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Home Learning from September 2020

Home Learning from September 2020

Following the full reopening of school on 1st September 2020, Home Learning is taking a slightly different form.
Please see the information below, linked ‘Remote Learning Policy’ and attached scenarios to learn more.

Home Learning will no longer be uploaded to the school website. It will be sent via a year group specific email address. Staff will also use ‘Seesaw’ to support the evidence base for work completed at home.

The activities uploaded from March – July 2020 will remain in this section of the website if parents are looking for any additional work or ideas during periods of isolation or holidays.

If there are any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact school.

 

HOME LEARNING / REMOTE LEARNING POLICY

There a number of different reason why pupils may need to self-isolate, some of these include:

 

Individual pupils isolating due to: showing symptoms, waiting for a test outcome or family circumstances.

Groups of children asked to isolate due to a positive case identified in school.

Whole class, including class teacher, asked to isolate due to a positive test case identified in school.

 

In these instances, home learning will be provided. These activities will begin the day AFTER parents have informed school that their child will be isolating. For children at home awaiting a test outcome, home learning will begin AFTER confirmation of a positive test result for themselves or a family member.

Home learning activities will be emailed directly to parents, from class teachers, by 9am from our dedicated year group home learning email accounts. The email will include attachments and links to all of the resources that your child needs. Pupils isolating at home should complete the work and return via email within a suitable time period. This work will then be saved  on SeeSaw under ‘Home Learning’ in the pupil’s individual file. Simple feedback and support will be given to parents via email or telephone call, as appropriate.

 

For further information, please see our Remote Learning Policy and attached scenarios documentation.

Remote Learning Policy

Remote Learning Scenarios – EYFS and Y1

Remote Learning Scenarios – Y2 to Y6

Helping your child to prepare to start school

Helping your child to prepare to start school

If any parents are looking for activities to help their child to prepare to start school in either Nursery or Reception, please see the information booklets below. There are some helpful hints, tips and suggested activities which may be useful. If parents have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact school. Getting ready to look,…Read More

PE Awards at St. Columba’s

PE Awards at St. Columba’s

To recognise our school’s achievements across the Autumn Term 2019 and Spring Term 2020, as well as the virtual delivery and engagement of physical activity during the lockdown period, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our school has been awarded with the following badges: *Recognition Certificate: for the ongoing commitment and achievement in the School Games…Read More

A message from the School Chaplain at St. Thomas More Academy for Y6

A message from the School Chaplain at St. Thomas More Academy for Y6

Dear Year 6 pupils and families, Please see below for a message from the School Chaplain at St. Thomas More Academy, Michael Thompson. Dear All, Every year at St. Thomas More we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Thomas More. It is an event that brings together our parishes, our staff, our students and families and…Read More

Daily Prayers at Home

Daily Prayers at Home

Prayer is central to our life at school. The children say prayers in their class every morning and afternoon, take part in weekly class liturgies and daily assemblies. During the Church season of Lent and Easter, the children would normally be attending Mass and Stations of the Cross at school. We would always celebrate the…Read More

Sunday Liturgy for Families

Sunday Liturgy for Families

Many families will be used to attending Mass at Church over the weekend. Live Masses are being streamed daily for families to watch and participate in. A list of the Parishes streaming Mass and the available times can be found on the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Home Page: http://www.rcdhn.org.uk/index.php St. Columba’s RC Church also…Read More

Recycle with Michael

Recycle with Michael

During the month of September, we ran a campaign on behalf of the Salvation Army called ‘Recycle with Michael’. We were asked to donate unwanted clothing and shoes to help people who are less fortunate than ourselves. At St. Columba’s we collected 115 bags! The Salvation Army were thrilled with our donations and wanted to…Read More

Y1 Phonics Screening Check 2019

Y1 Phonics Screening Check 2019

You may be aware that during the week commencing 10th June 2019, all Year 1 children will sit a phonics screening test. This is a statutory assessment, which means children in Year 1 all over the country will be sitting the same screening check. After the check, the results are submitted to the Local Education Authority.…Read More