Bucks Education Aid
In March 2020 schools closed their doors to all but the children of key workers and the most vulnerable. Disadvantaged pupils are expected to be worst affected by the school closures because they are unlikely to have learning resources and access to social and cultural capital outside of school. Many in education are predicting that the current crisis will further widen the attainment gap.
While schools are doing all they can now to mitigate the impact of school closures, children are going to need more support than ever to catch up. That support will need to take many forms, and members of the local community working with schools to deliver skills sessions is one.
The support from the local community through High Wycombe Mutual Aid during the COVID-19 pandemic has been hugely encouraging. We have set up Bucks Education Aid to harness volunteer efforts beyond immediate needs as our community recovers from this.
Our project: We are providing a volunteer recruitment service to local primary schools. Our volunteers are supporting skills development in reading, comprehension, and basic numeracy. These sessions are currently taking place face-to-face-during school hours. We are hoping to potentially expand this to online support (Zoom skills support sessions) in the future.
Working with Loudwater Combined School
We currently have twelve volunteers who are working across the school focusing on supporting children with reading and comprehension skills as well as basic maths skills.
“This is developing into a truly valuable experience; for school staff, pupils and I hope for the Volunteers”
Clare Cunnington, Headteacher at Loudwater Combined School
Working with other schools in the future
We are keen to offer this volunteer recruitment service to other local schools. If you think there is a primary school in High Wycombe who could use our service please share this offer with them.
We are keen to offer this volunteer recruitment service to other local schools. If you think there is a primary school in High Wycombe who could use our service please share this offer with them. Schools can contact us by emailing – email@example.com
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
Safeguarding (online safety): Websites with advice and resources that schools, parents/carers and/or children can access to make sure that children stay safe online:
- Think U Know resources: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
- NSPCC online safety: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
- UK Safer Internet Centre: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/teachers-and-school-staff/online-safety-policy
BBC Bitesize: Help with your homework, revision and learning. Find free videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes by level and subject. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Twinkl: Instant access to lesson plans, schemes of work, assessment, interactive activities, resources, PowerPoints, teaching ideas! Includes Home Learning Packs from Year 1 to 6:
Purple Mash: Computing and digital skills across the whole curriculum with award-winning teaching and learning software for KS1 and KS2. A really engaging set of online activities (need to register but free 14 day trial available): https://2simple.com/purple-mash/
Some free resources for Maths, PE and Sports: https://2simple.com/free-stuff/
Oak National Academy: Covers standard primary and secondary school curriculum topics, as well as Activity Clubs (including Art, Scouts, Cooking skills, etc.) Content created by teachers for teachers & parents (free, no login required): https://www.thenational.academy/
Invicta Academy: A great list of online educational resources for each Key Stage, which have been assessed by subject experts.
Maths sessions focus on core fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills:
English sessions will focus on the core skills reading and writing skills:
English and Reading:
English Live with Holly (on YouTube): Award-winning English teacher to the global classroom: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr8FBvGfgMoWPGLiPqJ1YWQ
Summer Reading Challenge: Get rewards, play games and earn badges as you discover awesome books to read this summer! https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
Bucks Council eLibrary: Library members can access eBooks and other online resources by downloading the ‘Overdrive’ and ‘Libby’ apps on their PC, tablet, eReader or Smartphone, or by visiting: https://buckinghamshire.overdrive.com/library/kids
Assisted Reading for Children (ARCh) Oxfordshire: Free lessons available originally shown live earlier in the lockdown period: https://archoxfordshire.org.uk/volunteering/volunteer-resources/
Assisting Berkshire Children to Read (ABC to Read): A few reading activities to download and complete: http://www.abctoread.org.uk/storytelling-with-abc-to-read/activities/
Dazzle & FIzz: Digital Kids Club: YouTube videos on fitness, arts and crafts, singing and story time with Nanny Rose:
Princess World UK: Storytime videos on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/princessworlduk/videos/
Read Along with Michelle Obama & others on PBS Kids: A YouTube playlist with 30+ videos): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXaYnnnl_34&list=PLa8HWWMcQEGStVxurBtLn8nkDxGc3j3ow
White Rose maths home learning: A series of maths lessons for each year group: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
The Maths Factor (Carol Vorderman): Unlock your child’s maths confidence with Carol Vorderman’s maths site for 4-11 year olds. Kids can watch her maths videos, play games practise etc (need to register but free 21 day trial available): https://www.themathsfactor.com/
Joe Wicks’ PE lessons: 30 minute videos available on YouTube (The Body Coach TV) that were originally shown live earlier in the lockdown period. https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
Forest School TV with Chiltern Rangers: 30+ short videos on Facebook including how to create a bee hotel, how to make your garden more hedgehog friendly and top tips for bug hunting. https://www.facebook.com/watch/chilternrangers/
Iver Environment Centre Live on Facebook: Videos available that were originally shown live earlier in the lockdown period: https://www.facebook.com/IverEnvironmentCentre/
Primary Level Outdoor activities
The Field Studies Council have created some simple activities which children can do at home, to help them learn while also having fun.
- Scavenger Hunt – Find a range of items in your garden or local walk. What will you collect?(https://www.field-studies-council.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Primary-activities-scavenger-hunt.pdf)
- Weather – Create your own weather diary and make a note on the changing weather that is happening. Spring is an exciting season which can see anything from snow to sunbathing weather. What will spring 2020 be like?(https://www.field-studies-council.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Primary-activities-weather.pdf)
- Maps – Enjoy focusing on a different sense by listening to and mapping the many sounds around you. (https://www.field-studies-council.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Primary-activities-maps-v2.pdf)
Field Studies Council Live lessons for KS2. Free lessons available originally shown live earlier in the lockdown period.
- Creative Exploration https://encounteredu.com/live-lessons/ks2-creative-exploration-240420
- Soil Exploration https://encounteredu.com/live-lessons/ks2-soil-exploration-200420
- Habitat Exploration https://encounteredu.com/live-lessons/ks2-habitat-exploration-300420
KS3, KS4 and KS5 Geography and Biology
Field Studies Council Live lessons – Free lessons available originally shown live earlier in the lockdown period: https://encounteredu.com/live-lessons/fsc-fieldworklive-2020
Other good links:
Lighthouse Live Summer Camp 2020: Lots of content available on their website: https://go.allstarskidsclub.com/catalog as well as christian workbooks targeted at younger KS1 and older KS2 children (need to download files from Dropbox): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/slsaa5ytqrznnf2/AADW34LosJBHnhnbJh8cO0Zqa?dl=0
Barracudas Virtual Summer Camp 2020: YouTube videos for example on Zumba, Taekwondo, Crafts and Quizzes: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHxYraBZiiIJmFni9gsVSAO9FMvmFxkJc
Scouts resources at Home: Indoor activity ideas to keep your kids learning new skills and having fun: https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors?
Boys/Girls’ Brigade at Home: Summer indoor and outdoor activity ideas: https://boys-brigade.org.uk/bbathome/
Facebook Group: Plan C: A Facebook group for parents and caregivers to share child entertainment ideas: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PlanCGroup
High Wycombe Mutual Aid is not the creator or owner of these resources and you use all content at your own risk. Parents/carers should check that the activities are appropriate for the user and that they can be carried out safely at home.