Following a period of closure in Spring and Summer 2020, Pilling St John’s CE Primary School and Nursery have developed a contingency plan, in line with DFE guidelines, in the need for a further lockdown in Lancashire or the country. Children will continue to be provided with an education remotely which is high quality and aligns as closely as possible with in-school provision.
All learning will be conducted using Tapestry, BBC provision, teachers’ own videos and other virtual online lessons. Microsoft Teams will be used, as developmentally appropriate, to deliver social sessions, story and song time, worship, small group or 1:1 follow up sessions, 1:1 reading and learning clinics where children can 'drop in' and ask questions about their learning to their teacher. This will allow staff to keep in daily contact in a professional and confidential manner with their class. Teachers will be able to schedule learning in a manner that does not overwhelm our children. Teaching and learning can be tailored, changed and updated as time progresses, allowing for replication of classroom activity to the best of our ability. In all communications we will prioritise the wellbeing of our children and parents. If any parents feel they need further support in any way, we ask that you contact your class teaching staff, who will only be too happy to help.
Identified possible lockdown scenarios:
- Individual children who are waiting to be tested/isolating.
- A partial lockdown involving bubbles of children.
- A longer term whole school lockdown.
- Key worker/vulnerable pupils in school only.
- Short term teacher absence
- Long term teacher absence
The Need for Flexibility of Learning
We realise that the circumstances that cause our school to close will affect families in a number of ways. In our planning and expectations, we are aware of the need for flexibility from all sides.
- Parents may be trying to work from home so access to technology as a family may be limited.
- Parents may have two or more children trying to access technology and need to prioritise the needs of young people studying towards GCSE/A Level accreditation.
- Teachers may be trying to manage their home situation and the learning of their own children.
- Systems may not always function as they should.
- An understanding of, and willingness to adapt to, these difficulties on all sides is essential for success.
We believe that it is in the best interests of our children that we continue to provide structured support to the best of our ability. It must be noted that the work children engage in during a period of closure will be part of our current planning and so cannot be considered as optional.
Where do I find information about my child's home learning?
You will find the latest letters and home learning timetables in the children's area of this website or by using the link below.
Each day videos and follow up activities will be posted in line with the timetable, on Tapestry.
If you have any questions about your child's home learning, do not hesitate to contact their class teacher.