Remote Learning Provision Update – October 2021
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 where national or 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
Our current offer has been developed from the first initial lockdown in 2020 to the present time. It has a variety of approaches to learning available to match the needs of pupils and the capacity of parents/carers. This will apply for those pupils at home who under current regulations are not able to access school and those pupils either as individuals or groups/bubbles who are sent home following a positive result(s).
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
As this applies to pupils who will have accessed school previously, this should be a seamless move into remote learning that mirrors the taught material from the planned / full curriculum. Pupils will have focused upon the means to access this through enhanced digital literacy awareness with their teacher.
We will already have gathered the information as to the most appropriate medium to deliver this material to pupils through.
We will have made provision to contact parents/carers via a phone call or on line or both to ensure this is up to date and to determine/support their needs in helping their child to learn.
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 plan to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. These changes are almost exclusively related to practically based foundation subjects such as Art, DT, Music where specialist equipment is required.
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 3 hours per day.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
The main online tools we will be using are
- Purple Mash
- White Rose
- Oak Academy
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:
- Make every possible effort to gather accurate information regarding access to hardware and internet.
- Where parents have no access to a device we prioritise them and order laptops through DfE. These will then be distributed to parents with a signed agreement.
- Where parents have no internet access we facilitate this through providing a dongle or accessing additional data. This will be done through a signed agreement.
- Provide additional materials in hard copy including a learning pack either to be collected or delivered by hand. These may be returned to school by parent/carer or collected.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Recorded teaching by teachers or through providers such as Oak Academy
- Printed paper packs which may include worksheets or workbooks
- Commercially available websites focused upon specific subjects or theme based material
- Longer term project based work linked to themes with some element of internet based research, but not over reliant
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?
- That all parents/carers ensure that their children access and complete tasks to the best of their ability daily.
- Where parents or pupils are having difficulty that they contact the school via the appropriate teacher/ learning lead immediately.
- To try to establish a routine that matches as much as possible day to day and to try to keep as much learning as possible within the school day.
- This is the best way to ensure no learning is lost for any reason. We are here to help and support.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- Teachers will check and feed back every day where appropriate or asap.
- Teachers/ learning leads will look for patterns of low/non engagement and follow this with a communication/telephone conversation offering support and guidance.
- Where there are vulnerable or potentially vulnerable pupils whose parents have chosen home learning (or to self-isolate) the SENCO/pastoral lead will make regular contact to offer additional support.
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:
- Work/interventions will be guided by the pupils My Plan/+ and the advice given following parental involvement.
- The majority of pupils with EHCP should be attending. For those not there will be a risk assessment made and a learning plan in place for individualised support.
- The SENCO is available to engage with all families who require support through a category of need.
- Children’s learning plans will be updated within the usual time frame and feed into Progress and Support meetings. These will be discussed with parents.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
It will not differ.
Remote Learning – January 2021
In the event of a local area lockdown or if your child is required to self-isolate, a weekly overview of the work set will be sent to parents/carers via the ClassDojo app.
Please make sure you have installed the ClassDojo app and have linked it to your child’s account. A code was sent out to parents from the class teachers (see picture) for you to be able to do this. If you need help with this, please speak to your child’s class teacher.
Your child has been taught to access their 2email account via purple mash (login details may be found in pupils’ reading record books). Worksheets and activities will be sent to your child directly to their email. They will link with the weekly overview you received via ClassDojo. Work should be returned to the class teacher for marking via 2email. Alternatively, you can use the ClassDojo app to message the class teacher directly and include any photos of work completed. Teachers are more than happy to help with remote learning and will be available to offer advice and support; please keep in contact with them via ClassDojo messages or 2email.
Your child has also been shown how to access an online version of Microsoft via their own login so they have access to Word and Power Point etc to support their learning at home.
If you have any problems regarding remote learning or feel you may struggle to access lessons online for any reason then please phone (01452 524578) or email school at firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Learning Zone
This is a list of recommended websites and apps that you can use with your child for home learning. Each year group page has websites more specific to their curriculum. Please see below.
Teachers are continuing to update tasks for children on PurpleMash. These activities will be available for the children via 2Do.
BBC Bitesize provide weekly lessons for pupils starting at 9:00am. This includes resources through the website and lessons will be available through iPlayer and the red button.
Pupils have their own logins for Purple Mash. Tasks will be set by teachers for the children to complete during school closure. These will appear in the children's 2Do section and may be set daily/weekly. Teachers will also be able to email children on PurpleMash to inform them of tasks they would like them to look at.
Twinkl is offering every parent and carer a free One Month Ultimate Membership. Go to the above website and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
Once you have made your free account, you will be able to access lessons designed for each age group using this link.
Free resources including games and activities based on areas throughout the curriculum.
You are able to create a free Kids account on Classroom Secrets. They have fun and engaging games and activities to cover different areas of the curriculum. You will need to create a free account for your child to be able to access these resources.
This website allows pupils to access a number of Oxford Reading Tree books online. There is also a section for parent support and resources. Each class has their own login. Please see Year Group pages for more details.
Teach Your Monster to Read
This website is completely free to play on desktop and laptop computers. If you want to download this on your Apple or Amazon device then this is also free until 23rd March.
This can be accessed online or through their app. They have online reading games and activities. A free trial is available for parents.
This can be accessed online or through their app. They teach children the core maths skills and problem solving. A free trial is available for parents.
A website that allows families to access movement and mindfulness videos for free. There are also apps available from Apple, Google Play, Roku and Amazon.