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Covid Educational Strategy

 

This section includes:

 

- a regular Covid update reflecting changes to guidance

- details of our Home Remote learning offer

- our Covid Educational Recovery Premium Strategy

- Risk Assessment, Infection Control and Contingency Plan

 

Covid-19 update

 

We would like to give you a brief update on our thinking as we move towards greater normality whilst navigating the last few remaining national Covid restrictions.

 

The vaccine roll-out has substantially reduced the risk of serious health implications which has enabled us to return to more normal routines. This means the focus has shifted away from measures with clear public health benefits to measures that enable us to continue to function from an operational point of view.

 

Although things feel more normal, there remains a mandatory requirement to self-isolate if a child or member of staff has symptoms or tests positive and the last thing we want to see is an increase in absences.

 

Children no longer have to isolate if they come into contact with a positive case unless they then develop symptoms or test positive. Likewise, staff who have been double vaccinated. This will bring enormous relief and educational benefits but it has its challenges.

 

Relaxing these isolation rules for close contacts may increase the chances of a positive case entering our school and whilst the health risks have lessened, we are less certain about the extent to which this could lead to an increase in pupil absences and staff absences. This will remain a risk as long as there is a requirement to self-isolate if someone is infected or has symptoms.

 

We have adopted all the government guidance including a contingency plan should an outbreak occur. This includes re-introducing restrictions and a return to remote learning as a last resort in the event of staff shortages. We will of course endeavour to cover any staff absences in the first instance.

 

Government guidance recommends that a school’s primary line of defence is ventilation, hygiene and twice weekly lateral flow testing for staff. To monitor ventilation levels, we have taken delivery of CO2 monitors courtesy of the Department of Education.

 

We are of course urging all our community to be responsible and not take any chances. Current guidance still requires a child or member of staff with symptoms to stay at home and book a PCR test if they have symptoms.

 

Likewise, if we notice your child has these symptoms (high temperature, continuous new cough or loss of taste or smell), we will contact you and ask you to collect your child and book a PCR test.

 

PCR tests are those that are sent away to a laboratory. They are not the Lateral Flow home test kits that are designed to pick up asymptomatic cases (people with no symptoms but carrying the virus).

 

There is no longer a requirement to book a PCR test if your child has tested positive using a lateral flow test although they are still expected to self-isolate.

 

Your child may now return on day 6 after 5 days of isolation if they test negative on a lateral flow test on day 5

and 6.

 

We will keep you updated on any developments or new guidance through our bulletins and with cheerful optimism and the wind in the right direction we will be able to maintain face to face teaching throughout the year and keep any disruption to an absolute minimum.

 

 

Last updated 17/1/2022

 

 

Remote Home Learning

 

Our remote learning plan complies with the expectations and principles outlined in the DFE document Guidance for Full Opening of Schools.

 

The core elements of our core home learning programme include:

 

  • daily live contact and teaching with the class teacher via video link (Zoom) starting at 9am with a follow up 1pm plus interim checking in sessions as arranged by the class teacher
  • learning tasks uploaded onto a digital platform on a daily basis.
  • set different work for different groups of learners so that tasks are more    closely matched to each child’s learning needs (differentiation).
  • use a dedicated digital learning platform so that the teacher and child (and parents for younger children) can interact during the school day.

 

Although it is important to continue to emphasise the importance of learning, we recognise it will be necessary to be realistic in our expectations of what children are likely to achieve at home. The circumstances of children vary widely, and many children will not have the same opportunities to share ideas and collaborate on work.

 

Many parents and carers will face the challenge of managing their children's education whilst trying to maintain their own workload. There may be several children in a family, each with their own needs, and the family may be sharing space, time and technology.

 

Expectations must be reasonable in terms of the demands of staff, acknowledging that they themselves may be juggling home schooling their own children and being expected to teach in a way that is unfamiliar and in a way that children do not naturally learn.

 

The Virtual Classroom and guided home learning

Learning tasks will be set each day (Monday-Friday) in-line with our current curriculum and teachers will be available to interact between the hours of 9am and 3pm.

 

We have opted for interaction through a designated digital learning platform to create a secure virtual classroom where guided learning can take place.

 

Classes 2, 3 and 4 will use Class Dojo and Class 1 parents will continue to use Tapesty.

 

Parents will  receive login details to these platforms.

https://www.classdojo.com/

 

Both platforms enable teachers to upload learning tasks and interact with children and parents during the school day including offering online feedback and teaching support.

 

Tasks will be set by teachers using a range of self-made or online resources the school has specifically purchased to support remote home learning. Passwords and login details will be provided to all families.

Teachers will direct children/parents to specific lessons, activities and teaching videos each day through Class Dojo or Tapestry.

 

Where a child and parent has no access to the technology required, we will provide the technology required on loan.

 

 

Tapestry (Virtual Classroom)

Tapestry will be used by the teacher in Class 1 to upload activities and monitor children’s progress. It will also form the main means of interaction between the teacher and parents of children in the Reception Class.

 

Class Dojo (Virtual Classroom)

Class Dojo will be virtual classroom environment for Years 1-6 for interaction and uploading learning tasks, completed work, video demonstrations etc.

 

Activities will be set by the class teacher on a daily basis and will be uploaded and assigned to different groups of children through Class Dojo (Years 1-6).

 

Class Dojo enables class teachers to group children and easily assign activities that are differentiated (set at an ability level more suited to your child’s learning needs). The work then forms part of the child’s portfolio.

 

Class Dojo has the added benefit of an instant messaging system to help teacher and child interact.

Messages for the whole class can be sent such as greeting the class in the morning and individual bespoke messages for specific support.

 

A Class Story page offers the chance for teachers to celebrate children’s work and maintain a sense of community.

 

Class Dojo will be available for Years 1- 6.

https://www.classdojo.com/

 

Purple Mash (teaching and learning resource)

Purple Mash will be available to all children as it can cater for Reception up to Year 6. Purple Mash offers :

 

Open ended tools: These are designed so that children can engage with publishing, story creation, game design, concept mapping, collaborative writing and art, to name a few.

 

Spelling and Grammar: Teachers have the option section of setting weekly self-marking spelling quizzes across the class. There are also a number grammar games for children to practise and reinforce the skills they have been taught.

 

Maths: This section includes maths-based tools and resources to engage and challenge ranging from spreadsheets to graphing and from times table games to competitive maths racing games.

 

Cross Curricular project work: Purple Mash can also be used to quickly find resources relating to school topics or navigate the ‘Topics’ area. This section includes themed writing templates, slide shows, stories, quizzes and more.

https://www.purplemash.com

 

Mathletics (teaching and learning resource)

Mathletics is a subscription based online maths learning that will be used to support our remote home learning. Similar to RM EasiMaths, it uses best-practice theories of gamified learning to keep children engaged with maths with fresh activities, challenges and regularly updated content. It will be available for all year groups.

https://www.mathletics.com/uk/

 

RM EasiMaths

Similar to Matheletics, RM Easimaths is an online subscription based maths learning tool paid for by the school that has more than 6,000 activities for children of different ages and abilities. 

Children are shown key concepts and taken step by step through how to tackle them, and they can get clues from the software where they need a little bit of help. Extra challenges can be given where students do well. This will be available for selected year groups currently using this resource.

 

SPaG Online

SPaG.com provides KS1 and KS2 practice punctuation & grammar tests. It is a subscription based platform that we are extending across the school to support home learning.

https://www.spag.com/

 

Reading Pro and Reading Pro-Library

Available for Years 3-6, Reading Pro Library supports our reading programme for Years 3-6 by providing real e-books matched to a child’s reading ability and our school library. This will enable children to continue to have access to reading books at home.

Reading Pro Library provides Levelled books across a range of genres, clickable vocabulary definitions with audio support, an audio recorder to practice fluency and pronunciation and Comprehension quizzes to motivate and monitor progress.

 

Video conferencing/live streaming

Teachers may use pre-recorded videos or live video streaming as a means of interacting with groups of children. Our chosen platform is Zoom.

Zoom is a popular and in our view one of the most user friendly video conferencing apps available. It is a free platform for families to use that and offers enhanced encryption and a secure password protection.

Where live streaming is used parents must be present and adhere to the school’s safeguarding protocols for remote online learning. These can be found at the end of this section.

https://zoom.us/signin

 

Education Quizzes

Education Quizzes provides children online quizzes that are written by teachers to help children remember and revise what they are learning in class. Teachers may use this resource to enable children to practise, recall and reinforce previously taught knowledge, skills and understanding.

https://www.educationquizzes.com/

 

 

Oak Academy (teaching and learning resource)

Oak Academy was set up by the Department of Education in response to the closure of schools during lockdown. Lessons produced by Oak Academy encourage the use of retrieval practice, explicit teaching with high quality modelling, and the use of deliberate practice.

 

Teachers will select the lessons they feel supports their objectives for the day or for a specific group of children.

 

Oak Academy also provides lessons specifically aimed at children with SEND needs and requiring additional support.

https://www.thenational.academy/

 

BBC Bitesize (teaching and learning resource)

Similar to Oak Academy, the BBC will continue to provide teaching videos, games and activities for each year group as well as catch up lessons.

Teachers may dip into the resources provided by the BBC that they feel supports the learning they are trying to achieve

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary

 

Accessing home remote learning

Parents may receive less than 24 hours notice that a class bubble must close because it is dependent on notification of a positive result. Children will need access to either a computer or tablet computer and an internet connection.

In preparation for home-learning, parents and children will need logins and passwords for the following platforms.

We will send you these details in due course

  • Tapestry (Reception)
  • Class Dojo (Years 1-6)
  • Mathletics (Yr R – Y6)
  • Reading Pro and Library Pro (Years 3-6)
  • Purple Mash (Yr R- Y6)
  • SPAG Online (Years 3-6)

 

Our primary home learning plan will be triggered in the event of an entire class or school being sent home and the teacher being well enough and able to continue to work from home.

However, there are some occasions where we will need a secondary plan. 

This is where:

 

  • the class teacher is unwell and unable to deliver remote home learning whilst the class bubble self-isolates.

 

  • individual children are self-isolating whilst the class bubble remains in school (this can occur where a child has come into contact with an infect person outside of school)


It will not be feasible for a class teacher to provide intense interactive home learning whilst managing the class in school at the same. Nor will a class teacher provide home learning if they themselves have contracted coronavirus and are too ill to work.


In these circumstances, we will need to offer remote learning in a different way and direct parents towards the National Oak Academy which offers online lessons for all age groups. This will be our contingency plan.


An outline of the learning intentions for the child will be sent to parents with suggested lessons and activities. Interactive online support will be available from other available members of staff.

    Covid Recovery Premium Strategy

     

    This year, schools have received a recovery premium. This funding is additional funding for eligible schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. It is based on pupil premium eligibility to provide further support to disadvantaged pupils. 

     

    Schools can spend this premium on evidence-based approaches to support pupils. This can include: 

     

    • support the quality of teaching, such as staff professional development
    • provide targeted academic support, such as tutoring
    • deal with non-academic barriers to success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support

     

    Like the pupil premium, schools can:

     

    • spend the recovery premium on a wider cohort of pupils than those who attract the funding
    • direct recovery premium spending where they think the need is greatest.

     

    For 2021 to 2022, schools can combine their recovery premium with pupil premium funding and report on its use as a single sum in a strategy statement.

     

    You can read our Recovery Premium Strategy statement below:

     

     

    Further details on how we intend to spend this funding by downloading the following document:

    Risk Assessment, Infection Control and Contingency Planning

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