Remote Learning During Lockdown 2021

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. The school lead for Remote Education provision is Jo McDermott (Acting Deputy Headteacher).

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?

We have linked the Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize materials closely to our curriculum. These are accessible for all year groups on the school website and can be located in Curriculum- Year Groups – Remote Education.  Materials are updated twice every half term to ensure they align with our curriculum. In the first two days, we will direct children to these lessons.


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 will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. Therefore, it is important that children watch the pre-recorded lessons or access the live lessons and complete the learning tasks each day. We will make some adaptations to some subjects. For example, Art and Music due to the availability of resources available to children at home.

 

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:

Reception:            2 hours a day on average across the cohort

Key Stage 1:        3 hours a day on average across the cohort

Key Stage 2:        4 hours a day on average across the cohort

 

Accessing remote education

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

Most of the on line learning will be on Microsoft Teams. Learning can be accessed on a tablet or a laptop. Teachers will use Ms Teams to share lessons, daily tasks and give feedback. There will be some live sessions/ meetings but lessons will be mostly pre-recorded. This is to allow children who are sharing devises to access lessons at a time which suits them.

Pre-recorded lessons also provide a great opportunity for children to re-watch some parts of the lesson to support their understanding. These lessons can be accessed at any time and not at the time specified on the timetable.

Your child will also be expected to log in to some of the online resources that the school has a subscription for. This includes:

  • Ruth Miskin Phonics (YR –Y2)
  • Times Tables Rock Stars (Y2-Y6)
  • Accelerated Reader (Y3-Y6)
  • MyOn (Y1 – Y6)
  • Oxford Owl (Reception – Y6)

 

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:

  • Children without internet and/or computer access will be provided with 4G routers where possible/ data for mobile phones.
  • Children without internet and/or computer access will be provided with paper resources where all other alternatives are exhausted.
  • Where possible, your child will be loaned a laptop for the duration of their isolation. Please contact the school office to request this support if needed.
  • Your child can continue to post photos of their work on Ms Teams or to the Year Group email address via a mobile phone for feedback.
  • If you need any support with technology, please do not hesitate to contact the main office.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

There will be some live sessions/ meetings but lessons will be mostly pre-recorded. This is to allow children who are sharing devises to access lessons at a time which suits them. Pre-recorded lessons also provide a great opportunity for children to re-watch some parts of the lesson to support their understanding. These lessons can be accessed at any time and not at the time specified on the timetable. Recorded sessions may include BBC/Oak National Academy sessions and video/audio PowerPoint recordings made by teachers.

Your child will also be expected to log in to some of the online resources that the school has a subscription for. This includes:

  • Ruth Miskin Phonics (YR –Y2)
  • Times Tables Rock Stars (Y2-Y6)
  • Accelerated Reader (Y3-Y6)
  • MyOn (Y1 – Y6)
  • Oxford Owl (Reception – Y6)


Live sessions:

Teachers will offer daily live catch up sessions to keep in touch with children, explain the learning for the day and to answer any questions that children may have. Teachers will also hold a live feedback sessions for their class each week so that children know how they are doing in their learning.

We will try to stagger the times for live sessions as much as possible to support households with more than one child.


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?

  • Ensure your child is up and ready to start learning by 8:30am. A regular routine is vital to support your child’s learning and development
  • Ensure that an adult is always present in the room when your child logs onto their live lesson or feedback session.
  • Ensure your child has access to their purple home learning book and stationary for all lessons
  • Ensure your child completes the remote learning assignments that have been set for them
  • Ensure your child uploads their learning or sends a photo to the year group email address
  • Please ensure your child is punctual for any live sessions to minimise disruption to the session
  • Children must be dressed appropriately for their live sessions e.g. not in pyjamas
  • Parents should avoid communicating with teachers during live lessons.
  • Encourage your child to practise their reading and mathematics daily using their Oxford Owl, Accelerated Reader and MyOn accounts and Times Tables Rock Stars.
  • We know that younger children in particular may need support in accessing online materials and staying focused with their independent learning. We ask that you help them with engaging with their remote learning as much as you can.
  • Distinguish between weekdays and weekends and make it clear when the school day is over, to separate home and school life.
  • Try to plan breaks and exercise into the day to help keep your child active.



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

  • Staff will take a daily register of pupils attending the live morning ‘catch- up’ sessions. These will be analysed and children not attending will be followed up with a phone call.
  • Submission of assignments will be monitored weekly and parents of children who are not engaging will be contacted for support.


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 Ms Teams are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.

Your child’s teachers may ask for some pieces of work to be ‘handed in’. At other times, staff may work though the activities with your child online. Teachers may give individual feedback for some pieces of work, and for others they may give feedback to the class during live sessions. Not all submitted work will receive individualised feedback.

 

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:

  • Pupils with EHCPs will be contacted by the SENDCo and a risk assessment will be carried out.
  • Differentiated learning will be uploaded onto Ms Teams.
  • Pupils with EHCPs will be contacted at least 3 times a week by their 1:1 teaching assistant to ensure they are able to access the remote learning and to provide support where necessary.
  • As a school, we will work with parents and carers to best support their child. Where appropriate, adaptations will be made in discussion with the school SENDCo and your child’s class teacher.
  • Pupils in EYFS and KS1 will supported by EYPs/ TAs for individualised provision where needed.


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?

The Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize materials have been chosen as they are linked closely to our curriculum. These are accessible for all year groups on the school website and can be located in Curriculum- Year Groups – Remote Education.

Materials are updated twice every half term. Children will be expected to learn at home using these lessons.

Children will be expected to upload their completed work by 3pm each day on Ms Teams. During your child’s period of self-isolation, a member of staff will make regular contact with you.