Remote Learning Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

Teachers, TA's and the Remote Learning Coordinators have been busy setting up Google Classrooms for your child. Each pupil has been allocated a class on Google Classrooms.

Your child has a timetable on their classroom with links to the lesson they would have in school. Some of the lessons will be live, some will be a written assignment and some will be a pre-recorded lesson.

The timetable follows the same timetable as your child's class in school, this is to ensure that your child has the opportunity to keep up with the curriculum being delivered during this time.

Your child has live check-in points throughout the day to talk to their teacher and TA. These check-in points have been added to help your child with their work, to check on their wellbeing and to support them if they are struggling with any of the assignments. It also gives them the opportunity to feel part of their class even though they are working at home.

Your child will get a mark in the register to show they are interacting with remote learning during the school day. They will get a different mark for if they complete work outside of the school day.  They also get a mark for completing their paper-based tasks.

The purpose of the timetable is to:

  • Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life.
  • At the end of the day, have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over.
  • Create and stick to a routine.
  • Provide the correct equipment in order for your child to complete the work given.
  • Designate a working space if possible.
  • Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day to keep your child active.
  • Reinforce the importance of children staying safe online.
  • Be aware of what your child is being asked to do, including: sites they will be asked to use and the school staff your child will interact with.
  • Emphasise the importance of a safe online environment
  • Encourage your child to work to the best of their ability and praise their efforts.

If your child is waiting for a laptop they will be completing paper-based work supplied by your child teacher. This will be delivered and collected each Friday. Your child will get feedback on their work by their class teacher. We have been assured the laptops will arrive from the DfE shortly. Thank you for your patience with this, I know that it is frustrating.

We understand that this is a difficult time, and parents may be feeling under pressure. Please rest assured that we are here to support you. Each child has been allocated a Remote Learning Coordinator to support you and your child. They are available throughout the school day to offer support and advice.

We realise that the whole situation is very challenging for everyone and we greatly appreciate all of the really positive and supportive comments that so many parents have taken time to make. We are working on improving remote learning all of the time so please send us your feedback if you have any concerns.

We really hope that your child and yourselves enjoy the learning that teachers have planned and we will support with as much as possible. However, we are also extremely grateful for the support that you are able to give your child while they are unfortunately unable to attend school.

Best Wishes

Miss Gower

sgower@theobseratoryschool.wirral.sch.uk

 

 

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