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Home Learning and Critical Workers.

Dear Parents,

Many thanks for your support over the last 24 hours as we have responded to the latest Government announcement about the national lockdown- it has certainly been a busy day!

Home learning

The home learning provision we will be offering is centred around the class blogs and the SeeSaw app – hopefully this will now be familiar to most of you following its use last term. Each day, there will be links to activities and further links to videos that offer explanations of lesson content. Teachers will offer feedback using  SeeSaw, with more detailed feedback on one piece of work per day, and will create short videos of themselves to encourage and motivate the children. Oak National Academy and White Rose maths video lessons will be used - they are recommended by the Department for Education and were created by the government, at huge expense, to support home learning during the current pandemic. Parents will be able to use class emails to ask their child’s class teacher questions.

Some parents have asked why KPNS doesn’t offer live lessons. I have asked all schools in Equals Trust this morning if they offer live lessons – no schools that have replied offer live lessons and all intend to use the videos that KPNS children will be able to access. 

Tomorrow Mrs King will do a video blog to talk you (and the children) through how you can use the learning mats to support with home learning. We know how hard it is for our parents at home but there is a raised expectation on learning from home in comparison to last time. The good news is, WE ARE HERE TO HELP!!

Critical Worker Status

Many thanks to those parents that completed our critical worker survey so promptly, allowing us to plan our critical worker provision. It is clear that far more parents have identified themselves as critical workers this year compared to the previous lockdown. Today, every teacher is in school teaching their own year group bubble and, with some support from a teaching assistant, managing home learning at the same time. 

We have sent out a critical worker booking form for next week today- please complete this as soon as you can. For the rest of this week, we are expecting those children identified on yesterday’s survey in school. Many thanks for your help with this – please call us if you would like to discuss critical worker provision.

For children who are joining us in school, please attend in school uniform with suitable footwear for PE. All school meals will be available as usual. The school day will run from 9am to 3:30pm (including F1 children). Please call the school office if you have any questions, Mrs King, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Buttery will be working their usual hours and are happy to help with anything.  

I hope you and your families remain well during these challenging times.


Kind regards,

Peter Cresswell