Home Learning Advice & FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions and Home Learning
We understand that this is a difficult time and that many parents now find themselves thinking about how best to continue their child’s education whilst at home. We have put together a list of frequently asked questions that we hope will give you some advice and guidelines.
Where can I find information about what my child should be learning?
- We have worked hard to get as much information as possible on our website whilst not overwhelming you. Each year group page has been totally redesigned with each year group having a similar structure. You can find information about your child's class and the great work that they have been doing. You can also find pages for each week in the school year. These pages will contain information about what children will be learning for the week. You can also find support videos and interesting links to further learning too.
Where can I get support with the methods children should be using?
- We are developing our subject pages to include progression maps of learning for each subject, together with links to relevant sites to support your child in their learning. You may also find these useful to support understanding of methods and procedures eg in maths.
Where should I put the work when completed?
- Work that is set to be completed at home and handed in is done slightly differently depending on which year group your child is in.
- In Early Years and Years 1&2, we use a program called Tapestry to set challenges, receive and give feedback. This requires a log in which is provided by the class teacher. If you are unsure of your child's log in then please email the relevant year group (see below for addresses)
- In KS2, we use Google Classroom to set and feedback work. Again, your child should have their own RMUnify log in details which will allow them to access the Virtual Learning environment.
- Great work is posted frequently on class pages.
KS2 RMUnify log in link: https://www.westwood-cambs.org/virtual-learning-link/
Do I need to print off lots of the work from the websites?
- No, this is not necessary. Most work can be completed and submitted electronically via Tapestry or Google Classroom. If your child does something on paper, then feel free to photograph it and sent it in via the year group email address!
What if my child finds the work too hard/easy?
- We are always careful about how we set activities and often they are self differentiating. On the year group pages, we have included lots of video and interactive sites that can assist in learning. Alternatively, you are free to jump into earlier year group pages and pick areas that you feel are more engaging/suitable for your child. This is also the case if your child wants more challenge - feel free to look at higher year group pages.
Can my child still take a book quiz whilst at home?
- Yes - there are links to AR on both the Parent’s and Children’s tabs on our website. You can also find AR Bookfinder which is a great search tool to look for books that are on the AR system. All word counts will still be collected and certificates distributed as soon as possible. Do not forget to check out the link to World Book Reader if you run out of books! They may not all be on AR but they are still great reads!
What do I do if we do not have any suitable reading books at home for our children?
- On our website under your child’s year groups page, we have a great link to OxfordOwl that has some great free eBooks to read online.
- World Book Online have made their collection of books open to all at this stage. You can follow the link from our website Year Group pages.
How can I manage time if I have more than one child at home?
- This can be a real challenge, especially when you are trying to get your head around how your children should be carrying out their learning. Try starting ‘Maths time’ with one of your children and then giving them some questions to practise by themselves while you move on to support your other child/children. Alternatively, one child could be enjoying some quiet time activities while you support the other. There may be some things they can enjoy together, like storytime and they may enjoy learning about the topic both they and their siblings will be learning about in the Summer term. Enlist the help of older siblings too - they can be your personal assistants!
How should I structure my child’s day?
- Children like routine so if you can keep to a similar structure most days, this will help your child feel more relaxed. We have provided some examples on our website of how you can break up your day into smaller chunks, allowing for outdoor/physical time, creative time, learning time and family time.
If I want to speak to a member of staff about the curriculum/learning, is there anyone I can contact?
We will be providing you with a year group email addresses in order to support you during this time. This address can be used to ask any questions or submit any work that you would like the class teacher to see. Please note that teachers will read/respond to these emails during working hours, providing they are well and able to do so. These addresses can be found at the bottom of this page.
Example timetables to structure home learning
Emails are checked regularly but please give teachers time to respond.