As we are now well into the lockdown and remote learning we wanted to keep in contact with the expectations set for school by the Government and the Department of Education and what support/contact you can expect of school as we continue throughout this period, especially as we are still unsure when we will be able to be fully open to all of you. It is vital that we continue to stick together, support each other and keep in contact with school and the children’s learning.
As previously explained:
In the light of the new lockdown, the expectations of the remote learning package set by the Government and the Department of Education is as follows:
Set learning tasks so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects.
• Set work that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, and as a minimum:
Primary: 3 hours a day, on average, across the school cohort.
• Provide frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher or through high-quality curriculum resources or videos; school will be making face to face contact throughout the day.
• Have systems for checking, daily, whether pupils are engaging with their work and inform parents immediately where engagement is a concern. This will be through the two registration points, 9.30 and 1.30, as well as making themselves available to support throughout the day.
School will, in line with the attendance policy, contact parents through Dojo by 2pm if there has been no contact via Zoom and Seesaw; this will be followed by a text sent from the office if there is no response by the end of the day. A phone call will be made the following day by 10.00 am if there has still been no contact. This will be followed by a home visit if we are unable to speak to or see your child or a parent. If your child, becomes consistently disengaged with their learning, despite support offered by school, the EWO will be informed and will become involved to support yourselves and school to reengage your child with the learning as per the Governments guidance and expectations.
Support and expectations:
As you know, the expectations are very high from the Government and obviously ourselves at High View. We want and need to offer the same quality of learning for every pupil regardless of where they are in their educational journey or where they are accessing their education, be this at home or at school. The educational offer has to be the same so no child is disadvantaged. As a school, we have now ensured, through the DFE providing school with 41 laptops, data cards and now with the purchase of additional tablets, that every child in school has the equipment to access Seesaw, Zoom calls and resources to complete their work. The platform Seesaw allows the staff and pupils to have access to the learning tasks, assess work, give and receive feedback and allows all parties to communicate with each other. The Zoom calls are equally valuable as the children get to feel connected to their class and the adults, and still feel very much a part of the team. They allow questions to be asked and opportunities for teachers to provide further support or explanations, teaching is shared and pupils can interact with each other. The timetables provided allow parents and pupils to know what is necessary to be completed on the daily basis. There is also information on our website for support.
Each day every child should access and complete the following learning tasks:
-Physical Activity throughout the day (screen down time and outdoor if possible for Vitamin D and well-being)
- All other learning activities.
The top four learning tasks are non-negotiable and should be done daily.
1:1 Zoom calls with staff:
Also, if you have 1:1 Zoom sessions, please can you ensure that your child attends. If there is an issue in doing this please contact the teacher prior to the requested time, as some staff are now sitting waiting and no one turns up, when they could have been working with other pupils.
Finally, what I really want to say and share is thank you and huge congratulations to all the children, parents and childcare bubbles that are supporting the learning at home. Like the rest of you, we all want our pupils back in school and learning as a whole but unfortunately this is not yet possible. You are doing amazingly well; you are supporting the learning of your children and we are, and always will be, forever grateful to you for this.
Thank you for your continued support.
Miss T Smith