Each pupil is now issued with a home learning pack that is personal to them and links to their 12 month outcomes set in their EHCP. Parents/carers are asked to contact school if they need support with any resources and we will support as much as we can. Teachers can offer advice. If a pupil is not in school due to isolation for a period of time then the teacher will call. The packs can be updated with further activities or outcomes extended through discussions with teachers. Parents are asked to contact the teacher as necessary.
We are aware that some pupils are having to isolate. The government has stated that remote learning for young children and children with SEND will for most be through their parents/carers. We would encourage parents/carers to ask teachers if they want any further advice and guidance or more work for their children. This is not to add any pressure on families as all circumstances are different, we just want parents/carers to know that this can be provided.
Teachers can if pupils have to isolate for a week or two weeks provide work if parents/carers wish on wider curriculum subjects.
Alongside above links to support home learning are below. Content has been extended and will continue to be updated over time.
During the national lockdown, many pupils were at home. We wanted to all we could to support the children and families. All families had a regular phone-call if their child was not in school- this was usually weekly.
Teachers offered a range of support. We did not want any families to feel under pressure as we knew every home circumstance will be different and all needs will be different. Many schools offered packages of work through organisations. We knew this was not possible for your children so our support was bespoke and personalised to each child and each situation.
Teachers offered a range of things:
A listening ear and advice on strategies and ideas of things to do to structure and fill the day or on routines or behaviour.
Emailing (or we can in some circumstances print and deliver supportive resources), e.g. Social Stories, visual schedules that may help pupils to understand the changes in their routine or their communities. This was dependent on individual pupils understanding and needs.
Advise on communication systems and check you have what you need. Most parents had the same low–tech communication systems that we have in school, e.g. communication books, PECS resources, Makaton signs etc. We offered support with this and extended if it was needed
Emailed ideas for learning activities
Provided work activities, again all dependent on pupils needs.
Provided resources where we are able to: we had to take advice on things we could share due to infection control guidelines.
Suggested projects and themes children could engage in.
We stressed that we do not want any parent/carer to feel any pressure but we also want parents to know that the support is there.
We sent to all parents/carers details of sites where parents can access online activities for their children. We have paid for subscriptions for some sites to give parents access. If you can’t find the information or passwords then please do let the teacher know or email us on A7017@taw.org.uk
We uploaded a lot of ideas and materials. We have to be mindful of licencing and copy laws. There are hyperlinks to some websites and we advise all parents to access sites used by their children via things like View Pure as these will filter more inappropriate pop ups etc. Parents were asked to check the tab on Internet Safety on the website. Any parent experienced any problems were asked to please email A7017@taw.org.uk and we asked our IT Technician to offer advice
Please see our Homework statement statement below.
(Please note the text on homework is our usual home-work statement). We are currently working with families to provide bespoke support if wanted through teacher calls. Please scroll to the top of the page to the links for ideas (not all will be relevant for all children) and check in regularly as this is something that will continue to be updated. Please though remember due to our pupils needs the teachers will be able to provide advice and bespoke things to support you)
At The Bridge School we understand the importance of working with parents and carers to support learning both at home and at school. We value the need for learning to be extended beyond the classroom; working with parents to enable their child to achieve the very best they can.
Each child’s homework will be personalised to meet the needs of the individual and homework may change as a pupil gets older, develops, or if their needs and priorities change. Our policy is that we agree what homework would be appropriate at the two regular meetings we hold with you as parents/carers in school when we hold the annual review and the outcome meetings. The 12 monthly outcomes document has a box that we have added to the bottom which states what home work would be appropriate. Our homework policy is underpinned by the belief that we want to support and work with you to help your child achieve the very best they can.
Homework can involve a range of different things. It may include:
It is important that parents and carers liaise directly with their child’s class teacher to determine suitable activities.
Please discuss with your child’s class teacher if you want more support or guidance in this area and if also use the opportunities at the annual review and outcome meetings to discuss further.