Remote Learning Provision Questions & Answers

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

If pupils are sent home, on the first day or two of remote education they will be provided with activities to complete via Google Classroom. The work set on the first day will be consolidation and revision of previous learning. The learning content might look different from our standard approach for the first couple of days, whilst we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

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?

During the lockdown period, pupils who are learning in school and at home cover the same content.  We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible. In Maths, History, R.E. and Science we follow the schemes of work that are taught in school.  In English we use pre-recorded videos following the Read Write Inc and Literacy Tree schemes. We follow these schemes in school too.  For subjects such as Art and P.E. we will provide activities that continue to promote creative and physical development, though these might not match what would normally be taught for these subjects in school.

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 and KS1 pupils are expected to spend at least 3 hours on remote learning. KS2 pupils are expected to spend at least 4 hours. Each day, pupils will have an English and Maths lesson, as well as lessons in two other subjects from the wider curriculum. All work is posted by teachers at 9am each day and should be completed during normal school hours. We do not have set timetables for completion, as we understand that families require flexibility while working at home. We do suggest establishing a timetable and routine at home though.

Here is a suggested timetable, which can be adapted depending on what time your child’s Google Meet is each day.

Time

Activity

9am-10am

English

10am-10.30am

Google Meet

10.30am-11am

Break including physical activity

11am-12pm

Maths

12pm-1pm

Lunch break

1pm-2.30pm

Additional subjects set by the teacher for that day

2.30-3.15pm

Free choice (suggested activities include reading, arts and crafts or physical activity)

 

 

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

We use Google Classroom as a platform for posting remote learning assignments and providing feedback to pupils.

All year groups also use Google Meet for a daily meeting with their teacher and classmates. These meetings provide pupils with social contact and provide a sense of belonging whilst learning remotely. Teachers also use these meetings as an opportunity to discuss the work that has been set and to provide whole class feedback

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:

  • Wherever possible we will provide a laptop on a loan basis for children to use at home for remote education. We can also support with internet access if required.
  • We understand that some parents may be unfamiliar with certain technology, so we will support over the phone or via Google Meets as much as possible to enable access.
  • If it is still not possible to access online learning, the school will provide printed work or study guides.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Pupils are taught remotely through pre-recorded lesson videos with independent activities to complete and submit.
  • For Maths, videos are mostly created by White Rose Maths. Pupils work on the same topic for several weeks and new objectives are taught in a careful sequence.
  • For English, we use Read Write Inc and Literacy Tree videos. These are schemes that are taught in school. Spelling, grammar, reading and writing are incorporated in the Literacy Tree lessons and all work is linked to a book, which is read over the course of 2 weeks.
  • We also use Oak Academy and BBC Bitesize videos to reinforce some objectives and to teach content in subjects such as Science or History.
  • Sometimes, we also give independent activities with instructions for pupils to follow, for example in P.E. or Art so that the children have time away from the computer and the opportunity to be creative.

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We expect children to engage with all lessons each day. The lesson videos provide the teaching so that children can complete their work independently, though younger children are likely to need more parent support. For older children, who are able to work independently, we ask that parents and carers check that their child is completing work to a high standard.

 If a child is unable to complete work, for example due to illness, parents and carers should inform the school office

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

Teachers check that pupils are completing their work each day and keep a record of which assignments have been submitted.

If there are concerns about engagement, the phase leader or family support team will get in contact with parents to discuss any barriers to learning and support as necessary.

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:

  • Pupils should receive feedback on the work that they submit on Google Classroom via comments from teachers. Teachers will provide praise and sometimes pupils will be asked to add or change something in their work in order to improve their work.
  •  For some tasks, such as work completed on Google Classroom or Mathletics children will have their work marked automatically and the teacher will review how they have done.
  • Teachers may also provide feedback to the whole class in Google Meets, to go over any common misconceptions.

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:

We will work with parents to provide work, which is suitable for pupils with additional needs. Differentiated work can be set on Google Classroom, or if offline working is preferred, we can arrange for paper packs, so that pupils can work on their individual targets.

 

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

Whilst the school is closed to most pupils, if a pupil who is eligible to attend needs to self isolate, they will be provided with remote learning on Google Classroom. The work set will closely match what their peers are learning in school.