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Posted on: February 1st 2021

Letter from Deputy Headteacher

 

Dear Parents

I am writing to introduce myself to you as the new deputy head of Our Lady of Grace and to provide you with details about the Key Worker/Vulnerable children provision in school.

Reception and KS1 Bubble

Although Years 1 and 2 and Reception are in the same bubble, Reception are in the Early Years’ area which enables them to do a range of activities which complement Google Classroom and support their Early Years Development. Years 1 and 2 are taught together in one classroom. Children do age - appropriate tasks which complement the work posted on Google Classroom. The children work on paper, and starting from next Monday 1 February, the work covered will be sent home daily instead of weekly. This will enable you as parents to see what has been covered at school so that you can follow up home learning on Google Classroom easily. Due to limited staffing and access to technology, it is not possible for the children to participate in the weekly Google Meets. The children are given time to socialise at school and have daily contact with staff. A reading book and reading record will be sent home weekly (Wednesday for Reception and Friday for KS1)   Please continue to hear your child read at home and to record your comments in the reading record book. Please ensure that the reading book and reading record book are sent into school daily.

KS2 Bubble

KS2 children, from across all year groups work together in the ICT suite. They are encouraged to work independently on the work set by their class teachers. The work is then uploaded for their class teachers to mark. Due to the small numbers of staff, assistance is prioritised to those who need it. All children have their own device and can access all aspects of their class home learning. Although work is completed in school, we would continue to ask parents to work closely with their children and support them in their learning.

I hope this is information is helpful to you.

Yours sincerely

Dawn Webb

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