Learning from Home – COVID-19

As we move into new educational times created by this pandemic, staff at Harbour Vale School have been working hard to bring student online assignments to complete.

At the beginning of each week students will be set a series of lessons from all of their subject teachers that they will be expected to engage with throughout the week. HVS will be tracking and monitoring student engagement and tasks being completed by each child weekly. These lessons will support your child’s learning at home and in school.

If students are in school for some of the week, the expectation is that the teacher and teaching assistant support them with the learning that has been set online. When learning from home either every day or some days, students will have the opportunity to ask their teacher questions via the classroom comments page.

Every student has been issued with a user name for the online classroom, and we encourage students to log into google classroom and have a go at what has been shared with them.

Please use the attached supporting guide to help you.


If you don’t have a computer you can still access from home, google classrooms can be accessed on all internet based devices and smartphones.

We will continue to keep students/carers and parents informed during this challenging period and would ask you to keep in touch with us using the office@harbourvale.dorset.sch.uk email address.

BBC Bitesize are doing live teaching  – have a look and click on the link   https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

Launch of the Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub
The sector-led Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here: https://www.thenational.academy/

Click on the links below for ideas to help with your home learning.

Home learning timetable idea for parents (1)

HVS Home learning Parent Fact sheet (2)

Online Reading Resources for use during Social Distancing

Well done to students working from home, and thank you for sending in your pictures – keep them coming.

Useful website links:

Twinkl https://www.twinkl.co.uk
a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures (use promo twinklhelpsuk)

The Imagination Tree  https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater  https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games

Big History Project  https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home

British Council  https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home  https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

The Kids Should See This  https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of educational videos

National Geographic Kids  https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes

Mystery Science  https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

Crash Course Kids  https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards  https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete at home

MATHS :Here are some websites you can use to help with your revision and support your independent studies.

BBC Bitesize  Extremely well resourced website. Lots of interactive quizzes, puzzles and videos to help with your revision.

GCSE Maths – AQA https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z8sg6fr

Corbettmaths Award winning website. Lots of practice questions and a similar database to maths genie. Corbettmaths links in with social media including a daily tweet to help with exam preparation  Corbettmaths – Videos, worksheets, 5-a-day and much more https://corbettmaths.com/

Mr Barton This was created by Mr Barton an experienced teacher and examiner for AQA so lots of relevant stuff here. The maths takeaway section is particularly good for GCSE revision  GCSE Maths Revision http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/students/gcse/

Maths Genie This is a good database of exam questions and, most importantly, worked solutions. Very useful for practicing. Some videos showing key skills also present 1-9 GCSE Specification Revision https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html

Youtube Channels  There are lots of youtube channels full of videos to help explain lots of different skills and concepts. Here are some of the best.

Mr Barton, Corbettmaths and Mathsgenie all have youtube channels that support their websites.

Hegarty maths is paid for software but you can access his videos on Youtube for free.


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