Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly, we hope that you are keeping safe and well? We wanted to contact you regarding the live lesson element of our blended curriculum that starts at 9:30am tomorrow Tuesday 12 January 2021.
We never thought we’d be writing to you as a member of our teaching staff but with that in mind, want to support you as much as we can. We appreciate that teaching your child over a prolonged period of time at home is a real challenge – our role is to support you to do this in the best way we can. In this communication, we will try and make really clear the expectations school has for home learning and live lessons!
Our blended curriculum offer is made up of several elements:
- Work set on SharePoint (our core offer)
- Activities you choose to do with your child
- Lessons available elsewhere such as those available on BBC2, CBBC and Oak National Academy
- Live lessons.
We also have our fantastic Virtual Curriculum that you can take advantage of!
The main area for pupils to make progress and cover the curriculum on a daily and weekly basis, is by accessing the work in SharePoint. This is the content your child would have been working had they been attending school under normal circumstances.
The live lessons are voluntary additional resources that we have put in place to enhance the existing work given in SharePoint and are set to take place at specific times. We understand that these are not going to be accessible to all pupils due to different arrangements at home. We can control the school environment but not over 500 home settings and that is why we are actively encouraging pupils to access these lessons, but will not be making them compulsory.
The live lessons are recorded and if pupils are unable access the live version, a recording of it will be saved in SharePoint in the relevant area to be watched later. This is now part of the work on SharePoint and should be completed as per subject teacher’s instructions.
Please us the following link to see how to access the Live Lessons STB Live Lessons on Teams – YouTube
Expectations of Behaviour:
We expect all pupils to behave in the live lessons as they would in school and follow the school behaviour policy.
We expect teachers to praise positive behaviour and challenge behaviour that doesn’t support effective teaching and learning or the positive culture of a Catholic school.
Teachers will cover Microsoft Teams etiquette as part of the initial sessions. They will also offer positive reminders of these from time to time.
The main points for Teams etiquette are:
- Be on time for the lesson and join the meeting a minute before the specified time
- Join the meeting with your microphone muted and your camera off
- Avoid having other people within sight of your camera
- Don’t use the chat facility in Teams other than when you are instructed by a teacher or have a sensible question
- Use the hands up feature if you are told to
- Mute your microphone unless you are asked to contribute
- Never share the live lesson anywhere else
- Follow the Acceptable Use Policy
- Complete follow up work on time
- Be positive and contribute when asked
Security and Permissions:
These videos can only be accessed by pupils and staff in our school via Office 365 which is password protected.
We would appreciate if you would give photo permission for your child’s image to be used in school. If this isn’t given, we will ask for your child’s camera to be turned off. This will impact on the ability of your child to contribute as effectively as they could.
You can change photo and video permissions via email to email@example.com
Review and Evaluation:
Over the next two weeks, we will be reviewing and evaluating the quality of the live lesson element in the blended curriculum. If it proves successful, well attended and engaged with, we may look to extend the programme in each key stage. We will be mindful of the amount of time that pupils may be spending in front of a screen and their general wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of the adults supporting pupils whilst at home.
Government guidelines suggest KS2 pupils (our years 5 and 6) spend no longer that 4 hours working online and 5 hours for KS3 (our years 7 and 8).
We’d suggest for most pupils that is a maximum.
Finally, I would like to say a huge thank you to you as Parents and Carers who have stepped up into this more formal teaching role. You are having a huge impact on the progress and attainment, as well as the mental health and wellbeing of your child.
As stated, we will be reviewing this provision and look forward to receiving your feedback and further improving, our blended curriculum.