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Home Learning information, updates and guide

Dear Parents,


Due to the continued efforts of your children, yourselves and my dedicated team of staff, the vast majority of children in both of my schools are back to where we would have expected them to be in terms of their academic achievement if the closure hadn’t happened. In addition, due to specific and targeted interventions for those whose gaps had widened furthest, many children are now in advance of where would be predicted for this time of year based on internal assessments.


As such, please note that the home learning package that we will be providing during this school closure is a continuation of where my teaching staff are at with their curriculum planning and delivery in school as per their assessments of where the children are at with their learning.


As per government guidelines, my staff and I will be:


  • Setting meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects
  • Setting work that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, and as a minimum: primary: 3 hours a day, on average, across the school cohort
  • Providing frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a recorded teacher video or through high-quality curriculum resources or videos
  • Having systems for checking whether pupils are engaging with their work, and inform parents immediately via email or telephone where engagement is a concern
  • gauging how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum using questions and other suitable tasks, and provide feedback via email or whole-class feedback where appropriate
  • Adjusting the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding


As a Federation, we are always looking to improve what we do and our approach to Home Learning during these difficult times is no exception.


We have listened to your comments after previous closures and have implemented a number of changes outlined in the attached guide. The main priority has been to make finding the activities a little easier and to save you having to navigate between timetables and long lists of resources. We are also looking to include daily video messages from staff and Microsoft Teams ‘catch up’ meetings when/where appropriate.


You child/children will now receive daily work (one day at a time) via their own individual ‘virtual offices’. Details on how to access this can be found in the attached guide.


If you are unable to utilise this home learning package, please contact your child’s teacher who will work with you to find the most appropriate solution to your problems.


Kind regards


Mr D. Ratcliffe