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Remote Learning At Beehive Lane

Dear Parents,

I hope you and all your families are well and keeping safe during these challenging times.

As the new term is now just underway, I would like to take this opportunity to keep you updated with developments, especially when information is received from government, Essex Education and Public Health and shapes the conditions for the children’s learning.

The key / critical worker and vulnerable children are in school and are happily settled in to learning. An enormous thank you to all parents for their support in helping children at home with their learning and I sincerely hope we can welcome all of them back in the not too distant future as we miss them all.

The ‘Remote Learning’ (home learning) guidelines from government include what we would term as a ‘blended’ approach. This means a combination of learning methods and materials which will ensure the best possible education, academic and pastoral, for the children in a well sequenced curriculum. Sometimes changes have to be made to the planned learning to enable it to be effectively accessed and completed at home, but our aim is for all the essential skills and a broad range of learning experiences to be in place to successfully progress the children’s skills, knowledge and personal development. We have received some lovely work back from some children already this week. We have evolved learning for this term in light of government guidelines and positive / constructive feedback that we are always delighted to receive.

The school approach this term (as agreed by governors in line with government guidelines):

Week 1 (4th -8 th January): Revert to combination of online and offline work set for each class under the class page. This has been to provide security and certainty at short notice for families as it follows the same protocol as the previous lockdown. This has also enabled us to work hard to assist families with technical resources they need such as internet access or a lap top and to distribute necessary books and reading materials as required. This can ensure the best possible inclusion in learning for all moving forward.

Week 2 onwards: A blended approach to learning.

Current advice is that children receive a combined and blended approach to home-schooling with a range of high quality online lessons, such as White Rose, other quality resources, such as Espresso videos, independent reading and writing tasks and practical activities alongside some face to face learning. With this in mind, we are hoping this week to begin some online lesson inputs and some Guided Reading sessions via Zoom. Links will be sent via the Teacher 2 Parents app either by email or text and it should just be a case of you entering the meeting details to the Zoom website, then ‘join a meeting’. You may need to ‘enable’ zoom to run on your computer / device and to allow access to the camera and microphone. Examples of sessions that may be delivered live may include phonics, reading groups and some English lesson input as these are key elements of development that may be difficult to do independently at home. Well-being and PSHE is very close to our hearts here at Beehive so live PSHE will be included in the week as well with the emphasis for the half term feelings and emotions.

Points to remember:

 Please change the ‘name’ to your child’s surname so we can identify participants easily.

 There will be a waiting room to allow us to verify identity before admitting people.

 Please sit with your child during the meeting to help navigate mute, turn taking etc.

 Please make sure people are appropriately dressed  Microphones will be muted for all at the start but children may be asked to unmute to join discussion
 Please make sure your child has a dark felt-tip, crayon or pencil crayon and paper to hand to make notes or contribute – dark colour writing implement so we can see it clearly! Also, any worksheets for that particular lesson.

Please bear with us! During this time of change, we appreciate your support and understanding regarding the setting-up and 'ironing-out-of-wrinkles' in new routines and ways of working. We understand you may not be able to make all the Zoom sessions for various reasons, including clashes with other online learning sessions and other children, lack of devices etc. Please don’t worry - you have all the resources on the weekly sheet to undertake the same learning at home.

Other platforms will be used as we proceed through the term such as Microsoft Teams and we will of course help you with this when the time comes.

The combination of learning methods will enable the highest level of inclusion and quality for everybody as some of the ‘non-live’ tasks can be completed during the day at a time of families’ choice. This is vitally important as we understand that many of you are juggling working from home, have more than one child needing internet access and attention or you have caring responsibilities. All these competing needs on your time are understandably challenging so please be assured that the children doing as best they can is a fantastic effort.

If you have any problems or difficulties, please don’t hesitate to contact the classteacher via the email contact eg Staff have teaching commitments in school as well but will contact as soon as they are able.

Thank you for all your support for the children and the school.

Kind regards

Paul Sully (Headteacher)