When will my child need to learn from home?
- If your child has to self-isolate because of coronavirus
- If there’s a local lockdown and the school is advised to partially close or your child has to shield
How this will work?
Google Classroom is immediately accessible for all children in Y1-6 at Moulton Primary School.
We will be continuing to use our weekly learning plans. These will be uploaded each week onto Google Classroom. To access their virtual classroom, children will use the username login details issued previously. If you have any issues logging in, please do contact us for support. You will not be required to print out any worksheets if you are unable to do so. Worksheets will simply be used as a guide for presenting tasks, recording work on paper will be sufficient or on a device digitally if this works better for you. You may have documents to download or view in order to complete the task. You may be asked to send work back to the teacher, or comment on an activity with your ideas or how you got on. Your teacher will be monitoring your work, and may contact you or your parents to talk about how you are getting on.
1 - Short term absence – each GC has a ‘Home Learning Support’ area. Here you will find short tasks and website links aimed specifically at your child’s year group. This is a great place to look if your child is absent from school for a short period of time.
2 - Longer term absence (e.g 10-14 day period of isolation) – If your child has to isolate because of coronavirus, they will be able to log in to GC and access the class weekly plan, along with resources. This way, your child will be able to engage with the same learning as the rest of their class throughout their period of isolation and keep up with their learning. Teachers will be monitoring their virtual classroom, and in cases where children are isolating, will use GC to communicate and provide feedback to help support and motivate children.
We also direct families to Oak Academy and BBC Bitesize which provide online teaching videos and resources in line with each year group’s curriculum.
3 - Longer term absence – whole class isolation - If the whole class is isolating, GC will be used to provide regular contact with children and give feedback. We hope to do this through videos to set children up for their daily activities. Children will also be able to connect with their teacher and classmates by commenting in the ‘stream’ – this is where children will have the opportunity to ask questions and submit work online throughout the day. We want children to stay connected and keep in touch with school life during any prolonged periods of absence, and will upload any video recordings of assemblies for children to join in and watch at home too. We will use Google Meet to schedule live video sessions with the children so they can stay in touch with their class staff and one another. If possible, we will send home a learning pack (whiteboard/pen, reading books, exercise books) to support children at home during isolation periods.
Monitoring engagement with Remote Education
It is important that children engage with the remote education provided so that they don’t fall behind with their learning, however we do acknowledge that each family’s home circumstances are unique and there may be factors that affect engagement with home learning. These may include parents working from home or limited access to technology. Communication is essential and we would ask that if there are circumstances that mean a child cannot engage at least partially with the remote education that their parent informs the class teacher. We can then work together to find a means of providing remote education that works for your family’s circumstances.
What can I do to help my child?
Try to create a positive environment for your child to learn at home, for example:
- Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over
- Create and stick to a routine, as this is what your child is used to at school. For example, eat breakfast at the same time each morning and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day
- Stick a timetable up on the wallso everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day
- Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day to keep your child active. The change in structure to the usual school day may mean children can find it more challenging to motivate themselves and concentrate. Short bursts of learning or breaking down activities can help children.
- Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life
Safeguarding – our Acceptable Use Policy remains in place and outlines the appropriate conduct and behaviour that we expect online. Although many safety features have been enabled by our administrators, it is still the responsibility of parents to monitor what children are accessing online at home. We will continue to promote to children the importance of being responsible digital citizens and accessing age appropriate material and we appreciate parents supporting this at home with their children. If a user is not following our AUP or is behaving in an unacceptable manner, their account will be suspended or removed immediately.