At Westways we believe that purposeful, relevant home learning can play a valuable part in a child’s education. We do though recognise that pupils work hard in school and should be encouraged to develop other skills and interests out of school time; they also need the opportunity to play, socialise and relax. Home learning is designed though to support and reinforce learning. As staff, we give careful consideration to making home learning suitable and well balanced across the school.
Please click here to view our Home Learning Policy.
Please click here for information about our remote education provision.
We have created a Google Classroom exclusively for each class to set home learning tasks for parents/carers and their child to access at home.
To sign in and access the free service ‘Google Classroom’ (https://classroom.google.com/), pupils use their own individual Google account created by school - parents/carers have a received a letter with these details.
It is important that remote education is conducted in a safe manner - please click here to view our remote education guidance for pupils and parents/carers.
If you encounter any difficulties accessing Google Classroom, please use the following guides for support:
- Google Classroom Setup Guide (November 2020)
- Editing Google Docs via iPad Guide (January 2021)
- How to use Google Classroom on Gaming Devices
- How to attach files to Google Classroom (January 2021)
Alternatively, please contact school via email at email@example.com for further assistance.
Please click here to view guidance for parents/carers on how to use MyMaths.
Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Support Resources:
Click the links below to view news items that were produced using the EEF support resources:
- Easy tips for helping your child with maths
- The home learning routine
- Tips on doing jobs or playing with your children – the TRUST approach
- Tips on helping your child read
- Tips on reading with your children – the TRUST approach
Other useful home learning resources/links:
- Audible Stories - 100s of kids' audiobooks for free
- Barefoot Computing - Home Learning
- BBC Early years resources for learning at home
- BBC Biteseize - Primary daily lessons
- BBC Bitesize - Starting primary school
- BookTrust HomeTime
- ChatterPack UK - A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources!
- Department for Education - Home schooling guidance
- Dough Disco with Shonette Bason-Wood (9:30am, Monday to Friday)
- First Aid in Schools - 5-day first aid challenge
- Education Endowment Foundation - Support resources to share with parents
- English Glossary (including all the technical grammatical terms used in the programmes of study for English)
- Get Set Tokyo 2020 Home Learning Resources
- Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Harry Potter at Home
- Hungry Little Minds - Activities for kids, from newborn to five
- Join the Movement Sport England Campaign
- Konnie Huq - Fun. educational videos (Reading, writing, STEM, art and crafts)
- Lego Foundation - Six Bricks
- Lydia Monks - How to draw...
- National Autistic Society - Resources for autistic people and families
- NCETM - Support for parents and carers helping children with maths
- NCETM - Video lessons for primary age children
- Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub
- P.E. with Joe - a free, live workout aimed at kids (9:00am, Monday to Friday)
- Pete McKee's Cartoon Workshop for Beginners
- Radioblogging.net - daily shows with interactive educational activities
- Read Write Inc. - Speed Sounds lessons, Spelling lessons and Storytime
- Sheffield Family Centres - Links, ideas, tips and resources
- Sheffied Libraries - The eLibrary
- Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust - Activities for Children
- Ten Pieces at Home - A simple way to keep listening, enjoying and creating music
- The Arches School Sport Partnership - Active Resources for Home Learning
- The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown
- The Maths Factor (created by Carol Vorderman)
- The Open University - Supporting Reading at Home
- The Royal Mint Kids Hub - Activities for Kids
- The World of David Walliams
- Thinkuknow - Learning about online safety at home