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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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?
What can I do to help my child?
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.
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:
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:
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.