During the periods of lockdown in 2020 and 2021, Temple Sowerby CE Primary School provided a range of opportunities for remote learning. Throughout both lockdowns, we provided remote learning packs and Chromebook computers to all children from Year 2 upwards which enabled staff to engage with children and set a range of online lessons each day through our Google Classroom learning platform. Children in Class 1 were provided with a timetable of activities for each day, based on a range of remote learning activities and resources for children to complete by hand.

As much as possible, the curriculum provided was similar to that provided in school – for example, in maths, we used White Rose Maths resources, where the objectives covered matched those that would have been covered in school. Similarly, in other subject areas, we mapped our current year’s curriculum against online resources, such as those provided by the Oak National Academy and the BBC. This allowed us to set remote learning tasks which are closely linked to what would be covered in school.

Children were taught remotely using a mixture of recorded teaching, live lessons and online face to face support, combined with paper learning packs provided at the start of lockdown. To further support children, we provided a range of online opportunities for social interaction, including whole school assemblies, ‘show and tell’, daily PE activities and online storytime sessions. Feedback from parents was very positive – our parental survey (February 21) indicated that all pupils were able to access our provision, there was a high level of engagement amongst pupils and most parents were happy with the amount of work provided.

For more information about our provision, please read this Remote Education Provision at Temple Sowerby CE Primary School guidance document or visit our Remote Learning – Parents’ Information page.

Here are some examples of the children’s work:

Class 3 used the Tate Kids website to explore the work of different artists, such as Piet Mondrian and Vincent Van Gogh. They then used what they had found out to produce their own artwork. Eva was particularly inspired by Vivienne Westwood and produced this wonderful biography of her life.

Copy of Vivienne Westwood – 1 April, 12_04

We’ve also been writing stories, such as Sasha’s fantastic version of ‘The Crash’.

Sasha – The Crash writing frame.docx

In maths, we have been using our study books, playing times tables rock stars and doing some investigations. Here is Thea’s excellent explanation of how to solve this ‘Make 200’ puzzle.

Thea Make 200 Investigation.docx





Class 2 have been finding out about the artist Andy Goldsworthy and have made their own versions. They’ve also been creating their own artwork for a competition in the Herald newspaper. Here is some of their work:

Congratulations to Grace, whose story has made it through to the next round of judging in the BBC’s 500 Words story writing competition.

Out of 135,000 entries, the judges have now whittled it down to the last 5,000. Good luck in the next round Grace and well done to all of you who took part. ???! Grace 500 words certificate

500 Words 2020 Live Lesson - BBC Teach