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Learning at Home and Online Safety

Children can achieve well at school when their family and friends take an interest in their school and schoolwork. Getting involved in your child’s education, even in the simplest way, will boost their confidence in school. Often, the more support you can give a child at home, the more they will learn at school.

Google Classroom – G Suite for Education

Our school is using Google Classroom to support your child’s remote learning. Please visit our home learning page for more tips, hints and guidance to support your child’s learning.

Home Learning – Firthmoor Primary School

Google Classroom – Parents guide to G Suite for Education

Tips to help your child’s learning at home

  • Reading – Reading with your child should be enjoyable. Encourage discussion and ask some interesting questions
  • Spelling – Set time aside to practice learning their words for spelling tests. Often children will have weekly lists sent home with them to practice.
  • Maths – Encourage pupils to access our online maths resources, eg, MyMaths. Use different activities to make Maths fun such as counting money, completing puzzles and games and using various online applications and resources
  • Attend events and parents’ evenings to discuss your child’s development. If you are worried about anything, talk to a teacher, they will want to help
  • Set regular time aside on an evening to complete homework

The following spelling word lists will help your child at home:

Spelling Word List – Year 3-4

Spelling Word List – Year 5-6

Safer Internet Day – 9th February 2021

Curriculum Support

The following websites are used in school to provide complete curriculum coverage and interactive lessons to support your child’s learning both during the school day and at home. Children are given individual login details to access the work they are currently learning in school.

We have have also added some useful website addresses to our curriculum subject pages to continue to support your child’s learning at home.

There are many curriculum resources and websites to support learning at home. To access these resources, please click the links below:

Using the internet at home

The internet is a vital part of your child’s learning, through using search engines for research, and accessing websites and applications to complete tasks and projects. Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. We know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that the following advice helps.

Four steps: (please click the links to access the UK Safer internet centre website)

  1. Be Engaged – Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online. Talk regularly with your children about how they use technology, and find out what their digital life is like, including how they communicate using images and videos. Perhaps you can start off by discussing your favourite emojis?
  2. Be Aware – Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg internet privacy settings. Explore the online features of the devices you already own in your family and the devices you might buy for your child in the future. Understanding how to activate and use parental controls on your home internet can help protect your child from seeing inappropriate content online.
  3. Be There – The most important thing is to ensure that you are there if something goes wrong. Your child might be very embarrassed to discuss the issue they are facing so reassure them that they can turn to you no matter what.
  4. Be Thoughtful – The internet provides a platform for billions of people to share their views and opinions but not everything or everyone online is trustworthy. Encourage your children to think critically about the things they see online including the images and videos they view on social media. Discussing what they have seen and the message behind a photo or a video can help them consider the difference between fact and opinion, and that there is sometimes more than meets the eye.

The following links can help keep your child safe online.

National Online Safety – Factsheets

CEOP – Parent Zone

NSPCC – Online Safety

Safer Internet Centre

Supporting Young People Online

Protect Young Eyes

Online Safety & Gaming
Have you checked the rating and content of the games your child plays? Are you aware of who they play with online and have you listened to the language being used? Games are age-rated just like films by a company called PEGI. They range from suitable for 3 years old up to 18 year olds and over.
They also have symbols on them that refer to the type of content that the gamer will have access too.
Please check to see what games your child is playing and may have downloaded on their consoles. By playing the game with your child you will be able to see what it is like first hand – and your child will enjoy showing you. It is often the best way to make a judgement as to if it is suitable for you child.
More information on Gaming 
Have a look at the links below for more information on gaming.

Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

This website uses Google Analytics which provides statistical data about the usage of the site. This information is not used to identify individuals, but is collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and how our site is being used.

If you are connected to the internet you will have an IP Address. This may take the form of a figure, such as 333.333.22.1. The address will be automatically collected and logged as part of the connection of your computer to our web server and may be used to determine the total number of visits to each part of the site. This data is not collected and used for other purposes.

This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.