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Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

 

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

We aim to be able to provide remote learning from day 1, but It may take a day or so to get the full offer in place, depending on how much notice we get of closure.

Children will have access to the same curriculum that would be taught in school.

 

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

This will depend upon the age of your child.

In nursery and reception learning is based around play and we will follow this pattern with remote learning. You will see some activities you might recognise as “lessons”. These will usually be based around phonics, English and maths. You will also be given activities that develop other parts of the curriculum such as creativity and physical development. We don’t want small children sat at tables doing “lessons”! Different children will take differing lengths of time to complete these activities, but we would expect them to spend no more than 90 minutes on any set learning, and to spend the rest of the time playing, singing, sharing books with you and being active.

 

In years 1 and 2 we set approximately three hours work in line with government expectations – of course, the amount of time it takes will vary by child. This will usually cover some English, maths and one other subject, and probably some phonics and handwriting too.

 

In years 3 – 6, we set approximately 4 hours of work in line with government expectations. The amount of time this actually takes will vary from child to child. In general there will be one hour each of English, maths and one other subject. The fourth will consist of a combination of any of the following or similar activities: Timestables Rock Stars, reading, PE, assemblies, handwriting.

 

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing? 

All learning will be posted on the class pages of our website. Children also have access to the websites we use throughout the year such as Times Tables Rockstars and Fitter Futures.

 

We are beginning to use Google Classroom, but this is still in development. 

 

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

 

We have a small supply of laptops available which we can loan to families on a needs assessed basis. These will come with instructions to link them to your broadband in your home if you have it.

We do not currently have routers etc for loan to enable broadband connection.

If printed materials are required, parents should contact the class teacher on the class email address which they will be given during isolation/lockdown. We try to keep the need to print materials to the absolute minimum.

Work can be submitted to teachers via email (take a photo of it/scan it) or by arranging to drop off printed materials.

  

How will my child be taught remotely? 

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

 

  • There will normally be a video posted each morning from one of the year group teachers, saying hello and outlining the work for the day. Staffing pressures may prevent this on some days
  • Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers, BBC Bitesize). This allows you to access the teaching at any point to suit you and your family.
  • Materials such as information sheets and Powerpoint presentations

 

Engagement and feedback 

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home? 

We expect pupils to complete all work set. If families need to have a quieter learning day they should prioritise phonics, maths and English. We know that family life is complicated and it may be that the work is completed on different days from that on which it is set. We also nknow that on some days you may need a break from the learning. We also recognise that if a child is in a family where adults are ill with covid-19 they may not be able to complete any work if there is not suitable supervision.

 

We know that remote learning is extremely taxing for parents, who are not trained teachers, may find some of the learning difficult themselves or may be trying to work from home. Parents need to do their best to support their children with remote learning by creating opportunities for children to engage. Most primary age children are going to need parental supervision to do this work successfully. If it is possible, it is a good idea to set up a daily routine around the learning. 

 

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns? 

We aim for teachers to be monitoring the class email address daily between 8:30am and 6:00pm during times of self-isolation or lockdown. They will be keeping records of which children have completed the work set.

 

If a teacher is unwell, another member of staff will take on the monitoring of the class work.

Parents need to recognise that teachers are often having to teach children in class at the same time as setting/monitoring remote learning so response times will vary.

 

If children are not completing work we will call parents to discuss this.

 

How will you assess my child’s work and progress? 

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

 

Children will not receive feedback on every piece of work. In line with in-school practice, class sets of work are monitored to look for common misconceptions and errors which then inform our future planning. Children will be offered suggestions on how to improve their learning on some pieces of work.

 

We often use quizzes to assess understanding and will ask for scores to be sent to teachers.

 

 Additional support for pupils with particular needs

 

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils.

 

We will do our utmost to provide differentiated learning for children with SEND. We will make sure that we are in regular contact with these families.

 

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

 

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, parents will be sent an email with the work that has been set. They should return the child’s work to the teacher via the class email address.  

 

We aim to provide exactly the same education for a child if they are the only one in the class self-isolating, but it may be more difficult for the teachers to respond daily to emails while they also have a full time class teaching role.

 

We will not be able to provide school-made recorded lessons, but will be able to provide links to pre-recorded materials such as Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize.

 

As soon as we know a child has to self-isolate from school we will start sending work home via Parentmail or a paper pack if need be. This will be in line with the curriculum the rest of the class are being taught.

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