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
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?
Remote Learning for pupils isolating at home
We will provide remote education for all pupils in our Early Years, and Years 1 and 2 via your child’s Tapestry platform. Pupils in Years 3 – 6 will access remote learning via their Google Classroom Account. Our daily provision will include live lesson via Google Meet once securely logged into Google Classrooms using your child’s account and catch up sessions with teachers for any further questions you or your child may have.
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 will 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, PE sessions may be adapted for home use and the equipment you may have available.
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:
3 hours a day on average across the cohort, with less for younger children.
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
4 hours a day with the opportunity for extended tasks.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Puffin, Swift & Wren class remote learning – Tapestry
As a parent of one of our youngest pupils, we will be communication with you via your Tapestry account.
Your child can access remote learning resources, pre-recorded videos through your Tapestry account and live teaching from school. All learning will be set by school staff through the platform and you can return photographs of their learning and submit it to your Tapestry account.
Osprey, Kite, Kestrel and Hawk class remote learning – Google Classroom
Our Key Stage 2 pupils are now adept at accessing their learning in Google Classroom – a digital learning platform created by Google.
Your child can access remote learning resources, pre-recorded videos and live teaching through Google Classroom.
- All learning will be set by school staff through the platform and pupils can complete their learning and submit it to school online.
- Take look at our video here for support.
- Home learning assignments will be set weekly.
- Some pieces of learning will have a deadline for submission; children should be encouraged to complete the learning by the given dates.
We understand that parents and carers may be concerned about the amount of screen time children are being exposed to already. Assignments can be completed on paper and then a photo of the learning can be submitted on Google Classroom. For tips on how to manage screen time, see our Parent Fact Sheet below.
If you require further support, please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance.
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:
School closure may release a number of laptops, which are configured for home use unlike our school laptops. We are also able to loan a small number of iPads configured to use Tapestry, Google Classroom and Google Meet.
For pupils who do not have online access, we can offer you a free 3 month SIM card which can be put into a connected laptop or tablet – or into a smartphone to tether to a laptop or tablet – making it easier to do schoolwork.
Each SIM is preconfigured with the Vodafone age restricted content bar and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Depending on your child’s age and development we will use a range of approaches to teach pupils remotely.
- live teaching (online lessons)
- recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
- printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- textbooks and reading books to be collected from school
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
- long-term project work and/or internet research activities
Engagement and feedback
What are our expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that parents and carers should provide at home?
What home learning should my child complete?
We’re determined to keep all of our pupils on-track this year and make sure no one falls behind if they need to learn from home because of coronavirus.
Each day we’d like your child to:
- Complete the recommended phonics, maths and literacy task
- Complete a creative task
- Read with an adult
Please upload a summary of their day’s work onto Tapestry so that we can see what they have been up to and comment on it.
What support will the school provide?
- Regular contact with teachers through video stories
- Daily feedback via Tapestry, so your child knows how they’re doing
What can I do to help my child?
- Create and stick to a routine, as this is what your child is used to at school. For example, eat breakfast at the same time each morning and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day
- Stick a timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day, suggested timetables are available on class home learning pages.
- Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day to keep your child active
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
We will monitor the work returning to us and pupil’s attendance at live lessons.
Where staff have concerns this will be followed up by a member of our school leadership team with an offer of further support.
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:
- You should expect all work to be monitored both by your child’s class teacher but by senior leaders also.
- Class teachers keep a running document of all classwork and notes online for both them and pupils to access. This supports individual and group feedback.
- Your child’s class teacher will use work produced to assess your child against their age-related expectations and will provide at least weekly feedback to ensure that your child is on track to meet these.
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:
- We can clearly track engagement of students with SEND and targeted calls home are made when engagement is not high.
- We ensure that students with SEND are carefully talked though how to engage with live lessons and these are personalised to meet individual needs.
- Our SENCo is currently working with staff on how to best adapt their online teaching for students with SEND.
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?
Pupils can access their live lessons in the same way, joining the rest of their class remotely. They can ask questions and be questioned and submit their work by mail or though teams.
Teachers strive to teach both those in their class and those isolating at home, however, there might sometimes be a delay in children being admitted to the lesson as staff settle their class and take the register.