COVID Remote Learning

Remote education provision 2021: 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?

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 appropriate, ensuring new learning is introduced when possible. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects to meet the needs of our learners. 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

KS1 - 3 hours per day

KS2 - 4 hours per 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 in their daily teacher input/teach session. 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 those children who required a devices have been allocated a DfE laptop. This is enabling them to access the learning and submit work to be marked by the teacher.  This is constantly monitored during phone calls home and reviewing engagement inthe work set.

Our FSW distributes the laptops when requested and parents are asked to sign an agreement.

How will my child be taught remotely?

As part of this list, schools may wish to indicate the extent to which they are used, and subjects and key stages these approaches are used in, if there are differences. Below you will find a list of the different approaches being used in school:

  • There will be recorded information video by all teachers shared with the children each morning, this will go though the timetable for the day and the expectations of the children in addition to addressing misconceptions from the day before and celebrating good work.
  • Lessons will be recorded daily for maths and English everyday.
  • 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 are progressive in order to be in line with the objectives set out in the MTP 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, bug club tasks and also rock star maths. In addition to this they will be expected to complete the science, RE and history or geography tasks.
  •  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, this can be done via school spider or by email.
  • Each class teacher will make a telephone call each week to each member of their class. A member of the SLT will contact parents to discuss non-engagement if it is identified during monitoring each Monday.

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:

  •  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.

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.