Welcome to Year 4!
Nobody panic and keep breathing! You've all got this! Using Microsoft Teams will become second nature to us all over the next few weeks, but we know it is going to take a few weeks for us to master the new set up. We are all learning with you, and are all here to support you as much as we can. The aim for the next week is to log on to Teams, have a little play, discover where assignments and calendar appointments are and begin to complete some of the learning set. Very kindly, Mr Morris has made a "How To" guide, which you will find posted below and was Parent Mailed out to you.
We have posted an example timetable as a suggestion that you may choose to follow, but this is merely an example of what the children would usually do in school. We completely understand that when you are all competing with one another for devices, that your working day may have to be more flexible. All of the lessons are being posted as "Assignments" and come with a video to explain the learning and the task. These lessons can be accessed at any time, which means tasks can be completed when it is most convenient for your family. The adults here at school can all see which assignments have been viewed by children, so there is no expectation for you to upload evidence straight away. If you are a particularly tech-savvy family, then we welcome your uploads and perhaps you can share your knowledge with others (we are all in this together!).
If you do have multiple family members all using a limited number of devices, we recommend spending some time together to create a family timetable that suits all your needs, so that everybody knows what they should be doing and when- this also may help with all those who are struggling to get into a routine at home. When thinking about your family timetable, it is important that you keep your weekly class assembly time free (Wednesdays 10:45-11:30) and bear in mind your twice weekly guided reading sessions. If you have an issue with your reading time allocation, please contact your teacher and we will do our very best to help you.
We have heard that Teams works best within the app, so you may wish to download the app on your relevant device. We have also heard the Teams app is available for download across all devices- desktops, tablets, smartphones, X-box and Playstation!
Within Teams, you are able to use the "Chat" facility to contact your teacher, so please do not use the General page as this is where we will post assignments and give instructions and updates. When working online, please remember to be respectful to others and no inappropriate behaviour will be tolerated. Our class email addresses are still up and running and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. If you urgently need to contact us, please contact the office as usual and they will pass on the message.
We are really looking forward to our first class assemblies on Wednesday with you, and can't wait to spend some time "live" with you!
You are all incredible learners and we are trying to keep the learning as similar to in school as possible for you. Please remember your usual classroom behaviour. Be respectful to your home adults, just as you would be to those at school. Remember to communicate your feelings verbally and ask for help before you get frustrated. If you need to pause for a moment, ding your inner chime, close your eyes and go to a happy place in your head. We are so proud of you all, and we know you are up for this challenge!
We'll speak to you all soon,
The Year 4 Team
Our class email addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Miss Furey)
email@example.com (Mr Proudfoot)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Miss Roxby)
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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