Lockdown Arrangements from tomorrow

5th January 2021

By now, you should be all set for Remote Learning to start from tomorrow and most families have picked up their packs and Chromebooks.  In total, over the course of a typical day, your child should be doing 3 hours of core learning (English, Maths and another subject set by a teacher) and up to another hour on reading, times tables and Joe Wicks' PE sessions (this starts on Monday).  All information on accessing Remote Learning is in the packs and Mrs Wall and myself will be on hand tomorrow morning over the phone should you have any technical issues.
 
Children in Priority Groups
 
The school will open from 8.55am tomorrow and staff will be leading this in pairs.  The children do not need to wear school uniform.  Please come to the front door to enter the building if you deem your child to be in a priority group.  The general rule this time is if there is an adult at home, then the children should stay at home.  Our aim is to minimise the numbers of children and staff coming into the building at one time.  We thank you for your cooperation in this.
 
Phone Calls
 
Over time, we will build up our online presence through whole class socials, storytimes and assemblies.  We want to spend this initial period making online learning a great success.  Teachers will be phoning up to check in on families regularly but some children will be getting phone calls from our Teaching Assistants, 2-3 times a week.  This is to coach specific children and check in with how they are getting on.   As part of this, the TAs will ask your child to do a little reading from their reading book down the phone.  We hope this is ok and we want you to see this as a supportive measure.  These children will receive their first phone call by the end of this week.  If you don't hear, then assume your child is not in this group.  Also, in line with safeguarding rules, the number will appear as an unknown number.
 
As ever, you can email teachers if you have questions or concerns.  We are here to help.  Our aim in this lockdown is to have improved our Remote Learning offer and to support children both academically and emotionally to be successful.  We will also be having a big celebration of lockdown work when we return so children must understand that high standards of effort and presentation is required.
 
Remember, you all did a fantastic job last time and we are sure you will be fantastic again.
 
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