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School Update - 29th January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,


At the end of our 4th week of home learning, we are keen to find out how our families are finding the remote learning package we have on offer. We have always tried to plan our remote learning with our ‘parents’ head on and find a balance in this difficult situation. We know many families are negotiating a tricky mix of working from home and home schooling and that, whatever your circumstances, supporting your child’s education at the moment is not easy.


At Ryecroft we offer:

1) Daily live lessons via Zoom with links sent to emails and posted on Dojo

2) A learning planner (that mirrors the live lessons) available online with all the resources

3) Printed packs of the planner and the resources above, available from school

4) Reading books and an online library through Oxford Owls

5) Class Dojo to provide feedback on learning, extra challenges, stories and activities alongside a way of communicating directly with staff at school

6) Physical and social activities such as PE, dance and golden time (either recorded or via Zoom)


Our learning packs and reading books are still available outside on Friday afternoon and Monday all day for a socially distanced collection. If you need any other resources such as pencils, glue sticks, rulers etc please let us know and we will do our best to help.


To try to always improve what we do, we have set up a survey to gather some feedback from yourselves. Please use the following link and let us know your thoughts.


This week’s whole school activity is the ‘Get Caught Reading Challenge’ which we hope you will join in with. Take a picture of your child reading somewhere ‘different’ and share with their class teacher. We will look for our most exciting ideas and send out prizes to the lucky children.


Children’s mental health has been featuring heavily in the press and , as a school, is something we are keen to promote. Staff are still making calls home, and this will continue towards half term. They would love to talk to you and your child, if possible, to continue to keep that bond between home and school. Please check the parents letters home section for some interesting ideas to help support your child’s emotional well-being and other pointers to improve home learning from another Rotherham school. Hopefully, these will provide some useful suggestions to keep your child mentally healthy. If you are concerned about this in anyway, please do contact school.


The government clarified this week that all schools will be closed for the planned February half term break. There will be no Critical Worker/Vulnerable Children bubbles running in school or live lessons/planned learning from Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February. I think that the children, staff and yourselves need the opportunity to rest and get ready for the new half term.


If you need any help or support from our school team please contact teachers, in working hours, through Dojo or the school by phone or by email at


Have a wonderful weekend.


Mrs Blythe