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Distance Learning Portal

 

Plumcroft Distance Learning Portal

You are in Control

 

Dear parents and carers

 

I just wanted to update all parents about our plans for the Plumcroft Distance Learning Portal and the fact that all activities are optional. It will go live on Monday 30th March 2020.

 

Whilst my staff and I are the educators, you are the parents and carers. As parents and carers, you know your children best and only you know your personal family circumstances at this challenging time. We will therefore provide a rich and engaging curriculum offer for as long as needed but it is you who are in control of when, how and if you want your children to engage with the Plumcroft Distance Learning Portal. We are here to help and support you all in the months ahead and so always feel free to ignore the Portal completely if the time is not right.

 

At Plumcroft, we’re lucky enough to have been working for over 5 years with Renaissance Learning (click on the name if you want to see a video of staff and children from Plumcroft). I’m sure every parent from Year 2 upwards will have heard their children talking about Accelerated Reader (most will just call it AR) and getting a book from Mr. Slade if they read 15 books and score 95%+ on the book quizzes in a half-term. All of our half-termly assessments in Reading and Maths make use of Renaissance STAR Assessments – Year 2 to Year 6 have being doing these assessments for many years and from this January, Year 1 also started using them.  

 

Last year, Renaissance Learning introduced MyOn to their list of online learning tools. Plumcroft was one of the first schools to trial and use MyOn in the UK. I’m sure almost all children from Year 1 to Year 6 will have told you about it and used it at home. Indeed, I know they must have done. Our MyOn systems tell me that since we started using it at the end of last year, 5,071 books have been read by our children.

 

I’ve just checked and for today, Monday 23rd March 2020, children from our Year 1 to Year 6 classes, who are at home, have started reading 153 books and 30 of them have been finished. Considering the changes and challenges we are all facing, I think it’s amazing to know that our children are simply getting on with it.

 

From next Monday, we will be opening up MyOn to all children and families in Reception and Nursery – We will show all parents how to login and use MyOn with your children – it really is easy to use and yet very powerful stuff.

 

Many of the older children will already be familiar with the projects their teachers create in MyOn. From next Monday, for all children in Year 3 to Year 6, we will create some initial projects for them to work on – they can message teachers from within MyOn, use post-it notes, write reports, read carefully selected daily news and many other tools. Year 1 & Year 2 projects will appear soon and maybe we’ll create some for Reception & Nursery families as well...

 

We’ll also be setting work for Year 2 to Year 6 in Accelerated Maths – this is at individual pupil level and each teacher can review completed work and then set more work based upon where each child is on their learning journey. In addition, we will make use of other high quality online learning resources as time passes but more of that next week..

 

None of the above is new to the vast majority of children and so they will already know how to login and use MyOnAs and when you have the time, let them show you how they use MyOn. Maybe ask them to read a book to you or you can listen to one together. When you’ve finished a book then you could do the quiz together. Click a button and you can read and hear many of the books and news stories in French and Spanish as well as English. Login details are unique for each child but the same one is used for MyOn, Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Maths and STAR Assessments but if they are struggling to remember, then we’ll provide an online ‘Request Login Details’ form that you can complete.

 

If your child is in Nursery, Reception or Year 1 then please use the online ‘Request Login Details’ form to get your child’s MyOn login details. Please be patient if you don’t get your individual login before Friday. We are all working hard to keep the school open for those children who have to be here each day. For example, we have a lot of keyworker families that need us to care for their children every day. We’ll also be open throughout the Easter Holidays for them and for as long as needed. Specifically for Nursery, Reception & Year 1, we will also be providing additional Phonics support that is directly linked to the scheme we use called Read Write Inc – Ruth Miskin and her team at Read Write Inc are brilliant and have already launched Facebook & YouTube Phonics Lessons for you as well as a helpline and other age specific resources.

 

The Distance Learning Portal will also include sections for each specific year group from Nursery to Year 6. You will get age related content as well as some great ideas about keeping healthy, staying active and mental well-being. Staff are busy being filmed reading stories for you to watch from next week. There might even be some online Yoga classes with Ms. Whytock, PE with Ms. Ings and music lessons from Ms. Charlton and Ms. Shepherd as well as our other talented musicians. If you want, you will also have the option to have a go at the Activities in my “Headteacher’s Zone” – Amongst other things, I reckon I can teach you all to juggle.

 

I hope the above summary, reassures all parents that your children will be able to access high quality sustainable resources and that every teacher will be able to set work for each child for as long as needed and interact with them in a planned way. Clearly, none of this is intended to replace or replicate the normal school day and so it is you who are in control of when, how and if you want your children to engage with the Plumcroft Distance Learning Portal.

Best wishes

Richard Slade
Headteacher