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Discussion in 'Primary' started by Itsme22, Jul 15, 2020.
What is everyone planning for September? Settling in activities? Normal lessons?
Think ours will be a mixture of the two, but very quickly back to normal lessons (within a fortnight). We'll find out more at our inset next Monday.
Nothing academic In first week! Routines and getting used to being back is priority. Some children will be feral and need time to settle. We also need to get a feel for what they’ve learnt or forgotten during lockdown. No formal assessments though as that would just be unkind.
Take it a day at a time!
I second this completely. I'm giving my kids a bigger break than usual when we start class again in September. I'm prepping games and get-to-know-you and SEL activities with the free online tool Genially (https://genial.ly/) for creating interactive learning materials. I use it to make presentations, interactive images, games and fun quizzes and add animation effects to them. I used to plan most of my class activities thinking we'd be in-person for sure, but I'm taking the time to create more digital materials this year in case we go back into lockdown.
We have been fully open for a few weeks and even when just the first year groups came back they gave the message they wanted routine loud and clear!
We had planned all kinds of settling back and reassuring type activities, but they just kept asking about phonics and 'work'.
So in September a good amount of routine and 'normality' is what we will be doing.
Routine, routine and routine. A return to a microcosm where statements from authority mean something.
I don’t understand why you wouldn’t just get on as normal. Get a baseline done as you would any year and take them from where they are (not where you think they should be). Children love routine.
Don’t you think that each of us will need to deal with our own classes in the way that they need. No two classes will be the same. just hope all the SLT realise that!
Just checked out the genial.ly website. I have not come across it before but I've signed up and it looks good. Thank you for recommending it!!
A few days of 'settling in' - routines, expectations, etc, plenty of well-being and generally steady pace, then back to normal routine (this is what the early returners wanted most of all and behaviour was visibly better when the day was more structured).