Home Learning

7th January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

Learning from Home updates

It is now certain that we will be in lockdown until at least February half term, so I wanted to update you on Home Learning and what is currently available to your children.

If you have any problems or concerns then please ask us. The easiest way to do this is by contacting learning@castlehill.kent.sch.uk or ring the school and someone will get back to you. Many of you have already made contact and we are more than happy to help in any way that we can.

Home Learning Grids

On our website there are many activities and lessons for you children. All you need to do is click on the large red link on the home page and it will take you to activities and resources for your child’s year group. These are being updated every two weeks and there is plenty of work to keep your children occupied. If you do not have a printer at home, or internet access, then please let us know and we will provide you with paper copies. We can also provide any stationery or equipment that you need.

Once work is completed then please send it in for marking and feedback. You can bring it to the office in person, send it in via email or send it in the post. The teachers will mark it and return it to your children. If you would like any help to support your child with their learning, we are here to help, PLEASE JUST ASK.

Purple Mash

Many of the children are accessing the activities that the teachers are setting on Purple Mash. This is also a good way for the children to communicate with their teacher and submit work. As the children use this in school, they should have a user name and password, this was also sent to you during the last lockdown. If you do not have this, just let us know and we will send it out to you.


During the last lockdown we started a YouTube channel where members of staff read their favourite stories and we posted some signing videos. This is still available to everyone and we will be adding much more.

Over the coming weeks staff will be adding more stories. We will also start to post some recorded lessons and activities for the children to follow at home and there will be a few recorded assemblies. If you go to the site now you will see that this has already started to happen. Keep looking as more and more updates are uploaded.


Zoom Lessons

From next week, staff will be hosting two live Zoom sessions every week so that the children can log in to see their class teachers and support staff. We are currently producing a timetable for this and I will send this out to you as soon as it is complete. A link to join the Zoom meeting will be sent to you, with a password, and your child will then be able to join in the meeting. Please only allow your child to join the meeting if you are happy to do so, please contact the school for any technical support that you need.

This is a change from the school’s current Remote Learning Policy. We would not normally carry out live video calls involving our children but we have adapted our policy to reflect the current situation we are in. If you would like a copy of the school’s revised Acceptable Use for Remote Learning policy then please let me know.


We appreciate that accessing any type of remote learning is very difficult for some families. You may have already heard about the government scheme to provide laptops to pupils that currently do not have access to one. At present the priority has been given to secondary school children and we are waiting on the government to inform us when we can apply for some.

So to try and help as many families as I can, we will have a limited number of laptops that we have reconditioned to loan out to families. Please let us know if you are in desperate need and we will be able to supply you with one. However, it is important to know that you will still need to have access to internet connection to use all the websites.

I have also been told that you can access the websites that you need through your child’s Xbox or PlayStation. If you have an Xbox 360 or a PS 4 (or newer models of either) then you can use them to get on to the educational websites. Please contact the school if you would like help with how to do this.


Mobile phone companies are also looking to give their customers extra data to support their children’s learning. It is worth contacting your network provider to see if they will help you. We have also been given a supply of data only SIM cards; these can be put in to your phone and will provide you with free 4G access. If you would like one of these, then please contact the school as soon as possible.

BBC Bitesize

For those of you who are more comfortable with more traditional ways to learn, the BBC are starting three hours of educational programmes for children every week day from Monday 11th January. You can watch all these programmes on the CBBC channel and whilst they will not all be suitable for your child’s level of learning, there will be certainly be something for them. If your child sees something they particularly want to learn about or complete then that is fine and their teacher would love to hear about it.

Finally, please do not worry if your child is not managing a full day’s work every day. It is much more difficult for them to work at home and they will need plenty of breaks. Plenty of physical activity is just as important and I know that Joe Wicks is also starting up again from Monday. Please just try to keep their learning going and their minds active. We are here to support you in any way that we can – just ask. We do not mind what you need or ask as long as it helps your children.

Yours sincerely

Pete Talbot

Head Teacher

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