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Letters to parents: Learning

Friday 22nd January 2021

Dear parents and carers of our home learners

Thank you for taking the time to respond to our survey. Last week OFSTED released guidance about effective remote learning.  There is no one preferred strategy by the inspectorate; schools must use what they know about the children and families within their community when creating their offer.

Using your feedback, we have further refined some of our systems. The Home Learning overviews should be easier for you to navigate, with clear links for teaching, and the intended learning for the lesson made clear, with a suggested timing. As always, a teacher for your child’s year group is available throughout the school day and will support and clarify as required.

Whilst the majority of you responded positively with the current remote learning arrangements, a small number of parents requested live teaching. This is not something we are looking to do at the moment for a number of reasons, including:

- Not all families have the technology available to allow all their children and adults to be working on their own device throughout the day. It is an unreasonable expectation of families (e.g.  some families will have one laptop/tablet for all members of the family) and as a school we do not have the ability to provide sufficient numbers of devices to all children.  By doing pre-recorded lessons it means that children can access the learning at a time that suits them and the rest of their household.

- It eliminates any issues that there might be with Wi-Fi (especially if a number of family members are using their devices all at once)

- Managing all the needs of a class of around 30 children over the internet is very difficult, especially at primary age. By doing pre-recorded lessons all children can watch the video at their own pace and complete the work at their own pace.

- Children can pause the video and go back to sections of it if they need clarification on an aspect of the learning.

I would like to take the opportunity to assure you all, that all teachers appreciate that home learning is not an easy task. I know that there are some days which will run smoothly, and there are others when nothing seems to be going right. On these days, engage with what you can, and try not to feel guilty if you don’t manage everything on the schedule.

Ask for help if you need it. We can help you explore ways to resolve any issues you may be having. We are all in this together.

Kind regards

Mrs Kelly Collins, Deputy Headteacher

 

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Friday 8th January 2021

 

Year 1 – 6 Remote Learning

Dear Parents and Carers at home

As we return to remote learning, I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed by the task in front of you, and I certainly don’t want it to cause unrest and angst in the family household.

Teachers are available by email or phone every day, from 9.00 am – 3.00 pm to support you and to provide further explanation to tasks if you require. The year group team has been separated. One is teaching critical worker children, the other is available to support you while you are delivering the learning at home. The teaching in school will mirror the remote learning that we are sending home.

Teaching will take place by either directing your child to nationally published teaching resources or through pre-recorded explanations from the year group teacher. I hope you find your daily hello and explanation helpful, along with the combination of published and school made resources.

What to expect:

Staying connected

Teachers will send a video at the start of each day setting your child up for a day of learning

English: Reading and writing

Teaching and tasks will be provided daily

Maths

Teaching and tasks will be provided daily

Wider Curriculum

Teaching and tasks will be taken from across the curriculum and set over the course of the week

Assessment and support

Teachers are expecting to receive emails and pictures of work. They will give feedback, and will be in contact with households regularly

Social time

You will be sent an invite to join your child’s class during a weekly zoom call. This will be fun, light and a chance to keep those at home connected. Please ensure that there is an adult present at home during the call.

There is not a nationally preferred response to home learning.  Some schools are providing ‘live lessons’ through the day.   The leadership team has made the decision not to undertake ‘live teaching’. There are various reasons for this; principally, it commits your child to particular times to be online through the day. This is not easy to facilitate in some households, with multiple children and where technology is shared.

Our remote learning package we hope, allows you to support the learning needs of all your children, around your own work requirements and family needs.

We have no idea how long this lock down will continue for and we are expecting to work in this way until February half term at the earliest.  We all need to find a new routine and pay attention to our wellbeing. Teaching in this way is the preference of very few! Mrs Baillie and a member of the leadership team are available for you, if you need us. Lock down can be a lonely world.

Myself and the leadership team will add a daily hello to the class webpage to let your child/children know that they are still part of Croyland and that we are thinking of them daily. When I need to share further information with you, it will be shared by text.

Your children working at home will by not be forgotten!

Kind regards

Miss Deakin                                      Mrs Collins

Headteacher                                     Deputy Headteacher

 

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Reception Remote Learning

 

Dear Parents and Carers at home

This is certainly not what we hoped for, in your child’s first year at school, but we want you to know that we are here for you. Teachers are available by email or phone every day, from 9.00 am – 3.00 pm to support you and to provide further explanation to tasks if you require it. The year group team has been separated. One is teaching critical worker children, the other is available to support you while you are delivering the learning at home.

What to expect:

Staying connected

Teachers will send a video at the start of each day setting your child up for a day of learning, including a daily challenge

English: Reading and writing

Daily Phonics lesson and activity

Maths

Maths teaching video and follow up activity

Wider Curriculum

Activities will be sent over to enrich play as they work towards the early learning goals

Assessment and support

Teachers are expecting to receive emails and pictures of work. They will give feedback, and will be in contact with households regularly

Social time

You will be sent an invite to join your child’s class during a weekly zoom call. This will be fun, light and a chance to keep those at home connected. Please ensure that there an adult is present at home during the call.

We must emphasise that the most important element of the reception year at school is PLAY! So much learning naturally comes from this, and you will find that many of the activities set by the teachers encourage children to develop and learn in this way.

There is not a nationally preferred response to home learning.  Some schools are providing ‘live lessons’ throughout the day.   The leadership team has made the decision not to undertake ‘live teaching’. There are various reasons for this; principally, it commits your child to particular times to be online through the day, and this is not easy to facilitate in some households, with multiple children and where technology is shared. Your support to your child can then be prioritised around other siblings in the household, and your own work requirements and family needs.

We have no idea how long this lock down will continue for and we are expecting to work in this way until February half term at the earliest.  We all need to find a new routine and pay attention to our wellbeing. Teaching in this way is the preference of very few! Mrs Baillie and a member of the leadership team are available for you, if you need us. Lock down can be a lonely world.

Myself and the leadership team will add a daily hello to the class webpage to let your child/children know that they are still part of Croyland. When I need to share further information with you, it will be shared by text.

Your children working at home will by no means be forgotten.

 

Miss Deakin                                      Mrs Collins

Headteacher                                     Deputy Headteacher

 

 

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