Home Learning

As Westwood Academy begins a phased reopening, I felt that it would be useful to share our new approach to home learning, which will begin on Monday 8th June, 2020.

On Monday 1st June, teachers and staff came together to agree the following approach to supporting home/remote learning in the event that school is closed.

ALL PUPIL LEARNING WILL NOW BE SET VIA THE PURPLE MASH WEBSITE.

Please note that the home learning set through Purple Mash is exactly the same as the activities being set for the children that are attending school. This is being done so that no child is being disadvantaged during our phased reopening.

A full online tutorial of how to use the website can be found online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqQPpA7vgH0

There will be a daily English focussed task and a daily Maths focussed task for children to complete at home.

All children are expected to complete the home learning so that they are able to keep up with the demands of the national curriculum. Please support your child by helping them to continue to learn at home.

If you still do not have your child’s Purple Mash login details, please send an email to: info@westwood.theharmonytrust.org with your contact details and we will be in touch with your child’s login.

Now that the school is open, we will be able to make home learning packs that parents and carers can come to school to collect every week. This will happen on the following days, so that we do not have too many people on the school premises at any time:

EYFS (Nursery and Reception)

Separate arrangements are in place. Parents will be contacted to collect home learning packs next week

Year 2 and Year 3

Monday between 10am-12 noon from the main school building

Year 1 and Year 4

Tuesday between 10am-11am from the main school building

Year 5 and Year 6

Tuesday between 11am-12 noon from the main school building

If you require a paper version of the home learning activities, please send an email to: info@westwood.theharmonytrust.org so that we have enough packs for everyone. We will only make enough packs for the children and families that have requested them.

We will, of course, continue to review this approach as the situation develops and changes. These changes will be communicated through our updated school website, via Parent Mail (text services) where appropriate and via @Westwood_HT.

Reading

Reading is one of the best things your child can do during school closure.  All children have at least one reading book with them and they will benefit from re-reading the book.  They could also swap books with siblings or write a sequel to the story.  Put subtitles on TV programmes, get them to read recipe ingredients, just keep reading!

The Literacy Trust have also made lots of free resources available to support your child at home. 

Click here for access.  

 

Physical Exercise (P.E.)

It is very important that children keep active to keep healthy over the time that school is closed, and restrictions are in place.  Fortunately, there is plenty that can be done at home whatever the weather.

The Body Coach

Joe Wicks is doing a 30 minute exercise session at 9am every morning (Monday to Friday) on his YouTube channel which you can access by clicking here.

Nearly 1 million schoolchildren and their families are taking part every day.  

Oldham Sport Development

Oldham Sport Development will be setting a daily challenge for all students over the next few weeks. There will be various activities aimed to keep students active throughout their time off school.  There will range from activities for 4-16 year olds, including physical activities, dances and links to other sites/social media.

They will also be able to see clips/videos from their usual coaches.

Please go to Twitter Image result for twitter logoand follow them @volsportoldham for the updates.  We will be retweeting from the school Twitter account here

Music

Oldham Music Service have also produced a guide for home learning with lots of fun activities.  

How to access the resources

You and your pupils can access the online resources as follows:

  1. Go to the website https://gmmusiconline.co.uk  
  2. In the “Student login” section, type in your username and password. Click “login”
  3. The work set will appear on the next page. Each unit of work is called an “Assignment” and the relevant resources will be inside this folder.
  4. Click on the link to the “assignment” and the resources will appear on the right of the screen. Click on each one to access each individual resource.

Your login details are as follows:

  Class

  Username  

  Password  

  Westwood Rec  

  p996468

  clef

  Westwood Yr1

  p996499

  almond

  Westwood Yr2

  p996530

  pine

  Westwood Yr3

  p996534

  march

  Westwood Yr4

  p996565

  medley

  Westwood Yr6

  p996567

  phrase

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