West Berry Federation - Home Learning Guidelines
We are living and working in a very different way. Please take time to read this information that will hopefully explain how school works and how school staff can support you and your child while we are all staying at home.
Communication with Parents
Our school offices are closed and staff are working mainly from home. However, we continue to monitor the parents email address and this is the fastest and most efficient way of getting in touch with school staff for any reason.
During the first week of lock down our focus was on keeping the school open over the Easter break for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. Staff took it in turns to take a break from work so that we were able to staff this important provision over the holiday. We were able to allocate some members of staff to set up online home learning opportunities for children in addition to the guidance and support that all families were sent just before schools closed.
Lots of Y3 - Y6 children have been accessing the Google classroom successfully and we have now extended this to all children at our schools. Parents of children in Cherry, Maple, Mulberry and Aspen class will have received login details for their child this week. We will continue to post ideas for home learning on the federation website but the main source of learning will be the Google classroom. You may have seen information in the press about some national programmes to provide lessons for children via the internet, TV and podcasts including those due to be broadcast by the BBC. We will signpost you to appropriate resources on the Google classroom and schedule some activities in the class Google calendar.
Please see the Home Learning Guidance document and some help sheets attached above.
Our approach remains that we are creating opportunities for children to learn at home but understand that a variety of factors including adult time, access to technology and the home environment means that we cannot expect all children to access the same learning. We do not intend to place undue pressure on any family but will do everything we can to support all children to continue to learn at home.
Equality of Access
We are exploring a variety of options to support the equality of access to learning for all children while schools are closed. For example this could include loaning resources to use at home or providing 1:1 training in how to access the Google classroom and other resources. If there is a barrier to your child being able to learn at home please let us know. We will do what we can to support you. We all need to be flexible in our approach and are happy to consider any suggestions of what else we can do to support your child.