School Closure

Unfortunately, following the statement from the Prime Minister on Monday 4th January announcing a National Lockdown, Roughwood School will move to online learning from Tuesday 5th January until February half-term.

Letter to Parents following school closure announcement.

This section of the website is designed to answer any questions relating to remote learning, access to school for children of Critical Workers and what to expect during this period.

Live Lessons Timetable

Firstly, all classes will be holding live lessons where children can engage with their teachers who will teach and explain the learning tasks the children have been set. This is a valuable opportunity for your child to learn with their teacher alongside their peers and we expect daily attendance. We ask that all children attend the lessons via Google Classroom using your child’s Google account. If you are having difficulties in logging in, please contact your child’s teacher for support via Class DoJo. We have staggered the start times of live sessions to support the use of shared devices. 

Class / Year Group Time
Acorns 10:15-10:30
Chestnuts 10:15-10:30
Class 1 – Mr Hunter 9:25 – 9:45 and 11:20-11:40
Class 2  – Miss Pepper 9:25 – 9:45 and 11:20-11:40
Class 3 – Miss Brown 9:25 – 9:45 and 1:00 – 1:20
Class 4 – Miss Sare 9:50 – 10:10 and 10:55-11:15
Class 5  -Mr Ducker 9:50 – 10:10 and 10:55-11:15
Class 6 – Mrs Graham 9:50 – 10:10 and 10:55-11:15
Class 7 – Miss Newton-Smith 9:00 – 9:20 and 10:35-10:55
Class 8 – Miss Dungworth 9:00 – 9:20 and 10:35-10:55
Class 9 – Mrs Wheeler 9:00 – 9:20 and 10:35-10:55

Remote Learning Policy

We have developed a remote learning policy which details what you should expect while school is closed for face to face teaching. It is expected that children attend all live lessons and engage daily with their teachers. The school will aim to deliver at least two live sessions per day with your child’s Teacher and Teaching Assistant. If your child has SEND needs and has an EHCP or IDP, your child will continue to work on their targets with support from your child’s Teacher and Teaching Assistants.

Safeguarding

We expect to hear from you and your child daily. We understand that this may not always be possible, however, if we have not had any contact in 2 days we will always check-in with a phone call and support you to keep in regular contact. Should we not be able to contact you we may make an unannounced home visit or seek guidance from other agencies as per our safeguarding responsibility and policy.

Free School Meals

We are currently awaiting guidance from the Government about how FSM will be provided during this Lockdown. Please be aware that it will be only parents/carers of pupils who meet the requirements of FSM through the benefits entitlement scheme who will qualify for support. Children who receive FSM as part of the UIFSM system which entitles all KS1 children to a meal will not receive support during this Lockdown. We know many of you will already be aware of this as this was the case last year.

As a reminder, if parents go to this website, they can still apply for FSM under the benefits entitlement scheme and when approved will receive support when it becomes available.

Attendance

We will be tracking attendance during the lockdown period and ask that you:

  • Are in contact with your child’s class teacher daily 
  • Ensure your child accesses their learning daily, including attending live lessons, and submits their work to their class teacher for feedback
  • If your child is ill you must inform the school by phone or your child’s class teacher using Class DoJo by 8.45 am

Support with devices

The school has a limited number of devices available to loan to families to support remote learning. If you require support and would like to request a device or support with internet connectivity, please complete the email the school office at roughwood@willowtreeacademy.org or alternatively text school on 07441907074.

Sim cards are available with 30GB of Data for 90 days. please contact the school as above if you require a Sim Card. These can be put into mobile phones and devices can teather to use the data using wifi.

Critical Workers

If you are a Critical Worker and you require your child to attend school to allow you to work, please complete the attached form and return completed via email to roughwood@willowtreeacademy.org Download Form

If you are unsure if your job would class as a Critical Worker, please refer to the following website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision 

We will require you to provide proof of employment before a place can be offered.

Vulnerable Children

Some children are able to access school as normal if they are considered vulnerable. A child may be considered vulnerable for many different reasons. If you feel your child would need one of the limited places in school, please email the school office at roughwood@willowtreeacademy.org or alternatively text school on 07441907074. Following this Miss Whitworth will contact you to discuss how we can support.

Domestic Abuse

For many people, this is a concern as we enter another period of isolation. Please contact the school and speak with Miss Whitworth if you have concerns regarding domestic abuse or visit the following website for help and support: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help

In-School Lunches

Our kitchen is open to provide hot lunches for children who are accessing school. Children can either order a school lunch or bring a healthy packed lunch. If you are entitled to FSM, it is expected that you access meals through school.

Updated 7th January 2021