School Closure 2020 - Covid 19.
On the first of June 2020, we are opening school to reception and the children of keyworkers. The children will need to maintain social distancing guidance of 2m from each other and staff. A risk assessment that includes available space and staff means that we cannot take more than 25 children under the current guidelines. The guidance is ever changing and we are responding in order to meet the needs and safety of our children. We will continue to communicate directly with you through email but should you have any queries any of the staff would be happy to answer them if they can.
All staff are in school from Monday, working their usual hours. They are working with three groups, known as bubbles. The allocated staff stay with their bubble throughout the day/week. Further information about returning to school was sent out to parents detailing the arrangements who will be returning this half term.
For those who are home schooling, a letter has also been sent out detailing how you and your child will be supported over the half term. The biggest change is that the home learning is now attached to the children's class page - accessed through more/classes in the top menu.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I know that my child is doing enough? Everyone's home situation is different so we have made the decision as a school not to set daily tasks that need to be submitted to their teacher every day. Your teacher will have set work and activities here for a 2 week period and will have provided a suggested timetable for those who would like to add more structure to the day. We appreciate that many of our families have pupils in more than one class and for some more than one school, which makes accessing the timetable even more challenging on top of parents needing to work from home. We are happy for you to adapt what we provide, omit parts and for the children to join in with each others learning.
Emotional Well-being is paramount in these unprecedented circumstances, so you are succeeding at home learning if you are creating new memories and maximising on having the time together. When school returns we will work tirelessly to ensure that this period of closure does not impact on the children's progress and emotional well being.
Will my children's work be seen and marked by the teacher? We do not have the technology for children to upload work, but the teachers welcome updates from the children with photographs if you wish. When school reopens they would really like to see everything that they have completed.
What can I do if my child has completed all of their reading books? If your child brought reading books home at the start of lock down and would like to swap them please contact school and we can arrange a time to visit school, adhering to social distancing rules, and swap your books. Online books can be accessed via Epic (see below for further details.)
There is so much on the home learning page, I don't know where to start. We will upload new activities by subject on a 2 weekly cycle. New learning will be added over the weekend and the previous learning will be removed. If you need to use anything after it has been removed, contact your child's teacher who will be happy to email it to you. We have also separated the page into classes. This will hopefully mean less scrolling to your child's activities. Links to the class content are below.
My child is struggling with a subject, learning independently using the PowerPoints or emotionally. Your first point of contact is you class teacher who will be able to offer some advice with your child's needs in mind. We are happy to talk to children over the phone or via zoom so do not hesitate to ask. Children will find the PowerPoints for foundation subjects a little dry without the teacher and their peers to bring them alive. They are useful for parents in terms of subject knowledge and do contain some activities for the children. It is not compulsory to use them, your child may want to join in with work set by their siblings teacher, use the topic area as a basis and adapt it to their own learning style, or use the topic grid for alternative activities within the subject.
The children at school have access to a teacher to support their learning.
Miss Johnson and Miss Morris have worked hard to ensure that the children at home have access to the same learning resources that they will be teaching from in class, but we acknowledge that it is difficult to balance this with your own work and other children. We have responded to feedback and tried our best to adapt what we offer in response to this learning. Please continue to contact your child's teacher if you need any further support.
home learning by class
Year 1 and 2
Miss Johnson has created a Year 1 and 2 home learning page which you can access here.