Blended Learning – learning at home while isolating


As we are all aware there may be times in the next few months when we have to send a class home to isolate for 14 days because of a positive Covid case in the class. If this is the situation, we will set work and post it on Showbie.


Below are the three possible scenarios for when you may need to access this work. It is not for the children to do as homework if they are attending school, and there is no expectation that the work is completed by a child who is not attending due to illness, of any kind.


You will already have received a parents’ guide to Showbie from Mr Boylan, which is also linked below.


Scenario One – Children are absent for two or three days due to Covid testing:


Each class has a plan of lessons for the week uploaded to Showbie. These lessons are taken from The Oak National Academy – an online classroom with video lessons delivered by qualified teachers. Sometimes these high quality lessons have related activities for the children to complete or sometimes the children are asked to carry out work as they are watching. At times we also use videos and activities from BBC Bitesize.


Scenario Two – Children and their families are self-isolating or shielding for a fortnight:


Work is provided following the same format as above. In this scenario, we ask families to upload the work (or a photo of the work) to Showbie by the end of the school day, so that it can be looked at by the class teacher and feedback provided.
In order to keep in touch with the child, class teachers are offering 5 minutes pre-arranged live feedback/contact twice a week – such as a telephone call or a Microsoft Teams call. For safeguarding purposes, we request that a parent or carer is present at this time.


Scenario Three – Class, Year Group or whole school closure:


We are hopeful that this scenario will not be needed, but if it is, we plan to offer live teaching via Microsoft teams, pre-recorded video lessons by class teachers and daily work uploaded to Showbie. Work will be marked as if the child were in class as normal.
We hope that these measures will ensure that the children’s educational experience is as seamless as possible.


If you are unlucky enough to need to isolate and you have any technical problems, please email support@westleigh-jun.southend.sch.uk

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