LGfL Newsletter May 2020
Dear <<First Name>>,

It seems unbelievable that we are in May already! We do hope you are managing to stay healthy during these very challenging times. Read on for how LGfL is supporting schools whilst the lockdown continues and schools remain open to keyworker children whilst providing home learning opportunities for those not attending school. 
Ed Tech Demonstrator Programme

The Ed Tech Demonstrator Programme is designed to help schools and colleges with support for remote learning. At LGfL we are pleased to be part of the Consortium alongside The Education Foundation and Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE)supporting the Demonstrator Schools and Colleges.

The DfE and the Consortium have so far identified twenty schools and colleges which have demonstrated excellence in their use of technology to support teaching and learning and have the capacity to help others. There are plans to extend the reach of this programme over the coming weeks. 

Find out more about the Programme and register your interest in the programme by clicking on the links. 
Do also keep an eye out for the regular webinars hosted by the Demonstrator Schools and Colleges by visiting the @EdtechDemo and @LGfL Twitter accounts where we will publicise them.

LGfL TV is the home of video content on LGfL. There are a number of different categories/channels where you can watch case studies, previous keynotes from our conferences, learning resource trailers and a whole host of other video content. 

One of the latest uploads is "Why Choose the National Grid for Learning?"  This is a case study showing the strategic investment made by Lawford Primary School to support its ambitious vision during its expansion and the  future. The Senior Leadership Team had realised that their IT infrastructure was not suffiecient to meet their needs, so they have chosen LGfL (National Grid for Learning) to support them in realising their ambitions and to meet the needs of their pupils' future careers and lives. 
ReadingZone Live and Home Learning

The Inspire Team at LGfL are always looking for new ways to help the LGfL Community get the most out of their Let's Get Digital Subscription. We know in the current situation, both teachers and parents want more support and ideas for home learning, so we have developed ReadingZone Live Home Learning. 

The aim of
ReadingZone Live Home Learning is simple - engaging learning activities powered by the fantastic video interviews hosted on ReadingZone Live. Each set of slides has five videos, linked to five tasks for your students to complete. The resources are non-Key Stage specification and with support (if needed) can be completed by any primary school student. The slides are made in the fantastic Just2Easy Toolsuite using j2whiteboard. 

We now have four ReadingZone Live Home Learning projects. Each project focusses on an individual author/illustrator and provides five activities that link to the author’s interview. Each task has a video interview as well as a task video and also an example of what the end product could look like. There is no order in which the tasks within the projects should be completed, but it may be that pupil could one each day (as there are five in total).

The Inspire Team have collated all of the curriculum resources at and this can be prompted to parents by using the quick link:

Dan Freedman is the latest author to be added to the ReadingZone Live portal; taking us to over 50 author interviews. Dan is best known for his hugely popular series of Jamie Johnson football novels (Scholastic UK, which have sold over 800,000 copies globally).
BusyThings Updates

Busy Things have added some new and exciting  resources you can promote with parents to support home learning:

FREE Space Fun is rocketing your way!
The 1st May was NATIONAL SPACE DAY! So, they created a sensational Free Space Activity Pack to boost the spirits on our new planet of home-schoolers! Learning is so much more fun through play. Teaching is so much easier and way more fun with a theme. Kids LOVE space! 
14 fun-packed pages of free space activities including...
* Galactic colouring
* Space crafting
* Stellar puzzles
* Space topic templates
... there's something for kids of all ages!

Ancient Egypt Activities 

24 NEW Ancient Egypt activities have gone live on Busy Things! Budding historians can explore the pyramids, kingdoms, God and Goddesses, hieroglyphic codes, mummification and much more!

London Landmarks Heights 
Test your knowledge of some of London's most famous landmarks. How tall is Nelson's column compared to the London Eye? Arrange eight famous landmarks in order of height from shortest to tallest.

BusyThings have also recently added switch accessibility to some of their resources; this has been eagerly awaited by some of you! Please let us know your feedback on this, so we can pass it on to Busy Things. 
Busy Things Competition
We have had many more schools release their data to allow home access to BusyThings since the April newsletter; therefore everyone who has released data was entered into a prize draw for some BusyThings goodies! 

The April winners were as follows:

All Saints Benhilton - SM1 3DA
Hasmonean Primary - NW4 2PD

We now need 15 more to get to the next 50! 

Have you got USO access for BusyThings? If not, please contact

Just2easy Updates

A brand new tool has been added in the just2easy Toolsuite that enables realtime communication between teachers and pupils, and is an easy way to have a discussion in just2easy. Teachers can chose to monitor and moderate the chat that takes place to ensure safeguarding is maintained and pupils stay focussed on the chat topic. 

J2message can be used for 1-1 chats, class, groups or whole school communication. Not only does j2message enable chat but also provides a great teaching opportunity for real world online communication but safely within a ‘walled garden’ environment. You can watch a demo of this new tool on LGfL TV.

J2Homework has also had further updates since its launch last month, following teacher input - thank you Teachers! These are as follows:
- add much more information for your pupils when setting work, including multiple web links. 
- check pupil workload across all subjects 
- they have also made it possible to see the amount of work that pupils are being set by other teachers too, which will help inform you of pupil workload. 
- scheduling future homework tasks, you can now set a date for the homework to be scheduled and visible to pupils. 

Who is logging in to j2e? 
This month just2easy also launched the new Login Monitor; where you can see detailed stats on which pupils have logged in and when, plus there is a handy link straight to their portfolio of work. 

Are you sending pdfs to pupils? 
If you are sharing pdfs with pupils as activities, here’s a quick reminder that j2pdf lets you upload any pdf and makes it instantly editable and can be annotated by pupils. This helps reduce the amount of printing at home and also means you can easily keep track of pupil work as they save their docs to their “Myfiles” for you to see. 

Just2easy CPD Opportunity 
Join just2easy on the 20th May from 10am - noon for a Just2easy CPD Session with Nikki Kimbell, Just2easy’s resident educationalist who will provide a webinar packed with getting started, refresher ideas and distance learning opportunities using j2e. Visit to book on.
Maths Week London
Maths Week London’s mission is to ignite a love of maths in children across the capital. Numeracy is a vital skill and we believe it can and should be enjoyable, relatable and accessible.

Our original plans for Maths Week London this June have been stalled somewhat by recent global events. But we still believe that our mission is important and so we got thinking…

This year, we will be bringing you a week of activities and events that can be accessed online, in your garden or on your daily walk. All of the partners are working hard to ensure children can still celebrate maths whilst at home!

Working with schools and families, Maths Week London aims to:

● improve children’s confidence in mathematics and encourage a positive attitude
● demonstrate to children the value of maths as a lifelong skill by linking it to the wider world around them
● encourage all children to develop their maths skills and become confident mathematicians
We are delighted to be supporting Maths Week London, taking place 22-26 June 2020.
Join in the celebration and register to take part!

Visit the website to:

● download a range of free resources to celebrate Maths Week London at home
● register to attend free virtual events
● take part in the Maths Week London Contest
**Online** LGfL Training

LGfL have responded to the current lockdown by providing some online training opportunities. The first online training session "Creative Computing with LGfL Resources" was hosted on Tuesday 21st April. Please visit the training portal to book on to these or click on the images below for those particular sessions. We will be adding a variety of training opportunities as the summer term progresses, so please do revisit.

Currently, the majority of training is being held on Google Meet (you join by clicking the link sent through when you register). You do not need a Google account to access the training (but please note without one you will not have access to the chat function).
DigiSafe Updates
The DigiSafe team is also offering ONLINE training so that you can continue to benefit from their CPD remotely during the Covid-19 restrictions. Courses include DSL, County Lines, Prevent, prep for RSHE, and Online Safety CEOP Thinkuknow - all FREE for LGfL schools. Share with colleagues and sign up at:

The NEW Parent blogpost is especially for parents and carers to support them in these challenging times! Do please share with them - lots of online safety tips, fun activities and simple conversation starters to help parents keep their kids safe, happy and healthy whilst on devices during Covid school closures.

The DigiSafe team have also produced a new poster for schools outlining safeguarding considerations for lesson livestreaming and video-chat.

Further information, resources and video guides targeted for designated safeguarding leads, all staff, pupils, parents and carers is available on our Coronavirus Safeguarding page at 
Adobe Updates
New Adobe live online training – session each week!

We have added new Adobe Spark and Adobe Creative Cloud live online training to the
LGfL Training calendar. We will be running online training every week and hope the one hour training sessions will be inspiring and helpful for you to start your journey.
If you prefer on-demand online training or classroom-ready projects, please visit the customised Adobe Education Exchange page for LGfL schools at We are currently highlighting resources and learning opportunities that help you to engage students remotely and support home learning.
And remember all schools can have access to Adobe Spark and the entire collection of Adobe Creative Cloud applications through the partnership between Adobe and LGfL. If your school has not claimed their licenses yet, please visit:
Havering Home Learning
HES have produced a range of documents relating to home learning for subjects and aspects (developed by their inspectors/advisers and associates including The Geographical Association, NATRE/RE Today and Hampshire Inspection and Advisory Service). You can access these via the following link. LGfL features in the documents, where highlighted by the inspectors and advisers, including ‘HES Home Learning – Keeping children safe online’

This includes some ‘HES Havering Butterflies for Home Learning’ developed with input from Havering schools.
Curriculum Blog

Our curriculum blog showcases resources from LGfL to help support you in delivering the curriculum and we are also currently writing blogs aimed at parents and carers during the school closures. 

Please let us know what future blog posts you would like to read or indeed if you would like to write a guest blog post about the use of LGfL resources in your school and the impact it is having, we would welcome such contributions!

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