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After very careful consideration, we have made the decision to close the school today for pupil and staff due to the forecast of more snow falling on a very frozen site and the treacherous roads across the county . Please refer to the Norfolk School Closure list for updates this week.

Kind regards Carolyn Ellis-Gage

January Lockdown

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you all so much for your support over the last few days, things have changed frequently but Parkside is ready to go with both remote learning for most pupils and onsite provision for those most vulnerable and those pupils who have parents working as critical workers during this lockdown.

We have taken on board many lessons from the previous lockdown and have decided that keeping that sense of community going needs to be paramount. Therefore we will have a weekly assembly and two social online gatherings a week for all pupils.

I am fully aware that this is a time of immense pressure on families, especially families caring for children with special needs. Please stay in touch and if you need any additional help please let us know.

The remote learning offer has been sent out in another letter, the expectation for this is please do what you can. The main aim of the next few weeks is to keep everyone safe and as happy as possible. If the remote learning is proving too much to handle then please do not pressure yourself or your child. It may be that the remote learning team can offer you more activities to support wellbeing instead.

Parkside will be delivering the soul food boxes again from next week, if you find yourself in circumstances where a food box would be appreciated please let us know. The same with registering for free school meals.

Kindest regards,

Mrs Ellis-Gage


Dear Parent/Carer

Remote Learning

First of all, I’d like to thank you all for working with us at Parkside for the very best possible outcomes for your child. In these challenging times it is important for us all to have a clear idea of what to expect during this lockdown. At Parkside we have been working hard to develop a remote learning offer for your child which is now in place.

Our Offer

During this lockdown this is what you should expect with regards to remote learning:

● Your class teacher is creating and compiling remote learning packs that will be made available to parents/carers immediately according to the type of technology you have available at home. We have conducted a technology audit so that the teachers can tailor the work to what you have available at home. This will take the form of:

1. A physical paper pack, already pre-printed, if you do not have the necessary technology available to access the online learning.
2. A link to the class Padlet where you can access online learning including video links. We will not be doing live teaching as this is not appropriate for our pupils and there are safeguarding concerns around this approach in special schools.

● The remote learning packs are informed by your child’s EHCP outcomes. The remote learning packs will include English and Maths and one other subject as part of your child’s daily learning and a remote learning overview so you can see what is informing the learning.

● Your child’s teaching team will be in daily contact with you either via email or phone depending on what you have available to outline the day’s learning.

● There will be a twice weekly, a zoom circle time to check in with the pupils socially and emotionally and so that they can keep connected to their class.

● The headteacher, Mrs Ellis-Gage will hold a weekly zoom assembly every Friday at 10am for all pupils, here is the link, we look forward to seeing you

Parental/Carer Engagement

It is important that your child engages in home learning and that you give regular feedback via email or school so that your child’s teacher can support you to the best of their ability.

Some tips for learning from home:

● Try to keep to a regular routine and structure for the day, think about start and end times for learning.
● Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, and make it clear when the school day is over at home.
● Plan breaks and exercise into the day to keep your child active.
● Don’t be afraid to modify the learning to what works for you at home you know your child best and what you have available to make the learning engaging and meaningful.

Please keep in touch with us and let us know if you need any further support with remote learning, or if you have any questions. I’d like to thank our teachers who have worked hard to create this remote learning offer as well as teaching full time. This is new territory and we are all learning how to navigate it and develop it for our pupils so any feedback on how it can be improved and what is working well would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Webster-Lee Mrs Ellis-Gage
Assistant Headteacher Headteacher
Curriculum Lead for Remote Learning


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