School Closures

Dear Parents and Carers,


As soon as we heard of the possible impact on education the Coronavirus may have, we, at Henlow have been preparing. All our Heads of Department and teachers have sourced and prepared lots of educational ideas for you to carry out in your homes. 


We recognised that this is a real time of uncertainty for our community. We have no idea of the length of time this may continue for or the true impact of this on our children so all we can do at this time is provide your children with a selection of activities for them to carry out at home. These activities will enable them to remain familiar with subject content and keep them occupied. We will continue to add to the activities if this situation lengthens.


There will be no expectation of the minimum or maximum amount of study to complete, only a recommendation. We do not know your circumstances now or how they may change and appreciate that all parents will want to do their best for their children. As such, please accept this timetable as a guide for you to amend as you see fit.


Daily schedule

Time

   

Before 9am

Wake up

Eat breakfast, make your bed, brush your teeth etc.

9am - 10am 

Morning exercise 

Live PE workouts at 9am everyday with The bodycoach TV youtube channel

10am - 11am

Academic study

Select some of the work online in your Google classroom or complete some Maths problems or literacy tasks

11am - 12pm

Creative time

Complete some artwork, DT work, Music practice

12pm - 12:30pm

Lunch time

 

12:30pm - 1pm

Carry out some chores 

 

1pm - 1:30pm

Quiet time

Read for pleasure

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Academic study

Select one of the projects to complete: Geography, History, RE

3:30pm - 4pm

Exercise

Complete an activity from the PE bucket list

4pm - 5pm

Social time

Board games, puzzle, reading together, card games

5pm - 6pm

Dinner time

 


As a society, we have very little time for family time, we spend our lives rushing to and from work, taxi-ing children to and from clubs, eating in the car on route, let’s accept this new challenge with open arms. Let’s embrace time with our immediate family and learn to talk to one another and play games with one another in a courteous manner. Do not place unnecessary pressure on your family to be an academic genius, instead trust that your children will catch up and value the skills that can be learned and nurtured by spending time together in your home. 


If you are concerned about your accessibility to the internet please do get in touch (nchalkley@henlowacademy.org.uk). We have started photocopying projects that can be completed with little or no internet and these can be either handed to your child tomorrow or dropped off to your household early next week.


As a point of reference, please use this webpage to help guide you on where to find the materials to enable your child to study from home. This table offers a summary of the currently prepared materials. 


Yours sincerely,


Naomi Chalkley

Deputy Head Teacher

 
Now that school closures have been announced, for any parents worrying this list was put together by the home ed community. Feel free to share.
 
FREE online education resources
 
A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators. 
Feel free to share.
 
Khan Academy
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
 
BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
 
Futurelearn
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
 
Seneca
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
 
Openlearn
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
 
Blockly
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
 
Scratch
Creative computer programming
 
Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos
 
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
 
Duolingo
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
 
Mystery Science
Free science lessons
 
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
 
Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects
 
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
 
Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.
 
iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
 
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
 
Tinkercad
All kinds of making.
 
Prodigy Maths
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
 
Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.
 
Nature Detectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
 
British Council
Resources for English language learning
 
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
 
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
 
Geography Games
Geography gaming!
 
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
 
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities 
 
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
 
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
 
Toy Theater
Educational online games
 
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
 
Twinkl
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.