Important – School moving to Remote Learning

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you for your patience today and I apologise that it has taken me a bit of time to finalise all the arrangements. I am sure you will have watched the Prime Minister’s broadcast last night and will no doubt be aware that we are now back in lockdown. As per his announcement the school has to now move to remote learning for all classes (this includes our pre-school). The school will use a range of different teaching methods during remote learning to help explain concepts and address misconceptions easily. For the purpose of providing remote learning, the school may make use of:

  • Google Classroom
  • Purple Mash
  • Times Table Rock Stars
  • Doodle Maths
  • Online learning portals (e.g. Oak National Academy, White Rose Maths)
  • Educational websites

Remote learning will be posted via Google Classroom or Tapestry. Work packs will be made available for pupils who do not have access to a printer – these packs will either be collected from school, hand delivered or sent through the post; please can you liaise with classteachers if you need this support. All we ask is that pupils attempt the work set and do their best in these very difficult circumstances; we are here to help and support as best as we can. If you have any issues at all with accessing the online learning then please contact the classteachers. If necessary we have a very limited supply of Chromebooks that we are prepared to loan out. Please contact the classteacher for further support with this.

We will be providing the opportunity for vulnerable children and children of critical workers to attend; those children will have supervised learning and be completing the same work as for those working remotely, but in a class bubble.

Currently, the numbers of children attending school require me to group into bubbles as follows:

  • Robins & Puffins
  • Swallows
  • Woodpeckers and Golden Eagles

The Robins & Puffins bubble will be staffed by one member of the Robins team (Charlotte or Alice) and one member of the Puffins team (Mrs Ganderton or Mrs Richards).

The Swallows bubble will be staffed by Mrs Bearman.

The Woodpeckers & Golden Eagles bubble will be staffed by either Mrs Duxbury or Mrs Prudhomme.

We have collated the critical worker responses sent to office@eastclaydon.org.uk and if you have indicated you would like a space, this will be provided for you from tomorrow. My Office Manager will follow up on particular queries received regarding attendance patterns for this period of lockdown.

Important notes if your children are attending school:

  • School uniform will not be needed for children coming into school.
  • Hot dinners will be provided for those those children who have ordered them and are in school.
  • PE sessions will still run on a Tuesday and Wednesday so please ensure children are wearing suitable clothing on that day.
  • Pick up and drop off times remain the same.
  • Parents will not be allowed on site and children will be collected from and returned to the playground gate.

Pre-school invoices:

All invoices will be re-worked and re-issued once we know when pre-school will be fully open again after the lockdown. If you have not paid your invoice, please wait for new ones. If you have already paid the invoices, the difference between what you have paid and the new invoices will be carried forward as a credit to your summer term invoice. If you have any queries about this, please contact the office.

School Meals – paid for:

Anyone who has ordered and paid for school meals that will not be taken due to the lockdown will be provided with a refund by St Pauls. The refund should be processed by the end of this week. If you have any queries about this, please contact St Pauls by email on primary.support@st-pauls.org.uk

Thank you for your continued support.

Stay safe.

Mr Avery