COVID-19 Closure

COVID-19 SCHOOL CLOSURE

Home Learning and Exemptions

Any family member exhibiting symptoms (raised temperature and/or persistent dry cough) puts the entire family in quarantine for 14 days (please follow government guidelines) regardless of if they are offered a space at school or not.

If there is anyone with a pre-existing health condition in your home, you must also take extra precautions (see NHS advice) to keep your family safe and healthy. We would advise, in line with the government, that you and all family members should be excercising 'social distancing' which may include not sending your child/children to school even if they fall into the particular groups that school will remain open to. 

Please note, from Monday (23rd March) school are being asked to open to provide care for vulnerable pupils and those whose parents are key workers. The Secretary of State is clear; this is an entirely different role for schools and school staff. It is primarily about care NOT education. IF YOU CAN KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME, PLEASE DO SO - STAY HOME, STAY SAFE. 

To confirm, exams (Y2 SATS, Y6 SATS, Y4 multiplication check and the Y1 Phonics screening check) have ALL been cancelled for this academic year.  

Free School Meals

Please see the attached letter from Mrs Ashfield for further information regarding the current situation with Free School Meals and how school are supporting you with these. 

Distanced Learning

DAILY ACTIVITIES WILL NOT BE UPLOADED DURING THE EASTER BREAK. THESE WILL RESUME WHEN WE 'RETURN' ON MONDAY 20TH APRIL.

In light of recent events, here at The Arches, we have created this page full of exciting and useful free resources for you and your families to access during the upcoming period of school closure to ensure learning continues as best it can and our juicy brains remain juicy! On this main page, general resources are available however on indiivdual pages, age and stage appropriate resources and daily activities are outlined. 

All children will be expected to undertake 10-30 minutes of learning on a daily basis, completing curriculum activities outlined on their class page each day. In addition, children will be expected to undertake an additional activity of their choice. Please continue to practise your spellings, times tables and phonics. All children will be provided with some learning materials such as books and pencils to aid them in completing these daily activities. Please complete activities in these books and continue to sign your reading log and have an adult do so. 

Many websites, such as Twinkl, are offering entirely FREE access of educational resources to everybody during this period. Please make use of free resources and all websites that you have logins for such as Bug Club and remember, reading is the best adventure - keep it up each day! If your child is used to routine and structure, check out the suggested daily timetable attached below that can be edited to suit the needs of your child/children. 

At all times, staff will continue to closely monitor the situation as we are currently doing, keeping up to date with government announces. We will endeavour to continually provide all members of our community with further information and updates as soon as we have these ourselves. At this time, we are receiving the same information that you are receiving and are working collaboratively as one big family to put plans in place, ensuring the spread of the Coronavirus is reduced and the most vulnerable are supported. We are working very hard to minimise the increased strains put on families and hope the below resources help in doing so. The health, safety and wellbeing of our community remains our number one priority and we are bringing all of our purple power together to work together during this time. 

If you need to contact your class teacher regarding any queries such as pupil logins or anything further, please do not hesitate to contact staff between 9am and 3pm. Please see below for a list of class teachers' email addresses as well as our Science and Computing Subject leader email addresses additionally. 

Mrs Crawford and Mrs Campbell (FS2) - fs2@thearches.cheshire.sch.uk

Mrs White (Y1) - lwhite@thearches.cheshire.sch.uk

Miss McCormick (Y1/2) - emccormick@thearches.cheshire.sch.uk

Miss Johnson (Y2) - njohnson@thearches.cheshire.sch.uk

Miss Hancock (Y3) - ahancock@thearches.cheshire.sch.uk

Miss Baker (Y3/4) - kbaker@thearches.cheshire.sch.uk

Miss Walker (Y4/5) - glwalker@thearches.cheshire.sch.uk

Mr Chwalko (Y5) - achwalko@thearches.cheshire.sch.uk

Mrs Williamson (Y6) - swilliamson@thearches.cheshire.sch.uk

Mrs Probert (Science lead) - hprobert@thearches.cheshire.sch.uk

Mrs Johnson (Computing lead) - ljohnson@thearches.cheshire.sch.uk

Foundation Stage 2

FS2 have worked together to compile a list of activities for children to undertake during any time of school closure. Staff will also be available to contact via the FS2 email addres - fs2@thearches.cheshire.sch.uk 

Please find a list of suggested acitvities to practise below. 

Count to 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100.

Writing numbers from 1 to 100.

Counting backwards from 20 to zero.

Encourage children to say thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen - reinforce the teen in the number.

Ask children to say one more than or one less than any number up to 20.

Order numbers from 0 to 20. Try ordering from smallest to largest and largest to smallest. 

Match the number to the amount e.g 7 = ******* - use objects from around the house or the garden.

Double numbers up to 10 and halve numbers up to 20.

Go on Bug Club (using your pupil login) and continue with our love of reading by reading everyday

Saying letter sounds and digraphs and trigraphs.

Writing your child's name (and other people's) and the alphabet including upper and lower case letters. 

Read out tricky words whilst encouraging your child to write them.

Read and copy sentences from a reading book. Encourage children to use capital letters at the beginning of the sentence and for people’s names. Use finger spaces between words and a full stop at the end of the sentence.

Go on listening walks, encourage your child to stop and listen and say what they can hear e.g cars, bus, birds. When back at home, draw a picture of what was seen. Can they write the word? Can they write a sentence - "On my walk today I could hear….."

Cutting with scissors - straight lines, wavy lines, shapes- square, circle, rectangle, and triangle to promote fine motor skills. 

Practise nursery rhymes - encourage your child to join in with you.

Go on nature walks and collect sensory items to make a collage e.g leaves, twigs, flowers, grass. Children could write about their picture. 

Happy Breathing - remember the FREE at home parent app too! (https://myhappymind.org/

Key Stage One and Key Stage Two

Staff across both key stages have collated a list of website links and resources that are FREE and esasily accessible to children. These resources are incredibly useful and should be accessed on a daily basis to consolidate and further pupils' learning during any period of school closure. Please refer to class lists below to see topics covered so far. Learning should be recorded in the book provided. For some, pupil logins may be required. If you do not have your pupil login, please email the office or your class teacher.

Phonics (primarily Year 1)

Despite the government's cancellation of the phonics check this year, children have made such progress with their phonics and ithis will still prove to be of great importance during future learning and progress so must still be practised. The following is a list of websites/activities which will support your child and ensure they are ready to progress with their phonics and reading when the time comes. Please do approximately 20 minutes of phonics everyday and read a book or e-book each day. It is vital that all children continue to be exposed to phonics and reading so progress does not deteriorate over upcoming weeks or months. This could be a child reading to an adult, reading independently or adults/siblings/ reading to a child. Please continue to sign your child's reading log so such efforts can be recognised and seen by staff. 

On Twinkl, please refer to:

  • Phonics screening check weekly morning starter powerpoint 1-5
  • Phase 5 colour by phoneme real and nonsense words
  • Phase 5 spelling activity pack
  • Any of the phase 3 or 5 resources 

Please also continue to refer to https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0 (Bug Club) and use your child's login details to enable them to have access to their personalised account where e-books of their level can be read and phonics lessons and games can also be accessed. 

Key Stage One

Please refer to the National Curriculum https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425601/PRIMARY_national_curriculum.pdf for specific objectives your child can practise and consolidate during their time at home. Please find below a list of topics that each year group has already covered and therefore topics that can be practised and consolidated. 

Year 1 - Everyday materials and and animals (Science). In Maths, we have covered counting, reading and writing numbers to 100, understanding how many tens and ones a number has, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, addition with numbers to 20, addition as counting on, number bonds to 10, subtraction as practically taking away and 2d and 3d shapes (naming and describing properties). In English, we have been writing a series of sentences in short texts, using phonics to segment to spell and spelling common exception words correctly, using and to join clauses and using capital letters and full stops correctly. In Computing, we have looked at algorithms, how we use computers at home and in school, esafety and recently we have just started to code Beebots. Ideas to try at home: write an algorithm for washing hands, draw a map of your house showing all the different things that use computers or check out this link https://www.terrapinlogo.com/emu/beebot.html

Year 1/2 - Everyday materials and animals (Science). In Maths, we have covered place value to 20 and 50, addition and subtraction to 20 and 3d and 2d shapes. In Enlighs, we have covered writing full sentences, using capital letters, finger spaces, full stops, conjunctions and adjectives to join sentences. We are also aware of what nouns, verbs and adjectives are and gave been using different types of punctuation, including exclamation and question marks. Finally, we are able to use ed, es and ing endings. In Computing, we have looked at algorithms, how we use computers at home and in school, esafety and recently we have just started to code Beebots. Ideas to try at home: write an algorithm for washing hands, draw a map of your house showing all the different things that use computers or check out this link https://www.terrapinlogo.com/emu/beebot.html

Year 2 - Growing and staying healthy and uses of everyday materials (Science). In Maths, we have covered adding 3 one digit numbers, 2 two digit numbers with apparatus and drawings as well as mentally, subtracting both of these also, writing numbers in words, partitioning numbers in different ways, 2d shapes, money for amounts, adding totals of money, finding change, telling the time to fifteen minutes, drawing and measuring lines in cm, number bonds to 10, 20 and 100, knowing addition and subtraction and the inverse of these, 2, 3, 5, and 10 times tables, using division for these times tables, knowing the link between division and multiplication, tally charts and bar charts. Also, placing numbers on a number line, counting forwards and backwards in 10 from any number and knowing the number of minutes in an hour and hours in a day. In English, we have looked at plurals ending in y (ies), adding er and est, adding ful (colourful), commas in a list, apostrophes for contractions or belongings, using subordination and coordination. In Computing, we have looked at algorithms and code, how we use computers at home, school and beyond, esafety and debugging. Ideas to try at home: PLUS Scract JR is a FREE app and https://code.org/athome has LOTS of great fun and free activities. 

Key Stage Two

Please refer to the National Curriculum https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425601/PRIMARY_national_curriculum.pdf for specific objectives your child can practise and consolidate during their time at home. Please find below a list of topics that each year group has already covered and therefore topics that can be practised and consolidated. 

Year 3 - Forces and magnets and rocks and fossils (Science). In Maths, we have covered, place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, money, statistics and data and are currently delving into length, area and perimeter. We continually practise and recall the1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables. In English, children have looked at setting descriptions, emotions, purpose, audience, character narratives, instruction writing, return narratives and lots of SPAG too including fronted adverbials, similes, alliteration, synonyms, antonyms, prepopsitions, conjunctions, speech marks and much more! We have worked on 10 new Y3/4 spellings each week. In Computing, we have looked at Computing pioneers (Ada Lovelace), input and output devices, esafety, how computers make pictures (pixels), basic binary, coding on Scratch Jr. Have a go at writing some secret binary messages - https://code.org/curriculum/course2/14/Assessment14-BinaryBracelets.pdf

Year 3/4 - Forces and magnets and plants (Science). In Maths, we have covered place value to 1000, addition and subtraction, multiplication (not column method), money and giving change, perimeter and area of 2D shapes/polygons, measuring mass on a scale, all times tables, 12 hour clock (o'clock, half and quarter past/ to the hour. In English, we have looked at noun phrases, speech, adjectives and verbs/adverbs, fronted adverbials, describing settings (feelings and emotions too), understanding antonyms and synonyms, reading learning aloud, using paragraphs to organise writing, diction and thesaurus work, prefixes and suffixes, Y3/4 spellings practice, proof reading for mistakes and errors, conjunctions and prepositions. In Computing, we have looked at Computing pioneers (Ada Lovelace), input and output devices, esafety, how computers make pictures (pixels), basic binary, coding on Scratch Jr. Have a go at writing some secret binary messages - https://code.org/curriculum/course2/14/Assessment14-BinaryBracelets.pdf

Year 4/5 - Living things and their habitats and states of matter (Science). In Maths, we have covered place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and are currently delving into the early stages of fractions as well as all times tables. In English, children have looked at narratives, diary entries, newspaper reports, persuasive letters and have used dictionaries to define unfamiliar terminology. We have also been practising the y3/4 spellings on a weekly basis as well as other grammatical features such as speech marks, fronted adverbials, synonyms and antonyms as well as capital letters and full stops. In Computing, we have covered Computing pioneers (Margaret Hamilton), how the internet works, networks (WAN and LAN), sequence in coding, esafety, decomposition and Boudicca project on Scratch. Try to:

  • Research your favourite computer scientist and compare them to Margaret Hamilton.
  • Create a Scratch project to tell me about all the great things you are doing while school is closed.
  • Write an explanation about how the internet and the World Wide Web are NOT the same thing!
  • Decompose your favourite song into a Scratch project.

Year 5 - Earth and space and life cycles and reproduction (Science). In Maths, we have covered place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division (including all formal written methods), perimeter, area and properties of shape. We also continually practise all times tables. In Computing, we have covered Computing pioneers (Katharine Johnson), using loops in code, esafety (PEGI ratings and social media), using tools and filters in search engines, fake news. Ideas to try at home:  

  • Research your favourite computer scientist and ask someone to help you to make a video news report about them.  
  • Create a music video with dance loops for your favourite song on Scratch.
  • Write a fake news report and a true news report about all the great things you're doing while school is closed.  (Remember - fake news is something deliberately untrue written to make money or influence politics!)
  • Research, using tools and filters, something liked to the other work set by your class teacher.

Year 6 - The heart and lungs and keeping healthy and electricity (Science). In Maths, we have covered place value, all four operations, algebra, long multiplication methods, fractions, measuring, ordering of operations, ratio and proportion, multi-step problems, geometry and statistics. In Computing, we have covered Computing pioneers (Alan Turing and Ada Lovelace), Fake News, loops in code, esafety (copyright and plagiarism). Ideas to try at home: 

Every child up to Y3/4 has a kodable.com login and all KS2 children have a SCRATCH login - please drop Mrs Johnson an email if you'd like your login details. 

Please find below a list of FREE websites and links that both key stages can access and utilise during any period of closure. Again, if any website require pupil logins that you do not have, please do not hesitate to contact the office or your class teacher. 

General resources

https://savedyouaspot.com/2020/03/12/20-screen-free-things-to-do-with-your-kids-indoors-when-school-is-closed/

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8tmH5KoepPGQboyLGR2avCTY_liZmW4b (Holy Trinity Easter Experience)

https://www.gosketchclub.com/

https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/home-learning/?utm_campaign=19_03_2020_COVID-19_Parent_Blog&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Pardot&utm_content=text

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/iplayer-children

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/

https://artsology.com/

https://www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/

http://www.preschoolexpress.com/

https://www.coolkidfacts.com/

https://www.songsforteaching.com/preschoolkindergarten.htm

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search?term= (FREE login access code: PARENTSTWINKLEHELPS) 

https://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/what-we-offer/discovery-education-espresso (pupil login: student6563 AND password: tap321)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

https://www.ducksters.com

https://www.plazoom.com/collections/free

http://www.lcfclubs.com/

https://code.org/ (coding) 

https://www.kodable.com/ (coding) 

https://scratch.mit.edu/ (coding which all KS2 have logins for) 

 https://code.org/starwars (coding)

https://myhappymind.org/

http://aimeesnurtureresources.co.uk/Resources

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/about-elsa-support/

https://litfilmfest.com/playlists/

https://www.tes.com/

https://www.tts-group.co.uk/

https://www.getset.co.uk/

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/ 

https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm

https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

 https://www.farmfood360.ca/

https://www.crazygames.com/

https://www.funology.com/

 https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/

https://busytoddler.com/2020/03/indoor-activities/fbclid=IwAR3tYXAqw7tJRAzLExpPcJo4rApLsKtgL0AwghzxgnhwOajc4auX6o12_xw

https://switchzoo.com/

https://supersimple.com/

https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china

https://www.funbrain.com/

http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/

http://www.whatwasthere.com//

https://www.geoguessr.com/

https://www.brainscape.com/

Maths

https://corbettmaths.com/

https://www.themathsfactor.com

https://www.testbase.co.uk/contingency-planning-covid-19/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

http://www.first4maths.co.uk/product-category/free-resources/

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ (free username: march20 AND free password: home) 

https://www.sumdog.com/user/sign_in

https://artofproblemsolving.com/alcumus

https://www.mobymax.com/

https://pages.sumdog.com/

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.dragonboxapp.com/

http://www.mathchimp.com/freddysfractions.php

https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/

https://mathsframe.co.uk/

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.numberphile.com/

 http://www.brainbox.co.uk/

https://urbrainy.com/

http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/index.html

https://www.resourceaholic.com/

https://www.resourceaholic.com/

Literacy/Reading/Phonics

https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html

https://stories.audible.com/discovery

https://www.grammaropolis.com/

https://www.squigglepark.com/dreamscape/

https://student.readingplus.com/seereader/api/sec/login

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/literacy.shtml

https://www.theliteracycompany.co.uk/free-resources/

https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/english/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z3kw2hv

https://www.literacyplanet.com/uk/

http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/

https://www.brainscape.com/

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

https://www.starfall.com/h/

Science

https://edheads.org/

https://thehappyscientist.com/

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/

https://www.exploratorium.edu/

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/

https://www.cellsalive.com/

https://www.brainpop.com/

https://ocean.si.edu/

https://climatekids.nasa.gov/

https://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html

https://human.biodigital.com/login?returnUrl=/dashboard

http://www.weatherwizkids.com/

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

https://www.aplusclick.org/

https://medium.com/kidslisten/19-great-science-podcasts-you-can-listen-to-with-kids-6fe46ac506b8#.rb23iuaw6

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=viewing.webcams

https://premeditatedleftovers.com/naturally-frugal-mom/amphibians-unit-study-resources/

https://thehomeschoolscientist.com/paper-structures-engineering-challenge/

News/current affairs

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

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