Remote Learning Plan
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local or national restrictions require the entire school or cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please the relevant section in this document entitled ‘remote education for self-isolating pupils’.
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 being at home?
Whilst preparing for a longer period of remote learning, we will ensure children have access to daily English, maths, reading, phonics (if they are learning phonics in school) and one other lesson each day. These lessons will not be live or recorded, but will be provided using resources accessed through Teams.
We will move straight away to using our online learning platforms which include White Rose Maths, Bug Club, Times Table Rockstars, Oxford Owls, 1decision and Ruth Miskin.com. Please ensure you have a copy of your child’s term on a page as this gives you a detailed overview of what your child is learning each term. Paper copies of this can be requested as and when needed. In addition to the above online learning platforms, please see the final page of this document for our school agreed websites to support our remote learning.
If your child is going to be away from school for more than a few days, we will prepare a learning parcel for you, if you need one. This will contain some reading and library books, their White Rose Maths workbook, an exercise book to record work in, a white board and pen as well as any guided reading or RWI books. Your child’s teacher will keep in touch via email and telephone during the time of absence.
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, in PE, Spanish, Art or Design Technology where parents may not have the necessary resources available at home. Mrs Land has set up a PE Teams page and Mrs Ollivier has set up an Art Teams page for all children to access.
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
In line with government expectations it is expected that schools provide on average 3 hours of work per day for KS1 pupils and 4 hours of work per day for KS2 pupils.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All remote learning will be accessed through Teams. Pupils have their own login information to access this. Learning will be uploaded to Teams daily and will always begin with a welcome pre-recorded video from the class teacher at 8:45 every morning. This welcome will outline your child’s learning for the day as well as communicating any extra information that we feel is needed. Every lesson for each day will be available on Teams by 9:00 each day. Any planned Team meet session codes will be communicated in advance via Teams and you child can join these sessions via their calendar on Teams. Parents/Carers will receive their child’s weekly timetable every Friday before the start of each week.
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:
If you are unable to access digital or online resources at home, please contact Mrs Flatman via the school office on 01263 833282 in the first instance. We will identify the best way to support the needs of the children which may include considering one or more of the options below:
- Lending school devices to families
- Preparing printed packs of resources for collection and return
- Scheduling regular keeping in touch meetings via the telephone with you, your child and their class teacher
- We do not expect parents/carers to print out home learning resources and will always try to keep our home learning resources required to a minimum.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Some examples of remote teaching approaches used in delivery of learning may include, but is not limited to:
- Pre-recorded daily welcome message from your child’s class teacher outlining the learning for the day
- live Maths sessions via Team to model, recap and consolidate learning
- White Rose Maths videos, PowerPoints and workbooks
- Live weekly celebration assembly led by the Head of School for all children
- Reading books and library books sent home
- Pupil subscriptions to Bug Club (reading and comprehension), 1decision (PSHE), Oxford Owl (reading matched to our Read Write Inc phonics), Times Table Rockstars, daily use of ruthmiskin.co.uk
- From Monday to Thursday there will be the opportunity for your child to attend an end of the day Teams drop in session with class teacher. This will run from 2:30-3:00 and allows an opportunity for you child to ask any questions relating or answer any misconceptions relating to the work set from the morning.
- Once a week there will be a Teams class meet up. This is an opportunity for the class to meet up and see each other. This will be led by your child’s class teacher.
- There is a school agreed list of websites to use that will support your child’s learning at home, please see the final pages of this document for this list
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?
As a school, we will do all we can to support pupils and families in remote learning. However, we require the support of parents for this to be flexible.
- We expect pupils to try to complete the tasks set
- We expect parents to support pupils by setting up a routine for learning and ensuring pupils have a suitable working environment
- It is our aim for children in upper KS2 (Year 5 & 6) to be able to access their learning with greater independence. We understand that our younger learners will require a considerable amount more adult support from both home and school and our learning and approaches are tailored to match these varying needs.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Our Monday to Thursday, our end of the day check in sessions allow an opportunity for your child and their teacher to check and discuss any work set. All work set with be through Teams Assignments. This enables you child to not only access their work but to submit it back to their class teacher with confidentiality. Class teachers will provide feedback to pupils via Teams Assignments at least twice a week and feedback will be a comment returned via Teams assignment or verbally during a live session. During our maths live sessions your child has an opportunity to ask their teacher questions from the video and PowerPoint for each lesson. In addition to this we will also:
- Keep a register of children who have commented or replied back to the morning pre-recorded message sent by class teachers. It is expected pupils reply back to this every morning by 9:15
- A register will be kept of attendance to live maths sessions as well as completed work
- If we are concerned that a pupil is not engaging or registering in the morning a welfare telephone call will be made by the class teacher and/or member of the SLT
- If your child is ill and can not access their remote learning please report their absence in our usual way either via parent mail or by calling Mrs Flatman in the office.
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. In addition to the above feedback:
- will vary according to the work set but will be given using Teams.
- Sometimes, may be given over the telephone, 1:1, to a parent/carer or in a Teams meet if this is deemed necessary.
We will always ensure our feedback is positive and supportive.
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:
- If your child is supported on our SEND register they may be provided with specific learning activities to meet their individual needs.
- If your child has an EHCP they will be invited to attend school to complete their learning.
- Where appropriate, regular contact will be made with parents and carers by the SENCO and class teachers to support the remote learning of these pupils at home.
- If your child has 1:1 support and not in school their 1:1 support will maintain regular contact with parents and will offer additional Teams sessions as/when necessary to further support their learning and well-being from home
We will maintain our high expectations for all our SEND pupils. Their learning will continue to be tailored and adjusted to meet their needs on an individual case by case basis. Examples of adaptations and extra support your child may receive are, an adult may hear them read more frequently, tasks may be set over a number of days with slightly extended deadline dates for work set and we may offer more guidance for parents. Our SENCO will continue to monitor the provision for our SEND pupils and will be available to support our parents and pupils when required. We will continue with our cycle of target setting and reviews, maintaining our SEND cycle alongside our robust pupil progress cycles.
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?
Remote learning may, in this cases, be stand alone activities and lessons which rely more on third party resources. The activities set will match the learning intention of the pupils being taught in school, but may defer in delivery and content due to the availability of resources and the in ability to work alongside peers.
My child is in Early Years. What remote learning will be provided?
We will provide remote learning for ALL children in Reception and Nursery through Tapestry and Teams. All EYFS children will have a Microsoft 365 login that they will be able to use to access Teams. Mrs De Neve and Mrs Millin will set daily reading, writing, phonics and mathematics learning linked closely to what they would be doing in school. They will also give parents/carers ideas about other learning that could be done. We will make sure that we try to maintain continuity of all learning, particularly phonics. A daily pre-recorded welcome ensures your child gets to see their teacher on a daily basis. In addition to this weekly class Team meets will be scheduled and EYFS children are invited to our Friday celebration assembly at 10:00.
We will also encourage you to continue to share what you are doing at home on Tapestry. This will be used as one of our many communication tools including also, Teams, telephone calls and class email.
We have decided not to send our child/ children to school because of the pandemic, although school is open. What provision can I expect?
We are very happy to support families who have decided to keep their children off school because of the pandemic, but cannot provide the comprehensive remote learning outlined above. If you are in this situation, please contact us and we will try to help.
What could a typical week of remote learning look like for my child?
Your child will already be familiar with many of the teaching and learning resources we will continue to use as part of our remote learning. Your child will already have experiences of using:
- Bug Club – a reading and comprehension resource
- Oxford Owl – Read Write Inc closely matched online reading books
- 1decision – our PSHE online resource
- White Rose Maths – our Maths teaching and learning resource
- White Rose Maths Booklets
- Tapestry for our pupils in EYFS
- Read White Inc lesson structure and resources for our pupils in KS1 and some of our pupils in lower KS2
- Times Table Rockstar’s
- Oak Academy
A typical remote learning week could look as follows:
Mondays - Thursdays
A daily morning welcome in the form of a pre-recorded video from your child’s class teacher will be shared via Microsoft Teams. The learning of the day will be introduced and if applicable there will be some modelling & explaining of methods, tasks or key vocabulary
Pupils access the learning set for the day on Teams Assignments. Unless a specific time has been given for a live lesson on Teams, tasks set can be completed in any order and over a time frame that is a best matched to your child as a remote learner.
Please note our daily phonics lessons on www.ruthmiskin.co.uk are not available until 9:30 and will last for only a 24 hour period.
Between 14:30 and 15:00 your child’s class teacher will be available online live via Microsoft Teams to answer any questions or misconceptions which may have arisen from the days learning. This is also an opportunity for your child to show what they can do, consolidate their learning, and work with their friends.
For our pupils who do Read Write Inc there will be a video session from 9:30 on the Ruth Miskin website. For our pupils who do not do Read Write Inc we would like to encourage them to read a book on Bug Club or Oxford Owl.
At 10:00 there will be a live celebration assembly led by Mrs Petchey. This will be linked to the school values as well as having a social and emotional focus too. This assembly invite will be sent to all pupils working remotely via Teams. Our face to face learners will be a part of this celebration assembly too.
Our assemblies will always end with:
Something to do (this is an opportunity for children to research an answer to a question posed or build/make/design something)
Something to think about &
Something to reflect on
Mrs Ollivier will have some Art work planned in her Teams Art page and Mrs Land will have some PE to choose from and access in her PE Teams page.
Every child has a ‘Pupil Passport’ and every Friday they can choose one thing to complete from their passport.
As a school we have chosen to use the following websites to support our teaching and learning. These can be used at home by our pupils and parents/carers too.
White Rose Maths for our maths learning - www.whitetrosemaths.com
Bug Club for our reading and comprehension learning - www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login
Oxford Owl for our reading learning - www.oxfordowl.co.uk
Twinkl is a really good general resource for all curriculum subject areas - www.twinkle.co.uk
CBBC have announced that they will have a three-hour block of primary school programming from Monday 11th January from 9am - www.cbbc.co.uk
Oak Academy - we will continue to use parts of this to support our learning - www.thenational.academy
Ruth Miskin - we will use www.ruthmiskin.co.uk to support our Read Write Inc phonics learning
Nessy is a great tool for reading, phonics, writing and spelling. It was originally designed to support children with dyslexia, but it is used for by children - www.nessy.com/uk
1decision is used for our PSHE learning - www.1decision.co.uk
Classroom Secrets have put together a range of resources which support the BBC Bitesize lessons. You will need to sign up to use the FREE resource - www.classroomsecrets.co.uk
Explorify at home is a weekly supply of activities for parents and carers to do with their children at home. It is based on the primary science curriculum, but easy to do at home - www.explorify.wellcome.ac.uk
Childhood 101 which is a coding site for children with 12 free coding games for teaching programming skills www.childhood101
The World of David Walliams are offering free daily audio stories for children to listen to - www.worldofdavidwalliams.com
Horrible Histories offer episodes and clips as well as games to play and songs to sing - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories
3d Geography provide fun ideas to help with learning about Geography with free teaching resources to help make learning fun - https://www.3dgeography.co.uk
Bring the Noise from the BBC offer music ideas and activities to do at home -https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise
Science Bob has a list of great science experiments with instructions that you can do at home or at school https://sciencebob.com