Fall in love with a story
Spend some quality time together enjoying a great story, poem or non-fiction book with your child. As well as being a wonderful way to bond with your child, giving your child a love of reading is the of great value in it's own right. According to extensive research, a love of reading is also the single biggest thing a parent/carer can do to support their academic success.
Reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s success (OECD 2002)
BG ONLINE LIBRARY
Please enter the BG School Library here.
Once logged in, children can search for certain books, ebooks and audio books. They can also check their account to remind themselves what they have out so they can return on time or renew and write reviews.
Parents and carers can also see what books their children need to look for at home so that they can help them return on time.
MERTON PUBLIC LIBRARIES
You can also access ebooks and audio books at your local public library.
As well as a varied and diverse selection of fiction and non-fiction books the library also has reference books, magazines, DVDs, EAL books, picture books, PHSE books, equalities and diversity books, inclusion books and BG published books. The majority, but not all, of our non-fiction books support the curriculum. There is also now the option of borrowing ebooks. There is also now the option of borrowing ebooks and audio books.
Using our already well established Google Classroom platform, children can immediately access their online learning using their school email login.
Our teachers pre-record lessons for our children to enable parents/carers/children to pause or review the videos as appropriate. In this way children and families have control over the pace of learning.
Pre-recorded lessons also give parents/carers the flexibility to arrange their days as best suits their other commitments. This approach also allows families where there are multiple children - but not multiple devices - to access the learning.
We are a research-informed school. The small amount of research that there is on the subject of online learning states that the teaching quality is more important than how the learning is presented.
Recording lessons gives pupils the chance to pause, take a break and return to the learning at their own pace. It encourages independence, which the research also suggests is of benefit to the children who are learning at home.
Parents can look at a review of the research from the Education Endowment Foundation here. The EEF have also published a series of ways parents can look for educational opportunities in everyday routines, which may be of interest.
Remote Learning for children with SEND
At Bishop Gilpin, we take a pupil centred approach to all learning, including our remote learning offer. We know all children's individual profiles and carefully consider how to support their needs appropriately. We communicate with families regularly to ensure the learning is well pitched, manageable and supporting their mental health and wellbeing as well as their academic progress. Where a child has an EHCP, we provide opportunities for them to meet the outcomes of their specific EHCP targets. This includes individualised lessons from their learning support assistant as well as their class teacher.
We recognise that communication is key at this time. The SLT will continue with regular, timely communication to all parents throughout the lockdown period. Class teachers will speak on the phone to each family at least once a fortnight and will be making regular contact with the children across the Google Classroom platform. Our school office is also open and available to take calls between 8.30 and 4.30, Monday to Friday on 0208 946 6666. Alternatively, parents can contact the school through firstname.lastname@example.org or can contact class teachers through email@example.com.
We are committed to supporting those families who do not have sufficient technology to successfully carry out their home learning. If this applies to you, please contact the school immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0208 946 6666. All pupils from year 4-6 are provided with a Chromebook each, supported by parent/carer donations,
Keeping Active During Lockdown
Because we recognise the importance of children keeping physically active whilst out of school, our inspirational PE leader is also providing "5 Day Fitness Challenges," designed to inspire the children to stay fit and healthy. Think, "Joe Wicks," but with a personal touch!
BG PE Workout Playlist on YouTube
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our children is always a priority at Bishop Gilpin. To that effect, our Mental Health and Wellbeing Counsellor, Amy Stirling, provides mindfulness and wellbeing videos on our YouTube channel.
Amy has also created an online classroom where children can come to access more wellbeing material and to engage with her if required. Amy is available to support all of our children and their families. Please contact the school to access that support.
Oak National Academy Resources
Children may access Oak National Academy video lessons at any time to support their learning.