Since school closed to all children for the first time in March 2020, our blended learning journey has been rapid and continuous. Our provision for children in and out of school has continued to evolve and develop since this time. This page attempts to record some of the journey that we have been on as a school and what learning from home has looked and felt like for our children at different stages of the pandemic.
September to December 2020
- School reopened full time for all children. In the absence of normal transition programs, teachers created videos for their new classes. More detailed transition programs created and offered to those children identified as needing it most.
- Class Dojo was reorganised for the new academic year for Year 1 to Year 6. Our reception classes have used Tapestry this year to communicate with families at home.
- Year groups returned to school in bubbles. Routines and rotas devised so bubbles didn’t cross. Assemblies recorded using Loom.
- Families access to hardware and internet surveyed in order for school to be able to quickly allocate devices to families in need during periods of self isolation.
- During periods of self-isolation, 13 DfE Chromebooks allocated to children without access to hardware. Internet access offered through Vodaphone sim cards and BT openzone wifi codes. These were returned and then offered to children self-isolating subsequently.
- Moved away from learning and research projects to lessons in order to provide new learning and extend prior learning.
- Teachers aligned medium term plans to Oak National Academy and White Rose Maths in order to utilise video resources so that immediate online videos could be provided during periods of self-isolation.
- Each week, all teachers posted Maths and English lessons aligned to lessons taught in school to the school website. This gave individual children and whole bubbles the ability to access some home learning from the first day of self-isolating.
- During periods of self isolation and bubble closure, learning from school could be replicated at home by using teaching videos to ensure children received clear explanations, supporting growth in confidence with new material through scaffolded practice. Children could acquire new knowledge and skills and could receive feedback on how to progress.
- Parent and pupil voice conducted targeting those families impacted by periods of self isolation. Blended learning policy created.
- Feedback loops created whereby good practice shared to all children in order to motivate children and demonstrate good practice on the Class Dojo class story.
- All teachers created Loom accounts to enable them to create videos. A minimum of 1 daily video provided alongside video lessons