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Briar Hill Primary School

Briar Hill is a warm and happy school with well-being at the heart. All children are challenged, nurtured and inspired to achieve highly and make a positive contribution to society.

Remote Learning

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to the Remote Learning Section of our website. We hope this new area provides you with all the information you need as well as setting our expectations.

Firstly, the welfare and well-being of our pupils is central as always and as a school we are here for you all, please do let us know if you need anything. We care for our community and you all matter to us.

We have an excellent remote learning offer for your child to support them progress in their learning; it mirrors the curriculum on offer in school.

Our super staff at Briar Hill Primary School have created all the remote learning provisions for the year groups across the school. Please click on the appropriate link for your year group on the right hand side for more details. Our learning at Briar Hill Primary School for KS1 and KS2 classes has now switch to Google Classroom online platform and Tapestry for EYFS. We are also using Microsoft TEAMS to deliver Live lessons. Our Remote LIVE Lessons Microsoft TEAMS Timetable is available in the Remote Learning Provision section.

As well as Microsoft TEAM live lessons, home learning booklets, videos, voice over presentations and lesson introductions can be found on Google Classroom, this is our primary platform for remote learning as it has tailored sessions for your child created by their teachers to help make their learning experience at home similar to that at school with inclusive, supportive instructions and an opportunity to feedback once the work has been submitted. 

Previous newsletters: March 2020 Lockdown videos here, our Return to School letter here and our Return to School newsletter here

Should you have any further queries please contact the school on: 01604 751165

Remote Learning Provision

briar hill remote learning provision.pdf

Remote Learning Provision - Summer Schools

Please click the link to access the Summer School Learning 

Please click the link to access the lessons via Google Classroom 

Blended Learning at Briar Hill Primary School

The Timetables above have been produced and populated to ensure that each child at Briar Hill Primary School has the chance to succeed, this includes staggered timings in our Live Lessons and a similar routine to that at school creating our Hybrid Model of Learning, Overviews are produced by year groups weekly to show an outline of the learning that will be posted on Google Classroom each day throughout the week. These can also be found in the Assembly and Newsletter section. 


If you are having difficulties accessing your child’s work, or need any support with Remote Learning at home, please contact your class teacher on Class Dojo and we will be making regular welfare calls to help and support you in this difficult time.

Each week, like the previous lock-down, staff will contact you to check that everything is going well and to see if there is anything else we can do to help. Furthermore, the remote learning team will be available through Google Classroom marking the children's work and answering any questions they may have.

If children are self-isolating, they MUST still complete work daily following the timetable of their class and return ALL work through Google Classroom, so that the teacher can give summary feedback about areas for improvement.

If the year group bubble has to close, children MUST move to remote learning and continue to follow the timetable.

Remote Learning - 2021-2022

Dear Parents/Carers, 

This page has been created to help and support you if you are unable to attend school in 2021-2022 academic year. A member of the pastoral team, will contact you to ensure everything is going well and to see if there is anything else we can do to help. Furthermore, they will be also be available through Google Classroom and Class Dojo.

Our remote learning package at Briar Hill Primary School is Google Classroom online platform We will also be using Microsoft TEAMS to deliver Live lessons if a whole class is isolating. 

Home learning booklets, videos, voice over presentations and lesson introductions can be found on Google Classroom. This is our primary platform for remote learning as allows teachers (us) to provide tailored sessions for your child created to help make their learning experience at home similar to that at school with inclusive, supportive instructions and an opportunity to feedback once the work has been submitted. 

If a child is self-isolating, they MUST still complete work daily following the timetable of their class and return ALL work through Google Classroom, so that the teacher can give summary feedback about areas for improvement. 

If the year group bubble has to close, children MUST move to remote learning and continue to follow the timetable.

Please remember you know your child best and can plan when it is the most effective time to sit down and complete the tasks.  But there is an expectation that each child will participate with learning for 3 hours each day. Below you will find more activities to help at home which links with our Remote Learning Blended Curriculum offer at Briar Hill Primary School. 

Pupil Voice

RL - 'I have really enjoyed the Live Lessons, especially working together in the same Google Document on the Anne Frank work and exploring her Annex in Amsterdam.' 

GL - 'We really like the idea that the lessons in the classroom match what is online - I can continue where I left off and use booklets, recorded sessions and scaffolds provided by my teachers to support me.'

AN - 'I really like the tutor time sessions where Mr Warren and Mr Hall share the answers for the day. They also share a recorded version of it, this was really useful when I missed it once.'  

DS - 'I found the resources online really useful and helpful. My favourite session was Maths and really enjoyed tutor time with Mr. Mair.' 

AN - 'Using the Google Docs can be a bit tricky, I am getting the hang of it now and I really enjoy tutor time and the LIVE reading lessons are really fun.'


Helpful Links


Gete Pic : A wide e-library resource 

Top Marks: Stories and games to play 

Poems to read and discuss 

Top Tips to support reading at home

Oxford Owl, books to support your child at the right colour band

Book Trust. Some books and games to enjoy on line.

RWI videos can be found on YouTube  

Top Tips to suppose children reading at home


BBC Bitesize - Lessons covering punctuation, grammar, reading, spelling and writing skills

Talk for writing videos, Video 1, Video 2, Video 3

Teacher videos - covering punctuation, grammar and writing using different genres

BBC Bitesize - Grammar, punctuation and spelling – includes – spelling, homophones, prefixes and suffixes, punctuation, the alphabet and letters, handwriting, how to understand texts, fiction texts and poems


Maths Quiz - This is a great website which consolidates learning within school. Questions are like the tasks in school and the layout is the same. Children are given immediate feedback and can-do quizzes from different year groups. 

Top Marks - Number bonds, Doubles and Halves, Square Numbers, Times tables and division facts

NCETM - Teaching for mastery and helping children with open ended questions

BBC Bitesize - This website has a huge range of games as well as learning that children can play in a very interactive way.

TT Rockstars - Here is the website for TT Rockstars in which the children can practise their TimeTables - Please contact Mr Warren if you require a reminder of your login details. 


20th Century Migration; Link 1


Religions of the world; Link 1


BBC Bitesize


Children's guide to Coronavirus


David Ross Education Trust Physical Education Videos 

Remote Learning Gallery

Welcome to the Remote Learning Gallery, here are some examples of Home/School learning from Lockdown 2021.

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Support Guides for Remote Learning

How do I login on an Apple or android?

You need to add the account first. This is usually easiest done by going into the settings and adding a google account (this is the child’s email address ending in

You may be asked to accept the conditions and also reset the password. Once the account is added, then install the Google Classroom from the AppStore or Playstore.

Then go into Google Classroom and ensure you are selecting the right account. You may need to select ‘I’m a student’. You will then see the year group and your 'classroom'.

Google Classroom - A few common issues and questions

 How do I login? Use the link on a computer or use the app.

  • Need help with passwords? Please contact you teacher if you require a reminder of the password and complete the Reset Password form.
  • Logged in, but not showing any classes? Switch your Google account to ensure it’s the school one, not your personal one.
  • Need help? Watch an introduction and help videos below.
  • How do I give in the work? No need to email it, just click on ‘hand-in‘ or ‘submit’. The staff will then take a look, and then return it.
  • Can I still do work on paper and submit it? Yes, this can be sent through Google Classroom or Class Dojo. 

Why Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams?

3 main reasons:

1) Improves communication and feedback of learning by using a hybrid model.

2) Ensure all children have the best possible outcomes with tailored support and meet the needs of that individual.

3) More efficient for teachers and will allow us to scaffold and support learning through booklets and videos. 

If you are still struggling to access the online learning, you can use the links below or contact you teacher on Class Dojo.

Support Google Classroom
Setting up Google Classroom

Parent.DRET.Cloud - Parent Guidance and Support

Primary.DRET.Cloud - Student Remote Access

Reading At Home During Remote Learning

Book Chat Guide

book chat guide.pdf

Read Write Inc. Literature Spine Directly Linked to Phonic Knowledge 2020-2021 

RWI Book Bag Book - Sway - Microsoft Office

Top Tips for Reading at Home

7 top tips to support reading at home.pdf

Useful Websites/Apps to Support Reading at Home - A Guide to Reading at Home - Oxford Owl eBook Library - First News is an award-winning national UK newspaper for children. One free issue is now available for download. - Reading Eggs is a site aimed at EYFS/KS1 children and parents. Sign up online today for your free 30-day trial. - Get Epic is a virtual eBook library with a wide selection of book fiction and non-fiction books that can be accessed. Get Epic currently have a free 30-day free trial. - A fantastic website which offers reading activities for children ages 0-12, completely free of charge. - Teach Your Monster to Read is aimed at EYFS/KS1 children. This site is completely free after sign up and has some great interactive phonics/reading games to play at home

At Briar Hill Primary School, we regularly discuss the importance of your mental health and wellbeing. During lockdown it is important that you follow the tips and links below.

Think about your new daily routine. Life is changing for us all for a while and you will have experienced some disruption to your normal routine. Think about how you can adapt and create positive new routines – try to engage in useful activities (such as exercise) or meaningful activities (such as reading or talking). Some people find it helpful to write a plan for your day or week.

Consider how to connect with others. Maintaining relationships with people you trust is important for your mental wellbeing. If you can’t meet in person, think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family via telephone, video calls or social media instead – whether it’s people you normally see often or connecting with old friends. Join the live sessions in school. Talk to your teacher on your weekly phone call.

Help and support others. Think about how you could help those around you – it could make a big difference to them and can make you feel better too. It is important to listen to and accept other people’s concerns, worries or behaviours. Remember to smile. We always try and smile in school.

Talk about your worries. It is quite common to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember that this is a difficult time for everyone and sharing with family and friends how you are feeling and the things you are doing to cope can help them too.

Look after your physical wellbeing. Your physical health has a big impact on how you are feeling emotionally and mentally. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which, in turn, can make you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals and drink enough water. Remember, a thinking brain is a drinking brain.

Where possible, exercise. Remember, we have lots of PE video clips and extra sessions going on. Follow the links in your google classrooms.

Look after your sleep. Feeling anxious or worried can make it harder to get a good night’s sleep. Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough.

Our pastoral team are here on-hand at school for any support you may need.

Here are some websites where parents can get advice if they are concerned about their child:  – Young Minds are the leading children’s mental health charity. This website is useful for children (mainly the older children) but there is a designated section for parents and carers. You can also speak with a professional on here for further advice. – On here you can find advice about a range of different things connected with family life, school, mental health and wellbeing. – Leading mental health charity where you can access information and advice from professionals. – Another one of the top mental health charities – here is a link for the parent/carer guide to supporting their child’s mental health.

Specifically for COVID-19
GOV.UK released this document for parents/carers to support their children through the current crisis. They released a partner document directly to use with children which is useful.

The following websites and Apps are those that children may find useful for expressing their emotions and are a place for them to seek further support.

Monarch’s Mission is a really useful game which has been designed to help younger children understand their emotions, facial expressions/body language and appropriate ways to cope with each emotion they face. This is a good basis for those infants to being their learning about emotion coaching and regulation. the children to explore their emotions by selecting the ‘mood monster’, ‘word’ or ‘colour’ that they feel. This then takes them to a page where there is advice and coping strategies linked with that particular emotion. There is an activities page where children can ‘doodle’ or ‘sync your breathing’. Additionally, the ‘My Plan’ page provides a space for the child to create their own emotion plan. They select an emotion and then create ‘ideas’ of coping strategies and activities to use when they feel that particular emotion. The explore page can help them to do this. They can then save the plan and/or print it off. This is a really useful tool for expressing emotions, particularly for children who struggle to verbalise and understand how they feel. is broken down into different sections for different ages and also has a section for parents/carers. The children select their category and then, similarly to Memotional, select the emotion they are feeling. They then choose from a range of reason categories, for example, they could choose ‘school’ or ‘home’. From here, the children are taken to a page which provides them with activities and social stories which are related to their selected category. There is also a webchat/email support service. Younger children should be supervised when on the website. The webchat may be useful for older children who feel they need to speak with somebody outside of their home, especially during our current situation where they are completely isolated at home and away from friends and extended family. The service is available 24/7. can be used as a webpage or as an App. This website is brilliant in so many ways. For those children involved in regular review meetings, social worker meetings or are under CP, it gives them space to express how they feel, write it down and send it to their key workers. offers every child access to counselling around the clock, as well as their own personalised area to express themselves, get advice and update their ‘mood journal’. Each child can create their own space within a place called ‘My Locker’. They sign up using email & password – for younger children, you may want to supervise this. For the older children (top juniors) and teenagers, this is a good way of getting professional advice privately. is another online counselling service open to children aged 11-18. Here, like ChildLine, children can long on and create their own profile where they can also access a ‘daily journal’. Professional advice is available from the online counsellors and there is an online ‘Kooth Community’ where like-minded individuals can support each other. 

Lockdown Inclusion 

At Briar Hill, inclusion and equality is a real passion of all the staff. Being a IQM flagship school, we ensure that every child has the tools to succeed. Here is a few examples of what we have done during the January 2021 lockdown. 

lockdown inclusion examples.pdf


At Briar Hill, remote education ensures continuous learning outside the classroom. For our pupils, it’s the perfect way to ensure they still get the education they need, despite not being at school. However, it also requires a level of discipline and careful planning. That’s why we’ve shared these guides to help pupils and parents understand different aspects of remote education and to support them in ensuring their experience is as safe and secure as it can be.

In these guides, and to celebrate Safer Internet Day you'll find tips on a number of potential issues such as privacy, healthy screen time and making sure the appropriate systems and communication channels are in place so that children get the most out of their remote education experience.

Here is a link to Safer Internet Day - Virtual Assembly

Please click here to view our new E-Safety Newsletter - Spring 2 - 2021

Remote Learning Top Tips

remote education top tips for children.pdf

remote education top tips for parents.pdf

tips for children with new devices.pdf

Keeping Safe Online

keeping safe online children.pdf

keeping safe online parents.pdf

E-Safety Documents

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Pupils Supporting Pupils with Remote Learning

At Briar Hill, we are proud that our pupils can share and communicate their knowledge to support their peers.

Here's are 2 video tutorials created by Jason (Year 5) which explain how to access (write in a Google Document) and submit work by 'Turning It In'. 

How to access and navigate Google Classroom -      Explained by Jason (Year 5)

How to submit and return work on Google Classroom - Explained by Jason (Year 5)

Remote Learning Documents