It's Friday and week 1 is complete! I would never have imagined that I would be sitting here writing a news letter on the first Friday back after this week's announcement of a third National Lockdown !
We have been "back" for a total of 4 days and yet have achieved so so much! Our school is now supplying remote live lessons to students at home and face to face to those children requiring a school place, based on the government criteria. This week hasn't been easy for anyone but remember that together we can do this!
For everyone who has accessed the learning this week thank you, teachers are working incredibly hard to continue the children's learning although in a different way. In the last newsletter I talked about the huge steps of progress the children had made since September and they can't let this period of Lockdown to affect this. Remote learning is not in place to pass time - it is in place to continue to support the children in continuing to make progress!
As a school we have a statutory duty to provide a remote education for our pupils and this includes taking attendance of children attending online sessions and Seesaw learning. As in school, attendance is an expectation and school will work with you to try and remove any barriers for this. If you require support please email firstname.lastname@example.org or message the school Facebook page.
I actually can't believe what we have achieved in a week! The learning that has taken place has been incredible; Literacy, Phonics, Maths, Art, History, Geography, Science, Music, French, PSHCE and RE! I even heard that Y3 children are taking turns to lead story time!
I've had a sneaky peek at the planning for next week and I am excited! I think I'm going to try and pop in to some lessons to see you all online next week!
Mrs Ainley is currently working to get reading books out to children so keep your eyes open for our delivery service coming soon!
Later in this news letter there is a full rundown of our remote learning approach to support you understand it a little more.
Please do keep talking to us, if you need help just ask!
Mrs Paddock x
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents/carers about what to expect from remote education during the National lockdown January 2021.
At WCPS, we pride ourselves on the high-quality remote education offer we provide for our children to ensure their learning continues to progress.
High expectation, high quality and high engagement are the key strands to home learning and we promote this throughout our remote education offer.
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, we are aware of some curriculum subjects may require specialist resources or equipment that would be unavailable to children self-isolating however where we can make adaptations we are to allow us to continue to offer a range of subjects.
Therefore, adaptations will be made to ensure that all children can access the curriculum with the resources available to them at home.
At WCPS, we want pupils, families and carers to be excited to engage with our remote learning provision, furthering their knowledge at home. More importantly, being enthused to share that with their teacher and their peers. This is where we believe this approach will truly thrive!
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work on Seesaw) will mirror the timetable for a usual school day as closely as possible.
Live teaching sessions will be streamed throughout the day and will provide a link to previous learning, an introduction to the context of the lesson and a model of learning and task that the children will be doing.
Children will then complete their personally- assigned activity on Seesaw and staff will provide individual feedback to children's responses to tasks.
Microsoft Teams is used to deliver live input sessions and Seesaw to complete activities.
Seesaw has been embedded throughout our teaching and learning practice in school so all children are comfortable with using this technology when accessing tasks
Individual children’s emails & logons to Microsoft Teams and Seesaw QR codes have been emailed out to parents and carers. If you require it resetting please message teachers through Seesaw.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
All parents and carers have been contacted to establish if any digital equipment would be required for children to fully access our remote education provision.
When a family may not have access to the internet we can provide a SIM card or 4G hub to provide data to use to stream the learning.
If you require any support accessing digital equipment, please contact school via:
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
As with in-school provision, we have the highest expectations of children's engagement. We expect all children to access our remote education provision for all sessions, and respond to tasks in a timely manner.
In regards to parental support, supporting school with setting routines to support your child’s education would be extremely beneficial in order to raise the engagement of your child with sessions.
All tasks will be created, set and pitched at the appropriate level for each individual child to ensure that they can engage with sessions independently.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Engagement with home learning is an expectation and not optional. As we record the sessions and through the use of Seesaw this access can be flexible to suit you. For example, if you have a child in more than one year group and only one device you can watch one live input and then access the recording from the other year group at a later time.
To reflect the same practice as in school, a daily register will be taken for each online session to check which children are:
- Present during online sessions
- Responding to and completing activities on Seesaw
If there are any circumstances arising where engagement is a concern, class teachers or SLT will contact parents/carers via phone call to discuss how we can support in raising the engagement of your child with our remote education provision.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or verbal comments via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.
Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
- Have the highest expectations of all pupils in relation to quality of work produced.
- Following the marking & feedback policy to mirror in-school practice.
- Provide written or verbal feedback via Seesaw.
- Ensure that children are aware of the next steps within their learning.
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?
At WCPS, we recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils.
Class teachers will provide opportunities for a personalised approach to learning for all groups including SEND so that activities are suitable to their abilities. Furthermore, our class teachers will work closely with families to deliver remote education for pupils with SEND, discussing how the personalised approach can be best adapted to meet the needs of those children as a dialogue between parents and practitioners.