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Remote learning plan for parents and carers

 

In this section you will find information about how we will provide remote education in the event of school closure.

 

We have drafted a four Tier approach to remote learning covering a variety of scenarios:

Tier 1 - Self Isolating

or waiting for test

result – up to 10

days.

 

Tier 2 – Shielding for

a length of time.

 

Tier 3 – Full class

closure/Bubble Pop.

 

Tier 4 – Local/National Lockdown – whole

school closed.

 

 

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

In all Tiers, all children will have a Google Login and all work, resources and activities will be uploaded to Google Classroom. Children unable to access online learning will be provided with paper learning packs for the duration of the isolation which can be collected from the school office.

 

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 may need to make some adaptations in some subjects if for example practical resources which we would normally use in school are not available at home.

 

Remote learning at each tier will look slightly different:

Tier 1 – Self Isolating or waiting for test result – up to 10 days.

All children will have a Google Login and work will be uploaded to Google Classroom.

Children unable to access online learning will be provided with paper learning packs for the duration of the isolation.

 

In the event of self-isolation – including staff – the following will be provided either by the class teacher or cover (SLT):

  • Weekly learning will be set. (English, Maths and one topic area)
  • Specific feedback will not be provided as the class teacher will be responsible for maintaining their classroom responsibilities
  • Mathletics/Maths Seeds and Accelerated Reader may be used as additional activities
  • Provide access to the Oak Learning Academy website lessons, BBC Bitesize or any other online teaching websites
  • Learning which is not ‘online’ such as art activities, writing tasks, outdoor learning

 

In the event the class teacher is isolating and not ill they will provide pre-recorded lessons/ instructions for the class to access or any children also isolating

 

Tier 2 – Shielding for a length of time.

All children will have a Google Login and work will be uploaded to Google Classroom.

Children unable to access online learning will be provided with paper learning packs for the duration of the isolation.

 

In the event of whole class self-isolation – including staff – the following will be provided either by the class teacher or cover (SLT):

  • Weekly learning will be set. (English, Maths and one topic area)
  • Feedback will be provided weekly on the child’s learning
  • Mathletics/Maths Seeds and Accelerated Reader may be used as additional activities
  • The class teacher or other adult will check in with child once a week  – via Zoom or telephone – in liaison with the parents
  • Provide access to the Oak Learning Academy website lessons, BBC Bitesize or any other online teaching websites
  • Learning which is not ‘online’ such as art activities, writing tasks, outdoor learning

 

In the event the class teacher is isolating and not ill they will provide pre-recorded lessons/ instructions for the class to access or any children also isolating

 

In both Tier 3 and 4 situations class teachers will provide an overview of learning being set for the following week. This will enable parents to have an overview of each day and what to expect. 

Tier 3 – Full class closure/Bubble pop

Tier 4 Local/National Lockdown

All children will have a Google Login and work will be uploaded to Google Classroom.

 

In the event of whole class self-isolation – including staff – the following will be provided either by the class teacher or cover (SLT):

  • Set at least 3 daily tasks. (One English and Maths and one other)
  • Provide an introduction to the daily tasks being set either written or pre-recorded.
  • Feedback will be provided to written work that has been submitted to the teacher through Google Classroom.  The feedback will be offered within a daily window of time.
  • Mathletics/Maths Seeds and Accelerated Reader may be used as additional activities
  • Provide access to the Oak Learning Academy website lessons, BBC Bitesize or any other online teaching websites
  • Learning which is not ‘online’ such as art activities, writing tasks, outdoor learning
  • A register will be kept of all pupils accessing the learning. Those absent will have a welfare call.

 

All children will have a Google Login and work will be uploaded to Google Classroom.

 

In the event of a whole school closure the following will be provided by the class teacher – unless they are unwell or cover (SLT):

  • Set at least 3 daily tasks. (One English and Maths and one other)
  • The classteacher should provide pupils with an outline of the day – with tasks focused on: English (reading, phonics, writing) and Maths followed by an additional non-core subject activity task.
  • Provide an introduction to the daily tasks being set either written or pre-recorded.
  • Feedback will be provided to written work that has been submitted to the teacher through Google Classroom.  The feedback will be offered within a daily window of time.
  • Mathletics/Maths Seeds and Accelerated Reader may be used as additional activities
  • Provide access to the Oak Learning Academy website lessons, BBC Bitesize or any other online teaching websites
  • Learning which is not ‘online’ such as art activities, writing tasks, outdoor learning
  • A register will be kept of all pupils accessing the learning. Those absent will have a welfare call.
  • Weekly check ins will take place via Zoom – Classteachers to invite children attend a weekly Zoom call.  The usual Online Safety rules will apply for all pupils, staff and parents.
  • Additional calls from SLT may be made as appropriate.

When providing remote learning in Tier 3 and 4, class teachers will be ‘online’ between 9.00am and 3.00pm and be available to provide feedback at an agreed time with their class (for example at the end of a morning session and at the end of the afternoon session).

 

In all tiers staff will be aware of the following:

  • Making it manageable: not overwhelming parents with lots of activities; pages of tasks or things to print, just asking them to do what they can.
  • Remembering, parents are not teachers: not to set the same activities they would expect pupils to complete in school – as in most cases they will not have the same level of adult support.
  • Adapting aspects of the timetable and curriculum: whilst also keeping some routines to help structure the day at home, to support parents in knowing what to expect. (E.g. suggesting that children do English and Maths activities in the morning and creative activities in the afternoon).
  • Setting work that pupils can do independently, with materials they are likely to have at home: setting some activities that are not dependent on technology, in case pupils do not have access to devices or the internet.
  • Being flexibile: making it clear to parents work and timetables are "suggested" and pupils will not be in trouble if work is not completed or handed in on time.
  • Understanding the class context and needs: staff will be mindful of siblings and parents all needing to access online resources at a similar time.

 

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

3 hours

Key Stage 2

4 hours

 

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

  • Loaning Chromebooks, managed by the school, to families with internet in the home but insufficient/inadequate devices. The amounts of Chromebooks are limited so if there is excess demand, priority will be given to households with no devices. We expect that we will only have the capacity to issue one device per household.
  • We have a limited number of 4G SIM cards for families who have a mobile or SIM card tablet and have limited or no data to access online learning.
  • Printed materials and packs of reading books can be requested through the regular contact with class teachers. Work packs will be collected and returned at the school office.

 

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?

We will be organising the online learning into subjects for each day, with any ongoing activities or resources as additonal activites should children complete the main tasks. Work will not have a due date but we would expect children to access the learning each day and submit all work completed. Live sessions through Zoom will be timetabled in advance.

Parents should check their child's Google Classroom each day to see what learning is expected and allow discussion about what will work best in terms of a household timetable.

Supporting younger children to access the online materials may be necessary, especially as they will be unfamiliar with the systems.

 

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

Class teachers will hold weekly live Zoom sessions for all children to check-in. 

Class teachers will provide feedback on all learning submitted through Google Classroom and will follow up any questions from children or parents about the work they have been set.

Class teachers will also contact individual children and parents weekly as required to provide and receive feedback about how things are going.

Members of the school leadership team have access to all Classrooms to provide oversight of the work provided and produced and will attend Live Zoom calls.

 

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:

  • Written feedback on individual pieces of work submitted through Google Classroom
  • Verbal feedback through Video messages to the whole class, groups or individual children
  • Self marked and submitted work
  • Automatically marked Google form quizzes or scored work through work submitted via Google Classroom

 

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 some pupils, for example 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:

  • Differentiated learning according to individual need
  • Regular conversations with parents and children to adapt strategies used in school for the home enviromnment by the SEN and Pastoral support team
  • Regular contact with the Class Teacher and/or Teaching Assistant through virtual 'catch up' sessions.
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