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Beech Class

If your child (or the class bubble) needs to self isolate, the Year 2 team will be in contact with home learning when it is necessary.

 

Teaching Team: Mr Mackinnon, Mrs Banner and Mrs Johnson 

beech@st-barnabas.kent.sch.uk

 

Dear Beech Parents/Carers,

We are so excited to welcome all pupils back to school this week. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the hard work and resourcefulness you have shown during this most recent period of school closure.

As our school opens again to all children, we are writing to remind you of the home learning provision that is in place while school is open so that we can work together to best support your child while at school and at home. We are also writing to inform you of how we are planning to support pupils to continue to learn from home during periods of isolation and indeed future periods of partial/whole school closure.

Please read the following information carefully and do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher directly if you have any questions or queries. 

From next week, if your child is able to attend school on a full time basis, the diet of home learning activities that they will now receive is as follows:

  • Weekly Learning Update: Each week we will post a weekly learning update on the Year 2 Blog. This will keep you updated on your child’s main learning activities for the upcoming week.
  • Reading: We expect all children in Year 2 to read for at least 10 minutes, 5 times per week. We kindly request that book bags and reading records are brought in to school every day.
  • Online Activities: Each week, your child will be set an online learning activity. This will alternate between an online phonics/spelling activity and an online Maths activity. You can find details of this activity each week by visiting the Year 2 Blog. All relevant passwords and login details will be stuck into your child’s home learning book.
  • Home Learning Books:  Each week, we will send pupils home with an activity to complete in their home learning book. This will alternate between a Maths activity and a Writing activity. In Beech Class, home learning books will be handed out every Wednesday and collected every Monday. We will also upload this activity onto the Year 2 Blog along with any digital resources (learning videos for example) that may support your child with their learning at home. This work can be submitted by returning your child’s home learning book or by sending it in via the class email address: beech@st-barnabas.kent.sch.uk.
  • Wider Curriculum Activities: After the Easter holidays, we will create a wider curriculum activity matrix for your child. We will stick a copy into your child’s home learning book and add a digital version to the Year 2 Blog. Completion of these activities is not compulsory and families can choose how many of these activities they complete each term. If your child would like to share a completed wider curriculum activity with their teacher, they can put it in to their home learning book and hand it in or send it in via the class email address.

If your child needs to learn from home because they are isolating, families should:

  • Read the Weekly Learning Update each Monday to establish which of these learning activities can be completed at home individually and/or with parental support. If you require additional support from your child’s class teacher, please contact them directly via the class email address.
  • Increase the amount of time you spend reading from 10 minutes to at least 20 minutes, 5 times per week. Parents can support their child to engage with the text that they are reading by referring to the ‘7 Top Tips to Support Reading at Home’ document that is attached to this correspondence. We will also attached this document to the Year 2 Blog. If you would like advice on how to support your child’s reading during a period of isolation or would like to arrange the collection of reading material, please contact your child’s class teacher directly via the class email address.
  • Complete the weekly online maths/spelling/phonics activity that has been set. When such activities have been completed, please send an email notifying your child’s class teacher that additional online activities are required. If appropriate, your child’s class teacher will set additional online activities and send details for how they can be accessed.
  • Use the Year 2 Blog to access the Maths/Writing activity that has been set. When such activities have been completed, please send an email submitting the completed work to your child’s class teacher. Your child’s class teacher can then provide your child with feedback on their learning. If appropriate, your child’s class teacher will set additional Maths and Writing activities to be completed. If you need any support or guidance on the completion of Maths or Writing activities while your child is learning from home, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher via the class email address. 
  • If available, use the wider curriculum activity matrix to select additional learning activities to complete. Pupils are welcome to complete as many of these activities as they wish during their period of isolation. Pupils can submit completed pieces of learning by sending them into their class email address. Your child’s class teacher can then provide your child with feedback on their learning.

In the event of a full or partial school closure, a personalised programme of home learning will be provided for your child:

  • Daily posts will be delivered on the Year 2 Blog to direct pupil’s learning.
  • Live lessons and learning videos will be used to introduce pupils to new and tricky concepts.
  • Reading, Writing, Maths and Wider Curriculum activities will be attached to the Year 2 Blog in line with our usual time table.
  • Online Spelling, Phonics and Maths activities will be set and signposted on the Year 2 Blog.
  • If available, the wider curriculum activity matrix will be used to enrich pupil’s access the wider curriculum.
  • The class email address will be used for pupils to submit completed work and for class teachers to deliver feedback to pupils on their learning.
  • Completed pieces of learning will be displayed on the Year 2 Blog to celebrate achievement.

If you have any questions or queries relating to any matter discussed in this correspondence or indeed any matter relating to your child’s learning, please do not hesitate to contact us via the class email address.

Many thanks for your continued support,

The Beech Team

 

Just a few reminders:

PE Kit – It is essential that your child has a house T-shirt, shorts and plimsolls or trainers in school every day so that they can participate in PE activities. In addition, long tracksuit type trousers are useful in the Winter months for outside PE. Long hair needs to be tied back for PE so please ensure your child wears a hairband to school. Also, earrings need to be removed or covered with tape during PE lessons. If your child is unable to remove their own earrings, please provide some microporous tape to cover them. This term, PE will be on a Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child’s belongings are labelled.

Water Bottles

In order to help your child stay hydrated and be ready to learn, please make sure that they bring a labelled water bottle to school with them every day. We kindly ask that bottles are filled with water only- rather than juices or squash.

Pencil Cases

There is no need for your child to bring in any additional stationary. Currently, we have provided each child with a personal set of stationary which only they use. No additional stationary resources are required.

Toys and Games

In order to help us avoid any unnecessary distractions from our learning and stay safe, we kindly request that toys and games from home are not brought into school.  

Show and Tell

In order to minimise objects brought into school from home, we kindly ask that show and tell items are not brought into the classroom until further notice. If your child would like to tell us about something they have been doing then we would love to hear about it.

If you have any concerns or queries about information included in this letter or any other matter relating to your child’s education, please do not hesitate to contact us via the class email address: beech@st-barnabas.kent.sch.uk

 

Many thanks,


Mr Mackinnon, Mrs Banner and Mrs Johnson