Remote Education: Information for Parents
This information is intended to provide information to pupils and parents/carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home
Parents/Pupils have been sent a home learning pack with information about Google Classroom and live lessons.
To keep parents informed of their child’s engagement in Home Learning and subsequent progress, they will receive a Home Learning Report every two weeks.
Click here to view our Remote Learning Policy
The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home
Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would in school?
Wherever possible and appropriate, we teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example:
- in Art we appreciate that not all parents will have access to a range of equipment at home so we may focus on pencil drawing skills or a study of significant artists
- in PE we may focus on individual activities to promote key gross and fine motor skills with an emphasis on keeping fit and enjoyment of physical exercise as children cannot practise team games and may not have access to outdoor spaces or specialist equipment
Remote learning and daily study time
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
We expect that remote education will take pupils broadly the following number of hours:
|Key Stage 1||An average of 3 hours daily to include sharing books and independent reading|
|Key Stage 2||An average of 4 hours daily to include reading aloud to an adult and independent reading|
Reception children will be set short activities to cover key aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum on a daily basis
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
- Each child has a school email account (Google Mail) through which they can access their Google Classroom – work is set daily by the class teacher
- Work tasks may set via Google slides or children may be directed to complete specific tasks on various apps or online programs eg SirLinkalot for spelling, Rising Stars for reading or MyMaths
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 number of tablets, laptops or Chrome Books which are available for home loan – please contact the school office by email or telephone to request further information
- We will apply for unlimited access to mobile data for those parents without internet access who have limited data on a mobile phone
- In exceptional circumstances, we may provide printed materials – please contact the school office by email or telephone to request further information
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches:
- Google slides and documents
- Recorded teaching including Oak National Academy lessons and video/audio recordings made by the class teacher to address key learning objectives
- Live teaching of online lessons through Google Classroom
- School subscriptions to websites such as SirLinkalot, MyMaths. Purple Mash – Y1 to Y6 and Rising Stars – Reception to Y6
- Apps such as Teach Your Monster to Read – Reception to Y2
- Websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects including BBC Bitesize
- Reading books pupils have at home
Engagement and Feedback
What are your expectations for my child and for us as parents/carers?
- Children should access and complete work set on their Google Classroom on a daily basis, providing evidence as instructed by their class teacher
- Parents may need to support younger children with reading instructions and submitting evidence of learning eg uploading photos of work completed
- Parents should encourage good working routines eg starting work by 9.00 am each morning, ensuring that children may work free from distractions and completing written work neatly in the home learning books provided by school
- Parents should inform school if, for any reason, their child is unable to access home learning
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- Class teachers will use the Google Classroom to check pupil engagement on a daily basis by monitoring responses in live lessons and reviewing uploaded photos and edited Google slides
- Class teachers or senior leaders will contact parents by telephone, text or email to inform them of any concerns around their child’s engagement in remote learning
- Every 2 weeks parents will be emailed a feedback sheet highlighting their child’s engagement in daily lessons
- Office staff are always available to assist with any technical difficulties in accessing work or uploading evidence
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
We will use the following means to feed back on pupils’ work:
- Edited Google slides, photos of written work recorded in home learning books and videos
- Feedback from quizzes and your child’s responses in the Google Classroom comment ‘stream’
- Discussions between pupils and teachers during live lessons
Support for pupils with additional needs
How will you work with parents to support home learning for children with additional needs?
We recognise that some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) may experience some difficulties in accessing remote education at home. We acknowledge the pressures this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:
- Where appropriate, Literacy and Maths work is differentiated
- The school’s SENCo and Assistant SENCo are available to support parents and carers with advice as to how they might adapt activities to support specific individual pupil needs
- In the Early Years, many tasks set are practical activities eg children have been provided with magnetic boards and letters to provide a hands-on approach to learning phonics
- Children with an EHCP, who are not attending school, will receive additional contact with their class teacher and the school’s SENCo
This information has been formulated in line with DFE guidance found here