Home Learning

Throughout the current COVID19 situation our pupils have been set work via their Purple Mash accounts. Anyone who has been unable to access this work for any reason has been sent weekly packs via the postal service. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time if you wish your child to start receiving a paper pack.

As part of our ongoing provision for children who are continuing their education at home, all worksheets and documents the children need for the following week are available via Purple Mash.  Documents for the following week will be uploaded and available for you from the Thursday evening of the week before.  We have added this to support those parents who have shared with us that would like to know in advance what their children are learning and to allow documents to be printed off.  It is not our expectation that all work is printed, work can be completed in an exercise book.  Please contact your child’s teacher via Purple Mash if you require additional exercise books.

To access the documents

  • log on as your child.
  • click on the orange work icon.
  • click on the word class
  • click on the arrow beside your child’s class
  • click on the arrow beside the date.

Documents have been organised by the day of the week your child will need them. Where possible, answers have been provided.  Please use these with your children to mark their work.

Teachers will continue to set these tasks as 2dos on a daily basis.  Children do not need to resubmit the documents once they have been completed.

Teachers will continue to provide an overview of the learning which will include hotlinks to websites such as BBCBitesize.  This will be emailed to your child’s Purple Mash account and a copy will be sent via a Groupcall message.  The work set can then be completed in an exercise book or on paper.  Teachers will still set 2dos via Purple Mash which will be monitored and responded to by school staff.

It is essential children spend time each day focused on learning. This will help keep some normality in the children’s routines, ensure their education continues and will ultimately lead to a smoother transition back to school when we return fully.  Children who receive paper versions of the work set will continue to receive these packs.

There are many other ideas for supporting the learning at home on our Twitter account – you do not need to be a Twitter account holder to read these. We use Twitter as a quick and easy way of passing information on to parents. The internet is also awash with ideas to support parents with
home teaching ideas. Included in the pack we sent home was a list of websites that offer educational resources. Times Table Rock stars could also be used daily.

We appreciate that home working can be difficult, please don’t stress, argue or fall out. Instead when you need a break, cuddle on the sofa and watch a film. Share a book and talk about it. Bake and cook together. Paint pictures (put a rainbow in your window so other children can see them), create
and make. Play board games. Do science experiments. Travel the world via Google Maps. Go on virtual tours of museums, art galleries and zoos (Edinburgh Zoo have live web cams at the moment). Look at old photos and tell stories about family members, some of whom your children
may never have met. Write letters to those you cannot visit at the moment.
Try to have fun spending time together.

In order to ensure that it will be safe for all our Giffards family to return to school at some point in the future, we do ask that the latest government guidance regarding social distancing is followed as we are aware some children are out playing and not following this guidance. We all need to stay alert if we are to remain safe.

Once again, thank you for all you have done so far to help and support your child’s education.  We appreciate all that you are doing at this unusual time.  We do hope that our school family will be reunited as soon as it is safe to do so.