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Ingoldsby Update January 2021

I would like to start off by expressing sincere congratulations to you as parents and to your children for such a fantastic effort made by all, to continue learning under such difficult circumstances.

I am in the unique position of being both a parent and teacher and I fully appreciate that remote learning is full of challenges for both the teacher, the parent and the pupils. My household has had it's fair share of tears, tempers and meltdowns these past few weeks! This is new for all of us and we are all using technology that we haven't before, which can be stressful.

At Ingoldsby we wish to ensure all our students keep learning whilst schools are closed due to COVID19; and we want to ensure no student gets behind because of a lack of digital devices or access to the internet. Please do let us know if you do not have enough devices or devices that are suitable for Teams and Google Classroom. Equally, contact your teacher if you wish to collect paper packs, exercise books or reading books.

Each week, as a staff we meet and discuss what has worked well and what we can do to improve our remote learning offer. After all, we expect at least another 4 weeks of learning from home.

In Key Stage 2, I have been amazed by the independence and drive that I've seen in lessons from pupils.

Pupils appear to have the best understanding and the most independence when they have been able to attend the morning meeting and live lessons. We hope to build on these live elements over the next week and increase the amount of interaction that we offer to pupils which reduces the pressure on parents to do the explaining!

This helps us to know when pupils are struggling to complete tasks or if they are struggling to find motivation for a particular unit.

Using Microsoft Teams- a quick reminder

On a laptop/ Chromebook, type primary.dret.cloud

Click on Microsoft Teams and login using your child's DRET email and password.

Remember to mute the microphone before entering the meeting.

Kestrels: 9.00am, Falcons: 9.20am, Buzzards: 9.30

Alternatively you can download the app onto an ipad or smartphone.

If you are struggling with microphones or devices, please do let us know!

Our IT team will be able to help with technical difficulties. Type parent.dret.cloud and select the 'I need help accessing Home Learning' button.

Assembly Shout Outs

We want to restart the parent nominations for Assembly. If you are particularly proud of your child this week and think they deserve a special mention, email mcapes@ingoldsbyacademy.co.uk.

Enrichment Challenge

Testing

Bi-weekly covid-19 testing begins this week for staff.

If any staff member working in school tests positive to Covid-19, the school bubble will close and isolation guidelines will be followed.

Credits:

Created with images by Myriams-Fotos - "marigold flower dewdrops" • 377053 - "mac freelancer macintosh" • Anatoly777 - "photoshop manipulation collage"