Remote learning in relation to covid-19
Since reaching the UK in late January 2020, the Corona Virus has changed many aspects of our lives. One way it has done this is as a result of the infectious nature of the disease and the drive to suppress the infection rate, a national lockdown in the UK meant large numbers of children were educated at home for a period of months, following programmes prescribed by their teachers, largely through remote learning. Although we hope this does not occur again, it is sensible to plan ready for the eventuality as well as supporting learning during periods of self-isolation so that all children are provided with high quality learning which is based around what would have happened had they have been learning in their classroom.
When should I expect a Home Learning pack?
Home learning will be provided for children when:
A child is absent and awaiting a test if deemed well enough by adults at home.
A child is isolating at home due to the 'test and trace system'.
A child is isolating due to a bubble being sent home.
A second lockdown takes place.
We will not send home learning for children when:
A child has tested positive for COVID-19 and deemed unwell.
Home learning will be sent home weekly.
What will our Home Learning packs contain?
Home learning packs will be emailed to adults from a class email. If a whole class is closed, a dojo post will also be sent out.
Our home learning packs will contain:
Phonics - If appropriate for the child - A daily video phonics session will be shared alongside appropriate work.
English - Based on in-class learning, activities will be provided to support coverage at home.
Maths - Based on in-class learning, activities will be provided to support coverage at home.
Other Areas - Larger projects linked to wider curriculum areas will be set for children to develop skill and enhance understanding of key aspects of the wider curriculum
Where can I receive further support?
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.