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Orchard Primary

& Pre-School

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Orchard Primary & Pre-School

"Small enough to care, Big enough to inspire"

Home Learning Information

As a school we aim to ensure that, when children are unable to attend school due to Covid-19 but are still well enough to learn, they are able to access a quality curriculum. We appreciate that home learning has many challenges and this page is intended to provide information for pupils and parents/carers about remote learning provision while national or local restrictions require pupils to remain at home.


We will do our best to make it as easy as possible for the children to access the curriculum, but we do need all the children to engage with their learning.


Accessing the Video Centre

Please click on this link to access the Video Centre where you will find videos of activities and guidance on how to approach tasks.


Accessing the Class Blog Page

Please click on this link to access your child's Class Blog page; this is where we will communicate with you. You can access your class blog and post questions or comments you have about the activities you are completing.


In order to access the blog and communicate with your teacher you will require your child's blogging username and password which your teacher will have given you.

Scenarios where remote education should be provided

Attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age. Schools should consider providing remote education to pupils in circumstances when in-person attendance is either not possible or contrary to government guidance.  This might include:


  • Occasions when school leaders decide that it is not possible for their setting to open safely, or that opening would contradict guidance from local or central government.
  • Occasions when individual pupils, for a limited duration, are unable to physically attend their school but are able to continue learning, for example pupils with an infectious disease.


In these circumstances, pupils should have access to remote education as soon as reasonably practicable, though in proportion to the length of absence and disruption to their learning.


How long can I expect work set by school to take my child each day?

Good practice is considered to be:

  • 3 hours a day on average for Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2), with less for younger children.
  • 4 hours a day for Key Stage 2 (Years 3- 6)


How do we access any online remote education you are providing?

All online learning is posted on the class blog page each day.  This can be accessed by clicking on the Home Learning tab on each class page.


The blog page will take you to video links, work sheets, Purple Mash, TT Rockstars, NumBots and Oxford Owl. You will also find links to the class Zoom sessions where your child will be able to interact with their teacher and class friends.


Below you will find information about how to use Purple Mash; the children already have their user name and password in their reading or homework diaries.


If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access home learning?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. If requested, school will print out all the resources that the children need for the week and the packs can be collected from school. We will also phone you to go through the work that they need to complete where necessary. All work should be returned to school by post or hand each week.


If you do not have any technology at home please contact the school office as soon as possible so that we can plan something different for your child.


We currently have a small number of laptops that can be loaned out to families on a rota system (please contact the school office for further information).


How will my child be taught remotely?

Different year groups will have different approaches but all links are accessed via the class blog. Paper-based resources can be collected from the office weekly; the class teacher will let you know when these are ready to be collected.


On some days we will also be adding links to SCARF (part of our PSHE curriculum), Charanga for music and
Commando Joe who have developed some great adventures for you to do as a family. 


  • Twice daily Zoom sessions
  • Online activities that can be completed on the computer or on paper
  • Phonics session via Oxford Owl
  • Class video stories

Year 1

  • Weekly Zoom sessions
  • Video lessons
  • Activities on the blog using paper
  • Purple Mash, Oxford Owl and NumBots


Year 2

  • Weekly Zoom sessions
  • 3 daily video lessons by Mr Bayliss
  • Activities on the blog using paper, Purple Mash, Oxford Owl and NumBots

Year 3

  • Daily Zoom sessions
  • Video and audio clips
  • Paper-based activities on the blog
  • Purple Mash
  • MyMaths
  • TT Rockstars

Year 4

  • Daily early morning Zoom lessons
  • Daily blog with links to video lessons and activities
  • Purple Mash
  • MyMaths
  • TT Rockstars

Year 5

  • Daily Zoom check-in
  • Powerpoint with audio instructions, video clips and paper-based activities 
  • Purple Mash
  • MyMaths
  • TT Rockstars

Year 6

  • Weekly Zoom and guided reading sessions
  • Powerpoint with audio instructions, video clips and paper-based activities 
  • Purple Mash
  • MyMaths
  • TT Rockstars


What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We expect the children to log on to the blog each day and complete the core activities. We have included audio instructions and video clips to support their understanding. If they are having difficulties, please contact their class teacher via the class email, through the blog or phone school so that their teacher or Mrs Bitcon can support them. The children need to upload their work or photographs of their work to Purple Mash each day.


How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

The class teacher will check the blog, email and Purple Mash daily and give the children feedback. If the children are not uploading work or communicating via the blog or email, parents/carers will be contacted via telephone by either their class teacher or Mrs Bitcon to discuss any issues or concerns.


How will you assess my child’s work?

All work uploaded to Purple Mash will be assessed and the children will be given feedback. The teachers will also monitor MyMaths and TT Rockstars.


How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote learning?

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils. This will be done on an individual basis through contact with the class teacher, class TA or Mrs Bitcon.

What is Purple Mash?
Purple Mash is a comprehensive suite of online learning tools and content, designed to be used by Primary aged children in the classroom and at home. Find out more here:


What should you do first?
To begin with, it’s a good idea to log in to Purple Mash with your child. We suggest the following:


  • Familiarising yourself with the menu icons.
  • Looking at any set tasks that have been given to your child (2Dos).
  • Finding out about Class Blogs and Display Boards accessible via the Sharing Icon.
  • Exploring the grammar, maths and spelling activities which match to the National Curriculum.
  • Play one of many fun, educational collaborative games such as 2Race.
  • Delve into the Science area and find out about all the areas of science it covers.
  • Investigate the Topics area to support securing their knowledge of the wider curriculum.
  • Tour the Computing area trying out some of the tools such as 2Code, 2Go and Logo.
  • Get creative in the Tools section, from making an animation to building a printable 3D model.
  • Dive into Serial Mash (an online library of books).
  • Learn through play in Mini Mash (For children aged 3 to 5).


How can you get more involved?
As a parent, you can find out about your child’s learning on Purple Mash and support them beyond the classroom by registering with Parent Portal. Parent Portal allows you to easily see the learning your child has been doing on Purple Mash, including any comments on work from teachers, homework (2Dos), rewards and so much more. You will never miss out on being informed of your child’s learning as Parent Portal sends all registered users a weekly digest email. You can start using Parent Portal today by following the 3 simple steps below.


Step 1: Enter URL on your child’s login card.


Step 2: Click ‘Register as a parent’.


Step 3: Enter the ‘Parent Code’ on your child’s login card and follow additional instructions.


If you have any questions, please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance.

There are some useful links on our website to help you keep everyone safe online too. Clicking on this link will take you to our e-safety guidance.