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Coronavirus Information

All information relating to the implications and impact of Corona Virus on how school operates  can be found on this page. Below are a series of links to relevant documents which will answer many of the questions and concerns that parents/carers might have. All relevant communications such as letters are sent through our Parent Hub App.

Senior leaders have conducted a full and comprehensive reopening risk assessment in line with Government, LA, Union and Trust guidance. Oak Learning Partnership has created a Trust Outbreak Management Plan in line with National guidance. The actions have been taken under the following areas:

  1. Systems of control – actions school leaders MUST take to minimise the risk of transmission of coronavirus in their school.  This is public health advice, endorsed by Public Health England (PHE).
  2. Contingency planning to provide continuity of education in the case of a local outbreak.

Remote Learning Approach

Blended learning is when pupils learn using digital/online media alongside traditional face to face teaching and paper based materials. Throughout the pandemic we used our Parent Hub/Tapestry apps alongside our learning platform Microsoft Teams to send daily teaching resources/ideas and to provide online teaching, In addition to access to Active Learn as a tool for online reading and Power math's activities/resources.. Physical learning packs have also been provided to children to further support learning and to provide bespoke provision for our SEND pupils.

Blended learning is something that we have  continued to develop as a school and the responses to the online questionnaires that we send out following bubble closures and from those we sent out at the end of lockdown, have helped us shape out offer.

Our Tapestry app was rolled out to all classes at the end of June 2020 (only YR and Y1 had it previously) so that pupil work/observations could be shared between home and school prior to the roll out of Microsoft Teams in September 2020. This allowed for stronger links between staff and parents, whilst also providing a mechanism for feedback on observations and learning, as well as celebrating achievements.

Across summer term 2020 we set up our school virtual learning environment through Microsoft Teams, which allowed us from the autumn term onwards to deliver face to face digital teaching sessions. Our HT delivered virtual parent training sessions for all classes and a remote learning page was set up on our school website  to provide parents with an overview of what remote learning is.

Alongside this we also purchased a new maths resource called “Power Maths” from Reception to Y6 that runs through our digital Active Learn link, but also has an accompanying textbook. This ensures that any child who is self isolating/shielding or in lockdown can access appropriate text book pages as these are all available through the active learn link.

Physical work packs were created for all children who were learning at home during lockdown. These packs contained exercise books, equipment should as whiteboards, pens, glue etc, physical resources such as number lines or word mats and pupil work books for timetables, grammar and reading comprehension that pupils could use alongside their live lessons to reinforce content and concepts.

Mental Wellbeing Approach April 2020-July 2021

As a school, we recognise that our community has had and continues to have different experiences during the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Some people may enjoy lockdown/self isolation periods and have had a great experience. Others may have suffered because of it or lost people close to them.
  • Some children may feel very anxious about not being in school or about returning to school after a long time away. Others may adapt quickly and be able to settle into the new routines with few issues.
  • Some members of the community who have never had mental health issues may now be experiencing anxiety or feelings that they have never had to deal with before.

Our aim in the autumn term 2020 was to adapt our curriculum to wrap around all children through the aims and values of the school before the pandemic and it was centred on kindness and tenderness to the children.

Academics Barry and Max Carpenter identified through research that children have experienced 5 losses during the pandemic – loss of routine, structure, friendship, opportunity and freedom. These losses can trigger anxiety which ‘is a key block to learning. It can prevent the imprint on the brain’. It is important that we recognise this and help them to tackle it. We focused on this within our PSE sessions through:

  • Discussing Coronavirus in an honest and age appropriate way.
  • Listening to worries, fears, feelings and questions.
  • Limiting excessive reassurance.
  • Find positive ways to help children express their feelings.
  • Normalising the experience of anxiety.

When planning our support for pupils, we recognised that children may return disengaged or feeling that school is irrelevant and so the flame of learning would need to be re-ignited. For some children a full timetable and full length lessons was too much for them to handle, so we built up lessons by initially breaking them up into smaller sections interjected with mindfulness activities and exercises.

Many children had attachment issues – the strong attachments that they once had in school with their teachers and friends were weakened and the attachments at home had been strengthened, causing clinginess. Therefore, as a school we aimed to re-build relationships and emotional resilience.

We did this through building on the PSE work that was done throughout the pandemic. Mr Rhodes posted weekly video assemblies with a challenge based on themes such as hope, gratitude, positivity, together, friendship, communitybe active and what a wonderful world. In addition, Mrs Darby and Mrs Channon led a well being project with all families, which focused on the themes below, which all children were able to access in and out of school. Families were able to share their learning through Tapestry and Twitter.

I Love Myself

These were activities which allowed the children to think about the things that are good about them. It also gave them the opportunity to think about what other people might like about them and what they are good at. Forexample,Year 4 completed a sheet to show what their best qualities are.

Being in Nature

This theme focused on the fact that being outdoors and noticing the things around you is a good way to take your mind off any worries you have and appreciate other things in life. The activities suggested were from We Be Kids and included a video story read by Danny English and an activity to match the story. Forexample,Reception did a bark rubbing activity.

Staying Healthy

Through surveys which were carried out in school, it was recognised that some children were feeling upset, angry and worried about Coronavirus. Some children were worried that they would get the virus from being in school, some children were angry at the new rules they had to follow because of the virus. Therefore,the activities relating to this theme were all centred on teaching the children what Coronavirus is and how to stay safe by practicing good hygiene. For example, year 5 and 6 learnt about good respiratory hygiene.

No Worries

This theme related to anxiety children may be facing due to Coronavirus. Various books were used and Mrs Darby sent video stories to the children which were a good way of opening discussions about anything worrying them. Activities which linked to the stories were suggested to help alleviate any anxiety that children may have had. For example, year 1 children made a happiness box.

I Love Others

During this theme children were encouraged to think about others as connecting with other people and giving to others is a great way to help mental well-being. A video story was sent relating to our relationships with other people which was intended to open discussion and suggested ways children could show their appreciation of the important people in their lives. For example, year 2 made kindness boxes and wrote compliments for people in class or at home.

I Am An Artist

As art is a good way of alleviating stress and anxiety, this week children were encouraged to take part in various drawing and painting activities. For example, year3 & 4 took part in online drawing tutorials.

Time to Relax

The final theme of the half term concentrated on mindfulness and relaxation. This was done through yoga, massage and breathing exercises. The yoga activities were also from We Be Kids and some were linked to the stories in nature week.

On our return to school we created "Our Story" as a scrap book for children to reflect on lockdown, but continue to add what happened next. This led to a focal display in the hall and allowed children to talk about their on going experience.