Home learning information

Home learning will be set each Monday for all classes. When this is uploaded onto the website, parents will receive a message on school dojo. We urge all parents to check the dojo school story, and their individual messages regularly, as this will continue to be our main source of communication with you about every aspect of school life whilst we are closed.

We are operating in unprecedented times. There is no manual for what we as a school, and you as parents should be doing. The main priority at all times is that you are all safe and that your children are happy and feel secure. 

We know that trying to get children to complete a lot of school work at home may be a struggle for some. Do not add extra pressure to yourselves or your children if this is the case. The ideal situation is that you get yourselves into some kind of routine where you can do short bursts of learning regularly.

The resources that we are sharing with you each week allow children to do both online and offline learning. We know that spending long periods of time on screens is not ideal, so we encourage all families to be creative as far as they can, and take learning outdoors into gardens and into your daily exercise walk. You do not have to do everything we set. This is really important. Some children will want to tackle every single task and some will want to choose some preferred tasks. We fully support that. In an ideal world, we would like children to read for 15 minutes at least, every day (in the widest sense of the word - that could be on Bedrock, a magazine, a favourite book or as part of other learning tasks) and to do some maths activity daily. However, this is the ideal situation and we know for some that will be tricky. Just do what you can, and build from there. Your class teacher will be happy to support from afar on dojo, if you message them.

Work does not have to be sent to us for marking. In school, our policy is that feedback will only have an impact on learning if it is immediate and relevant at the time of learning, so trying to do this remotely makes that more difficult. Having said that, we absolutely LOVE seeing children's learning and appreciate all that you send to us to look at on dojo in photographs and video form. Remember your chid's dojo account also has a portfolio function where you can add work that teachers can look at. Each class also has an email account that you can send work to as well. You have received the email address in your home learning pack, if you're not sure, message your class teacher on dojo to get the address.

As a school, we have always championed 'learning' in its widest sense. As well as the resources and activities we place on our home learning pages each week, we completely support parents who are developing their own family approach to home learning by using this unexpected time together to learn new skills such as baking, cooking, gardening, home DIY projects, developing creativity, playing games together and most importantly teaching children the value of love, kindness, patience and consideration. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity​ for children to experience the true meaning of community and togetherness, one of our school drivers, and we feel that it is important for families to talk about this often, together. We hope that when this is all over and we see you all again, we are able to share how this has made us stronger as a school community by overcoming adversity together with the spirit of love and kindness which we are proud to have at WV.

As ever, I am proud to be the Headteacher of such a fantastic school, working with wonderful children, families and staff and I know that we can get through this tough time if we continue to draw on the #TeamWV ethos of aspire, believe, achieve.

Stay safe everyone.

Mrs C Miller

Headteacher.

01709 760103

Sandymount Road, Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham S63 7AD, UK

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