Your child will have returned home on Friday with a single exercise book in which they can record home learning until normal service resumes. The book has squared-paper pages and to allow for written and mathematical work. Please help your child to keep this book neat and tidy and to treat it like any other exercise book in school (underlined dates on each page, no decoration on the cover, work through in order, rule off as necessary).
It will not be possible to mark all the work when the children return to school but there will be opportunities to share with the class and me any work they have completed.
The inside front cover of the book contains a list of passwords for various online services. Please do remind your child that passwords should not be shared with others and give the usual reminders about staying safe online.
My intention is to post work and suggested activities for each week on a Monday. These will be posted to the class Edmodo page (see below). I do not plan to set work for what would have been the Easter holidays. As this scenario unfolds it will be necessary to review this provision. If the closure is prolonged then we may need to consider live video lessons with small groups but this is some way off.
Please do continue to make time to read with your child even if they read aloud fluently. Talking with an adult around a text - both fiction and non-fiction - helps to build vocabulary and a deeper understanding.
Online services for children
Edmodo (www.edmodo.com ) is a social learning network that I have used for some years in Class 4. This will be the central hub of communication between me and Class 4. The children will need to look here for the week’s learning and can also discuss work with me and other children. I will respond to messages as quickly as I can but I can’t guarantee immediate responses! The service can be accessed using a browser or an app. All children have an account and I have set these up to be anonymous. The site is secure and Class 4 is accessible only to those invited.
Mathletics, Spellodrome and Readiwriter are all in current use in Class 4 and for homework. I will use these routinely to set work. SPAG.com (www.spag.com ) will be familiar to some Y6 children. I will use this to set tasks to practise spelling, punctuation and grammar. Espresso (http://central.espresso.co.uk ) will be used for researching topic work and for accessing Discovery Coding to practise coding skills.
If you have any questions or concerns then please feel free to email me via the school office as normal. Please do also follow Class 4’s Twitter account (www.twitter.com/class4foxton ) for updates.
Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding in these uncharted circumstances!