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28/04/2020

Good afternoon everyone,

A very big thank you to those of you who completed our questionnaire about home-learning. Your responses were really positive and has helped our teachers 'tweak' the home-learning provision. We are trying to get the balance right but please, do as much as you and your child are able to.

Please do not try and create a 'school' at home.

This is about you learning together and your child learning to become an independent learner, using skills in many creative ways, not just 'sat at a desk'. Enjoy the time if you can. As you can imagine, it was a quick turn around before Easter and hopefully you and the children are getting in to some sort of routine with their learning. We really appreciate everything you are doing to support them by 'Staying home and Staying Learning'. I know the teachers are very impressed with the children's thirst for learning with many of them logging on at 9am eagerly awaiting the learning tasks.

In response to the questionnaire answers I have a few points to clarify:

  1. As a minimum, children should be practising handwriting, spellings, timetables and reading every day.

  2. Additionally a literacy and numeracy task will be set daily - in either Seesaw / Google Classroom or both by 9.30am. A weekly literacy / numeracy overview will be produced from next week so that you can check the progression of learning and 'go back' if you need to. We appreciate it is not always possible to do the activities on the days set due to work patterns and home-life etc. Do as much as you and your child are able to.

  3. Children should choose and complete AT LEAST 3 activities from the fortnightly home learning menu per week to achieve - so over a fortnight, one from each Area of Learning Experience. This ensures coverage of our curriculum and a breadth of learning.

  4. You don't need to complete all the tasks all the time. Teachers are keeping a track of your child's learning and engagement so can see the skills they are learning. However, if you can, please try and keep up with the literacy and numeracy activities.

  5. Teachers are preparing further 'paper' packs of resources this week. These will be available to collect from the school on Monday morning 9am - 12pm. Social distancing rules will apply. Please come to the main entrance door. If you are unable to collect, please message the class teacher and we will endeavour to get the resources to you if we can.

  6. Teachers will comment / respond to learning as soon as possible between the hours of 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday. As you can imagine, this is incredibly time consuming, responding to every child in the class individually for each task - although Teachers love it and realise this is extremely motivating for the children. They love seeing their learning. Please be patient - the Teachers need a break from their computers too and also may have other commitments, such as their own children / family to look after. Unfortunately, as much as we would love to, for safeguarding reasons, Teachers are unable to email children individually from their home computers or 'live' video call children. As time goes on Teachers will record messages to children.

  7. In addition to setting learning and corresponding with children online, Teachers are planning, sourcing and preparing online resources, assessing, carrying out professional learning, supporting the hub school and participating in online meetings.

  8. If Teachers have not heard from you on Seesaw, or cannot see children engaging in any activities, they will be contacting you to see if they can help you in any way. Please respond by Friday.

  9. If you need resources, eg, paper, pens, books, computer - please contact your teacher and we will try and help. Please let the class teacher know by Wednesday evening.

  10. The future is uncertain as to when / how school will resume. If there are developments, I will let you know as soon as I know.

REMEMBER - we are all in this together Stay Safe, Stay Learning - and if there is anything we can help with, please get in contact.

Best wishes,

Helen Hampson.

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