Remote Learning

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?

Children may be signposted to recorded lessons (such as Oak National Academy) which follow the National Curriculum.

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 broad and balanced curriculum remotely as we do in school. This carefully sequenced curriculum means that children will have meaningful and ambitious work set each day in a number of subjects.

RE, English and maths will be prioritised to allow children to have the opportunity to reach end of year expectations and be ready to access the next year. Children will need to complete all work set I order to ensure they do not fall behind in their learning.

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/ activities) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Key Stage 1    At least 3 hours a day (including play-based learning)
Key Stage 2    At least 4 hours a day

Each class will have a daily timetable which will be on Seesaw for you to view.

Accessing remote education

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

Each day, children will be set work online using Seesaw. This can be accessed through the Seesaw Family App or through the Seesaw website: https://web.seesaw.me/

What is Seesaw? Click here for an introduction for families.
Click here for an introduction for pupils.

Teachers will also be providing live sessions on Zoom. This can be accessed through the Zoom App or the Zoom website: https://zoom.us/

Zoom can be accessed through tablets, laptops, phones or playstations.
If you need support to access remote online learning, please contact the class teacher

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:

• Laptops will be provided for some families. The school has been allocated a number of devices to loan to families. Please contact Ms Neill if you would like to be added to the waiting list for a device.
• Devices that enable an internet connection will be provided to some families.
• Increased data allowances on mobile devices is available to all families who need to access remote education. More information can be found here.

If children are still unable to access online learning, they will be offered a place in school.

For further details, please contact the school office.

How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils 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.

• live teaching (online lessons on Zoom)
• pre-recorded teaching (by the class teacher)
• pre-recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
• reading books
• commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
• opportunities for independent work to apply new knowledge or skills
• suggestions for play-based learning activities for younger children, and for children who may have additional needs

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?

Children are expected to engage with and complete the work set on Seesaw as well as attend any live lessons every day.
It is expected that children then send photos of their work to their class teacher via Seesaw. Parents can help by:

• Making your child is ready to log on at the start of the school day
• Making sure your child has all the equipment to hand that they need, e.g. pencils, paper, books (please ask school if you need supplies)
• Making sure your child is properly dressed (not in pyjamas!) and has had breakfast
• Providing a quiet place for your child to work (not their bedroom)
• Showing an interest in your child’s leaning and offering support if they need it
• Supporting your child to send their work into their teacher for feedback
• Making your child is safe online – check you have parent controls installed and that you talk to your child regularly about online safety
• Children and parents must not record, download or re-post any images of any online teaching or learning

Internet safety

Keep your child safe online. Click here for further support on this.

Click this link for safety advice in relation to Zoom:

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/what-%E2%80%A6-zoom-guide-parents-and-carers

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

Each day, teachers will check pupils’ engagement with remote education by:
• checking to see if pupils have attended online lessons on Zoom
• checking whether pupils have logged on to Seesaw
• checking whether a child has sent photos of their work on Seesaw

If engagement is a concern, the following action will be taken:

• parents and carers will receive a phone call from teachers on the same day
• support to access the remote learning will be given if needed

If this remains a concern, children will be expected to attend school.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is based on our school policy. Children will receive feedback on each piece of work that they submit. It will include a range of feedback including:
• verbal feedback during live lessons
• written comments including next steps
• recorded comments, such as voice notes, on Seesaw

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:
• children will receive their individual targets with suggested activities in order to support them.
• 1-1 reading with a teacher/ teaching assistant on Zoom
• Small group work with a teacher/ teaching assistant on Zoom

Early Years and Year 1

• Nursery is fully open to all pupils
• In Reception and Year 1 there will be a live phonics lesson every day on Seesaw or Zoom.
• The teachers in EYFS and Year 1 will also provide some other live sessions, e.g. number work; these will last no more than 10-15 minutes.
• Teachers will sign-post parents to play-based learning activities (including some outdoors) and educational videos for children in EYFS/Year 1.
• Parents will need to support children to access their learning and to upload photos of their work, or of them learning through the play-based challenges set by the teacher.

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?

We will continue to ensure individual pupils self-isolating are taught a planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects.
The main difference to the approaches described in the sections above will be that children may be signposted to recorded lessons (such as Oak National Academy) more often.
Children are expected to send their work to their teachers who will continue to provide feedback.

You can apply for free internet access by clicking here: Get help with technology 

You can find useful websites for remote learning here

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