Agreed Local Authority advice for sending work home is as follows:
• If pupils are off schools as they are unwell, work is not required to be provided as pupils are likely not to be well enough to complete it.
• If schools go into a partial or full lockdown, schools will implement their blended/distance learning plans; work will be provided for pupils.
• If pupils have to go into quarantine, for example, after a trip abroad, no work is required to be set as the teachers will be teaching in class.
• If pupils are not attending school due to worries related to the virus, no work is required to be provided as school attendance is mandatory. In these cases, the school’s Education Welfare Officer will support families with re-integration.
In Llanrhidian Primary School, our approach to learning is flexible enough to adapt to different scenarios and differing amounts of in-school learning and learning at home or elsewhere. The following outlines what will happen in the event of a full or partial school closure. Please note, if staff are unable to work due to illness, some of the elements outlined in this policy may be disrupted.
Priorities for learning
- Health and well-being: learning will support learners’ mental, emotional, physical and social well-being as well as recognising the importance of outdoor learning and play.
- Purpose: all learning will have a clear purpose in mind, focused around what is important for learners now and in the longer-term.
- Literacy, numeracy and digital competence: learners will have opportunities to develop and apply these skills across the curriculum
- Broad and balanced: learners will have learning experiences which span a broad curriculum and which includes opportunities to develop a breadth of understanding and a range of knowledge and skills.
- Progression and assessment: learners will make meaningful progress throughout this period. Learning will be designed to consolidate existing knowledge and skills, and support increasing depth and sophistication of learning over time. We encourage the use of assessments to help learners move to the next steps in their learning.
- Partnership with parents, carers and learners: We will develop a common understanding and language with parents, carers and learners, this can help underpin learning and support learning experiences.
Health & well-being
The ongoing pandemic means that learners may continue to spend varying amounts of time learning remotely. Learners who are not content, safe and secure will not learn effectively.
We will support our pupils’ mental and emotional well-being that is appropriate to the age and stage of the learners. Examples include:-
- Daily check-ins
- High pupil staff ratios to support and address pupils’ needs
- Adherence to the school’s Mentally Healthy School model
- Wellbeing and self-regulating zones for pupils
- Access to appropriate agencies
- Positive relationships with parents/carers and effective systems of communication
- Daily Relax and Refuel time
We will support our pupils’ physical well-being that is appropriate to the age and stage of the learners. Examples include:-
- Daily Puff
- Outdoor physical education sessions
- Outdoor Health and Well-being lessons
Literacy, numeracy and digital competence
We understand the needs of our learners. We know what knowledge, skills and dispositions we want our learners to develop. Learning will focus on raising standards in literacy, numeracy and digital competence. These skills, for the foundations of learning and are essential for learners to be able to unlock knowledge.
An adapted approach to learning in Llanrhidian Primary School will provide authentic opportunities to develop and apply literacy, numeracy and digital skills, embedded in all learning across a broad and balanced curriculum. We will use a wide range of topics, activities and resources to develop knowledge and skills. It is important that these skills are embedded within other broader learning rather than seeking to apply them in isolation to wider learning.
This will include opportunities across learning time to:
- Develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills
- Apply numeracy and solve problems in real-life situations
- Use a range of technologies to function, communicate and make sense of the world.
Progression and assessment
Over the course of the disruption caused by a full or partial school closure, our expectation is that all learners should continue to make meaningful progress.
Our staff will determine what the steps of progression are for our learners. The purpose of assessment is to support each individual learner to make progress at an appropriate pace, ensuring that they are challenged and supported appropriately.
We will use a range of means of assessment and feedback to help our learners make progress. Examples of assessment include:-
- Assessment of My Maths tasks (In “Home Quests” on website)
- Assessment of Reading Eggs tasks (In “Home Quests” on website)
- Assessment of completed “Flip Bit” tasks (In “Pod Flip Bits” on website)
Examples of assessment include:-
- Face to face feedback on return to school
- Written online feedback (to parents or pupils)
- Termly report to parents
Partnership with parents, carers and learners
Learners: Active engagement between the learner and staff regularly is at the heart of the learning process and is especially important as learners continue to learn in different places and take more ownership of their learning as a result.
Learners will be supported to develop self-regulation skills and to take responsibility for their learning, engaging in dialogue and communicating with staff regarding what they are learning, how they are learning and their progression in learning.
We will support all learners appropriately.
Parents and Carers: The participation of parents and carers in learning is essential for developing learning experiences that involves learning inside and outside school. Parents and carers engaging with learner at all ages will help consolidate school-based learning. We will communicate with parents, carers and learners to understand their roles in this process.
What kind of learning can I expect for my child?
Scenario 1: My child is unwell with symptoms and waiting for a test - Most children are in school learning with the class teacher. Home learning will be available here:
Scenario 2: Most of the podlet are off, but some are still in school - Teacher is still in school. Home learning will be available here:
Scenario 3: All children in the podlet are at home- Teacher may be in school or at home. Home learning will be available here:
Scenario 4: All children in podlet are home and teacher is ill:- Teacher is not in school and cannot prepare online work. Limited home learning will be available here: