Digital Leaders Kid’s Zone

This page will shortly become the home of our Digital Leaders, who will share links and information about technology that will support your children's learning at home. In the meantime, please use the links below to access the programmes we use in school to help!

 Supporting reading:

ActiveLearn 'Bug Club' (click me)

Bug Club is the only whole-school reading programme that brilliantly combines an online reading world with fantastic print books, and assessment tools.  An engaging and imaginative independent reading solution, it has been shown by an independent study to encourage reluctant readers to read at home using the online reading world, and increase reading enjoyment.  It is a robust guided reading programme that provides everything you need to help children master fluency and deepen comprehension. Included materials help save you time and improve your children’s deeper understanding of texts.

All Oakmeadow children have book-banded and levelled books assigned to allow and challenge them to make progress in their understanding of reading.  It will open on all forms of computers and tablets, and you will find that by using it your children want to read beyond the desired 10 minutes a day!

Supporting maths (but also others):

'Torch' learningzone (click me)

Providing access to the very popular 'primary games limited' maths interactive games and packs, as well as other excellent programmes from Coventry Gordon, this website is great for boosting all areas of primary mathematics, from 'numbergym' and 'bond builder' to help your child grasp the basics, as well as games specific to learning tables such as 'table mountain'.  You can play multiplayer, meaning siblings can challenge each other to who is the ultimate mathmagician!  This website is the number one stop to really build confidence in this key curriculum area whilst having fun.  It also provides links to English, Science and other foundation areas. 

The torch can be accessed simply by using your child's Oakmeadow school username and password by clicking the sign in tab on the left.  Unfortunately, as it is flash based, it will not work on Apple products, but will work on any android or windows based browser. 

 

Supporting the whole Primary curriculum:

Purple Mash (click me)

Purple Mash is an award-winning website for nursery and primary school children. It enables children to explore and enhance their knowledge in a fun and creative way.  

Purple Mash is a cross-curricular resource covering art to science and all subjects in between. Your child can access Purple Mash from home on a laptop, desktop or a tablet.

 

Purple Mash is a safe environment that does not require any downloading or allow interaction with people online and children cannot make any financial transactions. We will be encouraging the children to continue their learning at home and Purple Mash is a great resource for this.

 

Mini Mash

 

Mini Mash is the area of Purple Mash specifically designed for children in the ‘Early Years’. Inside, you’ll find a virtual classroom packed full of activities for children aged 5 and under.

 

Creative Tools

 

There are 20+ open-ended tools inside Purple Mash. They range in complexity from simple painting programs to sophisticated coding tools.

 

Topics

 

Purple Mash has over 1,500 ready-to-use writing and painting projects. They cover everything from aliens to the Victorians. You can use the ‘Topics’ tab to browse by subject or, alternatively, use the search bar at the top right of the screen to look for something specific.

 

Games

 

There are a variety of games that are really fun to play but also help children practise their maths & English skills. They are a great way to re-enforce learning outside of school hours.

 

Serial Mash

 

Serial Mash is all about getting children to read for pleasure. New books are released over the course of a half-term in the form of a weekly serial. The chapters come with a range of fun and educational activities. Serial Mash is great for solo or guided reading and can be read on tablets.

 

Saving and Sharing Work

 

Purple Mash lets your child save their work online. It’s very easy, just look out for the floppy disk icon on the toolbar and follow the simple instructions. To access saved files, go to the ‘Online Work’ tab. Once saved you can also ‘share’ work. Just look out for the globe icon on the toolbar. This will share work to one of our school’s “display boards” or create a link so your work can be viewed online by people that don’t have Purple Mash.

Children will bring home usernames and passwords in their reading journals.