It is clear that over the next few weeks and months, that we may have to close bubbles and the children will have to carry out learning activities at home. After the Government announcement over the weekend about the rising cases this seems almost inevitable and there may yet be a full National Lockdown that closes schools. We are doing everything we can in school to maintain social distancing in a bid to avoid any closures.
However, we need to be prepared if we do have to close bubbles and so, as a staff, we have put together a plan of what will happen should we have to close in any form. The following document explains in detail what will happen in a range of scenarios. Please take the time to read it as the expectation is that children will continue with their learning as best they can while at home. This will mean that parents will need to support their children. In order to make this easier, we are continuing with Purple Mash and the other websites we used during the first lockdown.
Home Learning in the Second National Lockdown
The changes to the way in which the Government has organised the Lockdown this time has meant that we have changed our approach to home learning. It is our intention to maintain as much of our normal curriculum in school, with some adaptions and modifications, and link this as closely to our remote learning as possible. There will be a mixture of live lessons, recorded lessons, the use of specific adaptive online programmes and the sites we used during the first lockdown. Click on the links below for more information;
At this time of increased use of online resources it means our children are spending much more time on their computers. In many ways this is a good thing but it may also lead to them being complacent about being online. Below are a few links you could use to help support your child being safe online.
- Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
- Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
In the Event of a Bubble Closing
We know that many of you are very familiar with our Purple Mash website, and the children certainly are as they have been using it in school, so we are continuing with it as our online learning platform should we need to close bubbles or indeed the whole school.
If a bubble has to close we will;
- Email a timetable for the rest of the first week with work that needs to be completed.
- Mark the work that the children have done and give them ways to improve their work as appropriate.
- Share a story with the children weekly.
- Phone you regularly to see if there are any issues or problems that we can help with.
- Monitor the amount of time children are spending on their work and make phone calls to offer support if little work is being completed.
- Be available through the class emails to offer support and deal with issues you may have.
- Expect parents to support their children in their learning.
For further and more in depth details of our plan please click on the link above.