Please login to Office 365 to acess lessons virtually through Microsoft Teams video calls, work assigned in Teams with the activities and resources being accessed through the class OneNote. The resources in OneNote will link to the online activities through programmes such as Purple Mash, Accelerated Maths and Literacy Planet, to name a few.
Advice is being issued daily by the Department for Education to schools and we are following this guidance closely. We are advised that parents should not be unduly worried about the possibility of their children catching the Coronavirus and there is no reason why your child should not continue to attend school as normal at this present time. Please be advised this advice may change suddenly and we will endeavour to keep all parents updated via text message, email and social media.
Keep up to date with the latest government guidance
We are working hard to compile a collection of how-to guides to support parents in enabling their children to learn from home in the event of a school closure. If a link does not appear to be working please come back later, we endeavour to publish them as swiftly as possible.
The table below outlines what learning resources are relevant to which key-stage.
Need help navigating your way around these learning resources? Download one of our PDF help guides.
Teams - Meetings and Calendars
Teams - Workbooks and Accessing Resources
The school has a wide range of resources to watch and interact with, supporting pupils and parents at home, helping to consolidate your child’s learning and exploring new ideas. These resources include some curriculum websites that each child can log into individually, so that they can access personalised activities that have been set by the class teacher. Please select the school that your child/ren are in to browse learning resources and log in.
Freqently asked questions
For the latest health advice and government guidance on please refer to the government website using the links above.
Can my child still be educated during a school closure?
If we are advised to close the schools, we have put in place several measures to enable us to still deliver education to the pupils while they are at home. Teachers will be able to deliver lessons virtually through Microsoft Teams video calls, work assigned in Teams with the activities and resources being accessed through the class OneNote. The resources in OneNote will link to the online activities through programmes such as Purple Mash, Accelerated Maths and Literacy Planet, to name a few. We also plan to issue the children with additional library books.
Where activities are completed on paper we will look to provide exercise books and pens should you not have these available at home. If you could purchase these now yourself, this would be very helpful.
To facilitate the online lesson delivery, we have asked the teachers to develop lesson banks to use over an extended period of closure. While we will not be able to deliver a full 9am to 3.30pm programme, we will be able to offer lessons during that period that can be accessed either live, or later via a recording, as we recognise that siblings may find it difficult to access live lessons at the same time. There will be a good mixture of input and individual work to fill a school day.
Our expectation is that children will engage with the school work from home, should the school close. We will still register those who log into the lessons from home, support them virtually in achieving the work and will mark and feedback to children on the work that they have submitted through Microsoft Teams assignments.
What if I don’t have a suitable device at home?
We have confirmed that our insurers are happy for pupils to borrow a school device to enable them to access online lessons. This would be possible for children in the older KS2 year groups but we would rather not have to manage the loan of equipment where your children can access their work from your home devices. The school devices are currently set up to work only at school and so we are working with our IT support firm to deploy any changes to the devices so they can also be used off the network.
Please be aware that any damage to the device carries an excess of £250, so children will need to be extremely careful and keep the device safe. You will need to sign for the device and commit to pay this excess if the device is broken whilst in your care.
In order to determine how many families would benefit from the loan of a device, we are setting up a Microsoft Form for you to complete. We will also ask on this form whether you require exercise books and pens. I will send this form to you in the coming day or two.
How will I know when lessons are being broadcast?
A calendar invite will be sent out by your child’s teacher inviting them to join the lesson. This will go to their school email. We will also send you the link for them to join the lesson. A follow up link to this will be added to the OneNote pages to facilitate access to a recording later.
How can I support my child in getting online?
We will be providing support to parents on the use of the IT systems through training workshops where you can come into school with your device and receive support on using Office365, Microsoft Teams and OneNote. If the schools do close, we will also be able to provide remote training and support sessions that will be delivered via Microsoft Teams, as we currently do for all our parent events.
Please ensure that your child has their usernames and passwords for Office365 and the various online learning resources that we use. Do let us know if you do not have the password information sheets which we provided you when they started school, for your child to access the home learning activities.
What if I have little or no broadband at home?
We understand that this can be an issue for some people, particularly in more rural areas sometimes. Pupils will be able to access the lessons via a 4G signal on a phone if that is possible in your area and with your phone contract.
How will I be informed if the school closes?
We will send out a text message, an email as well as posting to our social media channels. Staff will be able to work from home and will be able to access phone lines and email accounts.
What precautions are in place at the school now?
In the meantime, the schools are taking many precautions to avoid the virus spreading. Mr Bishop held a whole Trust wide assembly for all pupils and staff in Broadclyst, Westclyst and Yeo Valley alongside Tracey Wills-Cornwell, the school Nurse, they gave advice regarding how to wash hands effectively and the need to do this regularly. Staff are ensuring that all children wash their hands before each lunch sitting. We also talked to the children about the need to catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue, put the tissue in a bin and then wash their hands.
We will also be displaying information from Public Health England about the Coronavirus across the school sites for parents, visitors and staff. We are asking all visitors to the schools to confirm that they have not visited any of the Foreign Office designated category 1 or 2 countries. We will ensure that any visitors who, according to the guidance, should be self-isolating will not be given access to the school sites.
What happens if there is a confirmed case within the school community?
The school will need to inform Public Health England and we will follow their instructions as to what action to take next. We will keep parents fully informed. There have been rumours circulating that there have been confirmed cases in our school communities, but we have not been informed of any and where concerns have been raised we have contacted those individuals. If you believe that you or your children are showing signs of the virus please self-isolate and contact NHS 111 and keep us informed.
Will school trips and residentials still go ahead?
We are aware that there are some trips and residentials going ahead in the coming weeks. As is the case with all trips we will work closely with the venues and continue to risk assess whether they are deemed safe to go ahead. We will review our plans taking into account the current Government guidelines and keep the relevant year group parents informed, should for any reason we need to cancel.