Welcome back to the start of the summer term. I hope you were able to have a restful Easter break.
We have all had to adapt to new ways of working, so I wanted to take the opportunity to say what a super job you are doing supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time. I appreciate that this is a hugely complex and challenging situation for families, with parents working from home and having to take responsibility for home schooling.
I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at a range of fabulous work on GC over the last few weeks – it has provided much joy during these uncertain times and I look forward to seeing more super work this term.
As we have done two weeks of home schooling, we have reviewed the way Google Classroom is working and will be making some changes from next week.
Each week, each class will have same weekly folder on GC, so that the layout is consistent. The folder will say School Closure Homework w/c 27.4.20 and so on
Google Classroom Changes
Start The Week Message
Each teacher will upload a start the week video message, which will be in the class stream.
This will be accompanied by a written overview of the work plan for the week, which will be in the weekly class folder.
This will continue to be White Rose, but there will be four lessons / tasks each week.
The lessons will be dated Task 1 w/c 27.4.20, Task 2 w/c 27.4.20 and so on – but would need to be done in order.
Literacy will be three lessons / tasks per week. As above the lessons will be Task 1, Task 2 and dated etc. The lessons may be from Hamilton as they are now, or they could be based on the Literacy task from one of the stories / poems the teachers will be reading daily. Some outcomes will be written, but they will also be performance related – dancing, poetry, role play etc.
Topic will be in a new format. It will be on one page and presented as an activity grid. Activities might be linked to Literacy lessons, to previous learning to deepen understanding, or it might be something creative and new. Children can choose however many activities they would like to do. Links to websites will also be given.
New – Storytime
Each teacher will read a story, poem or chapter from a story to their class each day. This might be shared with the year group partner. This will be on the stream with the name of the book, the author and a question at the end.
ALL lessons will be uploaded at 6pm on Sunday. Families can decide when to do them and then you have more control over your time and devices!
The expectation would be that any work for the week is completed by Friday, but we do understand that sometimes you may do other activities with your child in addition to or instead of these. If you do, then please share that with us on GC. Please remember to submit / ‘turn in’ all work or else the teacher can’t see it has been completed and then they are not able to comment.
Headteacher Award Certificates
Each teacher in Year 1 – 6 chooses five children a week to be nominated for a HTA. The nominations are usually for academic achievement, being kind, perseverance, effort, consideration for others, manners etc. When a child receives five nominations, they are invited to the Headteacher’s Tea Party. I would like to continue to do them remotely, but we will obviously be more limited with our reasons! We will add the nominations to the lists we have in school already and any invitations to the HT Tea Party, when a child gets the magic five, will be honoured when we come back to school.
Families will be emailed on Friday afternoon if their child receives the nomination with the reason from the teacher and a certificate will be posted to your child. ( It’s up to you whether you let them know or keep it a secret until they receive their postcard!).
EYFS Super Achiever award
We will continue with the EYFS Super Achiever award. Families will be emailed on Friday afternoon if their child receives the nomination, with the reason from the teacher and a certificate will be posted to your child. As above, parents can decide to keep it a secret or share the lovely news!
Ramadan starts this week. We know that it will be different this year. With the social distancing guidance, it will be difficult to share large Iftar meals with friends and family and there will be no communal gathering for Ramadan prayers. We are very disappointed that we will not be able to celebrate with you at a WP Eid party, like the one we had last year. However, I would like to take this opportunity to extend our very best wishes to our Muslim families for the month of Ramadan and to say that we will be thinking of you.
We miss our children and families hugely and even though we are not yet able to say when school will be open for all pupils, we will continue to do our utmost to keep your child learning and our school community connected.
Please remember if you have any concerns about helping your child learn or you need any other support from the school, please email me on the email below.