Winning House Team
As you will be aware from the national media, Government guidance is changing frequently to prevent the increase in cases and to limit the transmission of the Covid-19 virus. In locations where there are positive cases, Local Authority partnered with Public Health England and the Trust will work with schools to determine the need for any class bubble closures or wider adjustments.
Whilst we all really hope that this will not happen, I want to reassure you of the contingency planning that we have in place should the situation arise.
In the event of a closure of one or more bubbles, we will try to ensure that all children continue to access a full curriculum. We will do this using Google Classroom so that they can access lessons and resources wherever they are. All children are now used to this format, and teachers are continuing to use it for some tasks within school so that children remember how they should log in and find their set work.
If the class bubble closes down and all children have to work remotely, the teacher will:
Set work in subject folders in the classroom. There will be daily English, maths and a foundation subject activity which would closely reflect the normal timetable.
Use links to model and explain lessons where possible. Some examples may be recorded by our teachers so that children have things explained in the way they would within school. We will not be delivering ‘live’ lessons.
Add additional links to broader curriculum materials and wellbeing resources.
Send an invite to a weekly Google Hangouts ‘check in’ so that children can have a short conversation with their teacher and their friends, to review the week’s learning.
Children in Reception will have suggested activities posted on Tapestry, in line with the areas of learning in the EYFS curriculum, and should continue to follow their own areas of interest. There will also be regular Maths activities shared on Tapestry, with a number to study and investigate. All children will be given letter sounds to learn and write, in line with the Read, Write Inc. program, these will be shared on your child’s Google Classroom as Phonics lessons. Please continue to use Tapestry to communicate how they have engaged with these activities.
Any pupil who has difficulties accessing technology should contact their teacher or the school office and we will investigate alternative methods of providing work (such as paper-based worksheets).
If you wish to contact staff through this period, please use the firstname.lastname@example.org email address in the first instance as staff will be unable to monitor their emails through the day and the Tapestry/Google Classroom environments should not be used for contacting staff please.
Teachers will monitor the level of engagement in tasks, mark work submitted and return it to each child in their class every day and any additional parental requests for support will need to come via the admin email address.
If individual children have to self-isolate but their bubble remains open, teachers will share work via their Google account for them to access from home. We will endeavour to keep this as close to the full curriculum offer as possible, although it may not entirely reflect the tasks done in class due to limitations on resources, practical tasks etc.
In some instances, children will be invited to join their class via Google Meet sessions (for core maths and English learning). To safeguard all children and adults and enable those at home to join the relevant session with their class, we will need every child to sign and return an Acceptable Online Use Agreement (attached to this newsletter).
If your child has a Free School Meal entitlement, we will contact you to arrange collection of our grab a bag offer which will be issued twice a week initially. We will confirm this nearer the time.
It is important that if children are absent from school, they continue to read daily. Reading is a priority in school, and we would like you to continue making this a priority at home. All children in Key Stage Two will be given access to ‘Reading Plus’ - an online system that can be used at home and at school and Key Stage One and Reception Class children will be provided with access to materials to support the ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics program.
Please also be mindful that physical education and personal, social and health education also form part of our daily timetable, therefore we would not expect the activities we provide to take up the whole school day. Where appropriate and possible, children should undertake regular physical activity during the day.
Should the entire school close again, we envisage that we will again put provision in place for essential workers. This will be manned by school staff and appropriate safeguarding procedures will be in place. We will have an application and screening process in place to ensure that places are allocated appropriately. Children will form new bubbles within this provision. When in school, we will ask them to log into their Google Classroom and complete their set tasks. Staff will be on hand to offer support and guidance, but we will not be able to put on ‘lessons’ due to the breadth of different learning themes and abilities within mixed-aged bubbles. All other children will be expected to complete the tasks in their Google Classroom at home.
We appreciate that there is a lot of information to take in. We are busy creating home learning guides, which will clearly outline our expectations for each year group and will support you with the varying online programs the children will be using.
Please be reassured that we will do all that we can to remain open safely, and the above measures will only be implemented if we are instructed to do so by Health Authorities.