National Lockdown Partial School Closure - Information for Parents January 2021
As per government requirements, we are currently only providing places in school for vulnerable pupils and those whose parents are critical workers and are unable to keep them at home.
All other pupils are being provided with remote education.
Remote Education - information for parents
Is my child being taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
Yes – we are teaching the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible.
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
The minimum expectation for primary aged pupils is 4 hours study per day. This can be a combination of taught sessions and independent tasks.
How can my child access any remote education you are providing?
Our remote education is being delivered using the Google Classrooms platform. All pupils have been provided with their personal login, and have already been taught how to use the platform.
Children are also required to continue to use our usual online resources Spelling Shed, TTRockstars and Flashacademy to support their basic skills learning and practice.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how can you support them to access remote education?
We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We are taking the following actions to support all pupils to access remote education:
- We are loaning a Chromebook or laptop to as many pupils as possible who do not have their own suitable device. If you need to borrow a device for your child, please contact the school office. You will need to sign a loan agreement when you collect the device for your child. If you have difficulties with internet access, please contact the school office as we may be able to help you access mobile data via the DfE website.
- Printed materials can be made available for collection by arrangement from the school office for any pupils who still do not have online access. All pupils have also been provided with an exercise book, and a pen, pencil and ruler for handwritten work.
How are you providing the remote teaching?
We are using a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Live online lessons by the classteacher
- Pre-recorded teaching support (eg. Oak National Academy lessons, information video clips or sequences)
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific areas of learning (eg. Spelling Shed, TTRockstars, Flashacademy)
- Project work and/or internet research activities
- Worksheets produced by teachers – Google docs. or paper-based
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
- Parents are asked to ensure their child has a quiet place to work, is logged onto the lessons on time, and completes and submits the work set each day. Parents are not required to source or provide any additional teaching materials, or provide any direct teaching themselves.
- All pupils at home are expected to access remote learning every day and complete and submit the tasks set.
- The daily schedule is:
9am Morning meeting with teacher – wellbeing check and introduction to the day’s learning
9.30-10.30am Literacy or Maths live lesson
11am-12pm Literacy or Maths live lesson
Afternoon Independent completion of set work (ie. topic work; basic skills
practice, reading); receive and respond to feedback from teacher (1½ hrs)
- We use our 5Rs of Learning to help children understand how to be good learners and engage positively in their learning. Click on the links to view how you and your child can use them to support their remote education. 5Rs of Remote Learning (1) 5Rs of Remote Learning (2)
How are you checking whether my child is engaging with their work and what actions are you taking if there are concerns?
- Teachers are monitoring whether pupils are logging on and actively participating in the live lessons every morning, and are corresponding with pupils in the afternoons through marking and feedback on their work and through emails.
- Teachers are making contact via telephone or email on a daily basis with parents of pupils who are not engaging in the live lessons or submitting work, and are providing additional support and advice to make remote learning as easy as possible for them. They are also regularly checking for any problems arising in accessing the online lessons and resources, and where families report difficulties, help is being provided.
- Parents are asked to inform school if their child is unable to attend lessons because of illness, as they would if they were missing school for this reason.
How are you assessing my child’s work and progress?
- Teachers provide feedback on children’s work on a daily basis, either during the live lessons or remotely later in the day. Feedback may be given to the whole class or to individuals, and may take the form of:
- verbal comments and advice
- written comments and advice on work
- written comments or advice provided via email
- worksheet, quiz or test scores generated by Google Classroom
How will you support me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?
We recognise that some pupils, for example, those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) or those with English as an Additional Language (EAL), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and are working with parents and carers to support these pupils in the following ways:
- We are offering a school place for all children with high levels of SEND and those who are new to English or in the early stages of learning English so that their learning can be supported in school.
- A Teaching Assistant is available in all live remote education lessons to provide additional support and teaching input to SEND and EAL pupils.
- Independent tasks are provided which are appropriate to the learning needs of all pupils, and which can be completed to the pupils own ability level. This includes basic skills practice using Spelling Shed, TTRockstars and Flashacademy.
- Parents should speak to their child’s teacher if their child is struggling to access or complete any of the work set or if they need advice on how to best support their child at home.
What happens if my child needs to self-isolate?
- Your child should continue to access remote education as usual
- If your child has a school place, but is required to self-isolate, they should participate in the remote education until they return to school.