Hello Year 4 🙂
Welcome back to our new Spring term. I know things are very different to what we had expected, and there are some new changes. These can feel nerve-racking and cause us to feel lots of mixed emotions, however you are feeling, whatever emotions, it is OK. We are all feeling lots of different emotions in these strange times. We are in this together, and all the staff at Heavers, and your parents/carers are here to help you feel at ease and to ensure that you are OK.
Dear parents following the announcement of the national lockdown and school closures, all learning will be moved online. To facilitate this, the school is moving to use SeeSaw and Zoom for daily activities and lessons. This post contains:
- Key info for remote learning this week.
- Key info for plans today (Tuesday).
- Introduction to software we will be using during remote learning.
- Weekly timetable during remote learning.
PLANS FOR TODAY (TUESDAY, JANUARY 5TH)
Each class will be holding a Zoom meeting this morning to take a register and check who has access to Zoom and explain a bit more about how home learning will work via Zoom and Seesaw. All pupils are expected to join if they are not in school and they can do so. Pupils in school will be joining these Zoom video calls and supported to access activities from school. There won’t be any formal lessons today and we will just be making sure that everyone is comfortable with how these two apps work! Moonstone and Quartz class zoom registration is at 10:00am and Opal class zoom registration is at 09:45am.
Your class teacher should have sent you a Zoom link yesterday– we will not be posting these publicly on the blog so please check your text messages and emails for the zoom links for this mornings registration. Please click on the link sent to you by your teacher to join the zoom call at these times. (Moonstone and Quartz at 10:00am and Opal Class at 09:45am)
- 10am – Welcome back / registration
- 10:15am – Rules & expectations whilst using Zoom
- 11.15am – How to use SeeSaw & Activity 1
- 1.15pm – Registration using Zoom & Activity 2
- 2.15pm – Story time\
WHAT IS SEESAW?
SeeSaw is a platform used by schools to post learning activities. It is easier to track activities and responses, and pupils can reply with pictures, written comments or even videos. This gives us lots more opportunities for interesting remote lessons.
We have emailed each of you with your login to our class. Please check you emails for the log ins that were sent to you yesterday.
WHAT IS ZOOM?
Zoom is a free video calling software. It has be regularly used throughout the Covid-19 pandemic as a way to keep in touch with family and friends, as well as used extensively by schools and teachers to facilitate remote learning.
We are aware that many of you will not be familiar with these two apps and we understand that you might be feeling overwhelmed, particularly given the short notice that schools, parents and teachers have had for the school closure.
We understand that these are really challenging circumstances, and with little notice from the authorities, we apologise for the late notice of these changes.
We would like to thank you for your ongoing cooperation and support through this ever changing times.
We look forward to seeing you later this morning!
The Year 4 team 🙂