Culverhill School – Home Learning
At Culverhill School we are committed to ensuring our children continue to learn. Whilst learning is important, the communities’ well-being is at the forefront. We understand that during these unprecedented times parents and carers may not be able to facilitate the learning of the children in their care fully. There may be times of illness, working from home, caring for the vulnerable and caring for other children within the home. This must be the priority for the our community. However, we will endeavour to support our learners at this time and continue to learn and grow.
What is Distance Learning?
Distance learning is where pupils cannot physically be present at school. As children cannot access school to learn, their learning will take place online or through life skills in the home. It is important that children complete the work set but this could take many forms. This is something new for all of us; we will endeavour to improve the service as we all get used to it.
Work will be set by teachers using a learning platform named SeeSaw which many of the children have already. It can be accessed through the app available free on the app store or google play. It can also be accessed online through www.seesaw.com
Teachers have created a bank of home learning tasks, ideas and resources. Some are in the form of worksheets or instructions on work to complete and others are instructions on where to access work. You will not be required to print out any worksheets if you are unable to do so. Worksheets will simply be used as a guide for presenting tasks. Recording work on via Seesaw would be the best method of recording but doing the work on paper is also fine.
Some activities will be completed online and teachers will be able to see it. Sometimes a task might ask the child to carry out an experiment; growing seeds, organise tins and packets according to weight, or drawing or making a model. These can be photographed and uploaded onto SeeSaw for the teachers to see but again this is not essential. Teachers will be able to monitor children’s engagement in activities and their understanding as long as the work is presented through SeeSaw.
Children thrive off routine and structure so this may help when learning at home. We understand that this cannot be followed at all times and may not at all in some instances.
What is expected of pupils?
Each child will be issued with set pieces of work to complete each day. One English, One Maths and One PSHE task. It is also advisable to do some reading on a daily basis if possible. Their responses will be sent to the teacher via SeeSaw. Please make sure that your children only send completed work. We also encourage students to practice life skills at home under the supervision of their parents and carers!
Our pupil zone has a huge amount of resources to offer if you are unable to access SeeSaw.
Expectation of Culverhill staff
- Staff will be contactable between the school hours of 8:45am to 3:30pm
- Teachers will set daily work via SeeSaw for the class/pupils – 1xEnglish, 1xMaths and 1xfun, age appropriate or creative activity. 2xPSHE activities per week and 1 SC&I activity weekly including life skills as required: cookery, bed making, ironing, FMS (tie your shoelaces), gardening, helping at home to create a meal (peeling veg, prepping ingredients/weighing)
- Mrs Bell will post regular PE activities and Get Active challenges for ALL classes and pupils via SeeSaw. She will also provide links to virtual competitions and School Games events where appropriate via SeeSaw. All activities will be suitable for the home and not require any special equipment
- Staff will be available for marking and feedback Monday to Friday 8.45am to 3.30pm (depending on contracted working days)
- Staff will continue to work towards relevant CPD
- Teachers to complete EHCP paperwork and TEAMS EHCP meetings if held during a lockdown
- Staff will use a variety of interactive platforms to plan work and activities for classes as appropriate via SeeSaw
- TAs will make well being telephone calls or participate in TEAMS calls with their teacher and the pupils/whole class
- The phone call is a well being check in to see how the pupil/family is
Mental Health & Well Being
Here is some support for parents and carers regarding mental health & well being.
Mental health and wellbeing during Home Schooling:
Some children and young people may be experiencing feelings such as anxiety, stress or low mood as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the recent change in circumstances.
Schools and colleges will continue to offer pastoral support to pupils working remotely. There are also online resources available to help you and your child with mental health and wellbeing, including:
• www.minded.org.uk/ Mind Ed, a free educational resource from Health Education England on children and young people’s mental health
• riseabove.org.uk/ Rise Above, which aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16
• www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ Every Mind Matters, which includes an online tool and email journey to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing
• www.childbereavementuk.org/ www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/ Bereavement UK and the Childhood Bereavement Network, provide information and resources to support bereaved pupils, schools and staff
Public Health England's advice and guidance for parents and professionals on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing includes key actions you can take to support your child’s mental health and wellbeing, such as supporting safe ways to connect with friends.
Stay Fit and Healthy:
It also emphasises the importance of children continuing to remain fit and active and, wherever possible, having the 60 minutes of daily physical activity, recommended by the Chief Medical Officers. Further advice and support to help pupils remain physically active are available from Youth Sport Trust and Sport England. www.sportengland.org/
The Department for Education has put together some useful links and sources of support so that children, parents, carers, and school staff can get the advice and help they need. https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021/02/01/mental-health-resources-for-children-parents-carers-and-school-staff/
Where further support is required, NHS mental health services remain open, and they have digital tools to enable them to connect with people and provide ongoing support, so you should continue referring to your local children and young people’s mental health service when needed.
There is also a range of support directed at children and young people, including:
• free confidential support can be accessed anytime from government-backed voluntary and community sector organisations by:
o texting SHOUT to 85258
o calling Childline on 0800 1111
o calling the Mix on 0808 808 4994
• online information on COVID-19 and mental health is available on the Young Minds website
• Think Ninja (freely available and adapted for COVID-19) app educates 10-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well www.healios.org.uk/services/thinkninja1
•Rise Above (adapted for COVID-19) website aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16 https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/topics/mental-wellbeing/overview
Barnardo’s See, Hear, Respond service, provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage here: www.barnardos.org.uk/c19 or Freephone 0800 151 7015.
It is also vital to report any safeguarding concerns you have about any child. Contact theNSPCC helpline. www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/dedicated-helplines/