The school closed to almost all children from the start of week commencing 23/3/20. Hurley Primary School staff have been hard at work preparing work and resources for children for their time off.
At Hurley, we want to ensure that children use their time at home productively, as they would in school. Therefore, suggested timetables are being sent out to parents, which will indicate what we would expect children to be completing at home. We appreciate that some people have better access to the internet on devices than others, so we will endeavour to make all learning accessible to all. Please be patient with us during this time.
During this week, teachers will contact you with a suggested daily timetable of activities (to commence next week). These will include both suggested timings and work set from websites and online resources, other activities may relate to PE (doing exercise in the garden or conducting a basic science experiment). To help children maintain their progress, it is expected that children should try to complete all learning set by the teacher each day.
No specific learning will be set during what would have been the Easter Holiday, although daily reading is highly recommended as we would normally.
Listed below are some of the resources you may use or that your child’s class teacher may direct children towards.
Key Learning Resources for Children to Access
Purple Mash – this site contains a host of educational activities and games which children can engage in. Teachers will be setting work in the 2Do section for children to complete. Reception can access the Mini-Mash area which has activities tailored for Reception children.
Purple Mash is accessed by logging on to the school portal website www.welearn365.com. From here, select Hurley Primary from the drop down list and when it asks for login details, children will need to enter their normal school login with @welearn365.com on the end for the username. Their password remains the same as the one they use in school. If children do not know their login details, please email your child’s class teacher. Once logged on, the home page will see a link to PurpleMash.
Reading - The most important work that all children can do at home is plenty of reading. We will try to ensure that every child comes home with at least one reading book. For children from Y1-6, Serial Mash is available in Purple Mash (see above). Serial Mash is a store of online books to read with activities relating to the book.
Also children can access reading books via www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/. You will need to register (for free) to access the selection of books which cater for 3-11 year olds.
Phonics and Spelling - Reception and Year 1 children can access the Phonics Play website using the username and password which has already been provided to parents. Children in Years 2-6 can access the Spelling Shed website. All children have been provided with a login but if children have forgotten or lost their login details, please contact your child’s class teacher for this information.
Maths – Children in Years 2-6 have access to Times Table Rockstars. They each have a login and password and can play games relating to their times tables. Also, the website topmarks.co.uk (which contains Hit-the-button and other games) is useful to help improve number fact recall. Children should recap their maths passport targets from the targets already covered and those coming up. BBC Supermovers is a great website containing videos with songs and actions to support maths and English for younger children.
BBC Bitesize for Year 5 and 6 children include the BBC bitesize pages which contain some excellent revision materials. These can be found easily with an internet search.
Twinkl – this is a website with thousands of resources for learning. Parents can now access this for one month for free using the special code UKTWINKLHELPS. Parents can set up an account for free to access this excellent resource bank. Hurley teachers may direct you to other resources too, so please keep an eye on your emails/homeroom for any additional support.
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools
During the weeks, as we find more resources, we will continue to add to this list.
We will endeavour to keep in contact via the school mobile or school email group which will provide general information.
General Queries - If you need to contact the school regarding general matters, please use the details below:
Learning Queries – Parents can contact their child’s teacher via home room or on their work email address and teachers will endeavour to reply between the hours of 9.00 am and 4.00 pm. Please note that some teachers will be tasked with supervising Key Worker children and therefore will be unavailable on certain days – please, therefore, give 24 hours for a response as these may not be immediately forthcoming.
If you receive no communication from your child’s class teacher, please text a working email address with your name and your child’s name to the school mobile. We will then forward this to the class teacher to ensure you receive all relevant information.
A teacher may ask that you contact Mr Morgans for certain questions and requests.
Again, thank you to all our marvellous parents who have been so understanding in this very difficult and unusual time. We really do all appreciate your patience and support and at home to support you as much as we can over the next few weeks.
Wishing everyone good health,
Mr Morgans and the Hurley Team