Next week we are going to have a go at taking part in some live lessons. I will be holding some ‘zoom’ meetings with the class to conduct some reading sessions linked to our class text ‘The BFG’. The ‘zoom’ will be in the afternoon (1:30pm) so we can all work through the answered questions from the first reading session on the daily timetable. I have sent out the link over class dojo.
From Tuesday, we will also be taking part, each day, in a live lesson hosted by Jane Considine (or Mrs C to the kids!). Jane is an English consultant and has developed a writing scheme called, ‘The Write Stuff’ which we have been using in school. To train staff and pupils how to use the scheme, Jane has previously launched a series of live lessons which we took part in last term and the writing the children produced was brilliant. So, I’m really keen to be involved again. Jane will take the lead and all we have to do is follow her instructions so it will really help and motivate children during their home learning and take lots of the pressure off you as parents.
The lessons will be broadcast live on ‘You tube’, from Monday at 9:45am but to make things more manageable, I’m going to start these from Tuesday instead so that the videos can be uploaded to the class webpage and then accessed when is most suitable for you rather than being governed by a specific time. All the children will need to complete the activities is paper and a pen/pencil.
I hope you all have had a good first week, as I previous stated, this wasn’t the start to the term we were expecting or wanting. I really appreciate all the hard work you are putting in to support your children and the amount of work you are sharing with me is so lovely to see. The DFE is recommending that primary aged pupils engage in at least 3 hours of work each day, which is why, during this lockdown, I am replicating my daily timetable and class based activities on line for you to share and work through at home each day. Please use dojo as much as you can to send in the work completed as it allows me to see the volume of work being completed and the level of engagement in the tasks set. I know that some of you are also working from home and I understand how managing the remote learning is an additional challenge. If you feel sending in pictures etc is too much, then just a quick list in a message of the activities completed that day is fine. I can still give feedback, encouragement and dojos to the children for their work.
I’m also aware that some of you are feeling under pressure to complete all the activities that are set each day. So to help this situation, I’m suggesting that on a Friday we have a catch up session (‘Free Up Friday’) where any activities that have been missed during the week can be completed so as much as possible we are on track for Monday. I will also put some links to some interactive games and online videos for those of you that need any additional activities.
Is has also been announced this week that the BBC have put together an array of educational programmes that will be aired daily of the CBBC channel (3hrs a day in fact). This is a great idea and is certainly something that you can use while at home. As previously stated, as much as possible we are trying to follow the curriculum with the tasks that we set, but I know far too well that sometimes children just need a break. This would be a break with benefits and could be something that you drop in and out of as you choose depending on the focus of the programme.
Thanks again and keep up the great work. Remember, ‘Teamwork makes the dream work!’
Have a lovely weekend