Remote and Online Learning
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, or circumstances beyond our control require entire cohorts to remain at home.
During COVID schools needed to adapt their teaching and this meant we went online for the majority of the time. Post COVID there may be occasions in the future when learning has to go online again. The aim for this information to parents is clarity about what will happen and when, should the need arise.
What will be taught at home or online?
During the first day or two?
As the closure of the school may be an emergency; national or locally, the pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different as we fully swap over to a longer period of time and more precise plans.
After the first day or two?
We will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever this is possible with the resources at hand. It is likely we will need to make some adaptations in some subjects. This may be because you do not have certain things at home that we would have in school, for example clay in art, instruments in music. We will also link you to other websites to help you such as the phonics Read Write Inc scheme and the Oaks Academy.
Remote teaching and study time each day
What about the time it will take?
We all need to be aware that working online is not the same as working in a classroom. Our findings from COVID showed that pupils got tired quicker and distracted more when looking at a screen for long periods. We would aim for the following, but please check in with your teacher if you are struggling or SEND for your child is stopping them participating.
Reception classes: 3-4 hours
KS1: 3-4 hours
KS2: 4-5 hours
Accessing remote education
How do I access online learning for my child?
We use SeeSaw and Microsoft Teams to teach remotely. Log in details will be shared in the event of needing to use. Some classes use SeeSaw for general home learning.
I don't have a lot of computer equipment at home?
We know from COVID that a number of you could not access work, and we loaned a number of items. This would be the case again if you needed it.
- We will lend laptops to pupils once you have made contact with us for help.
- We can send printed work, but this is time-consuming and if the school is closed for a safety reason, we would not be able to do this.
- Work can be submitted via SeeSaw using the upload facility. Book work can be dropped off at school by appointment.
How will my child be taught?
We will use the following remote teaching approaches:
- Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by our teachers)
- Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- Textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences, such as Read Write Inc for phonics
- Longer-term project work and/or Internet research activities
Engagement and feedback
What do you want me to do?
- It is really important to keep with a routine. Please set one up and stick with it. Lots of parents reported last time that getting dressed into school uniform really helped to set a boundary of when the child is in home school and when the child is just at home.
- Support where you can. Ask when stuck. You won’t have all the answers, you are not teachers and won’t know all the methods. Remember to use dojo and our pastoral team for when you need it.
- We expect as many children as possible to log on to the daily teams’ sessions to say hello to their teacher and begin the work.
- We expect parents and carers to access, support and monitor children’s learning and let us know if they are stuck.
- We also expect parents and carers to liaise with school regarding any additional support needed.
How will I know how my child is doing?
Feedback can often be whole-class feedback or one-one comments. We will also:
Look at work that has been uploaded. Class teachers and Teaching Assistants will comment on the work and provide feedback. Pupils will receive detailed feedback on their English and Maths at least once a week.
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
How will you support SEND pupils?
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 with tailored learning packs or lessons delivered on an individual basis by key adults.