School and home learning during Covid-19
Our school is currently only open to those children of key workers or those with an EHCP, children in nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Please email the office if you need more information about a school place at this time. All other children must stay at home and engage in home learning.
*Updated for Term 6 *
Changes at school for Term 6
We are delighted that children in nursery, reception, Year 1 and Year 6 are now back at school. These children will be taught by their class teacher and a small team of support staff will be with each class ‘bubble’. Here are some helpful documents and a short video to help you to understand the precautions we are taking to ensure the safety and well-being of children in school.
Our home learning plan
Home learning slides will continue to be provided for those children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5. To support with home learning our teachers will provide a daily timetable of activities supported with resources, videos and and suggested websites. In term 6 this will be one daily slide for the whole school. You will be able to follow links to year-group specific activities when appropriate. Your child’s class teacher will continue to be contactable throughout the term to answer your questions about home learning.
Your daily learning will be sent to you directly through Class Dojo. Some children may also be sent short lessons or activities from their intervention teacher to support them with their catch-up learning but this will be less frequent in Term 6.
Please visit your child’s class web page to find their timetable and links to spellings, maths clubs, the wider-curriculum activities and helpful websites suitable for the class. There are also links to ideas and activities that will support your child’s mental health and well-being at this unusual time.
Please support your child to complete their learning at home. You can message the teachers via Dojo if you have any questions or comments about the learning. Your feedback is really valuable and helps us to get it right for your child.
Please use the Student Portfolio facility on Dojo to upload your child’s learning. This will enable the teachers to view your child’s work and provide comments and feedback to them. We expect all children to ‘have a go’ with their home learning. You will be directed daily as to which learning to upload. In Term 6 we wont be able to provide as much feedback as we have during Term 5, but we will do our best!
We will also upload school prayers, Collective Worship, story time and celebrations.
This week’s home learning slides.
Your guide to home learning in Term 6
Schedule and timings
We do not expect your child to do 5 hours of intensive learning at home each day; aim for 1.5 to 3 hours spread over the day to include all types of activities. Please don’t just sit at the table with a workbook or device.
Divide the day into chunks of learning that work for your whole family. Children (and adults) thrive on routine so make a plan for the day. It will help children to focus on each task as they will know what is coming next and when they will be finished. We often talk to children about NOW and NEXT when they are finding a task difficult or would rather just play. “We are going to do some writing now and next we will make a lego model”.
A visual plan for the day can help younger children too. There are several plans on the internet that may work for you.
Movement breaks and exercise
Your child needs regular movement breaks and exercise. During a normal school day your children will be outside playing for 20% of their day and have frequent movement breaks throughout the learning time. In addition to this we have our PE lessons and daily run.
Exercise helps children to concentrate on their learning and will physically tire them out. Exercise doesn’t need to be directed, it can be time to play in the garden, but here are some useful links that will help you exercise inside:
Joe Wicks 5 Minute Move Kids Workout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3LPrhI0v-w
BBC Supermovers: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
We know that the first thing our children will ask is if they can watch TV, watch films, play on their x-box or consoles, look at YouTube, message their friends etc etc! There is obviously a time and a place for all electronic devices, including some learning activities such as Purple Mash and BBC Bitewise. We advise you to set times in your day when children are allowed to use their devices and that you agree to time limits on this.
Please check-in with your children frequently about their online use to ensure they are observing safe and respectful online behaviour and not accessing inappropriate online content.
Time for rest and play
This is very important and needs to be part of every day. Spend time eating together, talking together and playing. Not only will it provide a break from learning, it will also help to reassure children and provide some sense of normality in a very non-normal time. If your child gets creative in this time or learns a new skill then please let us know!
In these unusual times our children need to stay connected with their friends and family. Whilst we are unable to go on play-dates or meet in the park you will need to find alternative ways to stay connected. Try online group chats with your child – but remember to check the security settings. Some children are placing pictures of rainbows in their windows so that as friends walk by they can feel connected too.
Stay Safe and stay positive
Above all we want you and your children to stay safe and to stay positive. We want you to follow the rules and stay inside. We want you to remember that this is an unprecedented situation and no-one knows the rules yet – so be kind to yourself and don’t expect to get it right everyday. We are here to help so please send us a message if we can support in any way. You are not alone and there is a light at the end of the tunnel; normality will return and we want to be able to look back on these strange times and remember the good that has come from it.