Who do I contact if I do not know what to do?
In the junior school please contact your son or daughter's class teacher. in the senior school please contact your son or daughter's form tutor, head of year or head of Key Stage for guidance.
Where can I find information on distance learning?
The school has sent a guide called “Distance learning procedures”. This guide has been emailed directly to parents and a copy has been placed on the school website under policies.
When should my child be working? What times of day?
Ideally, children should be working during the normal school day which starts at 8am in the morning until 3 pm in the afternoon. Teachers will be setting work according to a timetable which is based on the normal school day. Teachers may arrange video conferences or small group sessions with individual students at prearranged times during this day which children will be expected to join. Please see the next question about making sure children have breaks and are not working constantly at their computer all day.
When should my child have breaks?
it is important that your child has regular breaks between working sessions please remember that in school we do have breaks when children move between activities and move between classrooms. We also have two main breaks during the school day when they can eat and get refreshed. It is quite likely that their distance learning work will be intense and therefore they may need more breaks. It is a good idea for children to get up to walk around to do some physical activity regularly during the day.
What activities can my child do to help keep fit and active during the school day given that they will not have access to sports facilities or the playground to run around in.
It is a good idea for children to spend some of their day doing physical exercise. This might include playing sports with their brothers and sisters or other members of their family or getting together with some of their friends to play. This type of activity is an important part of their general education and learning to interact with other people. Otherwise we would advise that they do some sort of stress relieving exercise and a number can be recommended from the internet.
Will my child receive homework?
Activities will be set and children will be expected to complete activities either during the day or as part of the extended day. Generally work will need to be completed within 24-hours of being set and this work will then be marked and feedback provided to the children.
Will my child be working on the computer all day?
Your child must not be working on the computer all day. There will be activities which need to be printed off or which will have been sent home with your child to be completed using a pen and paper. They may also need access to their normal exercise books. If this is necessary, they can collect this from school by prior arrangement. Alternatively, we advise that students collate all work in one exercise book. Screen time should be limited depending upon the age of the child but excessive time looking at a computer screen is not good for anybody.
Do I need to provide any resources to support the learning?
You will need to provide a range of resources depending upon the age of your child. This might include writing and drawing materials as well as access to a printer to be able to print off worksheets or other materials which have been sent from school.
Where should my child work?
Your child should work in a place where they can concentrate easily which is well lit and well aired. it is important that this is an area where they can be supervised by other people so they should not be locked away in their bedrooms.
How do I know who my child is talking to and working with?
Generally your son or daughter will be working on tasks which have been set by the teacher to complete by themselves. They should not need to discuss this with their friends or other members of their class. They may have conversations with teachers at school but all of these conversations should be logged by the teacher and also by the children.
Can my child come into school to collect any books or items?
Your child may come to school to collect items provided this has been arranged with a member of staff at school.
What do I do if my child does not know what to do with the work they are set?
It is our aim that work should be appropriately differentiated but if your child is having problems understanding what to do, it is important that you or they contact their teacher and explain the difficulties that you are having. The curriculum support team are available to provide individual support as they do in school and they may be alerted if necessary to provide assistance.
Will my child receive feedback?
As part of the distance learning programme, teachers will be providing individualised and group feedback on tasks. We see this as an important part of the learning process.
Will my child have interaction with their teacher?
Your child will receive instructions from their teacher each day for each subject and they may also have video or conference calls with their teacher which include a small group of other students as well. Your child will not have a one-to-one conversation with any of their teachers.
How is my child's learning being monitored during this period of school closure?
The school will be monitoring your child's participation in the distance learning programme and feedback will be provided. individual teachers will be recording the progress they are making through the assignments that they are completing and helping set targets for their future work as happens normally in school