Class Zooms

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to Day #2 of Remote Learning. We really hope you are finding the resources and videos useful. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that each year group will have a daily Zoom ‘catch-up’, starting today. This will be an informal opportunity for your child to see their peers and an opportunity to ask any questions about the remote learning. Can we please ask that you all try to make the Zoom sessions – these form part of our safeguarding measures and we will be phoning any families not seen on the Zoom to check that they are safe and sound. Your cooperation with this is much appreciated.

Details of how to join each year group’s Zoom session will be emailed to parents/carers.

The Zoom sessions are scheduled for:

10:00 – 10:25: Year 6
10:30 – 10:55: Year 4
11:00 – 11:25: Year 5
11:30 – 11:55: Year 3
13:10 – 13:40: Year 2
14:00 – 14:20: Reception
14:45 – 15:15: Year 1

If you have any problems accessing these, please contact the school office.

Day 1 – Done!

Well done everyone – we made it to the end of Day 1 of the new period of remote learning. There will undoubtedly have been as many failures as successes BUT you did it!

We will be updating the year group resources this evening. We hope you are finding them useful and wish you all the best in completing as much as you can, with the minimum bloodshed!

Have a good evening and look after yourselves.

Remote Learning – Update

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Well, that wasn’t quite the start of 2021 we were expecting, was it?  

Our staff have been working continuously over the past few days to try and ensure that there is a high-quality remote learning offer for all children from tomorrow. Clearly, we had not planned for the extent and duration of the school closure. We, like you, found out last night about the Government’s intention to effectively close schools until February half term (at the earliest). 

Therefore, we are proposing a model of remote learning that will progressively increase in terms of content and delivery over the coming weeks. From tomorrow, there will be daily tasks set by the class teacher. These will be accompanied by a video of the class teacher explaining the work required for the day. This work will mirror the experience of the children in school to try and ensure as fair and equal an experience as is practically possible. 

Tomorrow, there will be a whole school Zoom assembly (which you will receive a link for shortly) From Thursday, there will also be a daily ‘Zoom’ check-in for every year group. This a great, informal, moment for the children to see their peers and will often feature a story session and give the children a chance to ask any questions about the day’s learning. We would ask that you try to ensure that your child attends each one of these sessions as they form part of our safeguarding measures to ensure that every child has been seen regularly.  

These videos and resources will be updated daily and can be accessed via the remote learning hubs on the main school website – www.edmundwaller.lewisham.sch.uk  

Following last night’s announcement that all children – except those of key workers, or the most vulnerable members of our community – will be learning remotely for the rest of this half term, we are undertaking a full review of what and how we offer our learners when they are not on site. We will be writing to you over the coming days to explain how we intend to make changes to the remote learning. As you will understand, this takes considerable structural change. We are, however, committed to ensuring that the children of Edmund Waller receive the best possible education, whether they are attending school physically, or not. 

As we strive to move the educational experience forwards, we ask that you engage with the learning (available from tomorrow morning) and we look forward to trialling innovation and change over this period of school closure. 

Remember that the school office remains open and if you need any assistance at all, please get in touch and we will do everything we can to help you. 

Thanks 

Senior Leadership Team 

Face Coverings

As we prepare to re-open the school to those key groups identified by Government, we would like to ask that all parents/carers (unless they are medically exempt) wear a face covering when they come to drop off or collect their child.

This measure is intended to protect everyone in the community’s safety.

We would like to thank you in advance for your support in this matter.

Headteacher’s Email

Please find below the text from an email from Ms. Rennie regarding school reopening this week:

Dear parents and carers

As you will know, primary schools in Lewisham have been directed to remain closed to the majority of pupils due to the extremely high COVID 19 infection rate within the borough. It is understood that this decision will be reviewed by the government on the 18th January.  The advice is,  where possible,  parents should keep children at home. Only children of critical workers and vulnerable pupils can attend school. Please read the attached letter very carefully and complete this questionnaire if you think your child is eligible for a school place.  We have been advised that in two parent household families where only one parent is a critical worker, children should be kept at home as this will help to reduce infection rate more quickly.

We will be in touch tomorrow with further information about provision for all children during this period.  Thank you for your continued support in these difficult times.

Best wishes

Anne Rennie

Happy New Year

Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year.

As you will be aware that start of the new term has been delayed for the majority of students. We are currently working on remote learning and looking at how the school will respond to the current Government guidelines.

Please check back to the school website for the latest information.