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5th February 2021

Home Learning Guidance and Expectations

February 2021

Dear parents/carers,

Home learning update and further guidance

 As we draw towards the end of this half term already, we would like to say a huge thank you to all parents and carers for your support and patience. Not only are you juggling your own jobs, you are continuing to encourage, support and motivate your children to access the home learning. We fully appreciate this is easier for some and more difficult for others, but we want to reassure you that we are here to help. You are all doing an amazing job, but please do get in touch should you need any further support. Dawn is here to help with food bank referrals, one off heating payments and any mental health concerns, and the teaching staff are doing all they can to offer guidance in terms of learning. The overwhelming feedback from staff has been that the vast majority of children learning at home are engaging and responding to the work that is being set. We have received some truly outstanding pieces of work and the staff are extremely proud of their efforts.

During some of our ‘welfare calls’ home, some parents have expressed that they are unsure about the amount of work expected to be returned to school. After discussions with the staff, we have outlined below the expectations for each year group in terms of maths, English and topic work.

Expectations

Nursery: 

Children watch the daily videos on Dojo and return at least one activity/photo per week. Children participate in the weekly ‘live’ Zoom lesson.

Reception:

Children watch the daily videos on Dojo and return at least one phonics, maths and topic activity per week. Children participate in the weekly ‘live’ Zoom session.

Years 1-6:

Children watch the daily Sway videos and complete the set work. Children participate in the weekly ‘live’ Zoom session.

Maths

In addition to the daily Sway work, each week there will be a Microsoft Quiz that should be completed. The quiz will mark itself and automatically return to staff. The staff will continue to answer queries and help with misconceptions each day. There is no need to return the daily Sway activities if the children have completed the work correctly. Please only send if there are any concerns.

English

Each week individual staff will identify one of the daily Sway activities as the weekly piece of work that should to be returned. This is not to say that work each day is not to be completed or returned so that the staff can approve or give some basic feedback.

Topic

Children complete the set challenges and should return at least one per week. We have had some fantastic, imaginative work so far and it is great to share what the children are producing at home.

Feedback

Some work that is returned will just be approved; others will get a thumbs up. If children need extra support to look again at misconceptions, the staff will provide feedback appropriately. In English, where a lengthy piece of writing needs detailed feedback, staff will ensure that this will be the submitted piece of work for that week.

 

As always, do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any of the points above clarifying. Please continue to do what you can, when you can, as the support you are providing at home will be invaluable longer term. If any families are still struggling with a lack of devices or data, please email the school office and we will do our best to help. Once again, thank you for all your support, stay safe and we hope to see you soon.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Diane Long

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