Term 3, week 2
A huge thanks to all of you for supporting your children's learning this past week. We have been impressed with the resilience that Wagtails and Woodpeckers have shown in their home schooling and with the work that they are producing. The twice-daily contact with many in Year 6 via Zoom has also been a really useful tool to help us ensure that the children are managing their work, have a forum in which to voice concerns, and to feel part of the school community; all important at this time.
Given that the two-week shift to home learning has now moved to at least six weeks, we feel that it's vital that the children have as much access to their learning, the classroom and to ask questions as/when they need to.
To this end, when we move into the classroom this week to look after key worker children, we would like to try to use Zoom as a tool during the day. Our aim is to have an open Zoom link to allow children to log in at 9.30am to hear the maths' input (and stay online if they wish) and again at the beginning of English at 10.45am for the English input (and stay online if they wish).
The daily morning check in will take place at 9am on Tuesday and Thursday, and every afternoon except Friday at around 3.15pm; the timings may change slightly as we juggle the live class and online class cohort.
To help motivate the children, and make them smile, we will also host a live Beat the Teacher spellings competition on Wednesday at 12.45, and Mr Pomfrett is going to start reading one of his favourite books, Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful, via Zoom on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3.15pm. Please see this week's timetable for the week's timings in full.
Of course, it might be that your children prefer to learn remotely and keep in touch as they have this week - and that is fine! Also, we are well aware that laptops are often shared at home and the timings may not suit everyone.
We will be in touch on Monday morning from the classroom with those extra Zoom details. Again, we appreciate your patience while we try to maximise the resources we have to teach the children as actively as possible.
Miss Lee and Mrs Leech