As you will all now be aware, due to the current situation with the corona virus we will be starting this term’s learning online rather than in person. Which means of course that it is time for Google Classroom to truly come into the spotlight and shine!
In your reading diaries you will find the logins for Google Classroom…they need a little edit due to the whole school swapping over to using Google you can now get rid of the “apps” part of their email address so it will now have their unique part at the beginning then .email@example.com
No change to their passwords.
I will be posting work for you daily on Google Classroom. To access google classroom you will need to login to google using your school google account on a laptop or other device connected to the internet.
Start by searching for ‘google classroom’ in your internet browser – ideally using Google and it works best in Chrome and click on the result or use one of these links:
Spending time with your Turtle – talking, playing, reading, exploring and being creative – are some of the most important ways to help them to develop at this stage. They do not need to be doing lots of additional work at home, they have been busy working at school all day and can use their time at home to relax and pursue and discover their interests.
The main thing we do encourage though is reading! Reading is so wonderful! Sharing stories together will get your Turtle interested in books and help them to develop their vocabulary and imagination. Practising their reading with the reading books that are sent home is also key and we recommend that they read at least 4 times a week. Short, regular practises are best.
If you follow me on twitter you will also be able to see regular updates on which phonic sounds they have been learning and practising (along with lots more that we have been doing in class) and it is good to do some light practise of this too – as suggested in the photos in twitter e.g. have a “phonics hunt” where you look for objects beginning with specific letter sounds.
There are also a few websites and apps that I recommend if you would like your Turtle to spend some time online:
Sumdog – fun maths practise. Logins are in the front cover of your Turtle’s reading diary.
BusyThings – games covering all areas of the curriculum. Login using the first part of your email address that you use for Google Classroom (the bit before the @) and the same password and click on the reed LGfl button for access in the top right hand corner.
Safari Coding and the Bee-Bot app – both develop early Coding skills (both are free)
Twinkl Alphabet Cards and Letter Formation app – teaches the letter sounds and names and letter formation
Turtles have been learning to use the online learning platform Google Classroom at school and can now access Google Classroom at home. All you have to do is type ‘Google Classroom login’ into Google (it is best to use Chrome browser if possible) and select ‘Sign In’ from the top right hand corner or click on this link:
You will be able to see our virtual classrooms from the beginning of the year. The majority of information will now be on Google Classroom rather than the blog. Do go and explore and leave a comment.
If your Turtle does have to be off school for any considerable amount of time you can use the White Rose Maths website but please bear in mind the home learning resources do not necessarily reflect what we will be doing in school but are a good way to keep them challenged mathematically. You do not need to use White Rose if they are in school, this is nothomework. Home learning will be provided if you are self-isolating.
For those of you who are self-isolating our Google Classroom is setup with a ‘Home Learning Classroom’. Please login and enjoy some learning!
If you have any problems please contact the school office firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you in the comments and to welcoming you back to school soon.
If you do need to speak to me I am usually available for a brief word at the gate in the afternoons otherwise please contact the school office.
We are having a wonderful time together as a class and I hope you enjoy hearing about school…unless your child doesn’t talk about school, there are always some who don’t (once it’s done, it’s done) which of course is perfectly fine too!