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?

On the first day of isolation we will meet remotely with the children at 9.00am to explain what has happened and how remote learning will progress for them; we find that this helps settle the children, making sure they are not scared or anxious about the move to remote learning.

We also feel that this is an opportunity to set out expectations with the children and how they will be working while they are at home; this is aimed at supporting parents who have previously reported it challenging to encourage their young children to access learning resources at home.

We will use lots of praise, the Class Dojo portfolio feedback and a ‘show and tell’ celebratory feel at daily story time to continue this expectation.

Each evening we will upload the following days activities so that parents can review this and plan the day ahead, and print resources etc.

From day one you will receive a daily Maths, English and Phonics activity/lesson to follow. Other subjects will be shared on day one as a ‘pick and mix’ – choosing one activity per day to complete.

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 have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, we are mindful that as parents you may not have access to the same art and creative materials that we do in school so may modify such activities. We also understand that many of you will be trying to work whilst your child may be at home and as such may modify activities to ensure that they do not require significant adult intervention.

We use ‘Loom’ videos rather than live lessons because we understand that our young children may require your help and support and the use of recorded lessons means that you can best manage this alongside work commitments.

We meet together ‘live’ each day for a class story time which we feel is essential daily contact with a class teacher and peers and helps the children to maintain a sense of connectedness with teachers, TAs, school and their class mates.

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:

Primary school-aged pupils – 3 hours per day including Story Time with the Class Teacher.

Accessing remote education

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

We share all resources through our Class Dojo platform and you will upload the children’s work for feedback in their Class Dojo portfolio.

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 will organise paper-based resources to be collected for any pupil not able to access online resources, and completed work to be delivered from the previous week for marking and feedback. Families in isolation will have packs delivered if necessary.

We can issue or lend laptops or tablets to pupils who do not have access to these resources at home for the duration of their isolation period for use in accordance with our lending agreement.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • live teaching (daily online Story Time)
  • recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers using Loom, BBC Bitesize lessons, Oak National Academy lessons, White Rose Maths daily lessons)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. worksheets)
  • reading books pupils have at home and access to Oxford Owl e-books
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • independent work
  • timely feedback through Class Dojo on completed work

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?

We expect all pupils’ engagement with remote education.

We expect reasonable parental support, for example, setting routines to support your child’s education, supporting them to access resources and helping them to get started with tasks.

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

We will check your child’s engagement in learning at home throughout the school day through uploaded work into Class Dojo portfolios. Any child without submitted work will receive a follow up message via Class Dojo offering support and guidance; further non-engagement will be followed up via a telephone call with the Learning Mentor team offering support and guidance.

We will take an attendance register at live Story Time and follow up any non-attendance.

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 will receive feedback on each piece of work submitted from a member of the teaching team.

Pupils can receive Class Dojo points for the completion of learning tasks at home.

Pupils will be encouraged to bring a piece of work to show during live Story Time if they wish.

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:

Class Teachers and the SENCO will work with families to deliver remote education for pupils with SEND and appropriate work sent.

The Learning Mentor team will offer support and guidance to any parent requiring this during an isolation period.

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?

For children isolating without their class bubble, we will post the weekly planning on Class Dojo each Monday morning, this sets out 5 days of Maths, English, Phonics and 5 other curriculum learning activities that are the same, or very similar to the curriculum being taught in school. Parents can access this at any point during the week to begin using the resource.

Pupils will receive feedback on their work submitted into Class Dojo portfolios at the end of the teaching day once other pupils have left school. Any questions from parents or requests for support will be address at this point and in a timely manner but giving consideration to teaching staff being on school and teaching all day.

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