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Sadly, home learning is becoming more and more of a reality as we move through the Autumn term. We have been finalising the strategy for Remote Learning during the Covid19 Pandemic. This strategy is for all children in all year groups. I am fully aware that some of you have already found home learning difficult but by working together I am hoping we can find a way to make this easier to manage if the situation arises again.

 

WHAT IS REMOTE LEARNING?

The definition of Remote Learning is for children learning outside of school due to the fact they cannot attend school due to Covid- 19. It will combine a variety of approaches such as paper work packs, Dojo communication and online support.

 

It applies to children who cannot attend school due to:

 

  1. A whole year group bubble or school closure due to a positive test of a pupil or staff member in school
  2. Children who are isolating for 14 days due to family groups having a positive test within the family or being contacted by Test and Trace or if they have had contact with someone who has tested positive.

 

As you may already be aware, we will be using Dojo to communicate with children on a daily basis. If you have not connected with Dojo then you need to contact the office.

 

IF A WHOLE BUBBLE GOES DOWN WHAT IS EXPECTED?

We will provide remote learning (online and paper based) for children that are not able to attend school so that no-one need fall to far behind. Live lessons will in KS2 this will be through Microsoft Teams and in EYFS and KS1 this will be via Zoom. There also will be links to websites and power points posted on Dojo for your child to follow. A learning pack will be sent home with a core text and some paper based activities linked to this. KS1 children will have reading books sent home as well.

 

The Government states there should be a minimum of 3 hours for EYFS and KS1 and 4 hours for KS2 of learning each day which will be a mixture of online and paper based learning.  If you have any issues with access to devices or access to online learning at home please get in touch with us and we have a limited number of laptops that we can loan out to you.

 

Each teacher will post each day what the minimum of work expected is with options to complete should activities and could challenges. This will be broadly in line with what would have been taught in school however there will need to be some adaptions for some subjects.  Differentiated activities will be made available via Dojo.

 

A register will be taken each day to make sure children have been engaging with the live lessons and online learning. Staff will monitor and mark uploaded work to Dojo. If a child is missing work or not attending the live lessons phone calls will be made home in the first instance to see what support we can give. Socially distanced home visits may also happen to offer support. Some SEND children may receive 1:1 sessions with their learning support. 

 

IF I AM SELF ISOLATING WHAT IS EXPECTED?

If you are self isolating your child will receive a learning pack and daily online tasks as above to complete via Dojo. They will not receive live lessons.

 

We will continue to endeavour not to have any year group closures, through doing our very best in the circumstances, using good personal hygiene routines and handwashing. However, as you are aware, there are an increasing number of schools having to close year groups or whole schools due to Covid symptoms and positive tests. We all need to work together to ensure our children do not get further behind.

PARENT AND CHILD EXPECTATIONS

In the following points, an outline of the provision will be made and some guidance given on the role of children and parents.

 

We are fully aware that these are exceptional times and would like to make it clear that the completion of all the work provided is not compulsory. However, there is an expectation that there is a daily minimum amount of work to be completed whilst the children are working from home.

 

This letter seeks to inform and guide families with what is expected as a minimum. Each family is unique and because of this, should approach home learning in way which suits their individual needs.

 

Family (pupil/parent/guardian) role

  • Where possible, it is beneficial for children to maintain a regular and familiar routine. We would recommend that each ‘school day’ maintains structure.
  • A timetable for the week will be given to for each year group with a minimum expectation of what needs to be completed. Families should view this together, and then make appropriate plans to complete the work.
  • Your child will be provided with passwords to Purple Mash, TT Rockstars and have a Microsoft 365 login.
  • If a whole class bubble is self-isolating, then there is an expectation that your child will log into a daily live lesson via Microsoft Teams. Registers will be taken and children not engaging with this will be contacted.
  • PowerPoints with teacher voice overs will be made available to help explain what your child needs to do.
  • Should anything be unclear in the work that is set, parents can communicate with class teachers via Dojo.
  • Work that children complete should be uploaded on to your child’s portfolio page on Dojo or if paper based kept safe, ideally in their home learning book, and brought back to school when safe to do so.
  • A home learning pack will be made available with some paper based activities and explanation sheets.
  • We would encourage parents to support their children’s work, including finding an appropriate place to work and, to the best of their ability, support children with work encouraging them to work with good levels of concentration.
  • Every effort will be made by staff to ensure that work is set promptly on appropriate platforms but school cannot guarantee that the chosen platforms will work on all devices. Should accessing work be an issue, parents should contact school promptly and alternative solutions may be available. These will be discussed on case-to-case basis.

 

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