Home Learning

Home Learning - A Blended Learning Approach
 
In order to support those children who are currently learning from home during this current lockdown, Bannockburn has developed a Blended Learning programme.
 
Whilst we believe that children learn best in school with their peers and teachers, we understand that the current situation has meant that we need to offer some adaptations to the traditional school day and what we can offer our families.
 
What is Blended Learning?
Blended Learning is an approach which means we move away from the idea of learning only taking place in a whole class setting to also include an individual learning space at home. Blended learning combines video and other IT resources with more traditional classroom teaching methods in school. With Blended Learning the child has some degree of control over when they access the content at home. The resulting home learning space is transformed into a more individualised learning environment where the school can continue to offer guidance even though the children are not able to be in class.
 
Why have Blended Learning?
It is vitally important that we maximise the amount of learning opportunities for all children in order to recover some of the lost learning during these challenging times. Bannockburn is looking to ensure no child is left out of the learning environment, regardless of whether they are in school or needing to remain at home.
 
What Learning do we provide?
The Department for Education recommends that all primary schools provide approximately three hours of learning each day in Nursery, Reception, Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2), and 4 hours a day for classes in Key Stage 2. We offer each child three online sessions using Google Classroom, plus the offer of a weekly Home Learning Pack. In addition, the children in Key Stages 1 & 2 have access to various online apps.
 

To assist with home learning whilst children need to isolate we will be using ‘Google Classroom’ which is part of GSuite. It is used to set work for children to access at home (and hand in online if it is appropriate) or it can be used for remote learning if a child is unable to be in school. If being used for remote ‘video’ lessons, we ask that children are appropriately clothed (not in pyjamas etc).

Google Classroom is a secure application with each child having their own personal account. This means that teachers will be able to see what individual children are posting, if they have accessed the learning or if they have handed in their homework once it is completed. It can also be used for a teacher to hold a discussion online with the children contributing to it with their comments. GSuite also has ‘Google Meet’ which is similar to ‘Zoom’. This will enable us to hold online meetings or video lessons if necessary.

Due to the safeguarding of all children we would like to remind everyone about the importance of keeping personal details secure and being accountable for their online behaviour. This includes sharing user details or copying a friend’s log in details. All posts online can be seen by teachers - even the deleted ones!

Google Classroom can be accessed through the website classroom.google.com or downloaded as an app to both Apple and android devices. Your child will have their own Google Classroom log-in details, which will include a username and pasword. If you are having difficulties logging on, please contact the school via workingtogether@bannockburn.greenwich.sch.uk

All children in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) have access to various online learning apps, such as Reading EggsMathletics and Times Table Rockstars, all of which support your child’s learning at home. Each child is given their own log-in and password to access these apps.
 
For those families who are unable to access the online learning apps or Google Classroom sessions, the school provides weekly Home Learning Packs. These packs are available, upon request, to all of our families. If you would like to receive a Home Learning Pack for your child, please contact school via the designated email address workingtogether@bannockburn.greenwich.sch.uk
 
In most cases we can offer those families currently self-isolating and unable to come to school, the option of having a Home Learning Pack delivered to where you live.
 
The time children have at home can also allow them opportunities to read more widely. The school hold reading lists and resources  to enable our pupils to continue their reading beyond the immediate curriculum. It is also important that children are given time to share their home learning experiences when they are back with their peers, enabling them to build some of those relationships again on their return to school.
 
Please do not worry if your child sometimes finds the work given to them a bit tricky to complete independently. If you would like them to have a try at some other activities, which are easier, that is fine. It is often easier to learn independence by completing work that is a bit easier which then builds confidence. The same can be said for challenge too, so if your child is feeling confident, then let them dip into the activities or tasks that look more challenging.
 
We recognise that some pupils with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and those with English as an additional language (EAL) may not be able to access remote education without adult support. The school's Inclusion Team work collaboratively with many of our families, putting in place adjustments as necessary, so that pupils with SEND and EAL can successfully access learning opportunities alongside their peers.
 
We are here to support you and to continue working together while we all adapt to this challenging times.
 
Please see below electronic copies of the weekly Home Learning Packs, which have been produced by the class teachers as an alternative and/or supplement to the Google Classroom online learning.
 
Please click here for a simple social story that you may wish to share with your child to help them understand why school is different at the moment.
 
Week Beginning - Monday 11th January 2021
 
Nursery Home Learning Pack
 
Reception Home Learning Pack
 
Year 1 Home Learning Pack
 
Year 2 Home Learning Pack
 
Year 3 Home Learning Pack
 
Year 4 Home Learning Pack
 
Year 5 Home Learning Pack
 
Year 6 Home Learning Pack
 
Additional Resources for Year 6 Week 2 Home Learning Pack
 
Year 6 History Lesson
 
Year 6 Text - Chapter 1
 
Year 6 Text - Chapter 2
 
Mysteries of the Maya - Page 1
 
Mysteries of the Maya - Page 2
 
Year 6 South America Encyclopedia Text