LATEST PARENT/CARER INFORMATION

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Home learning if a bubble or school is closed / goes into lockdown:

If a bubble closes or school enters a lockdown, it is important that pupils continue their learning at home. Therefore, class teachers will share pupils’ work which they can complete whilst they are at home via Tapestry (Nursery and Reception) and Google Classroom (Years 1, 2, 3 and 4).

Nursery and Reception:

On Tapestry there will be:

-          Play based activities to try at home with an adult. These may be linked to phonics, early number recognition etc.

Parent/carers will need to log on to Tapestry to view these activities. Photos and comments of the pupils completing the activities can be shared on Tapestry for the class teacher to view.

Pupils in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4

On Google Classroom there will be:

-          A daily maths activity (E.g. White Rose video lesson, Numbots or TimesTable Rockstars challenge)

-          A daily English activity  (Phonics, reading, spellings)

-          A weekly science activity linked to the half term topic

-          Ideas for topic related activities e.g. a topic grid for children to choose activities from.

 

Pupils, with the help of the adults at home, will need to log on to their year group Google Classroom to access their learning. Once they have completed any of the activities, click ‘mark as done’ as this will let the class teacher know that it has been completed. Teachers will then look at any work/comments which are shared and uploaded onto Google Classroom with them and write a reply in the comment box.

 

Usernames and Passwords for logging on to Tapestry and Google Classroom have been sent home and pupils in Years 1-4 should already be accessing their weekly homework activities on these. If you have any difficulty logging on to Tapestry or Google Classroom/School 360, please contact the school office via email and we can arrange support for this.

Earlier in the year the government asked for information about children who did not have access to technology. Unfortunately they have only released the equipment to specific groups (pupils in care and certain year groups in secondary schools). However, as soon as we have an official closure, school can re-apply for technology for these pupils (see appendix 1).

 

Appendix 1

From Department for Education: Education and childcare during coronavirus Guidance

Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19) 4TH September 2020

‘In the event of disruption to face to face education at schools due to coronavirus (COVID-19), DfE can provide support to help disadvantaged children and young people who are otherwise unable to access remote education.

Examples of this include disadvantaged children:

  • with no digital devices in their household
  • whose only available device is a smartphone
  • with a single device in their household that’s being shared with more than one other family member
  • who do not have a fixed broadband connection at home

Schools, maintained schools, academy trusts and hospital schools, as well as further education providers who have enrolled 14 to 16 year olds, are included within this offer. They will receive an allocation of devices to be used to support disadvantaged pupils in the following groups if they do not have access to a digital device through other means:

  • pupils in years 3 to 11
  • clinically extremely vulnerable children across all year groups who are shielding on official advice
  • children in all year groups unable to access remote education whilst attending school on a hospital site

Orders can be placed when:

  • face to face education within a school is disrupted following official advice
  • a school supports a clinically extremely vulnerable child who is shielding following official advice
  • a school is supporting disadvantaged children who live in an area subject to local restrictions which means they’re unable to attend.’
Parents/Carers,
You may have heard about the issue regarding the demand for tests and the resulting shortages. Here is a message from Public Health England and the NHS which schools have been asked to share:
 
 
To ensure we identify those with coronavirus while avoiding a huge increase in demand for tests from people without coronavirus symptoms, we ask that you recommend to your pupils, students and staff who feel unwell, that they get tested if:
 
they develop one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms:
*a high temperature
*a new, continuous cough
*the loss or change of their sense of taste or smell, or
they are recommended to get tested by a healthcare provider (e.g. GP or nurse)
If a pupil, student or staff member develops one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms described above, only they should be tested. There is no need for their households to have a test, unless they are also symptomatic. Unless a pupil, student or staff member has one of the three main coronavirus symptoms, they should only be tested if instructed otherwise by the local authority, health protection team or their GP. As schools and colleges across England return, pupils and students may feel unwell for example with a sore throat, stomach upset or a headache. These pupils and students don’t need to book a test but may need to stay off school or college and seek medical advice through their GP or pharmacist as usual. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Here are the details for start and end times next week. We open for pupils in Reception - Y 4 on Wednesday 2nd September.
8.45am - Years 2, 3 and 4 will come into school via the driveway entrance. Only 1 adult is permitted to enter with the children however we are ideally looking for children to come in through the gates unaccompanied and line up in their designated area.
9.00am - Nursery, Reception and Year 1 will come into school via the pedestrian entrance. Only 1 adult is permitted to enter to collect the children.
2.45pm - Years 2, 3 and 4 will exit school via the driveway entrance. Only 1 adult is permitted to enter to collect the children.
1pm Reception children will exit via the pedestrian gate (2pm on week two, 3pm on week three onward). Only 1 adult is permitted to enter to collect the children.
3.00pm - Year 1 will exit school via the pedestrian entrance. Only 1 adult is permitted to enter to collect the children.
When Nursery children start on their allotted days: Midday - Nursery to be collected via the pedestrian entrance. Only 1 adult is permitted to enter school and wait on the yard to collect nursery
children.
Adults will need to socially distance from each other at all times.