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Remote Learning (Lockdown)

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.

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

Every child has access to a remote learning overview which is uploaded for each year-group daily to their Teams account. For Reception and Nursery children this is sent to parents weekly via email. This provides immediate access to remote learning. The teachers have collated resources and links to online lessons (White Rose, Oak Academy etc.) which is as closely aligned as possible to the content being taught in school.

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?

The lessons provided when a whole class or year group are isolating are broadly the same as they would be provided with in school as far as possible. In some cases, alternative lessons and activities will be provided where it would not be suitable for the activity to be completed at home e.g., a science experiment or a PE lesson requiring specific equipment. We do not expect children to be able to complete the same number of lessons at home as they would in school and therefore a variety of lessons are provided across the weeks to ensure the curriculum provided is broad and balanced.

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: We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly three hours a day in KS1 and four hours in KS2 however, this varies according to the age of the child and any additional needs they have.

Children in the youngest year groups (e.g., Reception and early on in Year 1) are set teaching which is broken down into smaller chunks of time in the same away they would in school. These shorter teaching inputs are followed by tasks for the children to complete at home. Children in these year groups are likely to require adult support to access their learning and complete the tasks although we do encourage children to work independently where possible. In older year groups, children will have roughly three hours of reading, writing and maths learning (this includes time for independent reading and Times Tables Rockstars) and then a further one hour each day for a wider curriculum subject area e.g., science, history, geography etc. 

Accessing remote education

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

For children in Reception and Nursery, remote learning is set via email. For children in all other year groups, remote learning is set via Microsoft Teams.

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 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 will loan computers and devices to children where they do not have a suitable device at home. These devices are limits however and priority will be given to those children who are disadvantaged and have no devices over families with more than one child having to share.
  • For families without WIFI access, the school has purchased dongles which allow children internet access. They are easy to set up and just require charging and connecting to the device.
  • If parents do not have fixed broadband at home or cannot afford additional data for their devices the school can order data allowance increases via the DfE portal.
  • Technical support is also available should you need any help accessing Teams. Please contact the school office or the class teacher via the year group emails.
  • It is important for children to have access to the internet and become confident using Teams as this is how future remote learning and home work will be set however, if you are having difficulty with this please do get in contact so that we can provide support and look at alternatives such as paper copies of work and alternative ways to submit remote learning to your child’s class teacher.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Pre-recorded teaching such as the Oak National Academy lessons, White Rose Maths lessons and video/audio recordings made by teachers.
  • Commercially available website such as BBC Bitesize to support the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • Pre-recorded videos of staff reading books to pupils.
  • Class meetings (via Ms Teams) to provide a connection with the class and teacher, as well as supporting emotional wellbeing. These are held on a Wednesday.

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 all children to engage with remote learning daily. We understand that for the majority of children, this will require support from parents many of which are also working from home. Therefore, please do not worry if you child does not complete all of the learning set for one day or if the work is not completed at the set times.

Teachers will try to set tasks which children can have a go at independently as much as possible however, they may still need parental support to access the videos and materials for each lesson. Where possible please support your child to set routines at home such as timings for starting work and breaks and to find a suitable place for your child to complete work away from other distractions such as toys or games consoles.

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

The class teachers will be looking daily to see which children are accessing and submitting their work. The teachers are able to see which children have viewed the lessons on Teams. If they have concerns, they call you to speak to you about your child’s learning and any way they can support you and your child.

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:

Teachers will leave the children feedback on the work submitted via Teams and in Reception and Nursery via email.  In the feedback staff will comment on things the children have done well but more importantly provide them with things they need to improve next time in order to extend their learning and improve engagement.

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:

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 by setting work which is appropriate to the needs of the children in a form which is most appropriate for the child and parent (online or in paper form). We will also discuss the amount of work which is appropriate and which subjects the work will focus on if full curriculum coverage is not possible. Where children receive 1:1 support in school, these staff members will be in call regularly and provide support over the phone.

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?

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. 

We will aim to offer the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, where this is not possible alternatives are provided, for example, if the class were learning about persuasive writing, the remote lessons may not link to the text being read in school but would focus on teaching the same objectives. As teachers are needing to provide lessons in school to the remainder of the class, they will not be able to provide videos which they have recorded. They will however still make contact with your child to check they are ok and provide feedback on their learning. This may happen via Teams or over the phone.

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