Virtual Learning Checklist

Please use this 7 Step Checklist to support your child's Virtual Learning in the event of a bubble closure

Step 1

Ensure your child has access to the Internet at home and make sure their device connects to it successfully.

Check that your WiFi at home can access videos, and if it cannot contact your broadband provider to ask them to allow this.

Step 2

If you have received a Chromebook for your child from the school, please ensure that this equipment has been signed for and then help your child to log in

If you have are using a mobile phone to access google classroom please follow the video guide under the video guide section.

Step 3

Ensure your child is able to sign into their school email account (Gmail), where the links to their work will be sent.

Username and email address can be found on a sticker in their planners.

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Step 4

Step 4

Ensure your child can access Google Classroom, as well as other relevant websites such as Gmail.

Step 5

Where appropriate, make sure your child is aware of the login details for accessing the 3rd party software that may be in use. The school can provide the log details for these.

Keep an eye on the school website for any important updates!

Video Guide

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Step 6

Please ensure you know how your child’s attendance will be captured by checking with your child’s teacher and ensure that your child follows the online safety steps in guidance below whenever they are online.

Video Guide

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Step 7

Please use the drop downs to access some additional useful resources.

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Please see below for additional support and guidance for home learning

Supporting your child

  • You should never be doing your child’s work for them. However, it’s a great idea to talk through the work.

  • Show pride in their work by giving them a chance to celebrate the work they do at home.

  • Involve their siblings by asking them to discuss what they have each learned.

  • Help them organise their day and make sure they go outside. If they are able to get into nature, this will be good for their wellbeing.

  • Encourage them to have some social time with friends, even if this is online

  • Make sure children are drinking water throughout the day. It can help if they have a water bottle with them in their work space that they can refill; aim e.g. to drink 2 litres a day

  • Check in with your child each hour to look out for signs of despondency and withdrawal or anger and higher-than-usual levels of irritability - these can all point to stress.

  • If they are experiencing any of these signs and they do not want to open up to you, talk to the school

  • For a little fun, you may like to consider organising challenges, for example, capturing acts of kindness, that you then have a family treat for. (there may be more compelling ideas than this!)

Creating a routine

  • It helps to identify an area of your home in which your child will work. This becomes their work space. It can be helpful to make this space calm, light and airy if you can, however the most important thing is that they feel comfortable in their space.

  • At the start of the week work through the timetable for the week. This is a helpful document to support you with this:

  • At the start of each day log on to Google Classroom (or equivalent) with your child and review what lessons your child is studying.

  • Make sure that during breaks from lessons your child steps away from the computer/device.

  • Ask some questions daily including:

      • What topics are you covering today?

      • What tasks have you been given?

      • Show me some of your answers?

      • What have you learned today?

Internet Safety Advice - Top Tips for Parents

  1. Discover the Internet together

Introduce your child to the internet. Try to find websites that are exciting and fun so that together you achieve a positive attitude to internet exploration. This could make it easier to share both positive and negative experiences in the future.

  1. Agree rules for Internet use in your home

Reach an agreement with your child on the guidelines which apply to Internet use in your household. Here are some tips to get started: - Discuss when and for how long it is acceptable for your child to use the Internet - Agree how to treat personal information (name, address, telephone, e-mail) - Discuss how to behave towards others when gaming, chatting, e-mailing or messaging - Agree what type of sites and activities are OK or not OK in our family - Follow the rules yourself! Or at least explain why the rules are different for adults.

  1. Encourage your child to be careful when disclosing personal information

A simple rule for younger children should be that the child should not give out their name, phone number or photo without your approval. Older children using social networking sites like Facebook should be encouraged to be selective about what personal information and photos they post to online spaces. Regardless of privacy settings, once material is online you can no longer control who sees it or how it is used.

  1. Talk about the risks associated with meeting online “friends” in person

Adults should understand that the internet can be a positive meeting place for children, where they can get to know other young people and make new friends. However, for safety and to avoid unpleasant experiences, it is important that children do not meet strangers they have met online without being accompanied by an adult you trust. In any case, the child should always have their parents approval first. In addition, it is also a good idea to have a fail-safe plan in place such as calling them shortly after the meeting begins so that they can bail out if they feel uncomfortable.

  1. Teach your child about evaluating information and being critically aware of information found online

Most children use the internet to improve and develop their knowledge in relation to schoolwork and personal interests. Children should be aware that not all information found online is correct, accurate or relevant. Show your child how to check information they find by comparing it to alternative sources on the same topic. Show them trusted sites they can use to compare information.

  1. Don’t be too critical towards your child’s exploration of the Internet

Children may come across adult material by accident on the web. Also, a child may intentionally search for such websites; remember that it is natural for children to be curious about off-limits material. Try to use this as an opening to discuss the content with them, and perhaps make rules for this kind of activity. Be realistic in your assessment of how your child uses the internet.

  1. Let your children show you what they like to do online

To be able to guide your child with regard to Internet use, it is important to understand how children use the Internet and know what they like to do online. Let your child show you which websites they like visiting and what they do there.

  1. Remember that the positive aspects of the Internet outweigh the negatives

The Internet is an excellent educational and recreational resource for children. Encourage your child to make the most of it and explore the internet to its full potential.