From day one of the first lockdown, we had our Learning Platform up and running ready to support children and families at home. All of our teaching staff contributed to the Platform daily uploading maths & literacy lessons along with a range of outdoor activities, science, geography, history, art, music, RE and DT projects for the children to enjoy.
When we entered the second lockdown, systems were well established enabling a smooth transition. The vast majority of our children logged on every day to interact with us in daily assemblies and live lessons. We maintained regular contact with all of our families and as a result, we feel much better connected as a community.
Parents played a huge part in this by supporting their children with daily lessons and ensuring work was uploaded when requested. We received many photos of children completing learning tasks set by us, but also some wonderful pictures of families spending time together. Our 100km walk in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore was particularly successful in keeping children active and supporting well-being. We encouraged children to take time away from the screen, developing other skills and were delighted by their creativity and innovation.
We now aim to build on the strong foundations we have established during these extraordinary times and continue to support families as best we can. If we continue to work collaboratively, we hope we can provide the best possible outcomes for all the children in our care.
Some quotations from our parents:
‘Thank you so much for all your support, commitment, inspiration and momentous hard work!’
‘I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and Mrs Millgate for sorting out the maths to-day. Mrs Millgate is exceptional and so patient. It was wonderful to hear my daughter enjoying her maths and her confidence has grown hugely just from one zoom lesson!! She has just told me how much she loved it. After a bad start today, the sun has come out and I have 2 happy chil-dren. Thank you. What an amazing school!’
‘Nearly the end of week one and so far so good! The zoom meetings in the morning really help to focus my two ready for the day!’
‘I just wanted to send a message to say how brilliant home school is. The children are completing all work set every day, plus reading and enjoying it all. No fuss made. Daily zoom meeting really sets them up for the day, they follow all instructions for the day. What a hard job you have but you are doing brilliantly. Thank you for making home school fun!’
‘My daughter is thriving one to one and home learning. But misses seeing everyone. Thank you for what you do. I know how much work goes into to it all, we very much appreciate what you all do. Since joining Belchamp the difference is amazing and her happiness was paramount to see within the first day of her joining the school.’
‘Thank you so much. You are doing so well as a school to adapt and offer support to students, and parents, in these challenging times. The little tests that have been put on the Things to do list have been a great way to do quick tasks, so please keep adding those! I also loved the idea of the children still being able to do a times table test too, as discussed in Friday’s assembly. Thanks again for your support and encouragement.’