Many new resources and online learning platforms have been made freely available for teachers and parents to access following the closure of schools to most students. We have created a home learning resources hub to help you navigate the options available.
But how can you try and maintain the classroom community when everyone is working independently from home?
Pupils from Four Oaks Primary School in Sutton Coldfield, part of the Ogden Sutton Coldfield Partnership, have taken part in a virtual science fair. Children and their parents were set the challenge of completing an investigation based on an area of science that interested them. Pupils from across the school submitted photographs via Twitter or email of them exploring their science questions.
“We had so many fantastic entries to the science fair!” explains event organiser Mrs Morris. “They have shown such a brilliant range of topics and interests, and huge amounts of effort!! It was great to bring our school science community together in these strange times.”
Dr Steve Essex, co-ordinator for the Coventry Partnership, has set up a virtual science club to support their partnership’s young scientists during lockdown. Five of the primary schools in the partnership are now taking part in the online initiative, sharing their investigations and ideas as the pupils work towards their CREST Star and SuperStar awards.
“Each week, we are posting a new science challenge in line with the CREST awards. The videos are being shared by class teachers, and so far, we have had plenty of participants across our partnership, and even some from outside the partnership,” explains Steve.
“For our EYFS and KS1 classes, we are running a CREST Star award. The students will complete eight experiments over the lockdown period, with our students submitting photos of their final results to their teachers. For KS2, we have a concurrent CREST Superstar award running too.
“We are selecting challenges from the suite of possible experiments that should be easiest for our students to access whilst at home. I publish the videos on my new school YouTube channel ‘Dr E’, and they are now getting more than 300 views each week as more children, and parents, get involved.”
“It is great to see our partnerships still working together in these times of isolation,” says Wendy Cox, Head of School Partnerships for the Trust. “It is lovely to hear about the activities taking place and heartening to see the wealth of resources and sharing that is taking place across education in these challenging times. Please do share any news and ideas you have for keeping your young scientists engaged and curious.” @ogdentrust
Don’t forget – if you are joining the Ogden partnership network this year, we have some useful tips and tricks to get you prepared for September: partnership planning.