Google Classroom

We are using Google Classroom as our online classroom area. All parents have received detailed information as to how to access this platform and a guide is also attached. Lessons are a combination of live teaching and pre-recorded lessons and class teachers are available real-time online to help with the tasks set and provide feedback.

A Guide to Google Classroom

Google Classroom Updates

Alongside Google Classroom we are also accessing other useful Teaching and Learning Apps and a list of these are included.

Teaching & Learning Apps

KGJS@Home Communication

Live Form Times

Live Form Times provide an opportunity for the children to engage with their Form Tutor and friends.

How Lessons Work

Maths and English lessons are taught via pre-recorded teaching videos accessible from Google Classroom. To support the children in completing their Maths and English work, their Class Teacher will be available live on Google Meet to help them during the scheduled lessons.

Period 2 of live support (Maths): 10:00-11:00am

Period 3 of live support (English): 11:15-12:15pm

The pupils will continue to access the full breadth of the Kirkham Grammar Junior, Infant curriculum in afternoon teaching sessions. This also includes specialist teaching in PE & Games for all ages and MFL for our junior pupils.

Suggested Daily Timetable

Routine and structure are important for young children and this is what they are most used to at school. We have therefore created a suggested timetable for each school day, but parents should feel able to adjust the timetable to meet the needs of their own family.

09:00-09:45

 Virtual Form Time & Assemblies

10:00-11:00

 Maths (Live help is available from the Class Teacher)

10:15-11:00

 Break Time

11.15-12:15

 English  (Live help is available from the Class Teacher)

12:15-13:15

 Lunch Time 

13:15-13:30

 Virtual Form Time

13:40-14:40

 Period 4 as per Pupil's Timetable

14:40-14:50

 Break Time

14:50 -15:50

 Period 5 as per Pupil's Timetable   

Please remember...

Facilitating children’s learning at home is often challenging. We have provided lots of work to meet the expectations of families who have fewer other commitments at home; this will likely be more work than most families would like and we do not want those families to feel under pressure. Please do not feel you need to follow the timetable exactly; parents should feel able to adjust the timetable to meet the needs of their own family. Our advice would be to try to ensure that children keep up to date with the Maths and English tasks, even if that means doing some at the weekend instead, when you might have a little more time to keep the children on track. If you are struggling as a family, please do be in touch with your child’s class teacher who will be happy to help.


Guidance for Parents

Naturally we would be grateful for your support at this time in order to ensure that your child/ren is/are working to the best of their ability. We politely request that you read the following guidelines:

  1. Ensure that your child has a designated workspace to use and that they have all the necessary books and stationery that they will need.
  2. Your child’s learning device should always be in a public space in your home if they are connected to the internet.
  3. Monitor your child’s online activity and ensure they are only using the designated channels of communication (Google Meet), in which teachers are monitoring activity.
  4. Encourage breaks away from screen time.
  5. Establish a daily timetable to suit your family’s routines. Just focus on doing what you can manage.
  6. Make sure that the children have time to play, to have fun and to do activities with you that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to. This is a time they will remember forever – it’s not all about school work!
  7. Be in touch with your child’s Class Teacher if you have any concerns at all about their work, behaviour, wellbeing or physical/mental health. We are here to help!

Guidance for Pupils

We would ask that parents run through these with their children and ensure that they understand them. Families may like to add their own rules that work for their particular situation.

  1. Create a daily routine with your family that suits you all. You will need to be flexible and work around your parents’ schedules too, as you will likely need their help some of the time.
  2. Make sure you have a set place to do your school work and that you have everything you need ready. It can make you feel worried if you suddenly need something and can’t find it. Try to keep your desk tidy!
  3. You should approach your work at home in the same way you do in school.
  4. Treat remote learning the same as classroom learning. You should always try your best, be kind and respectful – to your teachers and to your parents.
  5. Make sure that you are dressed appropriately in daytime clothes and that whenever you are online (including Google Meet), you are in an open area of the house where adults can check that you are safe.
  6. You are not allowed to take screen shots at any time during live chats or lessons.
  7. Remember all of the Online Safety training we cover in school, make sure you are being kind to others and staying safe online.
  8. Take regular breaks from screen time and try to spend as much time as you can outdoors.
  9. If you are feeling like you are finding working from home difficult, talk to a trusted adult. Remember that it can really help to talk when you are struggling with either ‘small’ or ‘big’ feelings.

FAQ’s

How do I contact my child’s class teacher?

You can contact your child’s Class Teacher via email as you normally would or email info@kirkhamgrammarjnr.co.uk

What do I do if my child is ill?

Please contact child’s Class Teacher via email, telephone the School Office on 01772 673222 or email info@kirkhamgrammarjnr.co.uk

What if I am having trouble using any of the technology or accessing work via Google Classroom?

Please contact the School Office on 01772 673222 and a relevant member of staff will respond to your query as soon a possible.


Online Safety

Below is a document providing some resources and websites designed to help keep your children safe whenever they use technology away from school. 

Online Safety websites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 9 February 2021 is 'Safer Internet Day'. Below are some useful videos for you to explore with your children.

Key Stage One

Key Stage Two