Please check this page regularly for information and updates from the school about the current COVID-19 situation.
URGENT UPDATE - 3rd Jan 2021
I am writing to you as soon as possible to inform you that due to staffing shortages, we are only able to open to children of key worker parents and key children. If you have accessed this provision before and wish to do so again, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m sorry this is the first thing I am having to write as I start as head of the school. This will be in place for a minimum of two weeks as the situation is reviewed.
Learning for the majority of the children will be online and ready to access from 10am tomorrow morning on the home learning pages as per the last lockdown.
I wanted to ensure you had the maximum notice possible as I know the inconvenience this will have caused. I can assure you that staff and I have given great thought over this and are committed to making the learning experience of the next two weeks at least, valuable to the children.
Friday 20th March
The school is closed from today onwards to all but the children of key workers and vulnerable children as advised by the government. Please see this page on the government website for further information. If, after reading this information, you believe your child falls into one of these categories, please contact the school.
Wednesday 18th March
Should the coronavirus outbreak involve the closing of schools, we wanted to let you know the plans for us to continue working with your child(ren). The plan will go into operation immediately if or when we close.
Your child will be provided with a home literacy and numeracy book and will be set daily tasks by their class teacher through the school website. When using mobile devices (phones and tablets), please choose 'view' rather than 'download' to access documents. These tasks can be accessed by visiting our school website below:
https://www.callington-ji.cornwall.sch.uk/à Children à Home learning à Year group folder
We would like your child to complete the following each week:
This will be uploaded by 9.00 am on a Monday. Answers for questions, where relevant, will be uploaded on the Monday of the following week.
The children’s spellings for the half term will be glued into the front of their home literacy books. Please use these as a week-by-week plan for which spellings your children should be learning. It would be great if you could learn these spellings weekly with your child. This could be either learning them by looking, covering, spelling and checking or writing these using different pens and pencils to even using chalk. We will also be uploading suggested websites and games for your children to practise their spellings on.
Your child will be set a daily guided reading task. In school, we use an approach to teach reading called VIPERS. When completing guided reading tasks with your child, it may be useful to know the following:
Vocabulary: Give/explain the meaning of words in context.
Infer: Make inferences from the text/explain and justify using evidence from the text.
Predict: Predict what might happen from the details stated and implied.
Explain: Identify/explain how information/narrative is related and contributes to the meaning as a whole. Make comparisons within the text.
Retrieve: Retrieve and record key information/key details from fiction and non-fiction.
Summarise: Summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph.
Reading for pleasure
Children also need to continue reading at home daily – reading at least once a day for 10 minutes, either reading independently, reading to a sibling or reading as a family before bed. This then needs to be written in your child’s reading record.
Extra support websites for home learning
If you would like any extra support, the following links have a range of resources to help ensure children are completing work corresponding to their year group.
Twinkl have made their subscription free for one month. Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS for a collection of interactive resources.
Classroom secrets have also made interactive learning packs for your child. Log on to: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/ and download the correct year group.
We would also like children to continue to use the Times Table Rock Stars website to improve their times table facts. We currently have access to a new online learning platform called Numbots – which is accessed through the Times tables Rockstars log in. This game is aimed at boosting addition and subtraction skills for all aged children. Children will come home with their log in details (stuck into their new home numeracy book).
There are lots of free ‘eBooks’ available online for your children to download. You can register for free on the following websites: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ and https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/
See the link below to take you directly to the children's home learning page.
Tuesday March 17th
At the government briefing yesterday, the decision was for all schools to remain open. At the same time, advice was given to anyone who develops a persistent cough or fever to self-isolate for fourteen days along with their household. Pregnant women are being advised to minimise social contact for up to twelve weeks. Clearly this advice applies to school staff too. There will therefore obviously be an impact on staff at Callington. I felt I needed to let you know that we will do all we can to maintain a normal school day for all children. However, if there are a number of teacher absences, there may come a time when children will not be taught by their class teacher or perhaps not even in their school year group. It may be that we need to split a class into groups and ask them to work in other classrooms with different teachers. This may not ever happen, but I felt it was only fair to let you know what might happen in worst-case scenarios. At all times we will do our very best to provide appropriate work for your child.
Tomorrow we plan to send out a letter informing parents/carers of the school’s plans should we close for a longer period of time.