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St Mary's Response

19th March

Dear Parents/Care

Now that we have had confirmation of school closure by the Government, I would like to provide you with information regarding distance learning. However, we appreciate that children completing work is dependent on children being well enough to do so.

This information can be found on the school website – please follow the tab on the front screen labelled ‘Distance Learning’. There is lots of information to support you and your children when they are at home. There are links to all the online learning platforms and these links will take you directly to your child’s login page. It is important that you log in so that your learning is personalised and recorded. All children with online subscriptions have had their passwords re-issued and checked.

When working at home, our expectation for learning will be set by the class teacher every Monday morning by 9:30am. This will be posted on a weekly blog on your child’s class page on DB Primary. The class teacher will outline the learning for the coming week and will consist of a minimum of:

  • Three maths activities;
  • Three English activities;
  • An RE activity;
  • Three other activities.

Every day your child should be reading, practising phonics/spelling and practising times-tables or number bonds.

On a Friday, teachers will be providing online feedback using the different platforms the children have accessed during the week.

We do however, recognise that quality learning can occur at a distance without solely relying on computers. Our aim is for all children to read, communicate and engage in a range of learning experiences while continuing to be physically active; the range of learning opportunities provided by your child’s class teacher reflects this. We have uploaded a possible timetable to show how you may like to structure your day around home learning. We recognise this may not work for everyone but is a starting point.

Whilst communication with your child’s class teacher is important during these unprecedented times, we do ask that parents remember that teacher’s will be communicating with many families and that all communications should be essential and succinct. Teaching staff will aim to respond to all communications within two working days.

We continue to take this situation very seriously and I am very proud of the team who, with their own worries and questions, continue to provide a calm and safe space for your children. May we keep in our prayers our families and staff members who are self-isolating or unwell at the present time. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
Kind regards

Mr A. Henstridge
Executive Headteacher

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