maths content online.
The link below provides a video for parents to access to guide them through how to use the above resources.
Other useful sites:
TTS Packs (all ages, all areas)
TTS are offering downloadbale packs for chidlren to work on online or print off if needed (see documents opposite)
Teach Starter (All areas, all ages all learning packs)
Classroom Secrets (All areas and learning packs)
BBC Bitesize (All areas, all ages)
Nrich (Maths, all areas, all ages)
Maths Shed (Maths, all ages)
Literacy Shed (English, all ages)
Robin Hood Mats (Learning projects home, all ages)
Pick a Tale (Stories, all ages)
Deepening Understanding (All areas, all ages)
Muddy Puddle (Outdoor learning, all ages)
Top Marks Maths (Maths games, all ages, all years)
First News (News, Junior ages)
Phonics Play (Phonics, KS1)
Read Theory (Comprehension, all years)
My Mini Maths (Maths games all years)
Tynker (Computer coding, 5+)
123 Home School (All areas, all ages)
3P Learning (All core subjects, all ages)
Maths Score (Maths Facts, all ages)
Active History (History, all ages)
All Kids Network (all areas, all ages)
Master the Curriculum (Maths, all ages)
Bamboo Education (Alexa skills, all ages)
Bark (Online safety, all ages)
Bedtime Maths (Maths, all ages)
Beeline Reader (Reading, all ages)
Big History Project (History, all ages)
Book Creator (Creative writing, all ages)
Brave Writer (Writing, all ages)
Classroom Cereal (Grammar, all ages)
Classroom Secrets (all areas, all ages)
Common Lit (Reading, all ages)
Conjuguemos (MFL, Juniors)
Dream Box learning (Maths, all ages)
Dream Scape (Reading, all ages)
Duolingo (MFL, all ages)
Dyslexia Academy (Dyslexia support, all ages)
Edhelper (Maths workbooks, all ages)
Epic (Reading, all ages)
Everyday Earth (Geography, all ages)
Fluency Matters (Maths, all ages)
Geopolaris (Geography, all ages)
Khan Academy (all areas, infants)
Little Twisters (Yoga, all ages)
Brainbox games (All areas, all ages)
Mindful Poetry (Poetry, all ages)
Mystery Science (Science, all ages)
Num Bots (Maths games, all ages)
Phet (Science, all ages)
Phonics Hero (Phonics, infants)
Prodigy (Maths games, all ages)
Read Works (Comprehension, all ages)
Scholastic (Learning packs, all ages)
Spelling City (Spelling, all ages)
Story board (Story Creation, all ages)
Stories online (Stories, all ages)
The Good and the Beautiful (all areas, all ages)
Unit for Literacy (Comprehension, all ages)
Writing Legends (Writing, all ages)
Wonderopolis (all areas, all ages)
Reading Plus (Reading, all years)
UKMT maths challenge (past papers, upper KS2)
Silly School Trips (Writing competition, 5-7 years)
Oxford Owls (all areas, all ages)
APPS for Tablets and Phones:
We have also attached a document with some great education APPS for you to upload on devices at home. The price (most are free), suitability and subjects are in the table along side them.
Please be extra vigilant when children are using devices and online content at home, please see our online safety page for parents guides on many of the popular social media sites and games.
We also have online advice for parents at Garswood and are delighted to announce that Garswood Primary have shown our commitment to protecting our pupils online and have worked with National Online Safety to deliver an interactive online workshop for all our parents & carers.
What you will learn:
Delivered wholly through video, you will learn about a wide range of online dangers across three main areas:
- Unsafe communications
Online relationships; fake profiles; online bullying; online grooming; child sexual exploitation; sexual violence & harassment; sexting and live streaming.
- Effects to mental health, wellbeing and lifestyle
Online vs offline identity; social media & mental health; device addiction; online challenges; overspending; online gambling and radicalisation.
- Managing online information
Online reputation; age-inappropriate content; fraud (online); fake news; targeted advertising; personal data and the dark web.
You will learn about each online danger, what the risks are around each danger, potential signs and what parents, carers and trusted adults can do to help ensure their children stay safe online.
The course can be taken at your own convenience at home, and is ideal to occupy you during school closures.
Please find below the URL you need to visit to register your account. You will need to complete your details and select “I am a: Parent/Carer” from the dropdown:
Once you have registered, you will be able to access the “Online Safety for Parents and Carers’ course and National Online Safety’s Resources (which includes 50+ online platform guides on the latest social media channels and games). This aims to help empower parents with the knowledge to protect their children from the dangers of the Internet.
Good luck and stay safe everyone, we might be working remotely but we are always here and are always available. If you have any school requests, teacher questions or general enquiries please email us at the central Garswood email:
with the member of staff you wish to contact in the subject box. We may be in self isolation but Garswood will always operate most effectively as a team and that isn't going to change. Thank you so much for your support during this time.