The current advice from the Government is that you keep your child at home and do not let them socialise. Passing your child from place to place endangers wider family networks, our staff and their families. Using this service is the opposite of this advice, which is why it is only for key workers we have contacted, who have no choice. If you can keep your child at home then you must.
I fully appreciate that most of our parents (if not all) are key workers under the government definition and from 2am Friday morning we have tried our best to make emergency child care provision. This has placed a great burden on our school and staff. We have had to take many difficult decisions which are not in keeping with our training or ethos of the school.
An outline of the Emergency Child Care setting provision:
• We will not be teaching and will only be using the home learning materials
• There are no lessons
• We will not be providing special needs interventions
• No uniform will be worn
• The routines will be different
• Children will be in family groups and not necessarily in year groups
• Social distancing will be a priority and infection control will be prioritised
Your support and understanding is greatly appreciated at this highly difficult and anxious time for us all.
Hopefully you are starting to find and develop routines which are working for you and your child whilst you are at home. Remember though it is still early days, so where it is not working do not worry. Some children are early birds and like to start the day quickly, others are slower to get going and while the weather is good, it is worth planning when you can go for a walk or exercise.
Meanwhile the teachers are busy in the background updating the VLE, checking and answering messages, sharing ideas and helping with any lost access. Most recently, the teachers have started recording short podcasts for the children (and sometimes adults). Hearing a familiar voice can provide reassurance and help guide ideas for learning. I know that the teachers have also enjoyed hearing each other chat on the podcasts. Any podcasts that are useful can be revisited and listened to again.
Some of the staff are going to record themselves reading books or sections of books to be listened to.
Summary of Home learning
The offline home learning offer will have:
- 2 CGP workbooks for core areas.
- Photocopied work for maths as revision and some new topics.
- A new exercise book to record home learning and ideas.
- Photocopies for work in other curriculum areas such as science.
The online home learning offer will have:
- The website provides an overview and advice on approach with parents. Read this first.
- There are general resources which include frequently or daily used websites. It also includes some useful websites for other curriculum areas, such as History or PE.
- Specific videos made by the teachers in reception and year 1 for support in phonics.
- The website is separated into year groups. For each year group there is a suggested timetable for each day and resources. Timetables will be released every two weeks. The timetable references the resources you will need.
- The timetable will have allocated slots for Mathletics, SPAG.com and Spelling Frame.
- Bug Club – To support reading skills at home we have purchased access to Bug Club. This is an online reading resource and books will be allocated by your child’s class teacher. (Additional guidance for log on will be sent).
How we will communicate with you and your child
- For children – the teachers will use the VLE to message children (not parents) and respond to any questions that they might have. This will be checked by the teacher each school day (unless they are unwell).
- For parents/children – Access to learning resources will be on the website. Rest assured there is a lot of information and work on here. We have provided guides but these are not compulsory and just a guide (while you and your child are well).
- For parents – we will write to you regularly through email and post these newsletters on our website.
- For parents/children - Through Twitter the teachers will communicate broadly about learning experiences and share thoughts and ideas on a weekly basis.
- For parents enquiries – Please use the school office email: email@example.com
Neil Le Feuvre
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