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Home Learning

St. Andrew’s Home learning Expectations

The expectation is that children can access home learning when they are self-isolating. However, we understand that this can be challenging depending on your circumstances. If you have a worries or concerns then please contact the school office or the class teacher. Children who are not in school because they are unwell (self-isolating or not) will not be expected to do any home learning.

A home learning timetable will be displayed on the website for you to access weekly.  The timetable is based on 3 sessions a day; English, Maths and a Curriculum session.  We would expect these to be broken up throughout the day with breaks/lunch times and time to share a story or book.  The timetable is based on the week’s overview, however, please be guided by your child if they have already done an activity in school. The Maths and English will show progression through the week, however the curriculum lessons are taught on different days in each class so you can swap this about.

Within the overview there will be suggested activities with support and challenge ideas if your child needs them. Some of the activities the children will not be able to access independently as in school they would have worked with a small group or it would be teacher lead activity.

We will be sending home books for the children to do their work in, which can be kept in their reading bags each day.  KS1 will be sending home some resources for the children to use and help them with the learning to be kept at home.

Children may be isolating for many reasons:

Reason A – Child is isolating due to family member having had a positive test (14 days)

Reason B – Class bubble from school is closed due to a member of the class having had a positive test (14 days)

Reason C – Child at home awaiting results from a test – return to school if negative – if positive then reason B applies

Reason D – Child is having to quarantine - this should only apply to children who were away in another country during the school holidays but guidance changed while they were away.

Reason E – Advice from doctors is that the child is to shield due to health vulnerabilities

Reason F – Child is isolating due to family member awaiting a result from a test – if result is negative return to school, if positive then reason A applies.

What can you expect from school if your child is isolating?

If your child is isolating for reason A or E they will be emailed the home learning overview along with their class teacher’s email so they can contact them with any worries or concerns. Please forward any photos or work to the class teacher for feedback. The teacher will respond to any emails within 24 hours as they will still be in school teaching. The class teacher will also phone the pupil for a wellbeing chat weekly.

If you child is isolating for reason B they will be emailed the home learning overview along with their class teacher’s email so they can contact them with any worries or concerns. . Please forward any photos or work to the class teacher for feedback. The teacher will respond to any emails within the school day as they will isolating as well. The class teacher will do a daily zoom session; parents will be emailed the passwords and ID at 9am for a 9.30am start. Where possible, these will be live sessions with the class teacher but if circumstances do not allow this, it will be another member of staff. The class teacher will also phone the pupil for a wellbeing chat weekly.

If your child is isolating for reason C, D or F they will be emailed the home learning overview along with their class teacher’s email so they can contact them with any worries or concerns. Please forward any photos or work to the class teacher for feedback. The teacher will respond to any emails within 24 hours as they will still be in school teaching.

What will the Zoom sessions consist of?

The daily zoom session is available for whole classes who are having to isolate, it is not essential that you attend. Where possible, these will be led by the teachers who normally support them in school as they will also be isolating. The zoom session will not be a virtual lesson, they will be an outline of the home learning for the day from the overview, an opportunity to discuss work completed on the previous day and a well-being catch up.

Zoom etiquette

  • You will receive the meeting ID and password at 9am before the zoom session starts at 9.30am.
  • Please can you make sure the log in name displays your child’s name. You can change it by right clicking on the name displayed on screen and select rename.
  • Please make sure an adult is present in the room while the sessions takes place. They do not have to be in view of the screen.
  • No 1:1 sessions will take place, only class groups
  • Staff and children must wear suitable clothing, but uniform is not expected (no pyjamas please).
  • Any computers used should be in appropriate areas, for example, not in bedrooms; and where possible be against a neutral background
  • Language must be professional and appropriate, including any family members in the background
  • The sessions will last for approximately 20 minutes – You will have the option to stop sharing the video or mute or leave early if you need to.
  • All zoom sessions will be recorded for safeguarding reasons, the head teacher will have access to all zoom sessions.
  • When the children log on they will have a couple of minutes to say hello to their friends and the teacher will mute them all when the session begins.
  • Staff may share their screen with you, they may ask the children to join in by showing the gesture buttons or even answer using the comment box.

NB: If you do not have access to zoom, please can you let the school know and we will try and support you in other ways.

Kind Regards

Mrs Barnes

Headteacher