Dear Year 1 - 6 Parent/Carers,
Remote Home Learning Information
Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
Thank you for your support and patience over the last two days to allow the school staff to be ready to lead remote home learning for your children from Thursday 7th January. These are unsettling times and once again, we must ask that you support your children to learn at home in the best way you possibly can. Routine will be important to the children and we suggest you try to follow the timetable established by the class teacher. This will help you as parents to understand how long each activity is ‘typically expected’ to take. There will be many tasks that they should be encouraged to follow with minimal adult involvement.
We anticipate the first few days will be huge learning curve for many parents but our children are increasingly resilient and digitally confident. If you have issues, our staff are here to support you. Please understand and be patient, they may not be able to respond instantly as they are managing both remote home and in school learning which will not be an easy task.
Since September 2020, we have introduced Google Classroom, an online remote learning platform, which has been used successfully by all children for weekly shared home learning as well as for those bubbles that have had to self-isolate. This platform will allow teachers to teach some live lessons with your children as well as share all the relevant teaching videos which will enable your child to be as independent as possible.
To access the Year Google classroom, which includes a copy of all the work that has been set, your child must log in with their own school email addresses and passwords by following the link sent below
Please remember to log in using your child's Monkhouse ID and password:
The link for each year group to access Google classroom is in the table at the bottom of this document.
If you have apple technology, we do recommend that you download the Keynote and Google Classroom apps to get the best access. If you are unable to do this, or are using a computer which does not have access to this, then all resources can still be accessed through the screenshots and videos that are added in the daily resources folder and can be downloaded on any device. The videos are made from the Keynote slides so as long as you have the video you don’t need the Keynote.
Structure of home learning
Each day, children will be given work via Google Classroom. This will be in Keynote format to download, but also include screenshots of children’s activities to view. There will be accompanying videos to watch which will model the learning and ask you to pause the videos in certain places to carry out any work. Each day you will have access to:
All class teachers will have their PPA (planning, preparation and assessment) time on Friday afternoon. There won’t be any learning set for children on this afternoon. This will be time for children and families to relax and choose what you feel is relevant for your child to do.
Each week we will arrange a social video call for the children and a video call to share a story. The details for this will be communicated by your class’ teacher.
Live lesson timetable
This work will all be shared via Google Classroom and the Google chat function will be utilised for live sessions during the day and to upload videos of modelled learning.
It is up to you and your child how to best upload the work that has been completed as we understand that people have different preferences. The work is being provided digitally and you can upload your work in 3 ways. By completing this digitally (Keynote), annotating screenshot and uploading, or taking a photo of work completed in your book and uploading. Please remember to ‘hand in’ work once submitted. Once this has been looked at and commented on by staff, you will receive a notification to show this work has been ‘returned’ to you. Returned doesn't mean you have to do anything else, more just an acknowledgment that this has been received.
All google classroom links / codes have been emailed directly to parent/carers for safeguarding reasons.
New reading books can be collected over the next week for all children with some additional learning resources for those children who would benefit from these at home. They can be collected from the school entrance foyer from Friday 8th January. They will be in labelled envelopes in year group boxes. Please ensure you follow appropriate social distance guidance when collecting them to keep everyone as safe as possible.
We are incredibly grateful to those parents who are managing their child’s learning from home. I know this will not be easy for many who are juggling your own work and supporting your children. Please take care of yourselves and family and we look forward to seeing you all back in school soon.
Thank you for your continued support.