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In order to ensure that learning is continued, irrespective of lockdown and self-isolation, Catcott Primary School has developed the following plan. This plan offers remote learning opportunities whilst also acknowledging that some households have limited access to devices and would require hard-copies of work and resources. An overarching principle of the plan is that the class teacher retains responsibility for their classes insofar as this is practicable.



Stage 1

This is when your child may have to be away from school related to Covid or awaiting results.



Go to Catcott Primary School’s Class pages to  access links for your child to complete at home for a few days

If your child is ill there is no expectation that they will need to complete the work set.

Stage 2

This is when your child has to isolate for two weeks due to advice given by Public Health England.


Your child’s class teacher will communicate your child’s learning through Tapestry (if in Rec/Yr1 class) or Dojo if in Years 1/2 – Year 6.

Stage 3

This will be if your child’s bubble has to close for two weeks or that there has been a school closure due to a national or regional lockdown.


Your child’s class teacher will communicate lessons through Tapestry or Dojo.

Lessons will be based on the content that they would be taught if in school.

There will be a mixture of Maths, English, Guided Reading & a Topic piece of work daily for KS1 and KS2. Feedback will be given through Tapestry/DoJo. Work can be uploaded from home and teachers will provide feedback as soon as possible during the school day. The expectation will be that your child will complete all work set on a day to day basis and upload this work to their Portfolio on Class Dojo.

Parents in Rec/Yr1 class can take photographs of your child’s work and upload this on Tapestry so the class teacher can comment and provide feedback.

A member of staff will communicate with you and your child during this period of isolation to check on their wellbeing and how ‘blended learning’ is progressing.



Stage 4 National Lockdown


Following the Government’s National Lockdown guidelines some children are allowed to attend school, so will be participating in school based learning, whereas other children will be remaining at home and receiving home based learning. All children, whether at home or school, will be taught by their class Teacher, covering the same learning objectives from the National Curriculum and enjoying the same tasks.


During the first two days of Lockdown all children will move to blended learning available on the school website ‘Children’ > ‘Blended Learning’.


School based learning

We are asking all children who are attending school based learning to attend school from 9.00 to 3.30, wear their school uniform (PE or Outdoor Learning kit for timetabled days) and to bring a snack for break times. Those entitled to free school meals have been offered school based provision. As rooms will be ventilated and children will be encouraged to use our outside spaces, a warm coat, extra jumper, hat and gloves would be advisable. Although not compulsory, we are encouraging staff (and children if they wish) to wear masks in communal areas of the school and when moving around inside the buildings.


Home based learning

For those children based at home, Teachers have prepared for some of their school books, such as Maths & Handwriting books, to be collected from School. This will enable all the children to record their learning in a similar way and hopefully will help everyone feel they are participating in lessons as normal. Please can we ask that these books are looked after carefully as they need to be returned to school when everyone returns after the lockdown period. For all home based children, school book packs will be available to collect on Friday 8th January from 10.00am ready for the learning on Monday. Please follow social distancing protocols when arriving at school and buzz Tracy on the main Reception Gate.


Daily work will be set on Dojo/Tapestry or class pages on the school website. We can also prepare Home Packs for those unable to access devices, but please only request these as a last resort and they will need to be collected from the school safely. As staff are teaching full time in the classroom, the delivery of packs is unavailable.


Home based learning plan:

  • Teachers will provide a simple timetable of the days subjects, where to find lesson resources and a rough guide to the length of time to spend on a task. The Government guideline is for approximately 3 hours per day of school work.
  • For Maths and English, Teachers will video record their main teaching input from the classroom and upload it onto their class website page/Dojo ready for home based learners to use the next day.
  • Teachers will endeavour to prepare work ready for the next day the night before, so any resources can be prepared. As lessons are daily, work cannot always prepare a week in advance.
  • Teachers will provide regular feedback on Maths and English work sent in on Dojo or Tapestry.
  • The afternoon tasks will involve project based learning covering the creative curriculum. This work needs to be recorded carefully in their topic books or kept in a folder – please do not send this work in for marking, but we ask the children to bring the work back into school when everyone returns, to be shared with their class.


To help those having home based learning, we have set out some expectations:

  • Children should try their best and be proud of their effort.
  • All children should attempt their Maths and English tasks each day – core subjects.
  • The presentation of work in books should be the same high standard, as if in school.
  • To use proper writing equipment for recording work in books –  Teachers will guide you on whether to use pencil or proper handwriting pen.
  • All families to regularly communicate with their child’s class teacher – copies of some Maths & English work/photos sent in for marking and any wellbeing updates. Teachers are keen to maintain good contact with the children and parents as they care about the children’s learning and wish to support them as much as possible during this difficult time.


To reduce printing, where possible, we would encourage some tasks to be completed on the screen or to write directly into the school books. If a child’s learning is limited by a lack of devices at home, please inform your child’s Teacher, so they can request a loaned device to be available.


Children with Special Needs (Stage 3+) have all been offered school based provision and encouraged to attend school to help support their needs. Where the family have chosen to do home based learning, Teachers will provide differentiated work and extra support will be introduced over the coming weeks through Teams sessions.


To help well-being and social interactions, Teachers will introduce Teams sessions with their class each week. These group sessions will be organised using the parents email and guidelines will be provided on how to attend these sessions.


To support critical key workers, some limited Wrap Around Care will be available before and after school.



If a child is unwell, for whatever reason, we ask kindly that they do not attend school - there is no expectation for them to complete any school work whether based at school or home as they need to recover and recuperate properly. Please just inform the class Teacher as normal. As a reminder please find attached the Covid 19 health guidelines.


Whilst we hope we can maintain these school and home based learning plans for the foreseeable future, any reduction in staffing or a Covid 19 positive incident will invoke updated measures.

IF A TEACHER is tested positiveThen the expectation is that work will be uploaded to the class website from Oak National Academy and White Rose. The Headteacher will check on the children in the relevant class. The teacher will NOT be expected to work or provide feedback if they are ill.


Many parents are having to work from home. If isolation is required, they will have to balance having children at home plus continuing to work which may become increasingly stressful.  We are suggesting that you create a timetable that suits you as a family. Ideally, if your child is in Year 2 upwards they should be able to carry out tasks independently once explained to them.


Not all children will have access to technology to complete their learning, if you require paper copies of the learning then we are more than happy to print these off in school for you. These can be collected from the school by contacting the school office. Work can be completed in your child’s homework book.

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