We have worked hard to ensure the school can continue to offer a broad and rich curriculum and where there have been barriers in our way we have worked together to work around them. Although we hope that the majority of our children will now have an uninterrupted experience, there is the possibility that an individual child, a class bubble, or indeed the whole school, will need to self-isolate for a period of time. We have therefore put in place a plan for remote learning so that all children can continue with their education. This meets the expectations set out in the DfE guidance ‘Remote Education Support’
We are planning to offer blended learning for any child who has to self isolate due to a family member being unwell and a fully remote learning offer for bubbles and the whole school if we are forced to go into lockdown again. If a child does not have access to a computer/laptop and/or the internet, the school will do all it can to support children and will provide paper packs of learning. Where funding can be accessed, remote devices (eg, laptops) and/or 4G connections will be sought, particularly for disadvantaged children. With this in mind please could we ask parents to notify us of any barriers to accessing remote learning so we can put plans in place. Paper copies will still be available for anyone who requires them.
When we locked down in April, Remote Learning was something for the future. The staff have worked tirelessly in ensuring that if your child is self-isolating or if the bubble bursts and the children are learning from home, that their learning continues.
Ethelbert Road Primary is committed to adjusting our curriculum to ensure our children can recover quickly from the pandemic, both academically and mentally. We have made plans to quickly re-embed routines, expectations, standards, relationships and values in order to give our children the stability, structure, opportunities, freedom and friendship they have missed. As professionals we understand that teaching is relationship based, therefore at the heart of these plans are our children, their parents and the school community. Our Curriculum pedagogy will transform the children’s experiences at school, provide structure and ensure a rich curriculum is delivered in the most effective way. We aim to quickly rebuild relationships by fostering collaboration, empathy, confidence and self-expression. We will sequence our curriculum content so that children meaningfully revisit and build upon their knowledge, understanding and skills. Our children will have the opportunity to work together on purposeful, absorbing and rewarding tasks.