COVID-19

Dear parents/carers,

Thank you all for your continued support and following the school Covid guidance. During these strange times, national and regional guidance changes all the time, so please continue to check our website, on-line parent portal and school social media formats for up to date information.

We hope you are all well and remain so, but if you or a member of your family are feeling unwell, please follow the advice below from the NHS:

The importance of good personal hygiene, including regular hand-washing, to prevent the spread of infection continues to be stressed at school and home.

Remote Learning 2020-21

In September 2020, all our classes returned to full-time education following the Covid-19 closure in March. Although we hope that the majority of our children will now have an uninterrupted experience, there is the possibility that an individual child, an entire bubble, or indeed the whole school, will need to self-isolate for a period of time.

We have therefore put in place a plan for remote learning so that all children can continue with their education. Remote learning will be shared with families when they are absent due to authorised Covid related absence, and this will generally be set by your child’s class teacher via a weekly timetable.

During the spring/summer lockdown period of 2020, we very successfully used a range of physical and on-line resources to support home learning.  Our remote learning content will continue to be communicated this way and it is important that both parents and pupils have their own log-on details to access this site.  If you need help with this, please contact the school office.

Access to Technology

If a child does not have access to a computer/laptop and/or the internet, the school will do all it can to support children and if necessary provide paper packs of learning. Where funding can be accessed, remote devices (e.g., laptops) and/or 4G connections will be sought, particularly for disadvantaged children. Parents are reminded to make the school aware of any barriers to accessing remote learning.

School will also make arrangements for work to be accessed via paper copies, to ensure all children have equal access to learning.

Curriculum Content

The curriculum offered via our home learning is designed to match that on offer in school. There maybe a little adaptation required due to accessibilty to  appropriate resources, etc. However, the staff will plan to ensure the curricuum activites match those on offer in the classroom, including a level of differentation to ensure children are supported at whatever stage of development they are at within the curriculum areas. School will provide a range of resources to support home learning, including learning prompts and art materials when approriate.

Teachers will post work daily the night before, providing parents/carers the opportunity to check their understanding of tasks and ask any questions so they ae fully prepared to support thir child. The work set will follow the same schemes and units of work that are being taught in school.  Content may be in the form of clips to watch online, downloadable texts and worksheets; PowerPoint presentations or pre-recorded lessons.  Links to relevant resources will be provided in the planning document.  For access to some subscription-only sites, children will need their own log-on details (e.g. Times Table Rock Stars and Spelling Shed)

 Oak National Academy

Some of the teaching content set by class teachers will be provided to children through age appropriate video content from Oak National Academy. In their ‘classroom’ each lesson is an hour-long. They’re delivered by a practising teacher, with a pre-recorded video as well as quizzes, worksheets and creative activities. It’s all easy to use; there’s no login or password; and you can access the lessons on any device – pupils only need materials they can find at home.

Delivery of Physical Education

Naturally, this is a difficult subject to teach remotely!  Some aspects will be delivered using video demonstrations, but we appreciate that there may be limitations on responding to these depending on a child’s age and home circumstances (including access to physical space).  Where possible, all children are encouraged to take regular physical exercise to maintain fitness.

Included among PE resources that staff may direct children to are the following:

https://www.gonoodle.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/

Providing Feedback

Pupils or their parents can send any completed work/photographs to teachers via Tapestry.  Work will then be marked and feedback given in the sameway (via email or direct contact) as your child would recieve if they were in school. For instance, during live sessions feedback will be given to pupils as would normally happen in class, this may be specific or general depending on the area of curriculum they are working on.

Teachers will share examples of good work in live sessions, on the school website or social media streams, as well as in Golden Book assemblies. Recognising the effort children make in home working is vital to maintaining high levels of engagement, therefore we wil endeavour to meet this need at all opportunities.

Contact between School Staff and Pupils/Parents

Where a pupil is self-isolating (including if this is on medical grounds for a significant period of time), contact will be made via telephone by a member of school staff on a weekly basis (or as agreed in the medical support plan), to monitor learning and provide support if needed.

Parents are very welcome to post queries to school staff via Tapestry.  Parents should be aware that these may not be answered outside of directed time (that is, before 8am and after 5pm).  We will always seek to respond to queries within 48 hours of receipt. If it is urgent please just contact school on 01289 306170.

Engagement with Remote Learning
Responsibility for the success of remote learning is shared and everyone has their role to play. School staff will monitor continued engagement with remote education and will contact parents to explore ways to secure re-engagement and motivation where this is necessary. Parents with concerns about remote learning should contact their child’s class teacher in the first instance.

Parents are reminded that children may wish to choose the order of the completion of tasks themselves in order to develop their ability to become independent learners.  As would be the case in school, the day should be separated into time-limited ‘lessons’ with regular breaks.  Short bursts of activities will be more manageable for the children.

Early Years

We recognise that very young children have needs which cannot easily be met via remote learning, in part because of the bespoke curriculum followed in our Early Years classes.  Remote learning will have a focus on the continued development of Early Reading and phonics (especially for pupils in Reception class) in order to keep the structure and momentum already in place.

Support for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

SEND pupils have a wide range of specific needs known by teachers who are best placed to ensure these children continue to make progress wherever possible if they are not able to be in school.  More individualised planning may be needed in some cases and the support of adults in the home will undoubtedly create a significant advantage where this is possible.

Remote Learning Update: January 2021

With a national lockdown being announced at such very short notice, it has taken us a couple of weeks to organise and adjust our provision.  Having now established our in-school pupil numbers, we are focussing our efforts on embedding and supporting a consistent Home Learning approach and developing our communication with families. In addition to staff being asked to deliver face-to-face teaching with groups of children, teachers are now expected to also deliver and manage home learning – effectively, two jobs!  From recent communication with parents, it is clear that there is an appreciation of the challenges faced by schools currently and that we are working very hard to get the balance right for school and home.

The Coronavirus Act (2020) stipulates that which schools are expected to offer by way of remote learning – including guidelines of anticipated daily timings for learning (which differ according to age range).  We hope parents will bear in mind these are flexible!  We absolutely understand the challenges of balancing home learning with your children with managing working from home.  It is clear from that which we learnt in the first lockdown that it is very difficult to replicate our provision in school with that which is to be carried out at home – though we are committed to ensuring this is matched as closely as possible to ensure that those children being supported remotely do not miss out.

Our provision will seek to:

  • Focus on continuation of core curriculum teaching and learning in English (phonics, reading and writing) and mathematics
  • Provide opportunities for continued learning across the curriculum, with coverage in all primary subjects
  • We will provide coverage of the planned school curriculum, enabling childen both at home and in school the opportunity to continue their
  • Provide guidance and support for learning through the provision of daily live teaching sessions, videos and  other explanatory resources
  • Provide opportunities for children and parents to message staff via Tapestry and Google Classroom across the school day and by regular phone contact
  • Support older children to work as independently as possible (to assist parents working from home)
  • Provide approximately the requisite teaching and learning time per day (as per government regulations cited in the Coronavirus Act 2020)
  • Provide regular teacher feedback on learning via verbal responses in live sessions, Tapestry on-line and Google Classroom, similar to that recieved by children in school
  • Support families who have difficulties accessing learning due to limited technology
  • Provide a range of resources to support physical and mental well-being