What is self-isolation?
We truly hope our Barnes Primary School community stays well. Just to be prepared in case anyone does need to self-isolate and will not be in school for a short period of time, we wanted to explain what will happen and how your child will continue with their education. Firstly, the well-being of your family is the most important thing and we hope that you all remain well both physically and mentally. If you are asked to self-isolate, we do understand that this will be a worrying time. We are still here for you and can be contacted in the normal ways.
Please be mindful that teachers will be fully occupied teaching their classes during the school day and will not be able to respond to emails. Therefore, we would ask you to contact the school offices if your message is urgent. Please remember that during self-isolation this will mean that your child should:
• Not go to school or any public places and not use public transport or taxis.
• Not go out to get food or medicine; order it online, or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home.
• Not have visitors in their home, including friends and family, except for people providing essential care.
• Not go out to exercise; exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one.
How will my child know what to do whilst self-isolating?
The aim of this letter is to explain how your child will continue with their education whilst they are self-isolating.
Your child will be able to access the self-isolating learning using their Teams account. All children have tested that they have access to their account. If you require any assistance with Teams please follow our help guides. We will post a self-isolating timetable as a guide to the week’s learning. Please use the first day of your self-isolation to ensure that your child has set up their work station, has all the necessary resources to hand and plan out a timetable that will work for your family, you do not need to follow our school timetable day.
During self-isolation there will be a mixture of recorded lessons and independent learning: none of the sessions will be live. They will be lessons that have been recorded as they happen with the class and will be accessible in Teams the following day. In the recordings you will be able to hear the class teacher, the children responding and see the resources and interactive whiteboard. It will be clear when children are expected to work independently. This part of the lesson will not be recorded. We hope this will help children feel connected to their peers and part of the class whilst they are not in school. Having recorded lessons will enable you to decide when each lesson is completed. We appreciate that it is unlikely you will have all the manipulatives and resources that we have in school, but please use what you have at home to substitute. If it is appropriate, we will upload a PDF of the flipchart that teachers are using to support learning at home.
What should I do if my child does not have their books at home?
If your child does not have their home learning books at home, we would like you to let us know and we will arrange for these to be dropped off for you so that your child can complete their English and maths work at the back of their books.
Where can I find more ideas?
There are lots of resources on our website. The Learning Zone has links to websites specific for each phase: EYFS, KS1, LKS2 and UKS2 as well as lots of links for arts activities, music activities, computing activities and physical activity ideas. In addition to this there are fun ideas for reading, maths and virtual days out on our Remote Learning page. Please note that the Remote Learning 3-day plan is only for use if a whole bubble (year group or the school) was to go into self-isolation. Please do not use these resources for self-isolating.
What does a typical week of remote learning look like?
On the attached document is an example overview for a week. This is an outline and will be adjusted for each year group as it is needed. We are sending this to you as an example of what you will receive. We hope this is clear and self-explanatory but we wanted all families to have the opportunity to read this in advance and check that they understand how learning during self-isolation will work. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.