Firstly, let me begin by saying thank you for all your kind gifts and well wishes in the form of all the cards and presents I got before we broke up for Christmas. The chocolates and treats were were very well received in my house (though I feel I didn’t get the lion’s share) and the beer was very refreshing! All the gifts and cards were very generous and I felt very touched. I hope the children liked their small gifts too (they were hand made by my girlfriend especially).
Now onto the important stuff… Apologies for the late update, I have been waiting on as much information as possible so that I don’t give any misinformation and am following the school policy that has been created for this scenario. Obviously I have the advantage of the wholly positive experience of the online learning we all did last time, but this scenario is a little different and so there are some changes and some things that will be very familiar. Please excuse the huge block of information!
First and foremost, Mrs Agunsoye will no longer be in class to help me deliver my lessons either online or with the children who will still be on site. At the moment I will be delivering lessons both to the class of children who still qualify as needing to come to school and online to every other child via Microsoft Teams just as before.
The morning lessons will remain very similar to how we went about it last time we did remote learning. Starting at 9.15, with half an hour input before I set the children on task. After allowing time for the children to finish their task I will address the whole class together to give a round-up of the lesson with feedback based on what I’ve seen in class and from the children online.
The second session will begin at 10.30 after the children have had a break. This lesson will follow the same format as the first lesson.
What has changed is that the afternoon sessions will also be on Teams! Every afternoon I will be delivering a 30 minute session where I will deliver fine motor skills, spelling, and speed sounds (including alien words).
I will then introduce the afternoon learning focus. The amount of input will change depending on the lesson focus (the timetable is available under the timetable tab on the blog). These sessions will begin at 12.45.
At 2.15 the children will log on for the last time for a reflection on afternoon learning and a look at all they have done in the day. This will be used as a chance for the children to have ‘Time to Talk’. In these session the aim is for the children to talk with their peers and within the new class environment about everything and anything. This will be very important in making sure that all the children feel connected to school even despite the lockdown!
I will always end the day with a class story and a goodbye message.
I hope this update is helpful. Hopefully, as before, things will become simpler as we get used to learning in this new format. I want you to know that I am committed to working as hard as I can to deliver the best possible learning for every child in my class (at home and at school). I am confident in all of our ability to rise to the challenges posed by this new direction just as the children have shown their ability to do so a thousand times over already.
Please do not hesitate to get in contact with me via the Y1 email! I will check them every day and endeavour to respond as swiftly as possible.
Thank you again everyone. Let’s continue to be the best class in the universe!