- Tips in general for home-schooling
- General Safeguarding reminders
- Brief tour around Google Classroom and Meet.
- Representatives from Primary and Secondary on the panel for Q&A
In order to support your child’s reading at home, we have created Key Stage Log-ins on the Oxford Owl website for your child to access at home. This will give them access to a range of reading books, materials and resources that are suitable for their reading level / stage.
Please ensure that your child is reading the appropriate stage book – your child’s teacher will be able to give you this information if your child is unsure of their stage. Texts are also available for our younger readers, who will be able to access Read Write Inc books to support their phonics learning.
Visit www.oxfordowl.co.uk and click the ‘login’ button. To access your Key Stage log in, use the details showing below:
EYFS: Class name: dspseyfs Password: dspseyfs
KS1: Class name: dspsks1 Password: dspsks1
KS2: Class name: dspsks2 Password: dspsks2
If your child does read a text from here, just let us know. This way we can keep a record of what they are accessing, and can provide any further suggestions if necessary.
More guidance can be found in the attached file if needed.
Increasing data allowances on mobile devices to support disadvantaged children
This scheme temporarily increases data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks. This is so that children and young people can access remote education if their face-to-face education is disrupted.
Dunn Street Primary can request mobile data increases for children and young people who:
- do not have fixed broadband at home
- cannot afford additional data for their devices
- are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education
Children with access to a mobile phone on one of the following networks might be able to benefit:
- Virgin Mobile
- Tesco Mobile
- Sky Mobile
(Other networks may join the scheme later)
If you need to increase the data allowance on your phone please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- account holder’s name
- mobile number (a number beginning with ‘07’)
- mobile network
- whether they pay monthly or pay as they go
- stating that you have read and understood the privacy statement
Those affected by the offer need to understand how we’ll use their personal information.
Please share the following privacy statement with:
- the adult account holder for the mobile device
- the parent or carer of the person benefiting from the offer, if they’re under 13
- the person benefiting from the offer, if they’re 13 or over
Please read the privacy statement below.
1. For the purposes of data protection, I need to let you know that the Department for Education (DfE) is running the Mobile Network Offer through schools and their trusts or local authorities.
2. If the offer is taken up by an adult account holder, the school or social care team will share the account holder’s name and mobile phone details with the DfE, who will share these with the relevant mobile network operator.
3. The mobile network operator will use that information to increase the data available for the account holder’s mobile device, as long as they qualify for the offer.
4. The adult account holder’s personal data is only shared with their mobile network operator for the purposes of the offer. No names of children or other adults, other than adult account holder, are shared with the DfE or the mobile network operator.
5. No personal information will be shared with the DfE if you do not want to take up the offer.
6. If you want to know more about how your personal information will be used before you take up the offer, we can send that to you first.
7. If you decide to take up the offer, you’ll get a text message from the Department for Education with more information about your data protection rights.
Link to GOV.co.uk privacy information.
If for any reason you cannot get a free mobile data increase from your provider please get in touch with the school and we can discuss next steps.
Good morning Year 4/5,
Ah! This is not the start of 2021 anyone wanted, but in true Dunn Street fashion, we will soldier on! We have some super topics to study this half term and I, for one, cannot wait to get stuck in!
Our Google Meet sessions will start on Thursday, and will be at the same time every day (from 11 to 12). Please make sure you have emailed parental consent if your child is to access these lessons, agreeing to the terms and conditions of the Google Meet User Agreement. I look forward to seeing you all, even if it is virtually!
This week we would like you to plan and write a story including a superhero and villain of your creation. To help you with planning this story, I have uploaded a story mountain sheet planning sheet,, or you could have a go at creating your own. Your story plan should consider:
1. The opening to your story and how you will set the scene
2. Build up: A problem that occurs and what it is
3. Problem: They way your superhero finds out about the problem
4. Resolution: How your superhero overcomes the problem
5. Ending: What happened as a result of your superhero’s actions
Think carefully about your planning as it will help when you draft your story. Remember, the plan is not the completed piece of work! While you are planning, see if you can make a list of some ambitious vocabulary, phrases and sentence openers you could include in your future writing.
Lesson 1: Plan your story using the story mountain (or use the headings shown above)
Lesson 2: Make a list of ambitious vocabulary, phrases or sentence openers which you will be able to use
Lesson 3: Draft your story using your planning. Remember to read it through carefully to check for any spelling mistakes/basic errors.
Don’t forget to send me a photo or email of your work!
Challenge task: You could also create a comic strip of your story and share it with me!
We are going to be investigating 2D shapes this week, in particular identifying different types of quadrilaterals and triangles.
Lesson 1: Revising our knowledge of 2D shapes and understanding key terms
How well do you know these mathematical terms? Using kiddle (a child-friendly search engine), can you research these key mathematical terms? You will need to be confident with this vocabulary, as it will help you with Lessons 2 and 3.
Polygon; horizontal; vertical; angles; parallel; perpendicular; angle; internal; regular; irregular; vertices; acute; obtuse; symmetry
You may want to use a Maths dictionary for kids to help: (http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/qr/a.html)
Lesson 2: Quadrilaterals
Access the BBC Bitesize to find out all about quadrilaterals. Watch the video (it’s fairly short) and jot down any key vocabulary you may not be sure about. You may be able to tick off words you learn throughout the rest of the lesson.
Look carefully at the different properties of these 2D shapes. Your task today is to create a poster about quadrilaterals. You should draw the different quadrilaterals and record some (or all!) of their properties.
Challenge: Have a go at the quiz. How well did you do?
Lesson 3: Triangles
Before you start, go on a triangle hunt around the house. How many different triangles can you find? By the end of the lesson you will be able to classify these triangles into Equilateral, Scalene, Right-Angled and Isosceles!
Classifying triangles: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z348cmn
Access the BBC Bitesize link. Watch the video and look at the different examples given. Can you work out how an isosceles triangle is different to an equilateral? Can a scalene triangle also have a right-angle?
Look at the 2 examples given. What properties are you confident in identifying?
Have a go at the two activities shown (a sorting activity and a quick quiz). How confident are you feeling? Now, can you label the different triangles you found at the start of the lesson? Are they: scalene, isosceles, right-angled or equilateral?
Linked to our writing on superheroes, can you create your own superhero? You could create one by drawing, painting or making a collage of a famous superhero of your choice. You could even get creative and make a 3D model or sculpture of your favourite superhero. You may also want to watch a superhero movie and write a review sharing your opinions! Send any designs through to me at email@example.com (I would love to see them!)
Science: Super humans!
If we were in school, we would be learning all about Animals, including Humans (because we are pretty super!). Thinking about our bodies, can you make a list of everything which makes us super? Think about how our bodies work (our brain; our nervous system; how we can move/run/jog etc; how we can think and feel) and think about how our bodies are different to other animals. If you are stuck for ideas, you could research examples of super humans (found here: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records/showcase/human-body)
If you want to do some extra research, check out some of these episodes from Operation Ouch! One I found particularly fascinating is all about our brain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUCcsMmZVec
History: Ancient Egyptians
We are going to continue investigating whether or not the Ancient Egyptians were ahead of the time! Today, we are going to be finding out all about the pyramids, and complete a short reading comprehension.
Task 1: Jot down any information or knowledge you already have about pyramids, e.g. What were they used for? Where were they found?
Task 2: Watch this short video and answer these quick questions (don’t worry about the Bermuda Triangle!)
Q.1. How were the huge blocks transported to the main building sites?
Q.2. Why were sledges no good to transport the stones?
Q.3. How were the stones moved to the top of the pyramids?
Read the information sheet and answer the questions, in full sentences.
Now, go back to our initial question: Do you think the Ancient Egyptians were ahead of their time?
I hope these activities will keep you busy! We will be learning about similar topics in our Google Meets, so we can all move forward at the same time.
Due to the timing of the announcement of school closures last night, remote learning will start from tomorrow, Wednesday 6th January. This is to enable teachers to adapt existing planning to ensure a high quality remote learning experience for all children. As previously, weekly plans will be posted both on the website and on Google Classroom with the specific information for each lesson posted daily in the classroom. For today, we would encourage the children to read for pleasure, access Times Table Rockstars,Lexia, Reading Plus and pursue their own interests while they process the change in their routine.
Thank you for your on-going support.
Dunn Street Primary School
Monday 4th January 2021
I hope you are all well and have had a lovely holiday with your children.
As you will now be aware, the government announced tonight that schools will close from tomorrow and everyone wherever possible needs to stay at home.
School will only be open for children of critical workers if they are unable to be cared for at home and our children from vulnerable families.
If you fall into the critical worker category, then please complete the attached form and email as soon as possible to the school office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The list of ‘critical workers’ was updated on 31/12/20 and can be found on the government website www.gov.uk. The list of workers includes:
- Health and Social care
- Education and childcare
- Key public services
- Local and National government
- Food and other necessary goods
- Public safety and national security
- Transport and border
- Utilities, communication and financial services
Parents and carers of vulnerable pupils (who include those who have a social worker and have Education, Health and Care Plans) will be contacted directly by school staff tomorrow.
As in previous lockdowns we ask that every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. Remote learning will be available for pupils – staff will use Google Classroom.
Please continue to contact school if your child has any COVID symptoms and you are taking them for a test. Inform us as soon as possible of any test result (positive or negative). It is essential that emergency contact details are up to date for all pupils. If your child has been in contact with a positive case, they MUST isolate for ten days and they must not enter the school site.
We request that adults wear a mask when picking up or dropping off their child to reduce the risk of transmission. Can I please ask that all adults comply with this request? We also request that only one adult per household drop off or collect from the school at any one time.
We understand the timing of this announcement has been difficult and a challenge for everyone and to support parents/carers we will still offer an 8.45am start to the day for the children of critical worker and our children of vulnerable families.
There will be no after school clubs until further notice.
This is going to be another challenging term for us all. We will continue to put your child’s safety and education at the forefront in all that we do. We will continue to follow the guidance from public health, the Department for Education and the Government.
Thank you for your continued support and for the well wishes and messages we have received over the Christmas break. If you have any queries, please no not hesitate to email or ring school.
All my very best wishes and I sincerely wish you all a Happy New Year.
Alison Burden, all staff and governors.