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Remote education provision:  information for parents

 

Based on the results of our remote learning parent survey we have devised a plan for the delivery of home learning in the event of self-isolation or lockdown.

This information is to be used as a general guide, and parents can expect further details of remote learning for their child as and when it is required.   Please note that if a child is unwell and would not normally be in school, there is no expectation for home learning to take place.

 We aim to implement remote learning from your child’s second day of absence. There are two general scenarios outlined below; the first scenario where your child is not permitted to attend school and the second outlines the actions in the case of a whole bubble not being permitted to attend school.

Parents of children who do not have access to the internet or to a device for online learning, should contact the school to ask for alternative support.

As you will appreciate, where members of school staff are working from home, there may be technology issues or family circumstances that may cause unexpected issues.

 

We appreciate that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach so we have endeavoured to strike a balance for our families.  Please bear this in mind when your child is accessing remote learning.

 

What should my child expect from remote education?

Circumstance

Remote learning

My child (and their siblings if they are also attending Holmes Chapel Primary) is absent because they are awaiting test results and our household is required to self-isolate. The rest of their school bubble are attending school and being taught as normal.

 

  • Maths lessons uploaded to school website, following on/mirroring the maths being covered in the classroom at that time. This may be a combination of NCETM, Oak Academy and White Rose maths videos (the resources used in school), the screens shared in the classroom and resources/worksheets used in the classroom. Answers will be provided for self-marking at home.
  • English tasks uploaded to school website following the sequence of learning happening in the classroom. The quantity will be dependent on age/stage of your child.  These can be ‘handed in’ to your child’s class teacher through the class e-mail for monitoring purposes and some will receive feedback, as appropriate.
  • Tasks for Reception will be set on Purple Mash.
  • Topic task(s) following the lessons being covered in class that week. This may be the screens from the lesson being uploaded onto school website along with resources / worksheets (if appropriate i.e. if the resources required for the lessons are already at home). If the lessons being taught in class are not able to be delivered remotely (e.g. if it requires additional resources such as art resources e.g. clay or pastels, or geography resources eg maps and atlases) then alternative ‘topic’ learning will be set on the school website.

My child’s whole bubble is not permitted to attend school because they, or another member of their bubble, have tested positive for Covid-19.

 

We enter another ‘lockdown’ with total school closure.

  • Maths tasks uploaded to school website, Purple Mash or Teams assignments, following on/mirroring the maths that would be covered in the classroom at that time. Feedback will be given by class teacher either online or via class emails, as appropriate.
  • English tasks uploaded to school website, Purple Mash or Teams assignments, following the sequence of learning that would be happening in the classroom. The quantity will be dependent on age/stage of your child. Some of these will be ‘handed in’ to your child’s class teacher through class email/online platform for assessment and feedback. This will include spelling, grammar, writing and reading.
  • Topic task(s) will be uploaded to school website for children to complete and hand in virtually through the class email address or Teams Assignments. These will be activities your child would have had in class this term which can be most easily adapted to remote learning.
  • 1:1 support if your child receives 1:1 support and they are isolating, a more bespoke programme of support will be set up. They will usually be expected to still complete the learning set, unless told otherwise.

 

Teachers will interact daily with children in a variety of ways; this will be through the following ways –

  • Live Meet and Greet session every morning – this sets up the routine for the day, delivering messages, explaining tasks and introducing activities, giving general feedback, checking on wellbeing of children, addressing misconceptions etc.
  • Live interaction which will look different depending on the age of the children. This may be for aspects of the curriculum such as phonics, guided reading sessions, maths sessions, writing sessions or drop-in sessions delivered by the class teacher or TA.  All sessions will be set up through Microsoft Teams.
  • Wellbeing group sessions – each child will be invited to attend a wellbeing session at least once a week.  In some cases, families may be contacted by telephone.
  • Story time
  • Feedback – We will identify one piece of work each day for feedback – this will be written feedback delivered either by email or via Teams.  Any other work submitted from that day may get some light touch feedback if it is appropriate.   Preferably work should be submitted during school teaching hours where possible.  Feedback will be given the same or next day.

 

For safeguarding reasons, parents will be asked to sign a code of conduct for parents and children regarding any teacher to child interaction online

 

In the case of teacher illness, other members of the staff year group team or the wider school staff team will step in to fill any gaps where possible

 

 

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:

Key Stage 1

Children would be expected to spend 3 hours completing activities. School will provide a timetable that can be used to structure the day. There are also supplementary activities available through online websites such as TT Rockstars and Purple Mash if children require further activities to fulfill these hours.

Key Stage 2

Children would be expected to spend 4 hours completing activities. School will provide a timetable that can be used to structure the day. There are also supplementary activities available through online websites such as TT Rockstars and Purple Mash if children require further activities to fulfill these hours.

 

Accessing remote education

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

 

School Website

Microsoft Teams

Purple Mash

Timestables Rockstars

Education City

Lexia*

123maths*

 

*certain pupils have access to these.

 

 

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:

 

  • Parents/carers should contact the school if they do not have sufficient devices within your household to see if we are able to lend a school laptop to the family during the closure.
  • School can provide printed activities for home learning if preferable.
  • We would recommend creating a dedicated area for your child to work on their remote education and at the start of the lesson they have access to the appropriate resources (e.g. pencil, appropriate book/log-in details to the online learning platforms). 
  • Establish a routine that works for your family. School expects that on-line work is not accessed/submitted at unsociable times according to the age of the child and will contact parents if older children appear to be working at inappropriate times.
  • Some regular time to move, exercise, and have a break will be beneficial for your child’s home learning experience.
  • Having log in details for education platforms to hand will also make this process easier for your child.
  • Check-in on what your child(ren) have achieved on a regular basis throughout the day – only upload the requested activities, when you are both happy that the task is completed fully.
  • School understands that parents and children may fall ill during this period or there may be other reasons why a child may not be able to engage short term. Some lack of engagement is to be expected from time to time; any reasons for lack of engagement should be communicated. Please make the school aware if their child is sick or otherwise can’t complete work
  • Seek help from the school where needed
  • School expects families to be respectful of staff well-being and to understand that a response to communications should not be expected outside of the hours of a reasonable working day.
  • Be respectful when making any concerns known to staff
  • In the case of teacher illness, other members of the staff year group team or the wider school staff team will step in to fill any gaps where possible

 

 

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

 

  • Live sessions with a teacher or TA
  • Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers (if requested as family cannot access online learning at home)
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences (e.g. BBC bitesize)

 

 

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?

 

  • It is expected that all pupils engage with remote learning, on a regular basis. School understand the pressures of home learning and appreciate that children may not be able to log in to every session. School expects to see daily engagement, whether through submission of work or attendance at live sessions unless notified otherwise by parents.
  • Be contactable during the school day – although consider they may not always be in front of a device the entire time. Complete work to the deadline set by teachers
  • Seek help if they need it, from teachers or teaching assistants
  • Alert teachers if they’re not able to complete work
  • Continue following the standards set by their class teacher regarding handwriting and presentation of work and for every child to work to their best ability.
  • Please encourage children to engage with the work set by their teachers.
  • Encourage children to take care with their work as they would in school.
  • We expect all children to be engaging in some aspects of home learning, as agreed with their class teacher.
  • We understand that all families have different situations and that the wellbeing of the family is just as important as the children’s academic work. Please only do as much as is suitable for your child/family and contact school if there is anything we can do to support this.

 

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 work sent in and attendance to live sessions daily.
  • If we have not received work or had contact with a family during the week, we will send an email or call to check in to see how we can support, once a week.

 

 

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:

 

  • Feedback will be given daily by staff to at least one piece of work submitted either through email or Teams – this will be appropriate to the age and reading ability of the child.
  • Feedback will be given via email or on the Teams application.
  • Some feedback will be automatic (e.g. a Teams Quiz that marks immediately).
  • Answers to some work will also be provided for self-assessment at home.
  • Some feedback may be verbal, and given during live sessions.

 

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:

 

  • Classwork will be differentiated where appropriate
  • The SEN Home Learning page on the website contains information and activities for parents and children to access where classwork is not appropriate.
  • The SENCO Mrs Brown is available to contact if parents/carers have questions or concerns regarding home learning.
  • Mrs Brown is also offering maths skills and spelling live sessions.
  • Children have access to SEN websites where appropriate (e.g. Lexia, 123maths).

 

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.

 

Safety whilst working remotely

For your children to be able to access the live sessions, you have agreed to our Code of Conduct.   We proactively share information with you about children safely accessing any online platforms and you can find many useful links to external websites on the E-Safety page of our school website.

 

 

This offer will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure it reflects the current situation.

Next review – Spring term (March 2021)

 

 

 

 

 

Please find a copy of our Remote Learning offer in the documents at the bottom of the page.

 

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