What is remote learning and how is it different to what children would normally access in school?
We are using Google Classroom as our main platform for remote learning which enables us to deliver our core curriculum using a combination of live, pre-recorded and pre-planned lesson resources. The lessons and tasks on Google Classroom will 'mirror' those that are being delivered in school.
In the event of a class or whole school bubble being closed and children being sent home, remote learning resources will be accessible through Google Classroom. This will ensure that children are given the opportunity to continue learning remotely, at home because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
All learning will be set by school staff through the platform and children can complete their learning and submit it online.
Our expectation is that all children learning from home will join live lessons and upload their work for feedback. If you need support in engaging your child with remote learning, we can help.
Please see below for further details or call the school on (01524) 751425 or alternatively you can email [email protected]
Reading remains a high priority within our curriculum and children are expected to read appropriate books each day. This will be monitored using our Accelerated Reader system. If you do not have access to any books, please contact your class teacher who will select age appropriate, high quality texts for your child and we will arrange for you to collect them from the school office.
How does my child access any online remote learning?
All children have access to our Google Classrooms and have already been allocated log in details (email address and password). Information on how to access Google Classroom can be found here.
Please contact your child's teacher if you are having difficulties accessing this platform.
What if a child cannot access Google Classroom?
We recognise that some children may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those children to access remote education:
- If a family are unable to access remote learning due to lack of internet access we may be able to offer a place in school (limited places available) as stated in recent DfE guidance.
- All children have been provided with a ‘Home Learning Evidence Pack’. We are happy to post weekly work set or this can be collected from the school office at the start of every week. The child's completed work should be returned when a new pack is collected so that the teacher can give feedback on the work that they have done.
How will children be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach children remotely:
- Assignments set for the children on Google Classroom
- Pre-recorded videos including videos from other websites and resources
- Live lessons
- Reading books children have at home
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
- Internet research activities
- The Oak National Academy
What are the expectations of parents to support remote learning?
We expect ALL children to access remote learning every day and expect parents to support their child to engage with it. The only acceptation to this is if a child is unwell. We recognise that all home situations are different and that parents are already under considerable pressures but the school will support individual families, through regular communication, to enable their children to access remote learning successfully.
If individual children need to self-isolate at home then there would still be an expectation that they should access the remote learning as outlined above, whether that's online or through paper packs provided by the school.
Will the school check whether children are engaging with their work and how will parents be informed if there are concerns?
We monitor live lessons daily and record attendance at these sessions. We also record who is uploading their work. In addition to monitoring written work, we also review weekly the external online platforms that we use - Times Tables Rockstar’s / Mathletics and Accelerated Reader. Staff will be contacting parents if children have not engaged. If children are unwell then we would not expect them to engage in online learning but would ask parents to let us know.
How will work and progress be assessed?
Children will receive feedback on the work they complete in a variety of ways. They will always be given verbal feedback on their contributions to live online lessons and work that they upload to Google Classroom will be looked at daily and teachers will comment on the work as appropriate. Feedback will be either an acknowledgement of the work or a more detailed comment addressing misconceptions or advice in next steps of learning. Adults will be available throughout the day to support and give feedback.
What support will children with SEN receive to access remote education?
We recognise that some children, for example with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without the support of adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those children by staying in regular contact and offering support from their class teacher and SENDCO. This might include adapted activities online, adapted work packs or providing specific resources. Parents are to contact the school immediately if they need additional support in engaging their child with remote learning.
How is the well-being of the school community being prioritised and monitored?
We are extremely aware of the additional pressures that partial school closures and the delivery of remote learning may be putting on our school community - staff, parents and children alike.
Staff are working extremely hard and following the guidance within the latest risk assessment and will either be in school with our key worker and vulnerable children or delivering remote learning online. When in school, there is at least two members of staff to ensure that they can have regular breaks and are not isolated. All staff, especially those working remotely, will receive regular contact from the headteacher to monitor their well-being.
The school will communicate regularly with parents to keep them updated and to give them the support they may need to engage their children with remote learning.
The headteacher will provide guidance to families on any non-academic support they may need, liaising (where appropriate) with outside agencies.
Children will have regular contact with their teachers, either through Google Classroom, by phone or when in school. School staff will monitor their well-being and support where necessary. We have also timetabled a weekly ‘Wellbeing’ session for children to complete in school or remotely.
How can the school be contacted if I have any questions or concerns regarding remote learning?
If you need support with anything in your child’s google classroom, please call school on (01524) 751425 or email:
If there is an emergency or you would like to speak to the head teacher directly then please ring the school mobile on 07761493159.
It is extremely important that your child engages with remote learning to ensure they do not fall behind and have the opportunity to keep in touch with their teachers and peers.
To read the DfE guidance on 'Remote Education Support' click here