Longer closure – work moving online

Dear families,

We hope you are doing OK in these challenging and stressful times. Each and every family is under pressure in different ways at the moment. Some families have a sickness, some families have frontline workers who are under severe pressure and other families have other specific needs right now.

Please be aware that all of the work we send from the school is optional to you depending on your own circumstances. Please do not attempt school work if there is stress in your household.

These are unprecedented times and the most important thing now is to acclimatise to this new ‘normal’. We need to make sure we are happy and safe before we focus on learning. Our first priority is making sure that all our families are safe. Children will only learn when they are happy and content. If there is stress in your household do not add to it by attempting to home school. Take care of yourselves and your families, and mind your health and wellbeing. Try to keep a happy balance in the home.

Closed for longer

It seems unlikely we’ll be back to school any time soon. The minister has announced we will not be back at least until April 19th – but all schools are planning for longer term closures. We have already provided work for the children that will take them up to the Easter holidays – this is already on the school website and links were sent via text message.

To cater for a longer school closure, we are moving on to the next stage of teaching and learning provision from the school which involves going ‘online’.

Specifically, in the first week after Easter the school will deliver all learning material to you via the Seesaw platform.

What is Seesaw?

Seesaw is an online platform that allows pupils to engage with their teachers. It allows teachers to share activities with the pupils and it allows pupils to send work back to their teachers for assessment. You can find out all you need to know about Seesaw from their website: https://web.seesaw.me/

Seesaw has three versions: One is for teachers (Teacher App) – one is for the pupils (Class App) – and one is for the parents (Family App). You can access Seesaw from a tablet or iPad – you just download the free App. Or you can access Seesaw from a laptop or PC via their website – https://web.seesaw.me/

Watch this video for more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=_dyQaeLva4Y&feature=emb_logo

What to do now

Right now you should check out Seesaw but there is no need to do anything else. Teacher’s will send you an invite to join their Seesaw class via the Class Dojo or via email. We have lots of parents emails. If we do not have yours, we will give you a call to get if from you and get you set up.

All of this will take time to put in place. Our teachers have started learning Seesaw today and it will take time for them to get up to speed. This is new for all of us – but we will do our best. We are aiming to be up and running in the first week back after the Easter holidays, but if some teachers are ready next week they may send you the invite then. We will send further information about what you can expect in this next stage in the coming days.

Take care of yourselves. Keep safe and well. We are looking forward to seeing all of you back in the school soon.

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