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Key worker children in school

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Biggrizzleybear, Jun 4, 2020.

  1. Biggrizzleybear

    Biggrizzleybear New commenter

    I work for the NHS, have been on night shift since schools closed. However next week I am going to back to the usual day shifts that I used to do before just. I use to work 9:30 till 2:45 as my manager agreed to it when I came back from maternity leave. There will be no one at home to look after my children as my husband is a key worker and works 9 till 5:30. My children will be going to school (primary) and I have been told that they will be in the key worker bubble. I don't have any problems with this. My question is, in the key worker bubble, in most schools are they playing or doing work??
     
  2. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    From what I gather the keyworker 'bubbles' are mixed ages, so the teacher will not be actively teaching. That doesn't mean that the children will be playing. As with the children still at home, they will be getting the work set by their usual teacher.
     
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  3. Biggrizzleybear

    Biggrizzleybear New commenter

    Yes I know it is mixed age.
    I'm going to ask my friend who is a key worker too and has a child at the same school.
     
  4. Biggrizzleybear

    Biggrizzleybear New commenter

    Will reply later as I'm only on my break at the moment.
     
  5. Biggrizzleybear

    Biggrizzleybear New commenter

    My friend has replied saying that they are playing all day. My children will love this.

    She has also said that social distancing within the bubble is not enforced as its impossible with primary aged children as they hug teachers every day etc.
     
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  6. Biggrizzleybear

    Biggrizzleybear New commenter

    Going back to work now so won't be able to reply till later.
     
  7. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Now we are “ back in school” we are teaching. We have mixed age bubbles but have organised most keyworkers into a 2 year bubble so it is possible to actively teach.
     
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  8. cassandramark2

    cassandramark2 Lead commenter

    Today I will have 10 children in my Y6 critical key worker bubble. The number varies from day to day. We are most definitely working. They are completing exactly the same work as set from home, as is the other keyworker Y6 pod in my school and the other year key worker group pods. Given that my school has, by far, the largest intake of key workers’ children in our city, we can only accommodate our Foundation class. We have been supported by our LA as we are scrupulously following the Govt’s advice in terms of prioritising year groups.
    The criticism we have suffered at the hands of the some of the parents of Y6 pupils who are still learning at home is pretty vile, given that they know our position and many are professionals who should know better.
     
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2020
  9. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    It is more play based activities yes, with lots of free choice.
    But also getting outside and at least mixing (a little) with their peers + being cared for. (Referring to a year 2 child telling me this)

    It is a nice service for key workers in my view and the boy above is well happy to bounce off to school in the mornings, even though they were only a handful in yesterday.
     
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  10. Biggrizzleybear

    Biggrizzleybear New commenter

    It is a nice service yes. In our local school they don't do social distancing (I agree they shouldn't do it in the key worker group) in the key worker group.In our local school children in the key worker group share resources, play together and eat lunch in the dining hall with staff and staff don't try to distance if children try to hug them.
     
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  11. 7eleven

    7eleven Senior commenter

    In my experience, children in school are completing the same work that those not in school are set online.
    In answer to your other post, the year 6s are being encouraged to social distance within their bubbles, but younger children are not. It’s impossible to expect five year olds to do so. Bubbles are being kept apart though.
     
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  12. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Your school probably has a phone or the internet.

    They are the best people to ask.
     
  13. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    It will depend on the school concerned, but this is what has been happening in my school. It is secondary, so ‘play’ wouldn’t really be suitable(p (although I’m sure some access online games when they can get away with it).
     
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  14. Laphroig

    Laphroig Lead commenter

    Ask your children’s school for this information.
     
  15. Biggrizzleybear

    Biggrizzleybear New commenter

    I have asked them.
     
  16. rararasputin

    rararasputin Lead commenter

    And?
     
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  17. emilystrange

    emilystrange Star commenter

    They have work to do - the same stuff as the home learners. They do not play all day. However, the curriculum has been suspended and we are essentially offering childcare, so it's not going to be lessons in any normal sense. We are keeping them occupied with learning activities but with social distancing it's impossible to help them much.
    No physical contact AT ALL, no shared resources, no meeting of bubbles.
     
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  18. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Why were you contacting your networked friend at around 5 in the morning when they are working days and will, if they exist, have been asleep or preparing for the day ahead?
    Are you actually a journalist trying to get teachers to say that they are letting children play all day and are not bothering with social distancing?
     
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  19. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    And why on earth would most people reply at that time?
     
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  20. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Perhaps there was a need to demonstrate that they are currently a night worker on a break, soon to be changing shifts and needing to send children to school?
     

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