We now use SeeSaw , Purple Mash and Microsoft Teams to set work and keep in touch with the children and their families. The work is structured to follow the type of activities that would normally have taken place in school and which can, hopefully, be completed in a home environment, we're sure you'll have a great deal of fun completing the games and challenges!
We have some fantastic links to materials on the Elsa Support website. There is a dedicated coronavirus section on the site with lots of materials and activities to help children understand the coronavirus pandemic. Try out the Elsa Support 14 day challenge, read a story on 'Our school is closing for a while' or find a child friendly explanation of the 'Coronavirus story' which you can download. (external link).
Coronavirus, A book for children:
A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children and illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler is available to download or read online on the Nosy Crow website. The book aims to answer many of the concerns raised by younger children about the coronavirus and its impact. Children are sure to love the illustrations whilst tackling a complex topic and the effect the virus is having on everyday life at the moment. Please do make a visit to the site at nosycrow.com The link will open in a new page. https://nosycrow.com/blog/
There are also many fantastic and engaging resources available on the Internet and we have included some links to activities that you may wish to try at home. The list is not exhaustive and you may discover additional sites that you and your child really like, do make full use of these, we all learn in different ways and it is important to keep motivation high and stress levels low. A little and often is best and will let you try lots of different things together
Purple Mash- For all classes. All child logins sent home. A great resource with lots of educational, fun activities and games with the benefit that teachers can check on progress and set 'ToDos' for the children to complete and hand in. https://www.purplemash.com/sch/mrsblands-rg7
Cbeebies - For the younger ones but do browse the site it's very comprehensive. Try alphablocks videos (phonics), games, videos, crafting/making ideas.
White Rose Maths - For all classes. Great fun maths games with schemes of work and worksheets.
BBC good food- For all classes. How to make playdough/saltdough. Use play dough to make anything shapes, animals, letters, the list could go on for ever. The website also has other cooking ideas too, look on the family and kids section under recipes. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/playdough-recipe
Phonics play - For all classes. Online games linked to phonics, practise anything on phase 2 or 3. You need to create a login but access is free using the details supplied: Username: jan21 : Password: home
Oliver Jeffers- For all classes. Stay at home story time with the author every weekday at 6pm.
Joe Wicks Body Coach - For all classes. PE lesson every week day from 9 am. A 30 minute fun workout session. No equipment needed, just pop onto his youtube channel. Link is for Monday 23rd March workout
The Muddy Puddle Teacher - For all classes. A fantastic site for using the outdoors to help teach all manner of things. Subscription is free this month and may be extended. You'll need to create an account but this site will inspire you to use the great outdoors creatively to help your child learn, it really is great fun!