Online Learning Platform
Audible – https://stories.audible.com/
A range of free audio books now available
Classroomsecrets – https://classroomsecrets.co.
Free resource packs for each year group to help pupils learn from home
PhonicsPlay – www.phonicsplay.co.uk
A site packed with interactive phonics games, pho
TypingClub – https://www.typingclub.com/ Learn touch typing for free online
Football fun activity pack (English / Maths / PSHE)
Caterpillar Crunch Playdough Recipe / Colours everywhere / Edible Chocolate Playdough Recipe / EYFS-Home-Learning-Pack / Oranges and Lemons Playdough Recipe / Porridge Oats Playdough Recipe / Soft and Silky Playdough Recipe / Sensory activity cards / Spaceship porthole craft / Cardboard tube rocket craft / Hand and foot print alien craft / Paper plate flying saucer craft / Space theme picture craft / Space theme mindfulness colouring / Textured Aromatherapy Playdough Recipe
GCSE and Computer Science Resources
GCSE and Computer Science various videos about different computing components
GCSE and Computer Science various theory and video resources. User name: bs234ut Password: computer5 – https://www.teach-ict.com/
Computing Units to earn Duke of York certificates. This requires self sign up (school cannot recover passwords etc). Choose and work through units of choice. Work on bronze award first. – https://idea.org.uk/login
Cyber Security resources – https://www.
Typing practice – https://www.typingclub.com/
Hour of Code – https://hourofcode.com/uk/
Virtual Microbit coding, including tutorials – https://makecode.microbit.
Create music – http://sonic-pi.net/
Defold is used to create games. The software needs to be downloaded and there are tutorials here – https://defold.com/
Various KS3 Computing aspects – https://www.advanced-ict.
Trinket programming and tutorials – https://hourofpython.com/
Computational Thinking Resources
Bebras challenges – https://challenge.bebras.uk/
Be Internet legends questions, quizzes and games – https://beinternetawesome.
Digital Literacy and Citizenship resources (age appropriate) – https://digital-literacy.
All kinds of making. Email Mr Humphreys if you wish to use this. (Years 10 & 11 already have log-ins)
Learn by Layers: https://www.learnbylayers.com/basic-plan/
3D printing tutorials free during closures
Focus Educational: https://www.focuseducational.com/
Specifically for Science & Technology.. Allowing free access
James Dyson Foundation: https://bit.ly/2U1kPye
Challenge cards for science & Technology activities which students can can do at home.
Pupils were given individual logins. For lost passwords please email Mr Burgess.
New Immersive Career Experiences
The “Live & Online” Series: Film-Making. Computer Science. Law. International Politics. Architecture. Entrepreneurship.
Useful Maths Websites for Parents / Carers
Maths is Fun: www.mathsisfun.com
Easy to search for explanations and worked examples. ‘Your Turn’ assessment questions available for most topics.
BBC Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/
KS 3 and GCSE topics covered in plain English with worked examples. Self-assessment tests available in most sections.
My Maths: www.mymaths.co.uk
This website provides a comprehensive menu of structured lessons, self-marking homework and review tasks. A good selection of interactive whiteboard activities and maths games are available. Lessons can be searched by NCL, Foundation or Higher tier topics.
username: Westhaven / Password: square
A large selection of resources and investigations for teachers and pupils. SATS and GCSE past papers are available to download from the students section.
Mr Barton Maths: www.mrbartonmaths.com
An extensive library of teaching resources, including ready-made Tarsia activities. Links to ‘the best maths websites in the world’, video tutorials and a link to the site from where you can download the Tarsia jigsaw software (http://www.mmlsoft.com/index.php/products/tarsia).
Pupil pages provide a host of reference material and podcasts, including a 374 e-book (pdf file) containing everything you need to know about GCSE maths up to A* grade. Download and view on screen rather than print it out! Easy to search using Adobe reader.
A free resource bank of rich mathematical tasks including teaching notes and solutions, designed to get pupils applying and extending their reasoning skills.
A collection of investigations, printable resources, links and online maths games.
Amongst other resources, has a useful ‘starter of the day’ page.
Count On: http://www.counton.org/resources
Amongst a host of resources, this site contains downloadable sets of ‘Summer Numeracy’ activity worksheets (originally designed to bridge the transition from KS 2 to KS3) that will help build confidence in pupils performing below national expectations.
Also includes comprehensive lesson plans and guidance notes.
Classroom Timers: http://www.online-stopwatch.com/classroom-timers/
Maths Bot: www.mathsbot.com
5 a day: www.corbettmaths.com/5-a-day/
Maths Frame: www.mathsframe.co.uk
Maths Playground: www.mathsplayground.com
Bar Modelling with Thinking Blocks: https://www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html
Times Tables Rock Stars: www.ttrockstars.com
username: Westhaven / Password: Maths
Cool Maths 4 kids: www.coolmath4kids.com
The Mathematics Shed: www.mathematicshed.com
Bowland Maths: www.bowlandmaths.org
Hegarty Maths: www.hegartymaths.com
Money Sense: https://natwest.mymoneysense.com
Whiterose Maths: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
Speech and Language
Reduce environmental distractions as much as possible: think about the student’s position in the class, materials on the floor and wall surfaces to absorb excess background noise, room dividers to create smaller spaces.
Get down to the student’s level when interacting with them and establish eye contact.
Ensure that you have the student’s attention before giving an instruction or making a comment, for example by saying their name and gesturing to prompt listening and looking.
Work in a small group for activities that promote listening skills, such as listening to a short story and then answering questions about what has happened.
Use visual systems such as a visual schedule to support the student to stay focused on the part of the routine.
Use Makaton signs to draw the student’s attention towards you when you speak
Use auditory cues such as banging a drum to indicate that it is ‘tidy-up time’ or ringing a bell for ‘lunch time’.
Encourage the student to ‘have one more turn’ before moving on to another activity or extending their interest by showing them what else you can do with those resources.
Use a sand-timer to show how long you will spend on an activity at the work station and giving the student lots of praise for staying and playing/working for this time.
Use specific prompting to encourage the student to listen and remain focused on the task i.e. “show me good listening” “show me good sitting” etc.
Ensure activities are short with frequent changes to maintain the student’s attention.
Each time you work with the student, encourage them to focus for a little longer than the last time.
When the student’s attention begins to decrease, use verbal and visual prompts to tell them how many more things they need to do (e.g. 5 more, 4 more, 3 more etc.)
Ensure that the adult chooses when the activity is finished.
Allow the student time to process and respond to questions and requests.
Check that the student has understood what they have been asked to do.
Ensure there are specific and defined task expectations for example a time frame (until play, 10 minutes, sand timer) or quantity (5 turns, 4 letters, 3 pages).
Countdown with the student how much more they have to do during an activity, e.g. with a jigsaw “Only 3 more pieces X”. Then give lots of praise when they have finished.
Use specific praise and tangible rewards (stickers) to motivate ___ e.g. “lovely sharing” “good talking” “nice waiting”.
Consider using a reward system to motivate the student, i.e. sticker chart, marbles in a jar.
Prompt the student to listen “show me you’re listening” or ask them directly “are you ready to listen?”
Use natural gesture to reinforce requests e.g. quiet, sit down, listen.
Encourage the student to ask for repetitions or clarification if they were not listening, forgot or did not understand.
Allow opportunities for short physical breaks between tasks.
Seat away from distractions i.e. door, window, shelves etc.
Be explicit about how and when to listen.
Be clear that they need to be quiet so they can listen.
Play listening games and activities.
Develop the student’s ability to remain quiet during 1:1 or small group tasks.
Make the expectations of an activity very clear to the student before beginning and remind them during the activity if required.
Focus on what the student says rather than how they say it.
Allow the student to finish, do not interrupt them or get them to start again.
If the student’s talking contains a lot of stammering, listen and when they have finished talking model back what they have said to show that they have been understood.
Do not alter your behaviour due to the stammer i.e. say “I’m listening” rather than suddenly giving the student your full attention when they begin to stammer.
Model thinking, pausing and talking slowly during turn taking games and activities or when answering questions. For example, student: “where’s my car?” adult: “Let me think… (pause) I think it’s in your bedroom.
Reduce the number of times the student is interrupted or interrupts others. Explain to everyone the importance of taking turns when talking.
Listen carefully to the student. Concentrate on what they are saying and not how they are saying it.
Allow the student to finish what they are saying; avoid finishing their sentences for them.
Allow the student plenty of time to respond to what has been said to them.
Try to avoid asking questions, instead commenting/describing what the student is doing/playing with/can see.
When questions are asked, ensure that these are ‘open‘ questions that require the student to give you some information (e.g. “what did you do at nursery?”) rather than ‘closed’ questions that require a one word answer (e.g. “did you do painting?”)
Avoid offering advice (e.g. “slow down”). Instead slow down your own pace of talking; children try to match others’ rates of speech. You may find pausing before talking will help you do this.
Use praise to reward the student for the things they do well as this will help to build confidence. Be specific about what the student has done well e.g. “what a lovely picture, the colours you used are wonderful” or “well done! Good waiting, I can talk to you now”.
Avoid putting the student on display in talking situations in which they are not yet confident. Talking should be enjoyable!
When the student is dysfluent, acknowledge this in a calm way (e.g. “Sometimes it’s hard for you to get words out. I know the words get a bit stuck. It’s OK, I have plenty of time”).
When the student is particularly emotional or tired and their stammering increases, bring your own language level right down to single words. At these times during play, you can start off a sentence and leave a gap for the student to complete just the last word or two to encourage their language load to stay low. Giving verbal choices at these times will also help to reduce pressure and language load
Keep a diary of the student’s stammering to help you establish what some of the trigger factors may be in order to anticipate and reduce these, to support their speech becoming smoother.
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- The Louvre: You don’t have to book a ticket to Paris to check out some of the famous pieces in the world’s largest art museum. The Louvre has free online tours of three famous exhibits, including Egyptian Antiquities.
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: The works of Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Jeff Koons, and Franz Marc are just some of the 625 artists whose work are a part of the Guggenheim’s Collection Online.
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Move at your own pace through the 360-degree room-by-room tour of every exhibit in the museum.
- Van Gogh Museum: You can get up close and personal with the impressionist painter’s most famous work thanks to Google Arts & Culture.
- Getty Museum: Los Angeles’s premiere gallery has two virtual tours, including “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry,” which is a closer look at food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
- The Vatican Museum: The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Raphael’s Room, are just some of the sites you can see on the Vatican’s virtual tour.
- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: Madrid’s must-see art museum has the works of some of the continent’s most celebrated artists like Rembrandt and Dali available online.
- Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: Six virtual exhibits are available online from this museum named for the “Mother of American modernism.”
- National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City: Dive into the pre-Hispanic history of Mexico with 23 exhibit rooms full of Mayan artifacts.
- British Museum, London: The Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies are just a couple of things that you’re able to see on a virtual tour of the museum.
- NASA: Both Virginia’s Langley Research Center and Ohio’s Glenn Research Center offer online tours for free. Also, you can try some “augmented reality experiences” via The Space Center Houston’s app.
- National Women’s History Museum: Have a late International Women’s Day celebration with online exhibits and oral histories from the Virginia museum.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art: Though the Met Gala was cancelled this year, you can still have a peak at the The Costume Institute Conversation Lab, which is one of the institution’s 26 online exhibits.
- High Museum of Art, Atlanta: This museum’s popular online exhibits include “Civil Rights Photography” — photos that capture moments of social protest like the Freedom Rides and Rosa Park’s arrest.
- Detroit Institute of Arts: Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo is the focal point of two of the four available online exhibits.
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: The Golden Age of Dutch art is highlighted in this museum which includes the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt.
- National Museum of the United States Air Force: You can’t take a ride in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential airplane, but you can check it out, in addition to other military weapons and aircraft, online in the Air Force’s official museum.
- MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art): New York’s extensive collection is available for view online.
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The 16 virtual exhibits include a special section on 21st Century Designer Fashion.
- Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. https://my.matterport.
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Zoos and Aquariums
- The Cincinnati Zoo: Check in around 3 p.m., because that’s the time the Zoo holds a daily Home Safari on its Facebook Live Feed.
- Atlanta Zoo: The Georgia zoo keeps a “Panda Cam” livestream on its website.
- Georgia Aquarium: Sea-dwellers like African penguins and Beluga Whales are the stars of this aquarium’s live cam.
- Houston Zoo: There are plenty of different animals you can check in on with this zoo’s live cam, but we highly recommend watching the playful elephants.
- The Shedd Aquarium: This Chicago aquarium shares some pretty adorable behind-the-scenes footage of their residents on Facebook.
- San Diego Zoo: With what may be the most live cam options, this zoo lets you switch between koalas, polar bears, and tigers in one sitting.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium: It can be Shark Week every week thanks to live online footage of Monterey Bay’s Habitat exhibit.
- National Aquarium: Walk through tropical waters to the icy tundra in this floor-by-floor tour of the famous, Baltimore-based aquarium.
- Walt Disney World: Set aside some time, because there’s plenty to see here. Virtual tours you can take include Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot, just to name a few. There are also unofficial YouTube videos that feel just like you’re on famous rides like the Frozen Ever After ride, It’s a Small World, Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
- LEGOLAND Florida Resort: The Great Lego Race and Miniland USA are just two of the attractions you can check out in a virtual tour of the park.
- SeaWorld Orlando: The virtual tour of Seaworld includes a tour of Discovery Cove and the option to”ride” the steel roller coaster Mako.