This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils, parents and 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 below.
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.
All pupils and their family have now been issued with an account and password for either Google Classrooms or Tapestry. Work will be uploaded onto the relavent platforms by staff daily for isolating pupils to complete and return electronically.
Your child will have a book which they can read at home and we may provide your child with a paperbased work pack, if no device or access to the interenet is available from home.
We teach the same curriculum as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations for our pupils as they are infants and recognise the need for this work to be challenging but manageable from home. Any changes will be reflected in the teachers individual lesson planning.
The Government has stated that schools should set work that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school each day. Therefore, as an Infants school, we will be providing, on average, school work for 3 hours each new school day.
Year 2 pupils will access assignments via Google Classrooms. Work will need to be completed by pupils and posted back to teachers and marked accordingly. Please see this SIMPLE GUIDE for families on how how to access the site from home. Year 1 will move towards using this in the Summer term.
Year 1 & Reception families will access learning opportunities via Tapestry, an online learning journal which sets a clear learning path for families & pupils and is an open channel for parents and school to communicate regarding their child's development. Access to this platform can be gained via a smart device 'app' or computer. More information regarding Tapestry and how to use can be gained here. Please see this school letter EXPLAINNG ACCESS, it's purpose and how to access from home.
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:
As part of the Cooperative Learning Trust, we purchased 15 Chromebooks which are used to support remote learning opportunities for pupils. The local authority also provided school with 2 additional Chromebooks to support any families already highlighted to them with a specific need.
If your child does not have access to a device or have an internet connection at home, please speak to our school office immediately and we will assess your requirement on an individual need basis.
Where possible, staff will choose activities for your child to complete that do not need printing. However if nessessary, school will print these documents and distribute on request. Paper packs can also be requested from the school office should you need an alternative to online.
Online work should be completed and submitted back to the teachers for marking on the day of completion. Paper packs will also need to be returned to school for marking.
Teachers may use an array of teaching approaches to support online learning, this will differ for each year group.
Some examples of remote teaching may include:
Live teaching (online lessons)
Recorded teaching including video and audio. These may be recorded by staff or be in the form of links to video/audio from other professional providers (i.e National Oak Accademy)
Printed paper based packs produced by staff (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
Textbooks and reading books for pupils to read and work from at home
Links to commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
Longer-term project work and/or internet research activities
What are the expectations for my child's engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
Pupils are expected to engage in all live lessons provided by teachers. Not only is this an opportunity for key teaching points to be shared, but pupils are also given the chance to interact with their teachers and peers, which is important for their well-being. Although they are learning remotely, it is vital that all children still feel connected to the school community.
Pupils are expected to complete all of the daily activities set by their teachers. It is important that children's education continues when they are learning from home to ensure that gaps in learning between pupils do not widen.
Expectations for Parents and Carers:
It is important to set up and maintain a daily routine for remote learning, this will help pupils become familiar with the expectations when completing their school work. Regular breaks are important and should be scheduled in dependent on the age and needs of individual children. We recognise that families may have other commitments to juggle when their chidlren are working remotely and also that due to the age of our pupils, support may be required to complete some of the learning activities. To develop their independence, try to plan in time where your child works by themself as this will give them the chance to show what they can do. If you are struggling to provide appropriate support, then please contact our Family Support Worker Mrs Middleton who will be able to offer advice.
How will you check whether my child is enagaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are any concerns?
We will use a range of means to check that each child is carrying out their set activities and these will include:
Online engagement in activities
Teachers marking submitted work and giving feedback
Checking online records to show your child has accessed the material
Regular home learning telephone checks with you which give you the opportunity to raise and discuss any concerns as they arise
Welfare telephone checks carried out regularly by staff. Is your child feeling fit, well and ready to learn? Is there anything school needs to know or discuss with you?
Enagagement and access to remote learning dialogue directly with class teachers regarding work and all learning opportunities.
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. Some examples of such feedback may inclue the following:
Individual comments. These will be personal to your child and will include positive comments with some highlighted areas for development. Teachers may give further suggestions and opportunities for your child to further develop skills.
Whole class feedback
Quizzes marked automatically via a digital platform
Video or audio feedback
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
We recognise that some pupils, for example 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 accordingly. The SENCO and/or class teacher will provide appropriate support via telephone conversations, Zoom/Google meetings and work packs sent home.
Please click on this link for more information: Home Learning Support for Children with SEND
If you would like individual advice regarding your child and their specific learning needs, please make a joint telephone appointment to speak with both Mrs Lucy Keay, our SENCO, and your childs class teacher and they will be able to discuss your child and the level of support required in much more detail.
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 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?
We will ensure that individual pupils who are self-isolating are taught a planned and well sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day. Pupils should expect English, Phonics and Maths daily which staff will provide feedback on. Pupils may be directed to additional activities (such as apps/websites) in the event that work is completed quickly. Dependent on the topic activity, this may be set over a longer period of time and be more open ended. Activites may be emailed to individual families or paper packs produced.
Useful website links:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary - daily lessons in English, Maths and foundation subjects