Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
As you are aware, all schools in England closed at 5:00 pm on Friday 20th March 2020.
Godwin Junior School will be re-opening to the children of key workers on Monday 1st June and to vulnerable children on Tuesday 2nd June.
If you are a key worker and require a school place for your child please email as soon as possible and we will contact you to make arrangements.
We have contacted the parents/carers of all vulnerable children.
Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Sunday 10th May, we have contacted all Year 6 parents/carers to let them know the implications for their child's schooling. We are conducting rigorous risk assessments to establish if and when we are able to re-open safely to a wider group of children. Whilst we recognise that the current arrangements continue to provide challenges for parents and carers as well as our pupils, we are working alongside the local authority to plan for re-opening at the appropriate time. Please be assured that the most important consideration for all involved in this is the safety and mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of our pupils and their families, our staff and their families.
Statutory Free School Meals
Central government provides funding for all state-funded schools to offer free school meals to pupils from Reception to Year 11 who meet the Government’s benefits-related eligibility criteria. This is different from Newham's Eat for Free funding which provides free school meals to all other Key Stage 2 pupils. We have contacted all families who are entitled to Statutory Free School Meals to offer them weekly food parcels as per the government's scheme.
During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Government is temporarily extending free school meals eligibility to include some groups who have no recourse to public funds. If you have no recourse to public funds, please click here for more information.
We know that learning at home is not the same as learning at school.
This is true whether children are learning online or using paper resources.
We want to do everything that we can to help our families support their children with this.
Every family is different.
Every child is different.
Every day is different.
We don't have all of the answers, but hope that these ideas will be useful:
Create a daily routine.
Children have a routine at school and respond well to this. You don't have to plan every detail of the day but plan key events.
Use a checklist.
Children like to know what they are aiming for and ticking off their targets.
Encourage your child to read.
Don't worry about what they are reading - books, comics, instructions, recipes - it doesn't matter!
Don't worry that it is 'too easy' for them - now, more than ever, children may seek comfort in familiar books.
Talk to your child about what they are reading - you don't have to have read it yourself.
Click here for top tips to support your child with reading at home.
Remember that learning opportunities are everywhere - not just in school work.
Help your child to think and talk about the world around them.
Plan to do some activities together - cooking, building a tent in the front room, collage, creating a sock puppet etc.
What skills can you teach your child (tieing shoelaces, card tricks, knitting)?
All children have been allocated a username and password for Times Tables Rockstars
Please log in at https://ttrockstars.com/
All children have been allocated a username and password for Mathletics.
Please log in at https://login.mathletics.com
In addition, teachers will be providing daily learning activities via Google Classroom.
All children have been allocated a username and password to access this.
Please log in at https://classroom.google.com
If you are experiencing problems accessing home learning, please read our Frequently Asked Questions below.
If you are continuing to have problems with this, please fill out this form: www.is.gd/gjsgoogle
We will get back to you as quickly as we possibly can to help resolve the problem you are experiencing.
How does my child log in to Google Classroom?
Go to google.com and look at the top right corner of the screen. There should be a “Sign in” button if no one is currently logged in.
Click this button to log in.
If someone else is logged in to Google on that device, you will see a circle with a letter in it, or else a small circular picture. Please click this, and check to see who is logged in. If it is not your child’s name and school username that is shown in the popup, please click “Add another account.” You can then enter their login details.
If you share a computer as a family, you may need to remind children to click on this circle to swap between accounts throughout the day.
Why is my child's user name not recognised?
When signing in, please check that the username exactly matches what is written.
Your child’s username is 5 letters, then 3 numbers, then a dot, then email@example.com. There are no spaces.
For example: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check that zeroes have been typed accurately, and your child has not written the letter O by accident.
Please check that the number 1 hasn’t been typed, instead of the letter L.
To type the @ symbol on a normal keyboard, hold down the SHIFT key (the 'up' arrow on the left hand side) and tap the @ key.
Please check that full stops are all in the right place.
Why is my child's password not recognised?
Your child’s Google password is a word, then a number, then the word godwin. There are no spaces.
For example: morning2godwin.
Please check that the password is typed slowly and carefully in all lowercase letters, no capital letters.
Please check that the letter O has been typed accurately, and your child has not typed the number zero by accident.
Please check that the number 1 hasn’t been typed, instead of the letter L.
How do we find the work which has been set?
Once logged in, you must select your child’s classroom (e.g. 4Y 2019-20).
Then browse the Stream and Classwork pages. You can toggle between them at the top of the page.
Your child's work has been assigned here.
As well as these resources which the school has purchased for your child to use, there are lots of other fantastic, free websites which you can explore with your child:
CBBC's Operation Ouch is an educational children's science TV series. Hilarious twin doctors Chris and Xand and Dr Ronx explore the weirdest and most wonderful bits of medicine. From sneezes and snot to pimples and poo, nothing escapes their crazy experiments! Click here to see all episodes via BBC iPlayer.
Click here to watch the special episode on Viruses, in which the Doctors explore the science behind the current Coronavirus pandemic, answering all your questions along the way about why the outbreak occurred, what the virus does to your body, and how patients are being treated. Watching this with your child could be an excellent way to discuss the topic based on scientific fact rather than rumour.
This is a series of fun history lessons for all the family, presented by Horrible Histories' Greg Jenner and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Full of facts and jokes, the series brings to life a broad range of historical topics. Each episode is only 15 minutes long, so there's no danger of getting bored!
This website is free to register on. Children can search by subject or topic, discover facts, enter competitions and play games.
There is plenty of high-quality content to explore!
On Monday 23rd March Mad Science live streamed a number of experiments and explained the science behind them. This is a great way to engage with science in your front room!
Children must ask their parents/carers for permission if they want to try these experiments.
The Field Studies Council wants to create a world where everyone feels connected to the environment so they can enjoy the benefits it gives and make choices that help to protect it.
Their Fieldworklive sessions are free live lessons, giving all children the valuable opportunity to take part in real fieldwork around the UK this spring and take place from Monday 20th April.These will build pupils’ geographical and scientific enquiry skills in a range of inspiring locations.