Continuing learning

Last updated: Friday 24th April, 2020

We are gathering information about E-learning opportunities through a home technology survey which you can complete by clicking here.

In line with the government's guidelines, Elmfield School's buildings are temporarily closed.

This decision to close the school was made following advice from the Department for Education and in conjunction with the Head of Education Outcomes at our Local Education Authority. 

Thank you for your support during the last couple of weeks. We have unfortunately had to furlough several members of staff, and also, due to individual staff and family needs over the coming weeks, the Co-ordination Group have decided to take a consistent approach as to what will be provided via Google Classroom as we move into the summer term. This is taking into consideration some of the feedback we have already had from your responses to our survey and also from staff members. 

The curriculum will be as follows:

Those children with EHCPs will be catered for individually and on a case by case basis via LSAs and class teachers. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Kate Penny on kate.penny@elmfield.com. 

Early Years

In the Early Years, the children will be having seasonal ring-time songs and rhymes, with pedagogical and seasonal activities added to Google Classroom each week. There will also be suggested activities and hints and tips to support you as a family. You will be contacted once a fortnight by either email or phone call.

Lower School

In Lower School the children will be provided with the content for three main lessons: 1 English; 1 Maths; 1 Art and 1 Music per week. You will be contacted once a week using Google Classroom, by email or by phone call. Content may include an introductory video once a week, audio content, worksheets and drawings. Following your feedback, we are encouraging staff to make this work more project-based learning where possible and are endorsing an ethos of less screen time.

Music will be provided by Caroline Price in Lower School. She will be sharing a seasonal/festival/assembly song in audio, along with the words and music to support families.

Access to physical exercise activities, language and handwork tasks will be provided and you will be able view this content on the school website.

Upper School

In Upper school the provision provided will run differently. There are no new main lessons timetabled for the rest of the academic year due to revision, trips, mock mocks and exams. Therefore, in Upper School there will be no main lesson or module. Similarly to Lower School, there will be optional extras provided on the website such as cookery, movement and crafts. We will then be providing the following per class: 

  • Class 9: 1 English, 1 Science, 2 Maths, 1 French, 1 Geography, 1 German, 1 Art, 1 Music
  • Class 10: 2 Maths (until half term), 2 English literature (as the language course is now finished), 1 Drama, 1 Science, 1 French, 1 Art, 1 Music, 2 History
  • Class 11: 1 Maths and 1 English retake, 3 History, 3 Art, 2 Science, 1 Music. 

Please be aware that not all students will do all of these lessons as some of them are optional subjects chosen. The Class 11 subjects have been prioritised in a sense because the specifications are yet to be completed and we do not want to lose valuable teaching time.

Google Classroom

For Upper School, each subject teacher will create their own classroom, adding the students to their class. This will ensure that any work set is easy for pupils to identify, and that messages reach the right teacher in a timely manner. There will also be guardian classrooms as a platform for guardians to keep in touch with their classes, and to enable pupils to keep in touch with each other. 

Can we respectfully remind pupils and parents that communications must take place in normal working hours only. Furthermore, please note that staff work on a two week marking policy and endeavour to reply to Google Classroom messages within 48 hours. 

It is also important to note that Google Classroom is not a form of social media and we would ask pupils to ensure they are mindful of their communications with each other and with staff.

If you have not already used Google Classroom, you will need a Gmail account  if you don’t already have one, and this is free to set up with Google. You can then access Google Classroom via your web browser or via the app which is available to download for free from your usual app store. If you would like guidance on the use of this, please contact Ruth Beachim-Ratcliffe at ruth.beachim@elmfield.com. 

Expectations

All lesson content for the week will to be uploaded each Sunday evening, ready for the following week.

We will be sending out a survey each week to ascertain structured, constructive feedback from you. This is as new to us as it is to you as parents, and we feel that it is important to strike the right balance and ensure pupils will not be stuck behind a computer all day or become exceptionally overwhelmed with the workload. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child(ren)’s class teacher or guardian. If you have any concerns about a child or a family during this period of isolation, please contact Ruth on 07393 427547.

E-safety

We are in an unprecedented and unknown situation and our priority is to the safety and education of the children. With this in mind, please check our E-safety page where you will find guidance and some advice regarding keeping your children safe online. Please, please take the time to familiarise yourself with this guidance. Our children are vulnerable if they are online without restrictions or age appropriate supervision. We cannot stress how important this is.  

In-school provision

The government has asked where possible that parents keep their young people at home and have asked schools to remain open for those children and young people who absolutely need to attend. The fewer young people in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

The target groups identified include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, 'looked after' children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response are expected where possible to use the guiding principle that if it is at all possible, young people should remain at home.  

If your child attends Elmfield but you have difficulty in safely caring for your child and you are a front-line worker, please contact Ruth Beachim-Ratcliffe on 07731 856326 and we will contact the Local Education Authority in order to find provision for your child at a local school.

Safeguarding concerns

If you have a safeguarding or welfare concern during this period of social distancing and self-isolation, you should contact Ruth Beachim-Ratcliffe (Designated Safeguarding Lead) on 07731 856326 or Diana Ball (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) on 07528 046949.