Whilst the expectation is that all children will remain in school, we are aware that this may not always be possible due to periods of individual self-isolation, a class or bubble isolating or indeed the whole school either due to a number of positive cases or following instructions from the Government.
Our plan for home learning builds on the success of our provision during the first lockdown and is in line with current expectations and documentation. The staff make creative, engaging and exciting use of the platform and we know how much the children enjoyed learning this way during the summer term. Whilst nothing can compare to face to face provision, we feel confident that we can maintain quality learning experiences for all of our children.
We will move to home learning provision if individuals or bubbles are instructed to self isolate. We are unable to provide home learning for children who are remaining at home through parental choice.
Access to technology
We work closely with our families to ensure all children have the technology they need to access home learning. Please contact the school if you wish to borrow some equipment or need support getting set up.
During the first period of lockdown, our school began using the Purple Mash platform.
Purple Mash enables teachers to set differentiated work for each class and provide feedback on learning. It also provides the facility for pupils to contact the teachers. In this way learning is interactive and parents feel supported.
This platform allows work to be set, completed and submitted in a variety of ways. Not all work is online, but is a mixture of learning tasks that can be approached on screen, printed off or on paper, taking into account access to technology, concerns about screen time and availability of printing.
All children in our school have an individual log in and are now familiar with the platform both through past experience and the fact that it is now a fully integrated part of our teaching and learning,
Overview of learning tasks
A weekly class timetable will be posted on your child’s class blog within Purple Mash each Sunday evening. This will allow families to plan their week, especially if they need to work around other children in the family, device availability and personal work commitments. Learning tasks will be 'released' on the day stated and will be available from then on.
Learning tasks will be set for Monday-Thursday with Friday being used as either a catch-up day or for less focused tasks.
Daily reading and timetable practice is still encouraged!
Each day, the teachers will specify one piece of work that they would like to see for marking. This will vary from day to day. For other tasks, answer sheets will be provided for you to use with your children. This will enable a greater degree of interaction between children and teachers.
If you do not wish to, there will be no need to print off any of the tasks. These can either be done on screen or on paper. Where a teacher has asked for work to be submitted, a photo of paper-based work can be taken and uploaded, or the sheet can be scanned in if you have this facility.
Every Friday, teachers will post a brief message to the class-this may be a video or audio message and will round up the week and 'touch base' with the children.
Home learning for Ladybird Class
Ladybird Class will use the online platform Purple Mash to watch videos, connect to links and see learning tasks and ideas. These will be available through a series of blogs, as happened during the class closure in October.
Each weekday morning a short video will be uploaded on to the ‘Daily Activities blog’ with information on about the days learning, there will not be a weekly timetable of activities. It will be a series of short activities that can be done at any time during the day. All learning that is uploaded or comments made on the blog will be viewed and marked or commented on as appropriate.
Please use the 2email or email Mrs Stafford or the office if you have any questions.
Purple Mash allows direct communication between teachers, children and parents. Please feel free to use this if you have any queries regarding the content of the learning.
Please contact the school office firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any technical issues and we will endeavour to help solve them.
We have prepared a series of help guides which we can send if you are having difficulties.
We take the safeguarding of children extremely seriously. We are confident that the Purple Mash platform meets the highest standards of safeguarding. Children are regularly reminded about the importance of e-safety and we would encourage them to follow all the safety protocols they have been taught such as only communicating with people they know and being mindful about giving personal information out.
All class teachers are knowledgeable about the learning needs and capabilities of the children in their classes and will ensure all learning tasks are differentiated and supported appropriately. Please make contact with class teachers if you have any questions or concerns.
Links with other policies
Child Protection and Safeguarding policy
E Safety policy
Staff Code of Conduct