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Home Learning...

Staying in Contact with School...

We understand that you and your family may find the initial routine of school closure, isolation and home learning a little daunting and may want some advice and support from school. With this in mind, we have ensured you are able to contact school and your child’s class teacher through a number of different avenues.

Firstly, all parents can contact the School Office directly at the email on this website (Contact Us). Secondly, in Upper School (Year 3 -6), you and your child can contact your teacher directly through our online platform - Purple Mash (https://www.purplemash.com/sch/moor-ls17) (see the Purple Mash section on this page for advice on how to do this). This should only be about getting advice about your Home Learning or to report that you are unable to access some of our online content. Teachers, who are not in school, will endeavour to check their Purple Mash accounts daily and will try to respond to you or your child’s questions that same day.

Polite request: Please ask your child to avoid the “Hi” emails as this clogs up the teacher’s email box and will help the teacher cut down on trawling through lots of emails. Also, please try not to contact the teachers during weekends or holiday periods.

Online Learning - Purple Mash and Active Learning...

As part of the children’s Home Learning experience they will be able to access two safe online platforms the school subscribes to: Purple Mash and Active Learn.

Purple Mash has a vast array of learning opportunities the children can access, all linked to the curriculum. The children are very experienced user of this platform as this is the platform we use to teach our Computing Curriculum. However, we would like the children to know use the different content to help support their learning across all areas of the curriculum. It might be best to familiarize yourself with each area of the Purple Mash platform as this will enable you and your child to get the best out of this brilliant online resource.

When accessing Purple Mash you will find it organized in to the different areas below:

Tools: allows children to: paint, write (using leaflets, news reports etc.), code and even make music.

Games: allows children to reinforce their learning through a wide range of games

Mini Mash: a series of activities aimed at our EYFS learners

Subject areas: these have activities and games linked to each of the curriculum areas.

Communicating using Purple Mash

In Upper School (Year 3 – 6) the 2Email part of Purple Mash will allow you and your child to directly communicate with your class teacher and to be able to communicate in a safe environment with their class mates. To send an email, navigate to the Tools section then click on the 2Email button and this will open up the email section (see below). From this, the children should be able to compose and email to their class mates and their teachers. They can open up their Address Book to find their class mates and teacher then select them the compose their email. They are also able to attach pictures and photos.

Important Online Safety Message:

We urge you to encourage your children to communicate through Purple Mash as it is a safe place. Social Media platforms such as Messenger, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tik Tok are all inappropriate and children under 13 should not be using these and are not allowed to create accounts. When children are using Purple Mash, we are able to monitor their emails, however it is important the children are responsible users of 2Email and use kind words and children are encouraged  to report abusive or unkind emails to teachers. Nevertheless, it is also important you are monitoring you child’s use of this content.

Setting children work: 2DO

Teachers will also be able to set the children activities on Purple Mash through the 2DO option. As the children work through their Activity Journals or Topic Challenges, it might also be worth linking your child’s activities in Purple Mash to the current topic they are learning, for example: if your child is learning about Romans then there is a topic section on this in Purple Mash where they have lots of activities linked to that topic.

Active Learn – Bug Club

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

Active Learn (Bug Club) is an excellent online library that allows your child to be able to read online books and take part in differentiated comprehension activities. This will also allow teachers to monitor what your child is reading and how well they are doing in their comprehension activities. Teachers are then able to adjust the children’s reading level up and down to suit that child’s individual needs.

Finally, if you have questions regarding the content of this Home Learning section of our website please contact the school email and someone will contact you to help.

 

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