Following a routine
Following the timetable and the rhythm and routine of the school day should provide a really good structure for your child during the day and help them make the most of their learning. In the younger years, the teachers have not put times on the timetables so that you have the flexibility to fit the activities in around your day. For your family, keeping the school routine may mean putting on school uniform each day and as a suggestion, you could set an alarm for when lessons are expected to finish and playtimes are due to end.
We also suggest creating a classroom workspace for your child:
- A table and chair where they go each day to have their lessons.
- For our youngest Nursery children this will of course be different.
- It is important that your child follows the school timetable and routine as closely as possible, this is what they are used to at school.
- Pencils, crayons, glue and paper are the most important items to have available.
- We will give you plenty of warning if you will need something special for a particular lesson.
As there is no school run to do, this may be an ideal time to for our Early Years children to practice dressing themselves, putting their shoes on or being independent with other tasks that in a rushed school morning you find yourself helping them with.
I know many of you are working yourselves and will need to balance the children’s education with your own work demands. However, once the children have listened to their Seesaw teaching video and recorded instructions, they will be able to start their follow on activities and will soon get the idea of how to work independently on their tasks.
Creating a balance
You may be concerned about the amount of time your child will be spending online and would like them to receive a balance of online and offline activities. Seesaw allows for two options:
- The option to complete a selected task online using the pen tool to write or T icon to open a text box.
- It also allows you to print off an attached worksheet which your child can complete. You can then photograph and upload the work onto Seesaw simply using the app on your phone.
Nursery and Rising Reception can stick their work into scrapbooks. Reception and Years 1 and 2 have been provided with books to write in.
You will see from the timetables that we have suggested times for children to be both active and creative throughout the day to ensure they have a healthy balance between on and offline.
To start the school day off in the usual way the Register will be taken by your child’s class teacher. We will be take the Register using Teams which will be a great interactive experience, giving the children an opportunity to see all their friends and teachers. It will also be important to check how they are feeling as wellbeing is paramount during this time.
To allow a more flexible approach for our younger children they will be registered on attendance rather than set sessions. Staff have pre-recorded Register and Circle Times which the children are used to taking part in.
If your child is absent for any reason, please be sure to let their teacher know by email or leave a message on the school answerphone which will be checked daily. If no reason is given for a child’s absence this will be followed up with a telephone call as part of our Pastoral Care/Safeguarding policy to ensure that all is well.