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NCTDN Tue 31-Mar-20 11:39:55

It seems to very massively between schools - what are you doing?
I'm aware that some people are finding remote teaching incredibly stressful from reading these threads. I don't feel like I'm doing enough.
We provided paper based packs for the weeks before easter and login details for seesaw. Some children have uploaded some of their work to seesaw which I've marked as best I can.
After Easter we will be setting tasks on seesaw. Am I alone in not using zoom, teams or Google classroom?

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BestZebbie Tue 31-Mar-20 11:49:06

Our school gave paper packs with worksheets, reading books and some basic school supplies, then we get a message on google classroom three times a week, including a grid of suggested activities for the week. There isn’t any uploading/marking but we can email photos and messages to te teacher.

TorysSuckRevokeArticle50 Tue 31-Mar-20 12:00:44

We get a downloadable pack every week with about 15 worksheets. Split across the week it's about 20 mins work a day.

We have also been given time table rockstars access and a list of links to free resources.

I understand that the teachers are all busy providing childcare for keyworkers at the moment so haven't asked for more. We are just spending the weekend sourcing other activities and thinking up ways to fill the days while DH and I work from home.

MyDcAreMarvel Tue 31-Mar-20 12:10:34

Tt rockstars , numbots, seesaw and readtheory, teachers mark daily.

Givemeabreakpls Tue 31-Mar-20 12:18:11

We were given a pack of worksheets, a couple of website links (yr 2). No indication of any timescale for contact whatsoever. As far as I’m aware that’s it until school opens again. I do keep checking the school website but nothing new. They haven’t even acknowledged free school meals issues, let alone got a plan in place. I’m not overly impressed with them at the moment.

runwithme Tue 31-Mar-20 12:19:41

Nothing. All we have are log in details for websites. They arent marking anything. Finding it all overwhelming tbh as we are both working still so ds is not being occupied

troppibambini Tue 31-Mar-20 12:20:05

We have google classroom, tt rockstars, phonics play, espresso, active learn, spelling shed and kahoot quizzes.
We also were given a pack with an exercise book, reading books, pencils, some worksheets and seeds to grow.
We can chat if the class comments to the teacher and she's often asking questions in my sons reception class and also keeping them updated on the caterpillars they had in class.
My Y1 child got a weeks worth of work set on Monday last week and we can message the teacher direct but she's less chatty online which is fine.
Y4 tasks are set daily and he responds to any questions really quickly....

I couldn't really ask for more.
I'm trying to focus on areas they need any extra help (rec and Y1 handwriting and letter formation)

Y10 daughter has pretty much a full days work every day via google classroom and email.

troppibambini Tue 31-Mar-20 12:21:50

I should have said I'm not working though. If I was I would not be able to do all that.

inwood Tue 31-Mar-20 12:22:04

We were given a home learning pack to take us to Easter and are also getting daily emails with additional tasks. Kids are doing pretty much school hours if you include reading and PE with JW at 9.

Y4.

NordSjoen Tue 31-Mar-20 12:25:23

Same here @runwithme. As a primary teacher, I’m shocked at the fact we got nothing other than a link to Twinkl and sumdog. I work in a SEN school and we have made bespoke home packs that are updated weekly for all the kids not attending, plus videos and lots of other content. DS has been working away with me as I teach his KS so we’ve just been getting on with what I would have taught had I been his teacher. But I worry that we’re covering things that nobody else in his class/year will be. No harm to go over it again when they go back, but in comparison with other local schools, I’m a bit horrified at the lack of provision given the school is open and teachers are working whether in school or from home. They are good with outstanding elements so this has surprised me.

Stuckforthefourthtime Tue 31-Mar-20 12:25:45

We got nothing from our DC's school. The principle was not to stress parents out or require work for less advantaged children who may not have suitable devices at home. it's an outstanding school with excellent results from a very mixed socioeconomic intake so we are trusting that they'll get the kids get back up to speed, but I do wonder if a few worksheets would actually have helped the kids without English speaking parents, let alone us WFH parents trying desperately to keep them all busy!

It does stress me out more now that I see how many schools are still doing a lot, even at primary level, and how friends who teach at private schools still seem to be doing full slates of lessons. It's going to massively widen existing privilege gaps...

Nuffaluff Tue 31-Mar-20 12:32:58

I’m a primary school teacher. We are providing home learning tasks three times a week and are marking the work via email. The SLT are also putting other learning ideas out everyday for extra keen parents.
My sons’ school just down the road? Nowhere near as good - in fact, it’s poor. Just given us twinkl websites and logins for the usual apps that are always in use. No way of contacting the teachers to show them work.
It’s frustrating when I consider how much I am doing in comparison.

Kuponut Tue 31-Mar-20 12:33:16

We have had minimal from either school (mine go to a separate infant and juniors). Juniors at least set up logins and activities on whatever sites they could muster and have the teachers communicating with the kids on Google Classroom... Infants sent a bit of paper home saying “do some reading” and have cut us loose completely - any updates sent are very much “we’re amazing taking care of the keyworker kids” (yes they are) and completely ignoring the existence of the kids at home. It’s actually soured the experience we had with a previously good little school - the year 2s in particular have been completely abandoned as they’re using the time to plan and prepare for next year.

I know things happened at very short notice and there was an initial cobbling together of stuff to keep them going process - but we’ve just had an update from the infants again saying they won’t be doing anything to support the kids at home.

namechangenumber2 Tue 31-Mar-20 12:35:01

DS's school are using the school Facebook page ( and website) to upload work each evening for the following day. This includes weekly spellings, quick maths challenge, TT rockstars and a PE suggestion. They also then do something bigger for Maths, English and one other subject a day ( today is french).

The children are meant to be photographing the work they do and emailing it in, not necessarily for it to be marked, but more so the teachers can give praise/guidance etc.

He's year 6 and it amounts to about 2.5/3 hours a day

Playdoughbum Tue 31-Mar-20 12:39:31

It seems to vary a lot.
We sent an initial pack out and now set tasks on google classroom each day. Kids commenting and emailing us work. We read to them each day too by recording it and posting it up.
We also have to ring all of them once a week to check in.
It was a bit mad the first few days but I’m in a rhythm now. Some kids not engaged at all but we can’t do much about that.
I’m desperate to go back to work tbh sad

RightOnTheEdge Tue 31-Mar-20 12:39:49

My dc are in years 2 and 4. We are getting weekly and daily work through eschools and teachers are available to message through eschools during school hours.
They brought home an English book and a maths book to write answers in.
They've been asked to go on tt rockstars every day.

We have had an email from the teacher who is in charge of home learning to say that except for tt rockstars no one will be checking or marking their workbooks or keeping track of who has done the work and who hasn't.

IgnoranceIsStrength Tue 31-Mar-20 12:44:43

We got a paper pack and then have had nothing further (year 1). No email contact at all. Nothing via parents messaging system either. I am wfh so DC just works through tasks with me but not really motivated

iwanttoshakesomeppl Tue 31-Mar-20 12:50:11

We go on the schools website and to the class page for the work set for the week. We were provided with a notebook, pencil and rubber. A lot easier then loads of paper work.

gerbo Tue 31-Mar-20 12:50:18

We got some paper worksheets and lots of website log ins.

Now we have Google Classroom up, with spag and maths tasks, reading log, and a grid of fun activities covering history, geog, Lego building etc.

I'm really impressed although my ds, 9, needs quite a lot of help and it may be tricky if you were working full time, I'm p-t.

Matildathehun77 Tue 31-Mar-20 12:50:37

A large paper pack and five reading books sent home on the Friday, it has about 4 weeks work in. Then I put two further activities a day on Class Dojo. People email their work to me to me marked and I give video feedback if wanted. I also set individual work if the parents contact me to request this.

NCTDN Tue 31-Mar-20 12:53:58

Wow how it varies! Looks like my school are doing quite a lot in comparison to some then.@Playdoughbum are you ringing children from your home phone?

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anothernotherone Tue 31-Mar-20 13:07:11

I'm abroad. We get a weekly email from the primary school class teacher with a timetable like this for each day, and an answer sheet sent every evening.

Parents definitely have to do some teaching/ explaining. I understand some children work fairly independently, but my own 8 year old is needing pretty close to full time supervision.

My 8 year old works from 9-13:00 with a 5 or ten minute break after each task, then lunch, then a walk, then another hour. We're still a couple of days behind (our schools are on their 3rd week of closure).

Lessons translate as:
German: reading (this is a factual text with comprehension questions, the theme atm is democracy)
German: spelling (they have new words each week and a different task to do with them for each day)
German: writing (working on specific writing styles, a different task each day)
German: language (a page from a workbook and a separate grammar task, at conjugation of irregular verbs)
Maths: mental arithmetic
Maths: addition (longer sums with working to be shown)
Maths: text problems (a page of "if Peter had 17 sweets and 6 friends and they were walking 2km home from school at 4 km per hour, how many times would they swear?" type questions)

HSU is like topic or project in English schools - they have to read usually 3 or 4 pages and then watch an online video or do a quiz online or draw something.

Playdoughbum Tue 31-Mar-20 13:20:15

NCTDN
Yes- turned the number displayed off.
It’s such an odd situation. We decided it was safest to do that. So far so good.

ellabella18 Tue 31-Mar-20 13:22:00

My year1 ds is at a private school,
We broke up for Easter on Friday but last week the teacher uploaded tasks for the week along with work sheets and learning explanations to the parents website.

We've had French stories and English stories read by teachers via video links sent to us and an assembly via video link so far. The teacher is on hand should we need anything.

My teenage ds is having all his work and tasks set via google classroom, most are activities that he has to log in on various other sites to participate in. It's all very confusing and difficult to keep track of!

Bsmirched Tue 31-Mar-20 17:47:46

Primary school teacher here. We put an English and maths task on Seesaw each day, plus science, RE, theme etc on the days they're normally taught. I also add some fun links too for those wanting more.
Between a quarter and a third of my class are doing any of it. We sent paper based stuff to families that told us they didn't have access to the net.

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