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UPDATE

We appreciate your continued patience as with deal with this ever-changing situation. We would also like to thank you for the lovely messages of support that we have received in recent days. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on your family and that it is far from ideal but we will continue to keep in touch with any updates as we have them. We wish you all the very best and hope that you are all safe and well.

Physical resources

We have prepared a home learning pack to support you and your child whilst the school is closed. The activities have been planned carefully to allow all children to practice skills and continue their learning. We expect all children to engage with the tasks which require no additional resources to those you would expect to find in every family home. Included in the pack there is a suggested timetable suitable for the age of your child and topic ideas that you can work on at home. Following a timetable of this kind will maintain some routine for your child, whilst also continuing and sustaining their learning.

Communication

If you need to talk to a member of HMFA staff– please can you ring Lord Scudamore Academy -01432 273951 and we will direct you to a member of staff who can help.

You can email the school directly using the admin@spa.hmfa.org.uk email address for the school.

Key Information

Free School Meals

HMFA schools will provide supermarket vouchers for pupils who are staying at home during the Covid-19 outbreak and who are eligible for free school meals. These will be ordered by your school through the Department for Education’s (DfE) national voucher scheme via Edenred UK which launched on 1st April 2020. A weekly shopping voucher worth £15 is available to spend at the following supermarkets; Sainsburys, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S.

Help and information for parents and carers is available at the following site –
Free School Meal Vouchers

Unfortunately some schools are experiencing delays accessing the DfE voucher scheme due to the high volume of vouchers needed across the country, please bear with us and be assured that we will ensure every FSM pupil eligible receives their full voucher entitlement whilst schools are closed.

A recent government announcement has confirmed that FSM vouchers will be available throughout the Easter holidays. Parents/carers will receive additional ‘top-up’ vouchers in due course to cover the holidays and for those who redeemed their original £44 voucher.
All enquiries regarding FSM vouchers should be directed to your school office.

Please note this does not apply to Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) which is available to all Reception, Year 1 & 2 pupils.

Primary Assessments

The Government confirmed that they will not be going ahead with the assessments or exams, which means that Year 1 Phonics Screening, Year 4 Times Table Tests, KS1 SATS and KS2 SATS are cancelled. The Government will be providing further information on this.

Home Learning Activities

Our teachers have been uploading Home Learning Plans to their own ‘Classes” pages on this website. More will be added later.

Some of our schools are using Seesaw for staff to set activities and for pupils to communicate their work back in a variety of ways e.g. photo, text, verbal or video. If your school is using Seesaw, you may have received already the Home Learning code to login either in their physical packs or via email. Using Seesaw is not compulsory at all – we are happy for you to not activate it.

Wellbeing advice during the Covid19 outbreak.

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Useful websites for home learning

English

Oxford Owl for Home – Lots of free resources for primary age.

Story Line Online – Have lots of stories read to you by celebrities.

Kid’s Poems & Stories with Micahel Rosen – Free stories, poems, songs, and jokes – YouTube. Subscribe and only click on that name

Epic – Free 30-day trial – instant access to a range of books (age 12 and under)

Audible – Free book with free 30 day trial.

Phonics PlayFree resources and a free trial.

Love My Books – Creative, fun activities to support children’s literacy.

Alphablocks – This is for your infants to learn phonics. Similar to Numberblocks. A television programme for very young children.

Maths

Numberblocks – A maths television programme for very little children and early primary ages. Teaching your very little children is hard, particularly when you need to work and you haven’t got time to teach them. Numberblocks is a series on BBC iplayer. It can get you 30mins to yourself at least! NB. You need to own a TV licence.

Top Marks

White Rose Maths

Computing

Scratch – Computer programming games that your child probably already uses and loves! Used in many schools in the UK.

Blockly Games – Simple computer programming games with no complicated sign in.

Tinkercad – A free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It’s used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything! A great introduction to CAD. Computer-aided design.

Kidz Type

Science

Earth Cam – Fascinate your children with live webcams from across the globe. Teach them about the world we live in right now!

Nat Geo Kids – Older primary age kids can amuse themselves with these facts and games independently quite easily.

NASA for Kids – Games, latest news about the satellite launches, photos from the space and interviews of astronauts.

Geography

World Geography Games – Self-explanatory. No login. Works on all devices through a browser.

Nat Geo Kids – Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

DK Find Out – An encyclopedia with games and quizzes. Easy for children to use.

Google Earth – Visit the whole world virtually, whilst stuck in the house! Your children will scream when they find their house, school, church! Entertaining for hours! Give them a list of things to find: Eiffel Tower, Pyramids, etc.

History

Horrible Histories – A comedy television programme about history for children that is factually accurate.

Museum Virtual Tours – Links to 12 different museums you can visit online.

The Big History Project” – Click on the Get Started button.

P.E.

GoNoodle – Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Free at school, home, and everywhere kids are! Very fun for all the family or set up in another room, if you have work to do.

The Body Coach – Joe Wicks You Tube channel with workouts for kids.

Cosmic Kids – A British website teaching children yoga. It’s very good. Lots of free sessions and videos. There is a subscription service for more content.

Change4Life – Short activities for children, but you, or older children will need to lead it. It has some video activities to follow too.

Disney Workouts

Stride Away Resources

Stride Away

Music

Yousician– Teach you guitar, ukulele, or piano from a complete beginner.

Art

National Gallery of Art – Teaches your children about art with 0% mess. That’s right! Collaging without glue everywhere -priceless!

Artful Parent

Art for Kids Hub – YouTube videos.

Google Arts and Culture – Learn something new every day!

Red Ted Art – A website with activities for making crafts.

Languages

Duolingo – User friendly website or app that teaches adults and children most languages.

Cooking

Tasty Co – simple recipes, watch them be cooked.

Educational Videos

TED-Ed

Crash Course – You Tube videos on many subjects.

Crash Course Kids – As above for a younger audience.

The Kids Should See This

General

BBC Bitesize

Top Marks – Covering a range of subjects.

Blue Peter Badges

Blue Peter Badges – Applying for a Blue Peter badge is a great idea! Children can get a real sense of achievement. Get your Blue Peter badge and get into attractions for free.

Daily Learning Programme

Children can sometimes miss the routine which school gives them. Below I have shared a suggested timetable to keep some structure which was shared with me. Obviously, use this as much or as little as you want…it is just an idea!
Before 9:00amWake up!Make your bed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed
9:00-10:00Outdoor TimeFamily walk or outdoor play.
10:00-11:00Academic TimeNo Electronics! Reading, puzzles, journal, do a suggested activity.
11:00-12:00Creative TimeCreative play, drawing, Legos, crafts, music, cooking, baking.
12:00-12:30LUNCH
12:30-1:00Home ChoresClean rooms, put away toys…help out your grown ups!
1:00-2:30Free/quiet TimeElectronics OK! Educational games, online activities, virtual museum tours
4:00-5:00Outdoor timeFamily walk or outdoor play
5:00-6:00Dinner timeFamily dinner, help with clean-up and dishes
6:00-7:00Bath timeBath or shower
7:00-8:00Reading/TV timeRelaxing before bedtime
9:00 PMBedtimePut on PJs, brush teeth, clothes in laundry