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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 info@godwin.newham.sch.uk 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.

Home Learning 

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.

Remember:

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.

       Click here to watch a video for ideas. 

  • Use a checklist.

       Children like to know what they are aiming for and ticking off their targets.

       Click here for a checklist you might want to print off or use to create your own.

  • 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)?

       Click here for ideas about how to make everyday activities a learning experience.

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 316@godwin.newham.sch.uk. There are no spaces.
For example: asdfg002.316@godwin.newham.sch.uk.
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:

 

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!

Click here to see the choice of topics available.

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!

Click here to go straight to the website and click on 'download' once it opens.

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! 

This session is free to watch: Click here and type in the code: homelabfreetrial

 

There are a number of other exciting videos of experiments which children can watch  and possibly try out. Click here to see them.                                                     

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.

Click here to see what the sessions are about.

Let's Learn Energy aims to inspire young people to create a sustainable future for all. Through their online quizzes and games they want to increase children's awareness and understanding of the challenges ahead.

Click here to view the puzzles.

Busy Things is a collection of educational games and activities which are linked to the curriculum to help children learn in a fun way.

Godwin children have free access to Busy Things.

Go to: www.busythings.lgfl.net (or click here)

Click "Normal USO Login"​

The USO is the same as the first part of the Google login, before @ sign (e.g. asdfg002.316)

The password is the Google password without the word 'godwin' (e.g. morning2)

BBC Bitesize is a free online study support resource designed to help with learning, revision and homework. It provides support for learners across a wide range of school subjects and also supports children's wellbeing.

Click here to go to the website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since schools have been closed, BBC Bitesize now has Bitesize Daily, which produces six 20 minute lessons each day which are designed by teachers to support learning across the curriculum. These are broadcast on the BBC iPlayer so can be viewed online or via the red button on a Smart TV.

Click here to go to the website.

An active body leads to an active mind! Start each school day with a 30 minute workout that will help your child focus more easily on their learning. This is also a great opportunity for adults to limber up for the day ahead too!

Click here to access a free daily 30 minute routine which is live streamed at 9:00am each weekday but can be viewed at anytime.

Everyone loves listening to a story and with schools closed this is the perfect opportunity to spend some time to do exactly that. Research shows that reading widely enriches a person's vocabulary, extends their awareness of a variety of sentence structures, fuels their imagination, delivers insights into places they have never visited, provides a host of new information and suggests ideas for future storylines.

A number of authors and publishers have made audiobooks available for free.

 

Click here to listen to David Walliams read a different one of his stories every day.

Click here to go to Storynory for a variety of story types. 

Click here to go to Audible for stories in a number of languages.

Click here to listen to a range of classic children's texts.

BBC Teach Live Lessons contains thousands of free, curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject. They cover a wide range of areas including a Doctor Who-themed science lesson.

 

Click here to watch a Live Lesson on a topic of your choice.

Click here to choose a curriculum area to find out more about.

The Daily Mile is simple and free and gets children outside for fifteen minutes every day to run or jog, at their own pace, making them fitter, healthier, and more able to concentrate

on their learning.

With most schools now closed – but children still needing to keep healthy – The #DailyMileAtHome has been launched as an easy and fun way to keep fit and maintain good health and wellbeing for all the family.

Click here to find out more

First News is a UK newspaper aimed at seven to fourteen-year-olds. It is published in a full colour format every week and aims to present current events and politics in a child-friendly format, alongside news on entertainment, sport and computer games. 

Whilst Godwin is closed, our pupils can read it online.

Click here to view the most recent edition.

Click here to view last week's edition.

Science+Nature is a monthly magazine, jam-packed with amazing information, inspiring stories, mind-blowing facts, incredible pictures and fun activities — designed to spark curiosity and ignite a passion for discovery.

Whilst Godwin is closed, our pupils can read it online.

Click here to view the most recent edition.

Every Friday at 10am, Chester Zoo broadcasts a live virtual tour, showing different animals each week. This is a great way to find out a host of facts about familiar animals and also discover ones you may never have heard of or seen before! With over 35,000 animals on site there something for everyone!

Click here to see the next virtual tour and access previous ones.

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Tel: 020 8534 7601   |   Fax: 020 8534 3592   |   Email: info@godwin.newham.sch.uk

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