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Long Close teacher helps create special remote learning programme for early years pupils

Adrian Williams

Adrian Williams

A Long Close School teacher has helped develop a programme specifically for children in their early school years who are learning from home.

Head of Early Years Milly Carpenter has contributed to the creation of a new online learning programme designed to support parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 during lockdown.

“Children in Reception to Year 2 are still learning the required skills which enable them to access a variety of learning experiences independently and often require additional support from already stretched parents at home,” said Mrs Carpenter.

“We wanted to help by giving families additional activities, stories and games for the youngest children to access without parental support.”

The programme also includes online parent webinars every Wednesday evening, with speakers on topics from sleep to wellbeing.

Called ‘The Smartest Giant in Lockdown’, the programme is running for an initial four-week period, finishing in early February.

It is currently only available to Long Close School parents and those who have enquired about joining in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2.

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  • be_ transparent

    00:41, 03 February 2021

    Fantastic pivot to online. Teacher of the future !!! She should be given the help necessary to scale this up so it could work on a national level. Thinking about it the Department of Education should be scouring the country for these sort of online best practices to support pupils teachers and parents and banging on the door of the Government Digital Service to get this done at scale. Whilst schools will be overjoyed to go back to having some in person time, society and education have now been forever changed by exploring online education, and the genie is out of the bottle just as it has been for some time in MIT and the OU. Harnessing the true power of IT for the benefit of all pupils is now going to be a key delivery area now many realise how so much more can be achieved in a blended mix of the old and the new.



    • Stranger

      00:59, 10 February 2021

      I'm sure she would have already scaled this up and had the Department of Education involved, if it was substantially her own work. The fact is, coding is a hard activity and one more typically associated with a different profile than a primary school teacher. There are apps that make things easier, but being an app user doesn't carry the same implication as being an app developer. Just as you wouldn't credit a yoga instructor on Youtube for having created Youtube, for example.



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