5th January 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
Following Boris Johnson’s speech yesterday evening, you will be aware that Whitehouse Community Primary School will be closed to the majority of children, except for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers, from today until February half term.
Therefore, as a school, we have moved our lessons to remote learning provision.
Last term, we provided weekly blended learning menus. These will continue to be provided each week and can be found on the school website: https://www.whcps.org/blended-learning-at-whitehouse/. The blended learning menu will continue to be a valuable resource as it will give you an overview of learning for the whole week and will support you in planning your week.
For children in KS2, daily lessons will also be provided on google classrooms: https://classroom.google.com/. A useful guide to google classrooms can be found here: Parent google classroom guide. For children in EYFS and KS1, there will be links to stories, lessons and a range of activities that covers the full curriculum available on Tapestry. Please upload photographs, work and learning comments in the usual way. A useful guide to Tapestry can be found here: Parent tapestry guide:
The children will be able to complete their work on documents provided by their teachers and their teachers will be able to mark work and give feedback. If you do not have access to any device, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavour to support you with this, following the government advice when prioritising IT support.
If your child is in KS2, lessons and tasks for the day will be uploaded to google classrooms at 8:40am. Teachers and teaching assistants will mark and give feedback on weekdays between the hours of 8:40am and 4:00pm (not including 12:00pm – 1:00pm as this is their lunch break). Please note that your child will not receive a response from their teacher at lunchtime or after 4:00pm. However, maths and reading answers will be available the following day for children to self-mark. We will endeavour to check all submitted work within 48 hours.
If your child is in EYFS or KS1, teachers and teaching assistants will also be available on weekdays between the hours of 8:40am and 4:00pm (not including 12:00pm – 1:00pm as this is their lunch break). Please note that parents should not contact their child’s class teacher after 4:00pm. Wherever possible, we will try to enable your child’s class teacher to be available to support your child’s remote learning. However, we cannot guarantee this will always be possible, for example if the teacher is unwell or if they are required to supervise the children of critical workers. If this is the case, another member of the year team will support your child’s remote learning.
The school is open to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers only. Children who attend school as part of this will be accessing the same lessons and google classroom resources as those learners at home.
If your child is at home, the government guidelines recommend that they participate in three hours of remote learning each weekday. Times for rest and exercise outside of remote learning are important so please ensure that your child has breaks and that they rest fully at the weekend.
If you have queries regarding your child’s remote learning, you can contact a member of staff from your child’s year team by emailing:
Finally, please can we ask that all families communicate with the school during this lockdown and if you have any concerns or worries please do not hesitate to contact the school for support.
Thank you for your continued support.
With best regards
Miss A Siddall and Mrs Greggor
Deputy Headteacher / Assistant Headteacher