Over the next couple of days, our staff will continue to prepare for learning at home. In addition to the activities shared earlier today, teachers will be using Class Dojo to set a small number of additional activities each week. We encourage children to complete these and to submit their work to their teachers via Class Dojo. As I’m sure you will all appreciate, many of our staff have young families and/or elderly relatives that they will be caring for. We ask you to understand that teachers may not respond to you straight away, but you should receive a response within 24 hours. If you experience any difficulties sharing work via Dojo, we have set up a new email address: email@example.com which will be monitored regularly. If you put the teacher’s name in the subject of your message, we will ensure that it reaches the appropriate staff member.
I would like to take this opportunity to reassure you about the expectations we have for children learning at home. It is usual for an experienced and trained teacher to get five hours work out of a large group of children because those children expect to do just that when at school. We know that the special and unique relationship between parent and child is not the same as our teacher:pupil relationship. Five hours of school work at home is not at all realistic. That is why we are suggesting short bursts of learning, probably about 20 minutes in length, carrying out tasks that children are familiar with or that are fun as well as educational. What is important is that children have some sort of routine or schedule for this work to help them make a successful return to school when we re-open.
We really appreciate your help in these challenging circumstances and will do our best to provide continued support over the coming weeks.