Perrymount Primary School COVID Contingency Plan
Remote Education Provision
The DFE expects all schools to have a contingency plan in place to provide remote education in case of a local outbreak of coronavirus. At Perrymount Primary School our primary aim is the safety and well-being of our staff and pupils. We recognise that a school closure will impact differently on all of us and we acknowledge that children and families will face a variety of situations and challenges. With this in mind we will take all steps possible to keep school open but have robust contingency plans should school or bubbles ever need to close.
The government has introduced a tier system by which local restrictions increase if the pandemic numbers are rising. In Tiers 1 to 4 school remains open as normal – although in tier 4 further restrictions about who can enter the school will be introduced by the school. EG visiting teachers / physiotherapists / contractors.
The country also has COVID emergency levels. If we reach level 5 the school will close except for keyworker and vulnerable children.
Continued Access to Learning
Whatever tier we are in under this contingency plan Perrymount Primary School will provide its pupils with immediate remote education. The purpose will be to ensure that any form of lockdown, national or class bubble, will have less impact upon the learning of our pupils.
How will this be achieved?
Since September we have been introducing to the students ‘Seesaw’. This is an online learning platform that allows the teacher to upload work, to mark and has a chat facility for students and teacher to keep in contact with each other. This has been achieved through both computing and subject focused lessons so that children become familiar with how the programme works. Classes have also been given homework to complete online to ensure access at home is working.
Teaching & Learning:
Our aim is to keep our core purpose of teaching and learning continuing as effectively as possible. While we will have high expectations of all pupils to complete the work set, we do recognise that health and wellbeing are paramount and we appreciate that the level of work that might be undertaken by a child will reflect the situation and circumstances at home. In light of this we will continue our weekly calls to vulnerable families/ students to ensure, as far as we can, all is ok.
Expectations for Online Learning during Partial/Full Lockdown (Seesaw)
- On Seesaw teachers will record an introductory message each day to the class with a specific learning focus and pastoral support.
- The communication facility will be monitored regularly.This gives the children the ability to ask for help through voice, written or video means and teachers are able to respond directly. Class teachers will inform the class daily of opening hours.
- The year group online timetable will cover over a period of time all areas of the curriculum with a daily emphasis upon literacy and numeracy.
- Direct teaching from the Oak Academy resources and Developing Experts will be used to introduce concepts and scaffold learning each day. These will be the teaching tools at the start of the lesson.
- If we go into full lockdown staff will also do some weekly direct teaching via zoom.
- In EYFS the focus will be on daily numeracy and literacy activities plus a more creative curriculum appropriate for this age range.
- The class teacher will respond to work posted on Seesaw.
- Where possible answer slides will be uploaded to each class page the following day so that children can mark their own work.
- General feedback will be given in the communal classwork stream.
- The class teacher will issue two zoom invitations weekly for the whole class to get together, chat and have some social time.
- All of our children also have access to Times Table Rock Stars’ or ‘Numbots’. All pupils will also be encouraged to spend at least 15 minutes a day reading.
- If parents have any issues regarding the work they can email the teacher privately and this will be responded to. If children wish to talk to their teacher privately – regarding work or well being – this option is also open to them.
- Teachers and SMT will review which children are not accessing Seesaw and families will be contacted via text and phone.
Special Needs: For children with special educational needs (SEN) we realise this will have an impact on how Education Health and Care Plans are delivered. Extra attention will be given to meeting the individual needs of children and young people with SEN and their families in the event of a partial or full school closure. This extra support will be learning differentiated to each individual, weekly phone calls and online meetings to ensure EHCP plans are updated and reviewed as normal. This work will be coordinated by our SENCO.
Online Access at Home
We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. In this instance, through the government scheme, chrome books will be loaned to enable children to access online learning. If any family needs this support they should email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0208 699 4522.
Since September 30th each class has prepared a two-week programme of work for all students so we are prepared for a potential closure. This will also be implemented if it is the class teacher who falls ill but in this scenario, some features of what we expect may not occur. This will depend on each individual case.