Protocol for Home Learning
This is of course a very worrying time for our families and we will be doing all we can to update and support you. We will all be spending a bit more time at home over the next few weeks. More of us will be apart or by ourselves than ever before, and it is going to be harder for some of us than it is for others. Technology will be crucial for us to keep in touch.
While your child is off school, Teachers have been asked to set a number of learning tasks each week or fortnight for their class. Choice over tasks will be encouraged to give pupil’s ownership and to ensure that they can be suitably challenged.
It is important that parents understand that no amount of preparation or resources will replicate the typical school day and any attempt to provide educational continuity will be carried out with the aim of supporting parents in the education of their child as best we can, given the unprecedented situation facing our Island community.
Technology can be a huge enabler for supporting learning whether that is at school or at home. We intend to use this to communicate learning tasks for children to engage with and of course update parents with information and advice.
What parents can expect
Each week/fortnight your child’s class teacher will release a learning pack that will contain a variety of tasks and suggested resources that your child can choose from while they are off. Some classes will receive their learning by email (Rec, Y3/5), some classes via ItsLearning (Y1/2/4) and some via Google Classroom (Y6).
If by email, this will be sent to parents via the school administrator each Monday morning. All communication will go through the school administrator.
Please do not contact teachers directly at this time via email or social media. If there is an urgent concern, please contact the school administrator at VallajeeltEnquiries@sch.im and your email will be forwarded accordingly.
Response times will vary depending on the concern and availability of the intended recipient.
Many suggested tasks or resources will involve children going online. Children should already be familiar with key messages about staying safe online. Any sustained period of online activity should be monitored.
Children also need to be equipped with the tools to ensure that their experience is safe and how to respond should the need arise.
Resources to support online safety can be found at:
Passwords and usernames
Each child will have some experience of online learning platforms we already use to support learning such as ItsLearning and Googledocs. Passwords and usernames for sites that are to be utilised in learning packs will be re-issued by teachers where necessary.
Feedback on learning
Teachers may monitor home learning set on ItsLearning and Google Classroom. Teachers will not be able to provide feedback on activities provided via email. Parents are of course encouraged to provide praise and support for their children who are carrying out the tasks provided.