COVID Remote Learning

Remote education provision 2021: information for parents

 

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.

 

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

During the first 48 hours whilst we await any test results we will not provide any home learning.  There will be homework on the website that can be completed and there is an expectation that reading and timetables rockstars, for years 2 upwards, will be completed.

 

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, maths is consolidation and reinforcement with adaptations made by the teacher each day to move learning forward with challenge.  Website links are also provided for extension activities linked to paper-based learning.   Activities are a mixture of paper based, hands on and investigative.

 

Remote teaching and study time each day

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

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Primary school-aged pupils

5 hours each day

 

Accessing remote education

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

We will be predominately using School spider as this is the platform the children currently use for their homework, so are therefore knowledgeable on how it performs.

In addition to this the children will be directed to paper based learning. They will be provided with the books that will be referenced by their teachers each day on school spider.

Oak Academy, BBC Bitesize and other platforms are being used in order to further enhance the children’s learning. These lessons/activities have a specific emphasis and direction on enhancement and extension to ensure greater depth learning can take place.

 

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 asked all of the parents about their online access capabilities at home and now have a list of the children who are unable to access learning online for any length of time.  These children will receive one of the allocated DFE laptops to enable them to access the learning and submit work to be marked by the teacher.

A member of the SLT or our FSW will drop off the laptops.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • There will be a recorded teaching and information video by all teachers shared with the children each morning, this will go through the timetable for the day and the expectations of the children.
  • Oak National Academy lessons, Bitesize teaching, Bugclub, Rockstar maths and a number of other resources which enhance the teaching for the day, these will be age appropriate and be included in the daily briefing from the teachers.
  • Printed paper packs and resource text books which reflects the curriculum being taught by the teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets). The objectives set for English and maths will progressive in order to be in line with previous learning in the classroom and will be taken directly from the expectations for that term.
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences. This will be used for all subjects.

 

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?

  • That each child completes the work provided, the minimum that will be expected is the completion the work books, Bugclub tasks and also Rockstar maths.
  • Parents need to ensure a good routine for the children and follow the suggested timetable which is on the class web page and will be shared daily be the class teacher, this includes time for brain breaks and physical activities.

 

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

  • Parents can email teachers on the class email address each morning if they require assistance. Parents are asked to submit the morning work for each child before 12 noon so that the teachers have time to look at it and provide feedback for each child.
  • Each class teacher will make a telephone call each week to each member of their class.

 

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:

  • If the children submit their work before 12 noon they will receive feedback.
  • All work packs are to be brought back to school when the children return, teachers will then leave it for quarantine before looking at it to assess any children who may need additional support or reinforcement.

 

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

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 in the following ways:

  • Work for children with special educational needs has been adapted to meet their needs.
  • Early years children are provided practical hands-on activities through Tapestry which parents can upload for teachers to comment on and use for assessment purposes.

 

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

 

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Individual children who are self-isolating at home will receive pack of work produced by the teacher that covers basic skills, reading, phonics, writing and maths.