In light of the full school closure, we have updated our Home Learning offer, for all children from Nursery up to Year 6.
All work is set using Google Classrooms. Children from all year groups will be offered a mixture of Live Lessons, lessons that have been pre recorded by their teacher or another member of the teaching staff, as well as other independent activities that mirror the school day. The quantity and subjects taught via live lessons will vary depending on the age and needs of the different year groups. Live lessons take place on Google Meet using your child’s Google account, set up by the school.
Whilst Heber is closed for the majority of pupils, we continue to offer the full range of curriculum areas through our Home Learning offer. Our specialist teachers in Art, Music and PE will continue to provide engaging and ambitious lessons online through pre recorded lessons and tasks set.
Staff have written daily timetables for all year groups which include the times of the live lessons. These timetables can be used to help structure your child’s day. However, we do understand that all families have different circumstances at home so these timetables can be used as a guide. Please see below for the different timetables.
How can I communicate with my child's teacher?
Teachers will be contacting parents weekly to see how home learning is going. This will be a chance to discuss your child’s well being as well as the learning from that week and any other questions you may have. This is also a great opportunity for teachers to offer support in adapting the learning to suit the needs of your child. If you do not require a weekly phone call, teachers can arrange a schedule of phone calls to suit individual families’ needs.
I have more than one child at home, how do I manage the live lessons?
All live lessons will be recorded and saved in the corresponding lesson folder on Google Classroom. We have staggered these live lessons across the school, where possible, to support families with more than one child. However, If your child misses the live lesson, then these can be accessed at a more convenient time.
I am struggling to fit in all of the Home Learning lessons, are there any lessons I should prioritise?
We completely understand that all families have different circumstances as well as differing responsibilities to juggle. If children need to prioritise lessons, we would suggest that both English and Maths lessons are completed. Please speak to your child’s class teacher to help support with prioritises and individual needs.
Will my child’s home learning be marked?
All work submitted on Google Classroom will be marked and returned by either the class teacher or the class’ support staff.
I don’t have enough technology at home, what do I do?
We have received a number of devices from the DfE which we are able to loan out to parents during this time. We have also received some donations of unwanted laptops from members of our community. Please get in touch with the school office who will be able to support you with your technology issue.
What do I do if I'm concerned about my child?
Please speak to your child’s class teacher about any concerns that you have. They will be able to help you or alternatively they could advise which other member of our team could help. Our Inclusion Team is on hand to support our families with any needs that arise.
My child has specific needs and I would like more support?
Our Inclusion Team is on hand to support you with any questions you may have. They are able to offer a variety of ways to support your child, including scheduled catch ups, help with work and strategies to support children’s mental health . Our Inclusion Team consists of our Inclusion Manager, Learning Mentor, Pastoral Lead and SENDCO.
Here's a document explaining how to log into Google Classroom for the first time and how to join the right class. Below is also a handy video by Mr. Adams explaining how Google Classroom works.
In addition to this provision, below you will find a list of useful resources that you can draw on at any time to support your child’s learning at home.
Nursery & Reception
Starfall - Where Children Have Fun Learning to Read
Cool Math 4 Kids – Maths games for kids teachers and parents
Unite for Literacy – Free ebooks with narration
Literactive - Provider of reading material for nursery and reception aged children
Kids Learning Tube
Years 1 & 2
Years 3 - 6
Pretend to travel the world... Go on a virtual tour of these 10 famous museums.
Free e-copies of the children’s Newspaper First News (activities available on their website)
Science Kids – Fun Science and Technology for kids (including practical experiments!)
Cool Math 4 Kids – Maths games for kids, teachers and parents
National Geographic Kids
All Year Groups
Scholastic - Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
Funbrain - Games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.
Mathsbot - Maths puzzles