Junior School Remote Learning FAQs

Managing Home Learning during this Challenging Time

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you and your families are all keeping well.

I am writing to clarify some of the expectations around home learning. I would like to start by thanking all of you for your patience and encouragement during this challenging time. We are all trying to find a way through this new way of working and it is hard to get the right balance.

Thank you to everyone who completed our online survey.  We have taken that feedback, along with feedback that you have given to teachers, have made some adaptions and have put together answers to the following questions:

I don’t know what work my child should do and when?

Please log on to the school website and visit the Remote Learning page.  Each week, new work will be posted under your child’s year group.  As of next week, following feedback, we have asked all year groups to attach a timetable to the weekly overview – giving suggested times that can be spent on various tasks.  This is a guide only and does not have to be followed.

Does all the work have to be completed?

Simple answer – NO.

As a school, we want to give you opportunities to help your children at home, but please do not feel that you need to complete everything that is being put on the website. All of the activities and ideas are just suggestions for work.  We fully understand how busy you all must be during this time, so please do not feel that all the learning sent out has to be finished.  If you feel that there is alternative work that your child would prefer, please feel free to do this.

The wellbeing of you and your children is more important than completing school work.

Can my child have some feedback on their work?

All pupils are invited to email their teacher one piece of written work a week for feedback.  Teachers will reply via email.  We know that some children have already been doing this and sharing other work that they have completed which has been working really well.  This is fine to continue but we only expect teachers to provide feedback on one piece a week.

What if I would like more work for my child?

Teachers will not be setting any extra work to that which has been put on the website.  If you would like more work for your children to do there are lots of amazing resources that you can access.  Please click here for links on our website under Learning – Helping your child at home:

Or the government document:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education

How can I contact my child’s teacher?

The best way to contact your child’s teacher is to email them.  All teacher emails are on the year group pages under the Remote Learning tab on the website.  Remember that your child's teacher will also be calling you once a week to check on how things are going.

I am worried that my child is missing out and will fall behind.

Please don’t be worried that your children might be missing out on their learning at the moment. This will only add to the stress that you are all under and can often lead to you and your child being put off learning, which isn’t beneficial for anyone. If there are any gaps in learning that might need to be supported, as a result of this time away from school, we will do everything possible to help your child make the best possible progress needed. Every child and every school is facing the same challenges, but we will have the resources and a fabulous team of experienced staff to support you and your child when schools start to re-open again.

What else can I do to help my child?

Please help your child to keep mentally and physically healthy by staying active.  You may find the information on our website helpful, including keeping up with out ’10-a-day’ activities.  Click here to access information to support children’s mental health.

Click here for some ideas for other things you can do at home from our website under the ‘Wellbeing During School Closure’ tab.

Thank you again for your continued patience, encouragement and support during this unprecedented time.

Regards

Mark Wilkinson