Dear Parents/Carers,

As you are aware, Ashdale is having to restrict the amount of children attending school to ensure the correct level safety is in place for both children and staff. As a result, we are offering children at home the opportunity to access high quality virtual teaching and learning.

This will take place on the following platforms:

  • Zoom/Google classroom
  • Tapestry
  • Classroom 360
  • Education City
  • Oxford Owl
  • Posted resources (at families request)

There are five key elements of our home learning offer:

  1. Home learning packs
  2. Personalised targets linked to EHCP, basic skills and life skills
  3. Activity suggestions
  4. Whole group  zoom sessions
  5. Online learning sessions

Home learning will be used to support the transition between school and home and will encourage a healthy routine when the children are not in school. We will support this transition with visual resources and daily zones of regulation check in’s.

Virtual home learning:

Home learning days will begin at 9.00am where the children will be invited to join a whole class zoom call with a familiar adult. This session will last 15 – 20 minutes and will include a weather/story massage routine, zones of regulation check in and a makaton sign of the day.

The children will then be invited to join various subject specific zoom learning sessions throughout the day (a timetable will be uploaded via Tapestry).


The day will end with a show and tell session with a member of the home learning team, the children will be encouraged to talk about something they have learnt/made that day. The zoom call will end for the day with a zones of regulation check in and a story time.

We ask that you ensure that an adult is in the same room as your child whilst they are on the zoom call, this is to safeguard both staff and children.


The home learning team will also upload various ‘Winter Themed’ activities which you can use at home. These will be updated regularly and you will also be able to gain access to Education City and Oxford Owl through the login details which will be posted on Tapestry.

Teachers have created life skills documents which include a range of targets that we aimed to work on with your children in school this half term. Teachers have added suggested activities to these targets for you to work on at home.

Tapestry can also be used as a way for you to communicate with staff at school and show us the lovely activities that your children have been doing at home.


If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at school on 01670 336906 or by emailing demi.stroughton@thedales.northumberland.sch.uk


Thank you for your continued support.