Remote Learning During School Closure
School Closure Period
Following the recent Government announcement, Wath Central is currently closed for the foreseeable future, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Government has stated that “The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVED0-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government have asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible and schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.”
This includes children of front-line staff, if they can be kept at home safely.
During the period of closure, we will be communicating with adults and children through our online communication system ClassDojo. As a school, we have made the decision to set two English, two Maths and two wider curriculum activities each week. These activities will be set on Monday morning. Additional challenges and competitions will also take place through the week. See tips and support below for using ClassDojo at Wath Central.
Work can be completed in the book sent home following completion of the school packs sent home at the start of the school closure. Teachers are available to give feedback and set additional challenges once activities have been completed. We will be using Dojo portfolios to review work or alternatively our class email addresses which are available on our ClassDojo pages. As always, we are here to help so please message class teachers if you have any concerns or issues.
In addition to the weekly set tasks, we will also be encouraging participation in competitions such as Motivation Monday challenges linked to sport and Figure It Out Friday linked to Science.
There have been lots of online resources made available for children to access at home. We have compiled a list of some suggestions.
Wellbeing and Safeguarding at Home
We appreciate that this is a difficult time for all, both children and adults. Please see below some useful ideas for supporting your family at home during the school closure period.
Try not to worry about the limits of your own knowledge, and how you’ll be able to teach your children subjects and topics that you don’t understand yourself. Rather than letting it overwhelm you, own up to the fact that you don’t know something, and use it as an opportunity to learn with your child. You might be surprised what they can teach you, and explaining their work to you will consolidate their knowledge.
Don’t be too rigid in your approach to home learning. Many adults have tried to timetable the day as it would be at school, but this will lead to burn out and frustration for you and your child, as it’s far too intense. Trying to do too much will only deter your child from learning.
It’s normal for your child to behave differently for you than they would with their class teacher, so don’t be discouraged if they push back against home learning. Discuss the situation with them, and encourage them to help plan their learning activities. This will help them to feel like a partner in the process, rather than simply being made to do it by Mum or Dad.
If your child struggles to adapt, try introducing activities slowly, starting with just one or two a day. You might also want to create a simple reward system to encourage them to complete activities.
Plan breaks and free time around the learning activities. Encourage your child to play board games, build with Lego, play in the garden and bake. You’ll be surprised by how much English, maths and science can be incorporated into a good creative play session.
Keep reminding yourself that there’s no single right way of doing this. This is a very unique set of circumstances, and we’ll all find a way through it in different ways. Remember, whether or not they’re engaged in homework, your child will be learning from you, and showing resilience, determination and flexibility will equip your child with skills for life.
Most importantly, remember to make memories and spend time as a family. Use the additional time to grow closer, make each other smile and enjoy being together.