Home learning will be set through Tapestry for Reception, Go4Schools for Years 1 and 2, and Google Classroom for Years 3 – 5. Learning will be set every day and we will ensure that it is uploaded by 6pm in the evening in preparation for the following day. 

Each year group will have daily home learning expectations. These will help to support families with a daily routine for learning – something we know that was very important in the previous lockdown period. Some days you may spend longer or shorter time periods on the daily learning expectations, depending on the main work set, but we hope that these will help parents to always have purposeful tasks to hand, particularly where parents may be juggling supporting more than one child, and where they may well also be working from home. Learning will take many different forms but will include at least one pre-recorded video of teaching every day as well as resources and activities. Each year group has shared the timetable for the week so that parents can see how the whole curriculum will be taught.

Reception and Year 1 parents: please come to the Larch office to pick up an exercise book for your child’s home learning. All should be recorded here please. We will ask the children to bring their books to school when we return so that we have a record of home learning. Reception parents can use Tapestry to upload tasks for feedback and Year 1 parents can use the home learning email address especially set up: Year1homelearning@simonballe.herts.sch.uk

Year 2: please support children to upload their learning to their folder on the google drive (daily please). Electronic work can be uploaded directly, as can photos of written work. Children will receive feedback on their work: this can take a variety of forms, including individual comments or emails, whole class feedback and scores for mini quizzes.

Years 3 – 5: please upload everything to the google classroom. As with Year 2 above, here your learning will be valued and feedback will be given. 

We are happy to support with changing children’s reading books. On a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, between 10am and 12pm, please come to the Larch office. Reading books will be placed in quarantine boxes, and after using hand sanitiser you can then take new books, all organised by reading colour/level. 

Friday will always be Wellbeing Friday! We will set activities to specifically support your children’s physical and emotional wellbeing. Whilst you and your children are hopefully enjoying these activities in the afternoon on a Friday, teachers will not be contactable so that they can have planning and preparation time for the following week.

Further uplifting optional challenges will arrive weekly! These include Mr Leonard and Mr Goodson’s google classroom with a range of PE activities and a healthy cooking challenge weekly, and the Simon Balle bake off beginning with bread week in the week beginning 25th January. 

If you need to discuss an issue relating to remote learning, please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance. Mrs Kirk is the member of staff with overall responsibility for remote learning in the Primary phase.