Remote Learning at Barley Lane
Our Remote Learning policy and some support files can be found at the right of this page. We use Zoom for daily live lessons and Purple Mash for completion of work and teacher feedback. Each class also has an email address where children and parents can contact teachers.
Please click below for our video
"How to Upload Work to Purple Mash"
Oak National Academy Online
The Oak National Academy Online is the government-approved online learning platform which was established during lockdown for children learning at home. It contains nearly 10,000 online videos. In the Oak Academy classroom each lesson is an hour-long. They’re delivered by a teacher, with a pre-recorded video as well as quizzes, worksheets and creative activities. It’s all easy to use, there’s no login or password, pupils can access our lessons on any device, and pupils only need materials they can find at home.
The home page is here.
Daily Schedules for each year group can be found here.
Video lessons for all subjects can be found here.
For many parents/carers, the prospect of having to support your child’s learning from home may seem daunting, especially at such short notice. Our suggested timetables have been created to help you to shape your day.
The work we will publish each week on the website does not need to be printed. Children can complete any written work in a blank homework book and work from the screen, if you would rather not print. If paper copies of work are required due to lack of internet access or computer hardware, please contact the school.
How to support remote learning
Follow this guidance to create a positive learning environment at home!
Be realistic about what you can do
1. You're not expected to become teachers and your children aren't expected to learn as they do in school. Simply providing your children with some structure at home will help them to adapt. Use the tips below to help you make this work for your household
2. Experiment each week, then take stock. What's working and what isn't? Ask your children, involve them too
3. Share the load if there are 2 parents at home.Split the day into 2-3 hour slots and take turns so you can do your own work
4. Take care of your own health and wellbeing. This will be new for your entire household, so give it time to settle. Take a look at the links on our website for some advice on mental health and wellbeing
Keep to a timetable wherever possible
1. Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas!
2. Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership
3. Check in with your children and try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible
4. If you have more than 1 child at home, consider combining their timetables. For example, they might exercise and do maths together – see what works for your household
5. Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over
6. Stick the timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day
7. Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life
Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day
1. Start each morning with some exercise, e.g. a PE lesson at 9am with Joe Wicks
2. If you have a garden, use it regularly. If you don’t and are not self-isolating, try to get out once a day as permitted by the government (households can be together outdoors but 2 metres apart from others)
3. Get your children to write in a diary what they did each day – this can be a clear sign that the ‘school’ day has ended
Other activities to keep children engaged throughout the day
1.Where you have more freedom in the timetable, make time for other activities. Add some creative time, watch a dance video from Go Noodle to get the heart-rate going, or choose a different website from our list each day
2.Get your children to write postcards to their grandparents or to pen pals
3. Ask grandparents or relatives to listen to your children read on FaceTime (or ask grandparents to read to younger children)
4. Give them chores to do so they feel more responsible about the daily routine at home
5. Ask them to help you cook and bake
6. Accept that they'll probably watch more TV/spend time on their phone – that's ok but you might want to set/agree some screen time limits
We encourage parents with 'top tips' to email us at email@example.com so that we can share them with our community. If you're experiencing difficulty or need support with daily schedules, please contact the school.