A quick reminder that the remote learning will commence again after the weekend-Monday 22nd February. There is a government announcement booked for the Monday-where we may learn a bit more about the potential pathway back to school’s opening up a little more, but you know when we know. We have been assured that this time there will be a little time for us to plan and implement the staff structure and learning opportunities for the children before the next date of change. The 8th March appears to be the next date when things might change a bit more-but we don’t at this stage know to which year groups and children.
Provision in school will continue to be for key worker and vulnerable children only. We will continue with our set up as it is with sessions booked in advance as we support shift patterns etc. for key workers. At this stage it has been strongly advised, currently-the safest place for children to be is at home.
Live sessions will start again on Monday 22nd and we will be back on the original timetable. In response to the majority feedback we had at our last survey, we will continue with not having the live sessions on the Wednesday-but everything else continues with work being set on every day including Wednesday by the staff here at school.
Physical packs of work are now available for you to collect from Monday 22nd February-from 9.00am onwards. They will be outside the school ready for you to collect. Please return any work that is ready for marking and assessment at this time-as a swap! Please make sure that your children’s work is collated together clearly with their name, class, and teacher. Please make sure it is secure-so that it cannot blow away-we can then make sure that the work gets back to the right members of staff. This is so that the teachers can see what the children have been up to and can make assessments as to how they have been getting on. There can then be some more personalised feedback given over the next few weeks. What we must all make sure of is that what the children are doing is of a high standard. The work being uploaded by families has been lovely to see-thank you!
All staff coming on site are now tested twice a week and results reported back to the government departments. We are increasing our staffing on site gradually so that preparations can be made for a full reopening as soon as we can. Staff will work hard to respond to blogs as they come in-this is the best way to get in touch with your teacher-sometimes they will be planning and working away from their online commitments. Please be patient and we will respond as we can.
The half term 100 challenge can be evidenced and sent to the class teachers-they have the certificates to send out to you when they know that the challenge has been met! We hope that there has been a bit of fun in trying to achieve this challenge!
These arrangements are there when everyone is fit and healthy. Obviously if we have staff illness-this will have an impact upon our provision and maybe our communication. Please understand that we make these arrangements to be as permenent as possible, but on our online journey together- there may be bumps in the road. Again, please be patient!
There are lots of additional resources and websites for you and your child to explore:
Our new, revamped website has a number of ideas on it….
To have access to PURPLE MASH-just click here. PURPLE MASH LOG IN
KEY STAGE 1 pupils (Reception to year 2) can find a number of activities and resources on the BBC BITESIZE page. This is available here: BBC BITESIZE KS1
KEY STAGE 2 pupils (Years 3-6) will find resources and activities here: BBC BITESIZE KS2
Oxford Owl is a fantastic website. You can find it here: Oxford Owl This site offers Reading, Phonics, Spelling, maths games and activities. Just click on the free resources to support learning at home.
Times Tables Rock Stars is great for testing yourself on your times tables-most of our children have been accessing this all year and have had fun trying to out-do each other! TIMES TABLES ROCK STARS
To help you learn your times tables timestables.co.uk is excellent. The link is here: TIMESTABLES.CO.UK
Your child can obviously read, read and read as much as they can and whatever they like! We will providing some books to read-there are even more on Purple Mash. Our children will really benefit from reading in their heads and aloud or being read to! We are providing some Collins online books for your children to access-please check your child’s pack for log-in details
Communication with school can happen in a number of ways. We will carry on using parentmail to send emails and the school blog, through the website. We will use our social media to relay information to you-our FaceBook page and Twitter. Parents can use the admin email or the firstname.lastname@example.org
The older your child the more independent they will be. They may well need your support and may well need you to help organise them. Routines are essential to keep expectations high and engagement strong. Start with strong routines. Intersperse school time with some outdoor exercise-maybe go for a walk? (Joe Wicks is starting again I hear!) reading-everything and anything, music, arts and creativity. Make things as exciting as possible!
We know that there is a continued pressure on you as parents and carers. We realise that you will be pulled to work – either remotely or physically, please know that every effort you make with your children will greatly improve their experience and be incredibly valuable. Above all, try to have fun, remain, kind, calm and patient, as this will sometimes be difficult for all of us. We will know on the 22nd more!
We are still in this very much together and we can all try to help each other.
Thank you for your continued support of your child and our school.
See you at the gate (as soon as we can)