Updated 25 March 2020
Everyone at Harlands is incredibly keen that all members of the school community continue to flourish as learners as much as possible despite the changes brought about by school closure. In order for this to happen, maintaining a strong and supportive learning partnership between children, teachers and parents/carers is more important than ever.
Our main Harlands learning aims
Wherever children’s learning takes place, we would love it to be underpinned the school’s recently updated learning aims. These aims are ideals that the school community have been working hard to develop in recent times and we believe that they will help all of our children during the whole of their Harlands experience.
Harlands Home Learning
Over the next couple of weeks, we would like all children to continue to use their year group’s DB Primary community page as the location from where they can access frequently updated learning support and activities; see the ‘DB Primary’ section below for more details.
Key Stage 2 children should continue to make use of TT Rockstars, MyMaths and other learning online resources the school already has subscriptions too. Access to the login pages for these resources and further Home Learning guidance can still be found on our school website at https://www.harlandsprimaryschool.org/Parents/Closure-Work/
Whilst at school, playtime/breaktime is a key part of all children’s learning experience as it helps to develop their social, emotional, creative and imaginative skills. We would very much like to actively encourage all Harlands children (EYFS – Year 6) to spend at least one hour each day engaging in imaginative/self-initiated play; this could involve making up their own games with siblings, exploring an appropriate outdoor space, or creating an activity to entertain/challenge an adult. Our Harlands Helper/Random Acts of Kindness challenges would certainly be an ideal way for children to develop their social, emotional and creative skills.
If any parents/carers would like to share their thoughts – positive and negative – about how ‘Home Learning’ is working in their household, or they would like some additional support, we would encourage you to share these by sending an e-mail to email@example.com . Parental feedback will greatly help us to ensure that we are able to provide the most appropriate support for as many households as possible whilst children continue to complete their learning at home.
Over the last day or so, the teachers have made huge progress in developing their understanding of how to best use our online platform - DB Primary - to support all Harlands families with their learning from home experience.
The staff in each year group, have now added the ‘Tasks’ tab to their year group community page. By clicking on this ‘Tasks’ tab, children will be able to access daily, age-appropriate teacher-set activities, which are linked to their current learning journey at Harlands.
Whilst the activity descriptions will be listed online, many of the activities themselves will be ‘screen-free’ tasks.
Where children may benefit – both academically and emotionally – from receiving teacher-feedback in relation to an activity they have completed, teachers have the option of setting up a response facility so children can upload their work for feedback. This will allow children to share photos and work samples with their teacher.
In the past, regular home-users of DB Primary have used it mainly as a social discussion tool. As a consequence, some of these more familiar users might need additional adult support in understanding that it is now a hub for focused home-learning support.
If any parents/carers would like to share their thoughts – positive and negative – about how DB Primary and the ‘Tasks’ set are working in their household, we would encourage you to share these by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and including ‘DB Primary’ in the e-mail subject line. Parental feedback will greatly help us to ensure that we are able to provide the most appropriate support for as many households as possible whilst children continue to complete their learning at home.
If you need re-confirmation of a child’s DB Primary login details, please e-mail email@example.com