19 April 2020

‘Back to School’ and home learning

Despite the very unusual circumstances we hope that you have had a good Easter at home, hopefully following the guidance about staying at home but enjoying some old fashioned family time?  I think that jigsaws and board games probably haven’t been played like this for 30 years!  Hopefully the Easter projects that we set were useful and you managed to do some of the activities?  If you are in Years 3-6 do feel free to post comments or pictures on your class blogs.  We’d love to see what you’ve been doing.  Any really good pictures of home learning can still be posted to homelearning@pegasusacademytrust.org where we can use them in our daily shutdown blog.

Tomorrow we will ‘return’ to school and we really do encourage our families to think of Monday 20th April as the first day of a new term.  Home learning gives structure to the day and we need a new term feel that is different from the ‘holidays’.  We fully expect home learning to be underway again from tomorrow and will support our families in any way that we can to ensure it happens.  We strongly suggest that home learning is done BEFORE any other activities (e.g. electronics) are allowed and do please feel free to read through this news story with your child to make it clear that there is still school work to be done and that the holidays are now finished.

Following suggestions from staff and parents we have spent a great deal of time and effort over the last 10 days reorganising our home learning activities so that they are clearer for each year group.  From Monday 20th April all our year groups will be publishing a day by day set of activities on our new Year group pages which can be found here.  A full set of activities which link with our yearly plans will be published at 7AM each Monday. The expectation is that children will complete 3 x 45 minute activities a day and alongside the ongoing activities listed in our online learning section and excellent original Pegasus resources like Mr. Spoerer’s keyboard and drumming lessons on YouTube we feel there is plenty for our children to do.

We have come a long way very quickly and our next challenges are to help those who have poor access to the Internet and to continue with staff training and practice in getting quality varied content onto our site.   We will also be monitoring the new online offering from ‘BBC Bitesize’ and the Oak National Academy, both due to launch tomorrow, to see if content there can be matched to our planning.  If it can it will be included in our plans released on Monday 27th April.  We hope you find the new organisation of the lessons helpful and we will gather feedback from our parent MACs on whether the activities set were manageable in 45 minutes.  We are also monitoring traffic to our website pages via Google Analytics.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and welcome ‘back’.

Jolyon Roberts

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Published on 19th April, 2020

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