Remote Learning January 2021

We would like to share information with pupils and parents or carers about how we provide remote education during current school closures to a majority of our children. The information supports understanding of what pupils, parents and carers can expect during this period of school closure.

Our approach to remote learning over recent months has evolved and been refined through consultation, research and experience. Our remote learning policy can be found on our school website page.  

We thank you for your ongoing support and hope the information provided will be of assistance. As always, please contact school if you require assistance with any issues or concerns.                                                          

Your child can access all remote learning from the platform Microsoft Teams.
Your child can access all remote learning from the platform Microsoft Teams.

What will my child be asked to do and how long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

Government guidance outlines the following:

KS1: Three hours a day on average across the cohort

Key Stage 2: Four hours a day

The time spent learning includes live meetings, feedback and assessment communication and welfare discussion and independent application

Your child will have access to the following, daily:

  • A pre-recorded daily introduction to the day and greeting by the class teacher on each 'Class Meeting Point'
  • A literacy, maths and foundation subject lesson with assigned work be completed. This may be supported by Powerpoints, video recordings and tasks for children to record in their exercise book which in turn can be upload to their Teams page
  • A pre-recorded daily story time for each class
  • A live daily meet for each class to see their friends: this allows the children the opportunity to catch up with peers, consolidate learning and work through short tasks such as maths, grammar, handwriting, spelling and reading. We have tried to stagger the times of these meeting to support children sharing devices.  The times of these meetings are as follows and can be found on your child’s meeting point team and their calender on Microsoft Teams:

Year 5 and 6:          9.15am

Years 3 and 4:        10:15am

Year 1 and 2:           11.15am

Reception:               11:45am Tuesday Wednesday and Friday                

Nursery:                 10am Monday

  • A recording of our celebration assembly will be posted every Monday on your child's Celebration Assembly Team.

When connecting to a live meet with the class, we ask that parents and children follow our guidelines:

  • Find a quiet room to take part in the lesson and to be dressed appropriately.
  • Have no other person present on the screen (a parent can support)
  • Do not download/share any video content
  • At the start, turn web camera on but mute the microphone
  • Do not record the session or cause it to be recorded.

Children can use the ‘chat’ feature to share ideas and support each other with learning.  However, please ensure that any conversations that the children participate in are solely around school work and the platform is not used as a social forum.

The activities, tasks and meeting set by school staff can be found in each of these different teams.  Your child's screen will look very similar to this.
The activities, tasks and meeting set by school staff can be found in each of these different teams. Your child's screen will look very similar to this.
A recording by Mrs. Watkins celebrating our weekly 'Star of the Week' will be uploaded to this class team every Monday.
A recording by Mrs. Watkins celebrating our weekly 'Star of the Week' will be uploaded to this class team every Monday.
Every child will be able to access story time in their 'Story Team'   on an afternoon.
Every child will be able to access story time in their 'Story Team' on an afternoon.
Children will be able to access 'live time' with their class from their Meeting Point Team or through their calendar.
Children will be able to access 'live time' with their class from their Meeting Point Team or through their calendar.
During our live meetings on a morning, staff will share their screen focusing on maths, grammar, spelling and handwriting.  Children will have a small amount of social time with their friends.
During our live meetings on a morning, staff will share their screen focusing on maths, grammar, spelling and handwriting. Children will have a small amount of social time with their friends.

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

Remote learning can be accessed through tablets, computers, smart phones and even gaming stations such as X-box and Playstation.

The class teachers have been in contact with you all to make sure that you can access your child’s learning platform, Microsoft Teams, and explained how it works for every year group. The children have had time in the Autumn term practising using this platform and would have received a list of login details to access Microsoft Teams and other resources such as Timestables Rockstars, Numbots and Purple Mash.  

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We conducted an audit of hardware and connectivity to assist us in issuing support at the beginning of the Autumn Term. We have utilised the DfE laptop initiative and used our own school devices to support those families needing support.  If circumstances change at home, we will do our utmost to support. In a small number of cases, we have hand delivered printed resource packs to families. However, we have made every effort to ensure all families have the necessary equipment to enable pupils to learn remotely. 

We have a small supply of routers. Parents and carers are also encouraged to contact their own internet provider in order to access discounts which are available.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Daily feedback is provided to children based on the work they submit. Pupils will receive feedback on their work ensuring they know it is valued and looked at. It is preferred that work is ‘handed in’ and uploaded to the set assignment via Microsoft Teams.  This way any written feedback can be sent back to the child with the work

Shared marking and self-marking is an effective strategy used to replicate the instant verbal feedback which is routinely provided in class. This approach enables children to learn from their mistakes and enhances their metacognition skills.

If you are having trouble submitting work or require assistance with any of the learning set each teacher has an individual e-mail address to support:

year6@blackfell.org.uk

year5@blackfell.org.uk

year4@blackfell.org.uk

year3@blackfell.org.uk

year2@blackfell.org.uk

year1@blackfell.org.uk

reception@blackfell.org.uk

nursery@blackfell.org.uk

The teacher and teaching assistant in each year group will be available to respond to messages and give support and feedback on work between 8.30am and 4.30pm. Please note that all staff are on a rota working in school supporting children of critical workers so they may not be able to respond immediately.

Children can view their assignments in each team and upload work for their teacher to view.  When working in a text book it would be great to take a photograph and upload this to 'add work.'
Children can view their assignments in each team and upload work for their teacher to view. When working in a text book it would be great to take a photograph and upload this to 'add work.'

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example, with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils.

Our routine differentiation ethos of collaboration, peer support scaffold, adult and by outcome (while having high expectations for all) are difficult to replicate remotely, however, teachers are providing bespoke work for individual pupils where necessary.

What is Well-Being Wednesday?

 Wednesday afternoon is Blackfell's official 'Well-Being Wednesday'.  We want children (and parents too if they can) to spend some time away from the screen.   The activities  should be away from  electronic devices and help to provide a break from your school work. Children will have a choice of three different tasks -they can always do more than one if they would like. The activities fall under three different headings: exercise, outdoors and mindfulness. It would be great to see some photographs!

Why Exercise? Not only are you keeping your body healthy you are also keeping your mind healthy. When you exercise, your brain releases chemicals that make you feel happier.

Why go outdoors? Being outdoors can lift your mood and it can help to clear your mind. It can also lead to increase in creativity! It helps you to appreciate the things around you and can make us feel refreshed.

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means slowing down to really notice what you're doing. Being mindful is the opposite of rushing or multitasking. When you're mindful, you're taking your time. You're focusing in a relaxed, easy way.

More information can be found on your 'health and well-being team button'.  Weekly Well-Being activities can also be found in 'Assignments' on your Other Curriculum Subjects Button every Wednesday.

Our Health and Well-Being button gives information on health and well-being and offers ways that you might use to look after yourself.
Our Health and Well-Being button gives information on health and well-being and offers ways that you might use to look after yourself.

A full PPT guide for parents on our school platform can be found below alongside instructions of how to log in to Microsoft Teams.

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For further information on internet safety please click the following link https://swgfl.org.uk/online-safety/10-online-safety-tips/ 

Advice on the coronavirus for places of education

Please see the above link for government advice on controlling the spread of coronavirus. 

 

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Children's Mental Health Week 2021

From Monday 1st - Friday 5th February 2021Blackfell will be participating in Children's Mental Health Week.  The theme this year is ‘Express Yourself’.
Monday 1st February- Oak National Academy has teamed up with Place2Be and BAFTA Kids to create a free assembly for Children's Mental Health Week 2021. This will take place at 9am and you can access the assembly here: https://classroom.thenational.academy/assemblies/childrens-mental-health-week-2021.
Look out for our Well-Being Wednesday activities.
Friday will be 'Dress to Smile Day' where we are encouraging all children to dress as a favourite character or where an accessory to make others smile. Children working at home and in school can join in.
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If you would like to contact school please e-mail school@blackfell.org.uk or telephone 0191 9171665

 

 Blackfell Primary School 2020/21

 

A reminder that the school office can only be accessed by e mail or telephone to minimise visitors to the school site.

Please find entry and exit times for children across school from

10th March 2021.

 


Class

Start time and entry point

Exit time and location

Nursery

8.45am

Nursery door

11.45am

Nursery door

(enter site at nursery gate from 11.40am)

Reception

 

8.45am

Reception class door

 

3.10pm

Reception class door

(enter site one way system Reception gate exit nursery gate)

Year 1

8.40am

KS1 stairs

Year 1 classroom

3pm

KS1 stairs

Year 2

From 8.40am

KS1 stairs

Year 2 classroom

3.05pm

KS1 stairs

Year 3

From 8.40am

KS2 playground

Year 3/4 door

Year 3 classroom

3.10pm

Main gate

Year 4

From 8.40am

KS2 playground

Year 3/4 door

Year 4 classroom

3.10pm

Main gate

Year 5

From 8.40am

KS2 playground

Year 5 classroom door

3.15pm

Main gate

Year 6

From 8.40am

KS2 playground

Year 5/6 door

Year 6 classroom

3.20 pm

Main gate

Please note all gates close at 9am prompt.

All classes open from 8.40am and children from a family can arrive together in the morning.

Children in years 5 and 6 can only walk home unaccompanied after parent/carers complete the relevant form. The form can be downloaded from the website.

Essential breakfast club is available at a cost of £2.50. Please contact the school office to book a place.

There will be no after school club until after the Easter holiday.. We hope to open our wide range of provision following updated government guidance. 

 

Please see the following link for the School Nursing Service Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GrowingHealthySunderland/

 

 

 Reading Books

We appreciate that many of you may have like to access reading books at home. Fortunately, one of of our reading schemes, Oxford Owl, have released many of their books as free e-books that can be read at home on tablets, laptops or computers. 

In order to access these books, you need to follow this link to create a log in. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/user/sign_up.html

Once you have verified your email address you will be able to view the free e-book library and the books available. To find your child's level, click on Levels then Oxford Level. 

Your child's class teacher has indicated your child's reading level in their home reading record to tell you which Oxford Level books your child should be reading. You can make a note of the book and pages your child has read in their reading diary as you would for school. 

 

 

 


Remote Learning March - July 2020

Please find the link to your child's class distance learning overview and resources below.


Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6