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Famly App (Update 19th January 2021) - Reception & Nursery: Great learning taking place! Well done!

To EYFS parents and carers,

I am very pleased with how children are enjoying their learning. Most children have now logged on and are watching the teaching videos. It is wonderful that parents and carers are supporting children, we love receiving your positive comments, please keep posting!

Staff are working very hard to provide new and exciting videos to ensure children can learn the best as they can at home.

All the staff are very pleased to see all the hard work being uploaded. Well done!

The comments section on Famly is an excellent way to feedback on how your child has got on. If you have any concerns with anything, please message a teacher on the app directly or phone the school.

Thank you for your continued support.

Gemma Luna

EYFS Leader

Update from Birmingham Children's Partnership (19th January 2021)

Emergency and ongoing help for Birmingham

As lockdown three begins, we want to let you know about the help that is available to families.

Please find detailed information about where you can find help for now and the longer term. If you want to talk to someone about help please contact your local team who can advise on all issues for all families.

Click here for more information which is available in a number of languages:

BCP Letter to Parents Carers Jan 21

Consultation on Relationships & Health Education: (Years 3-6) (Update 18th January 2021)

Dear Parents/Carers,

We will be holding online workshops so we can consult with you on our curriculum plans and resources.

Please click on link below in advance of the meeting so you are familiar with how to access Microsoft Teams:

Learn more about Teams

This meeting is for the Relationships & Health Education Curriculum focussing on the content for Years 3-6; all parents/carers at Yew Tree are welcome to attend.

Meeting time is as follows:

Wednesday 3rd February  5pm - 6pm

A link will be sent closer to the time of the meeting.

During the meeting please ensure your camera and microphone are switched off; this makes it easier for everyone to access the meeting.

There will be opportunity to ask questions which you can type in the conversation section during the meeting and we'll answer these towards the end of the meeting.

Following the meetings, we will put all the presentation slides on the school website.

We want all children to grow up healthy, happy, safe, and able to manage the challenges and opportunities of living in modern Britain.

That is why, from September 2020, the law requires all primary age children to be taught Relationships and Health Education (RHE). RHE will put in place the building blocks needed for children to form and maintain positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online.

This meeting will explore the school's curruiculum in Years 3 - 6 (Key Stage Two) and how this supports the rest of Relationships and Health Education which will be taught from Year 1 through to Year 6.

We will be consulting with parents/carers over the course of the autumn and spring terms to ensure full implementation at the start of the summer term 2021.

By the end of primary school, it is mandatory for pupils to have been taught content on:

• Families and people who care for me

• Caring friendships

• Respectful relationships

• Online relationships

• Being safe

• Mental wellbeing

• Internet safety and harms

• Physical health and fitness

• Healthy eating

• Drugs, alcohol and tobacco

• Health and prevention

• Basic first aid

• The changing adolescent body

YOU CAN FIND FURTHER DETAIL BY SEARCHING ‘RELATIONSHIPS AND HEALTH EDUCATION’ ON GOV.UK.

The above list does not include any teaching about sex education (the school is not considering whether to offer pupils some lessons on this subject in addition to the mandatory teaching required by the National Curriculum for Science).

The school is therefore developing its policy and curriculum on RHE and will shortly begin asking parents and carers for their views.

As part of RHE we intend to teach your child what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who can support them. In an age-appropriate way, the school will cover how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.

In order to help us develop our policy and curriculum, the school intends to use the Relationships and Health Education programme that has been designed by Birmingham City Council, in partnership with Birmingham schools, as its starting point. This has been drafted with the aim of meeting the needs of children across the city. An essential part of the programme is to ensure that parents and carers are aware of what is being taught and to ensure that the curriculum is appropriate for all children in Birmingham.

You can view the programme that has been designed by Birmingham City Council on the Birmingham City Council website:

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20014/schools_and_learning/2198/birmingham_approach_to_relationships_and_health_education_in_primary_schools

As a school, we wish to encourage a positive engagement process that includes the views of pupils, parents, staff and governors in relation to the new curriculum. We will therefore contact you to gain your views following the workshops.

Yours sincerely,

Shaukat Islam

Executive Headteacher

Video Message for Parents/Carers (15th January 2021)

Please watch this important, short video message from Head of School, Emily Ridge, to update parents/carers on remote education:

Click here to watch video message

 

If your children are experiencing any issues with their online work at home please email:

enquiry@yewtree.bham.sch.uk

If parents/carers are unable to email, please phone the school office on 0121 464 2967.

Key Worker Survey (Update 14th January 2021)

If you want your children to attend school, please complete the form below which also provides more information:

Key Worker Survey Form

 

Remote education provision: information for parents/carers (14th January 2021)

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home. You  can read the text below which can be translated into other languages using the translate button or if you want to download a PDF document you can click on the following link:

Inspire _share_information_about_your_remote_education

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

Children should log on to their remote learning account (myShowbie for KS1 and KS2).  As soon as they log on, they will see two week’s worth of work. They should open the week one folder and complete all of the work labelled day one (reading, writing, maths and phonics) in the morning. In the afternoon, they should look at the timetable that shows which lessons they should complete on that day (science, music, PSHE etc.)  All of the work set in these folders is from pre-recorded lessons by teachers in school or across the Trust and the Oak Academy.

Children in EYFS access remote learning through the Famly app. This can be accessed on phones, tablets or computers. Children watch pre-recorded lessons and are then set follow-up tasks away from the screen. Parents can write comments to the teachers on how the children did or upload images of their work. Children are given a remote learning pack to support them with practical tasks such as maths and a book to record their phonics work.

 

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

  • If the whole bubble or school has to learn remotely, then we teach the same curriculum as we would in school. We follow the same timetable as we would in school with additional daily PE lessons and daily well-being sessions. All sessions are led by the bubble’s teacher who pre-records lessons and uploads daily by 9am.

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

In KS1 and KS2, we provide at least 4 hours of remote learning every day.

The timetable is set to follow the timetable of a normal school day, with additional breaks, slightly shorter lessons, and additional daily PE and well-being lessons.

Learning takes place between 8:45am-3:00pm with an hour for lunch and regular breaks.

In EYFS, we provide at least 3 hours of remote learning every day.

The timetable is tailored to meet the needs of the EYFS curriculum and all follow-up tasks are away from the screen.

 

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

In KS1 and KS2, we provide at least 4 hours of remote learning every day.

The timetable is set to follow the timetable of a normal school day, with additional breaks, slightly shorter lessons, and additional daily PE and well-being lessons.

Learning takes place between 8:45am-3:00pm with an hour for lunch and regular breaks.

In EYFS, we provide at least 3 hours of remote learning every day.

The timetable is tailored to meet the needs of the EYFS curriculum and all follow-up tasks are away from the screen.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

We lend Chromebooks to pupils if they do not have a device at home. Parents are sent a Home Technology Survey Form to complete (which is sent to their phone). This form is sent regularly. In addition, parents can call the school office to request the form again. As well as this, teachers who notice that children are not accessing remote education are able to request that the form is sent to parents and can communicate with them to encourage them to complete it.

We also provide internet connection for families who do not have it.  Parents complete the same form (see above).

We provide online connectivity and devices to all pupils to enable them to access remote education.

We also provide remote learning packs including exercise books and stationery to all pupils.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • Pre-recorded lessons by your child’s teacher for reading, writing and maths. These lessons are approximately 15-20 minutes long and include a follow-up task which takes another 15-20 minutes to complete.
  • Pre-recorded phonics lessons from a teacher across the Trust.
  • Pre-recorded lessons from the broader curriculum from across the Trust (science, history, art, DT, RE etc.).
  • Pre-recorded lessons from the Oak National Academy or White Rose Maths
  • Websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips: BBC Bitesize etc.
  • Access to books to read for pleasure and read independently: Oxford Owl and Bug Club
  • Remote learning packs relevant to each Key Stage to support pupils with their learning.

Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

Expectations for pupils’ engagement with remote education

  • Pupils are expected to complete all work set on the day it is set.
  • Pupils are expected to complete work to the best of their ability.
  • Pupils are expected to share work with their teacher on the day it is set.
  • Pupils are expected to communicate with their teacher if they require more support.

expectations of parental support, for example, setting routines to support your child’s education

  • Ensure your child/ren go to bed on time, try and have a similar routine like you would if they were attending school
  • Have a routine so any siblings can take it in turns to complete set work by their teacher
  • Provide a quiet space for your child/ren to complete their work (can provide headphones)
  • Ensure short physical breaks are built into the day so children can have time away from the screen
  • Ensure anything that may distract them is put away (play stations/phones etc.)
  • Talk to your children about their learning, praise them for accessing their learning, they will enjoy talking you through their work
  • Follow the timetable as closely as possible so teachers can feedback and adapt the following lessons accordingly.

 

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

  • Teachers check pupil’s engagement with remote education on a daily basis. They can easily monitor who has completed work and assess the quality of the work.
  • Parents will be immediately contacted if their child is not accessing work. This may happen in a number of ways: a text message, a phone call from your child’s teacher, a phone call from a member of support staff, a letter sent home if we are unable to contact you.
  • Teachers can communicate with parents via the chat function and equally, parents can communicate directly with their child’s teacher using the chat function.
  • In addition, at least once a week, all parents receive a call from a member of support staff who will give a general overview of the child’s engagement over the week.

 

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

  • Feedback may be given to individual pupils using voice notes, messages, annotations on their uploaded work or emojis. Sometimes, feedback may require a phone call to the pupil.
  • Feedback may be given to the whole group/class. This may be given in the following teaching lesson, in the class discussion or in the chat section.
  • Answers may be released at a later time so children can self-mark. Teachers will then review the work to plan the next steps in learning.
  • Pupils are set multiple choice, self-marking quizzes so they receive instant feedback. Teachers analyse the results of these quizzes to inform their next teaching session.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

  • In the EYFS and for pupils with complex SEND, we use the Famly This is easy to access for parents and they can communicate easily with teachers.
  • Pupils are able to watch pre-recorded lessons and then complete a follow-up task away from the screen.
  • Lessons are tailored to meet the individual needs of each pupil.
  • The length of lessons are tailored to meet the needs and age of the child.
  • Phonics, maths, stories and topic lessons are prioritised and parents are encouraged to participate with the follow-up tasks.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

If a pupil is self-isolating, they log onto their Showbie account.

They will find two weeks’ worth of work that is broadly in line with what their peers are learning that half-term in school. As soon as they log on, they should open the week one folder and complete all of the work labelled day one (reading, writing, maths and phonics) in the morning. In the afternoon, they should look at the timetable that shows which lessons they should complete on that day (science, music, PSHE etc.)

All of the work set for their period of self-isolation is from the Oak Academy, White Rose Maths or pre-recorded lessons by teachers in school or the Trust.

Pupils who are self-isolating, should continue to complete work according to the timetable for the duration of their self-isolation (up to a period of 2 weeks). If the isolation period goes on further than two weeks, school will upload subsequent lessons.

If an individual pupil has to self-isolate, then we teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects so that the core knowledge and skills for that subject are prioritised.

For example, units of work in reading, writing and maths focus on the core and basic skills in these subjects during a period of self-isolation e.g. place value and the four operations in maths. For units of work from the wider curriculum, we use the Oak Academy to deliver the same knowledge as they would learn in school. Where Oak Academy does not have a similar unit to what is on our curriculum, we replace this unit with another key unit for that subject.

Your child’s teacher will respond to pupil’s work on a daily basis. If a pupil is not accessing work or requires support, a member of support staff will contact you immediately.

Food Parcels for Children entitled to free school meals (13th January 2021)

Please complete the form below if your children are entitled to free school meals and you want to collect a food parcel because you have not collected a food parcel yet.
If you have collected a food parcel in this week only but not last week still complete the form.

If you are unsure if your children are entitled to free school meals, give the school office a call to check.

Click here for form

See below for more details too.

 

Nursery Home Learning Timetable (13th January 2021 update)

AS you are aware Nursery is OPEN; if you choose not to send your child to attend nursery at the moment, below is a link to a timetable to support with learning at home. Staff will be contacting you to go through how you can support your child at home using the 'famly' app.

Nursery Timetable for famly home learning

 

Food Parcels for children entitled to free school meals (13th January 2021 update)

Our catering supplier, City Serve, are supplying food parcels to collect from school. Please phone the school office to make arrangements to collect food parcels to which your children are entitled. Food parcels will be prepared to take into account children's dietary needs and any religious requirements.

Week 1

  • 1 loaf of bread or 6 white rolls
  • 2 baking potatoes 50s
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 pack of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 standard tin sweetcorn in water 326grams
  • 2 items from the following:

1 sliced cooked meat – 3 slices of ham/chicken/turkey or 1 tin tuna or 6 eggs

  • 250g block of cheese
  • 1 tin baked beans 420gm
  • 3 individual serving yoghurt pots
  • 5 portions of fresh fruit (e.g. apples, satsumas)
  • 1 litre CRG Apple Juice or milk

Week 2

  • 1 x loaf of Bread or 6 white rolls
  • 1 baking potato 50s
  • 1 pack of whole-wheat pasta
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 1 onion or cucumber
  • 1 pack of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 standard tin sweetcorn in water
  • 2 items from the following:

1 sliced cooked meat (3 slices of ham/chicken/turkey) 1 tin tuna 185gm or 6 eggs

  • 200g block of cheese
  • 1 tin baked beans
  • 3 individual serving of yoghurts 85gms
  • 5 portions of fresh fruit
  • 1 litre CRG Orange Juice or milk

 

Remote Learning Update (8th January 2021) - Reception

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for continued support during these uncertain times.

Please be reassured that we will support your child/children with home learning in accordance with the government guidance.  We hope that you will work closely with the teachers of the school to ensure your child/children’s learning continues.

Expectations for teachers

  • All lessons will be accessed via the 'Famly' app
  • Teachers will pre-record lessons and set follow-up tasks
  • Teachers will award praise and prizes to pupils
  • Teachers will respond to comments and questions that you write
  • Teachers will ensure all children access remote learning and arrange for a member of staff to call you if they are worried about the amount of work that they complete
  • Teachers will ensure lessons are high-quality

Everyday

Subject Who will teach the lesson? How long will the lesson last?
Phonics Your child’s teacher 20-30 minutes
Maths Your child’s teacher 20 minutes
Reading Your child’s teacher 20 minutes
PE Joe Wicks 30 minutes
Topic Your child’s teacher 20-30 minutes

 

Two/three times a week

Subject Who will teach the lesson? How long will the lesson last?
PSED Your child’s teacher 20-30 minutes
Shared Writing Your child’s teacher 20-30 minutes
T4W Retell Your child’s teacher 20-30 minutes
Music Various 20-30 minutes

 

Expectations for learning at home with support from parents

  • Ensure there is a quiet space for your child to work
  • Follow the timetable as closely as possible
  • Encourage your child to complete at least 4 lessons each day
  • Use the chat feature to communicate with your child’s teacher if your child needs further support
  • Show an interest in what your child is learning
  • Praise your child for completing work
  • Encourage your child to complete work to a high standard
  • Help your child with technical support (if needed) uploading work, taking photographs of their work, leaving voice messages
  • Contact the school if you need any support or guidance
  • Ensure that your child is safe online by ensuring you have filters on your internet and that your child only accesses sites recommended by school: Showbie and Ed Shed
  • Make sure that your child has screen breaks regularly (see suggestions in the timetable)
  • Encourage them to complete at least 30 minutes of physical activity everyday (use the PE videos on Showbie)

Below is a timetable for your children in reception to follow:

New Reception timetable

 

Remote Learning Update (6th January 2021) - Years 1 -6

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times.

Please be reassured that we will support your child/children with home learning in accordance with the government guidance.  We hope that you will work closely with the teachers of the school to ensure your child/children’s learning continues.

Watch this important message from the head of school, Emily Ridge; click on the link below to watch:

https://www.loom.com/share/9b35d14d390c47a69f73d3831f71ea86

Expectations for teachers

  • All lessons will be accessed via Showbie
  • Teachers will pre-record lessons and set follow-up tasks
  • Teachers will feedback to pupils and adapt lessons to ensure children make progress
  • Teachers will award praise and prizes to pupils
  • Teachers will respond to comments and questions that you or your child write
  • Teachers will ensure all children access remote learning and arrange for a member of staff to call you if they are worried about the amount of work that they complete
  • Teachers will ensure lessons are high-quality
  • Teachers will set high expectations for children and insist that children produce work to their best ability

Everyday

Subject Who will teach the lesson? How long will the lesson last?
Reading Your child’s teacher 15-20 minutes plus follow-up task
Writing Your child’s teacher 15-20 minutes plus follow-up task
Maths Your child’s teacher 15-20 minutes plus follow-up task
PE Joe Wicks 30 minutes

 

Once a week

Subject Who will teach the lesson? How long will the lesson last?
Science A teacher from our school/Trust 15-20 minutes plus follow-up task
History/Geography A teacher from our school/Trust 15-20 minutes plus follow-up task
Art/DT A teacher from our school/Trust 15-20 minutes plus follow-up task
RE A teacher from our school/Trust 15-20 minutes plus follow-up task
PSHE Oak Academy teacher 15-20 minutes plus follow-up task
French Oak Academy teacher 15-20 minutes plus follow-up task
Music Oak Academy teacher 15-20 minutes plus follow-up task
Computing Purple Mash 15-20 minutes plus follow-up task

 

Watch this video of Michael Rayner, Assistant headteacher at City Road Primary School demonstrate how to access Showbie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFadriw7WK4&feature=youtu.be

Expectations for learning at home with support from parents

  • Ensure there is a quiet space for your child to work
  • Follow the timetable as closely as possible
  • Encourage your child to complete at least 4 lessons each day
  • Use the chat feature to communicate with your child’s teacher if your child needs further support
  • Show an interest in what your child is learning
  • Praise your child for completing work
  • Encourage your child to complete work to a high standard
  • Help your child with technical support (if needed) uploading work, taking photographs of their work, leaving voice messages
  • Contact the school if you need any support or guidance
  • Ensure that your child is safe online by ensuring you have filters on your internet and that your child only accesses sites recommended by school: Showbie and Ed Shed
  • Make sure that your child has screen breaks regularly (see suggestions in the timetable)
  • Encourage them to complete at least 30 minutes of physical activity everyday (use the PE videos on Showbie)

Below is a timetable for your children in Years 1 - 6 to follow:

Remote learning timetable