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?

We use the learning platform Google Classroom and all pupils are issued with log-in details for this platform in September (or as they join the school). Google Classroom is used to provide homework during normal operation of the school. If school closes unexpectedly, due to Covid restrictions, snow or other events, work will be set on Google Classroom from the first day of closure.  Reception class will have all of their work set on Tapestry.

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 possible and appropriate. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects where specific resources or teaching techniques are required. For example, where Science contains practical work that requires specific resources, the practical element may be substituted for observing an investigation or conducting an alternative investigation; or in PE, as another example, the main curriculum will not always be suitable for home learning. Where the curriculum has been adapted for home learning, any elements missed will be covered at another point when pupils are able to be taught face to face again.

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:

For EYFS, there will be up to 3 hours work per day provided. This will include some online activities but the majority will be learning that can be developed through offline practical activities and play.

For KS1, there will be a minimum of 3 hours of work per day provided – this will constitute daily English, phonics/spelling activities, Maths and at least one other subject. There will be daily suggestions for keeping active in addition to a planned PE lesson per week. There will be other optional activities that the children can choose from.

For KS2, there will be a minimum of 4 hours of work per day provided – this will constitute daily English, spelling/grammar, Maths and at least one other curriculum subject, along with daily reading and the learning of basic skills (e.g. times tables). There will be daily suggestions for keeping active in addition to a planned PE lesson per week. There will be other optional activities that the children can choose from.

 

 

 Accessing remote education

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

Reception will continue to use Tapestry to communicate and offer learning and Years 1-6 will use Google Classroom. All the children should have their logins to Google Classroom, Times tables Rockstars, EdShed etc (in appropriate year groups). Parents can contact school if they have difficulties logging on or finding the details they need.

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 a very limited number of devices that can be loaned to parents, subject to signing an Acceptable use Agreement. Please contact the office for further details.

•          There is a limited amount of 4g routers available to parents with no internet access and a number of data sim cards of 30GB to support Wi-Fi access for phones, smart laptops and dongles

•          Books and paper can be sourced from the school office if necessary.

•          If pupils cannot submit their work electronically, they should contact their teacher to make other arrangements.

We survey our families regularly to find about their access to technology so that we can support when necessary. If parents wish to find out about how to borrow devices or gain access to internet support, they should contact the school office on 01274 564883 or email office@sjb.bcwcat.co.uk Some pupils may be able to attend school as a ‘vulnerable’ pupil if they do not have access to the required equipment.

All pupils will be provided with materials where needed, e.g. stationery and writing materials. Again, parents should contact the school office if any resources are needed.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

Written instructions accompanying a task on Google Classroom

Recorded video or audio teaching and instructions, made by your child’s class teacher and shared through Google Classroom (this may include links to recordings made on an instructional video creation tool such as Loom or Explain Everything, or made through Google Classroom itself)

Video or audio teaching and instructions provided by a third party, e.g. White Rose Maths, BBC Bitesize, Oak National Academy, etc.

Online tasks to complete through the Google Classroom app, such as answer sheets to complete, typed responses and video/audio recorded responses

Offline tasks to complete, such as a written piece, practical work, etc. which can then be photographed or videoed and uploaded to Google Classroom for feedback

Links to activities on other websites, such as Education City, Edshed Timestables Rockstars, White Rose Maths, etc. Where pupils need additional log-in details for these websites, these will be provided.

Other online activities, such as teacher-led storytime, collective worship videos, class blog posts, etc.

Bi-weekly live acts of worships

Other offline activities, such as independent reading, practising spellings or times tables, etc.

There will be regular opportunities for pupils to gather together with the teacher for a ‘live’ session through e.g. Google Meets.

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?

•          There is an expectation that all children engage with online learning. Children are asked to at least complete all Maths and English activities, one topic lesson per day as well as the keeping active activities

•          Children submit their work daily and by 12pm on Fridays at the latest

•          Parents can help children by:

- Establish routines and expectations

- Choose a good place to learn

- Stay in touch with the pupils and the school

- Help pupils ‘own’ their learning and take responsibility for it (age appropriate)

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

•          Children’s engagement will be monitored daily by teaching staff

•          Children that do not engage with learning or where there is a poor standard of work submitted will be contacted by staff and further support will be offered

•          Staff will contact children at least weekly

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:

Your child’s work will be checked daily by teachers. They will provide feedback through Google Classroom (either written or verbal) on:

·         Individual tasks where appropriate

·         The class achievement as a whole, through ‘whole class feedback’ (this is a strategy used in school with which the children are familiar)

·         The day’s learning for your child as a whole

Feedback will be provided regularly throughout the school day, providing an ongoing dialogue between your child and their teacher.

However, work that is submitted throughout evenings or weekends will not be responded to until the following working day, as we are conscious of giving our teachers time to prepare for the following day’s learning as well as having time for themselves. All written work must be submitted by the Friday 12pm deadline if it is to be marked and responded to and daily if at all possible.

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:

 

The work set will be tailored to the needs of your child with SEND, so that the explanations given, responses required and resources used are suited to your child specifically.

Sometimes, additional practical resources may be needed to support home learning, such as counting equipment, fine motor resources, etc. and school will endeavor to provide these and get them out to families wherever possible.

For younger pupils, a mixture of online and offline activities will be included in the daily offer, that can allow for both supported and independent learning. For example, some activities may be mainly play-based, some may require watching a story or video on screen, while some may require adult modelling and closer supervision.

Other strategies that may be considered where there is a need is for teachers or support staff to contact parents of pupils with SEND for occasional 1:1 remote sessions with the pupil concerned, e.g. via telephone or online.

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. This is also the case during lockdown scenarios, when some pupils are at home and others are in school because they fall into the ‘vulnerable’ category or their parents are critical workers.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

We hope parents will understand the challenges faced by teachers in providing lessons for those in school and at home simultaneously. Checking Google Classroom regularly and providing up to the minute feedback is not always possible when a teacher is in the classroom. Therefore, our offer may differ. Teachers will still plan and set the work daily through Google Classroom, but they may only be able to check and respond to the work once or twice each day rather than at more regular intervals. There may be a delay in responding to requests for support or explanation. Furthermore, where more pupils are in school than at home, there may not be as many devices available to borrow from school as they will be required to support the delivery of the curriculum in school.