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Home Learning Provision - hybrid learning between home and school

As we move now to a near-fully normal opening following 2 years of Covid-19 interruption, you can find our latest Remote Learning Plan here.  

This page details the home learning applications and services available to all pupils. If however your child is currently absent from school for Covid-related reasons, including waiting for test results, being symptomatic, or self-isolation please visit these pages for work to do whilst at home -
Year 3 Home Learning if absent from school for Covid-related reasons
Year 4 Home Learning if absent from school for Covid-related reasons
Year 5 Home Learning if absent from school for Covid-related reasons
Year 6 Home Learning if absent from school  for Covid-related reasons

Our remote learning platforms continue to be permanently available to assist with additional home learning even when school is fully open. continue to be available to support learning from home and will be fully utilised to support any bubble closures or isolating pupils. They  can be used at home to support classroom learning. If you have difficuly accessing any of the learning please contact the school. If you are in need of support with devices to use at home or with internet connection, please get in touch with school so we can help. If you are struggling to share devices between siblings we can also try to help you.

Image result for microsoft teams logoThe main resource used to facility home learning in the absence of presence in school was Microsoft Teams. Whilst pupils do have a Microsoft 365 account, teachers are not now available on Teams chat during the school day whilst teaching in the classroom. Work may be still be set using Teams and pupils will be able to access this set work, called Assignements using their account.

To access teams either visit teams.office.com or download the Microsoft Teams app from your App store, or click on Teams from the Microsoft 365 portal homepage. If you do not have your child's username and password, please contact the school.

 

 

The dbprimary learning platform is our online platform used for learning and practising safe online behaviours. We actively encourage pupils, where they have parental permission, to use the email, blogging, and discussion forums features to share socially with their friends. This is particularly important during a time of school closure where they are not able to see their friends as often as they normally would. From Year 3 we learn about keeping safe online, how to communicate online, and safe sharing. This ring-fenced platform does not allow external email from outside of school to be sent or received and all messages (including deleted ones) can be tracked and followed up by school staff where it may be necessary to do so. Children will make mistakes online, and this is their safer space to do so, where we can work it through and discuss how to behave, remove anything that needs removing and help pur pupils to become safe, confident digital learners. Computing lessons covering programming also take place on the platform. Various activities are also available and some teachers or teaching assistants may set activities for pupils to complete. Any activities waiting to be completed appear on the "Things To Do" part of their homepage. 

To access the dbprimary learning platform, log in from the school website www.westfield.cambs.sch.uk.

 

Image result for accelerated reader logoWe use Accelerated Reader to help children gain confidence in their reading and to help them make challenging choices once they have completed formal reading schemes and are independently reading. Taking a regular "Star Test" each half term gives children a ZPD (zone of proximal development) range to guide their next reading choices. When an book that is on AR is completed, a short quiz to gauge comprehension can be taken. Usually AR quizes can only be taken in school, but whilst school is closed to most pupils, quizzes can be taken from home.

To log in to AR you need to log in to the Westfield AR login page  and the AR login is usually the first three letters of firstname and first three letters of surname (so gavban for Gavin Banks) and then the password made up of birth day and birth month, with no leading 0 for birth day but where appropriate a leading 0 for birth month - so 3rd April is 304, 10th May is 1005, 11th December is 1112. Year 3 pupils also have 21 at the beginning of their username (so 21samsmi for Samuel Smith).

 

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Mathletics is the engaging online mathematics program made for both classroom and home learning. It contains fun practice and fluency activities to challenge pupils' thinking with problem-solving and reasoning questions, and it rewards their learning with certificates and points. Points are earned by completing activities, and 1000 points in any week generates a bronze certificate. 5 bronze certificates leads to a silver one, a 4 silvers make a gold. 

Teachers can set targetted work at an appropriate level, and children have the opportunity to go through the activities further if they wish. They can also play live games against each other or children from other schools. 

To log in, visit www.mathletics.com/signin with your pupils details 

 

 

Image result for readiwriter logoReadiwriter Spelling focuses on explicit instruction of phonology, orthography, morphology and etymology to help spell unfamiliar words and to create confident spellers. Teachers can set specific word lists for practice. Readiwriter Spelling uses a mix of extrinsic and intrinsic motivators, including: Meritopia: a reward world students can steadily discover as they reach their learning goals; Certificates: awarded once students have attained a certain number of points; Interactive activities designed to engage students from the moment they enter the program; Visible progress tracking: students can see their development as they advance through the program, encouraging them to take ownership of their learning.
To log in, visit www.readiwriter.com/signin with your mathletics log in details, or if you are logged in to Mathletics, click on the M in the top left corner and switch over from Mathletics to Readiwriter.

Pickatale provides access to hundreds of books for children, available to read free of charge.You need to download an app called “Pickatale for Schools” available from the App Store on Apple and Android devices, and also the Microsoft Store for Windows 10/11 devices. This is an additional resource we have added to assist with finding reading materials at home, and to assist home learning.

There is no obligation or expectation to use it. It is simply a free resource you are invited to use if you wish. The username and password is the same as your child’s learning platform log in. No class joining code is required.
A userguide for the Pickatale App is available by clicking here

All pupils have access to a Microsoft 365 account giving access to office tools like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, online presentation maker Sway, and virtually unlimited private file space in OneDrive. The Microsoft 365 portal can be accessed from portal.office.com from most computers, and on mobile devices apps for Office, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Stream, Sway and Teams can be downloaded if required. Note that pupils do not have an Outlook email account as part of 365, this has been disabled for safety. The @westfieldjnr.education address they use to log in is only a log in only and not an email address (it may sometimes be referred to as an email address in the log in process). The learning platform provides safe pupil email accounts.

Files are automatically saved to the OneDrive cloud space, preventing space on your device being taken up with files and ensuring they are easily accessible anywhere. All 365 apps and the portal login require the @westfieldjnr.education username and password used for Microsoft Teams.