Remote Learning 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 if 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?
If a child is self-isolating at home whilst they await a test result, then we ask that they complete their home learning, carry out their reading, spellings and times tables practice and further work will be put up within the 24 hours for them in Purple Mash. Work will continue to be on that platform until their return.
If a year group bubble has to isolate, then we will provide remote learning. This will include a daily live time session, dependant on the class teacher being well.
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 cover the same curriculum skills remotely, readjusting the content so that it is more accessible through remote learning. This may mean that topics are taught in a different order than if we were in school.
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:
Primary school-aged pupils
Reception: Between two and three hours of learning per day (including physical exercise and daily reading) Year 1/Year 2: Between two and four hours of learning per day (including physical exercise and daily reading) Year 3 - Year 6: Between three and four hours of learning per day
(including physical exercise and daily reading).
- The amount of learning/number of activities will vary according to the child’s age and availability of technology at home.
- We also understand children will progress through tasks at different rates and with varied levels of support.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Work will be set on Purple Mash/Microsoft Teams for years R - 6 and cover the range of the curriculum. Every child has a Purple Mash account and password as well as log in details for Microsoft Teams. Our Early Years will use Tapestry as their main learning platform, using Mini-mash with Nursery where applicable.
There will be one live time session each day for years 1-6 lasting for up to 30 minutes.
Reception will deliver a daily phonics session over zoom for 10-15 minutes.
Other educational sites we use include: RM Easimaths (for Reception), Sumdog, Lexia (for some pupils), BBC Bitesize, YouTube and Oak National Academy website.
Guidance will be given from each year group about expectations.
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:
If a parent requires any support in accessing work remotely, they should contact the school or their class teacher. We will loan them a device or support them with access to the internet (if required). Where online learning isn’t suitable for a child, paper resources will be offered.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Our remote teaching approach consists of
• Live Time Sessions – these will provide access to a range of subjects and activities such as PSHE, English, Maths, French and Music.
• Work being uploaded onto Purple Mash and Tapestry. This will include regular and timely feedback from the class teaching team.
• Recorded teaching which includes video/audio recordings made by teachers and posted in year groups on Purple Mash and Tapestry.
• Signposting to other educational sites (see previous list).
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 expect all pupils to engage with online learning. We understand that due to family constraints, learning may not take place on certain days but that this will be accessed by the end of the week. Teachers ensure that deadline times for work submitted provides families with time to complete them according to the situation they are in.
We do expect parental support with remote learning, for example, setting routines to support your child’s education. As always, your child’s education and wellbeing relies on the strong relationship between home and school.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Class teachers continue to keep an ‘attendance record’ of children accessing the remote learning provision. This is analysed weekly with parents being contacted by their class teacher in the first instance. We will always look to see how we can support children and families further with the remote learning. After a few days of no remote learning being completed, a member of the senior leadership team will be in contact. Where we are unable to make contact through phone calls home, house visits will be carried out.
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:
Pupils will receive feedback on work when it is submitted. This will either be a:
- A comment and area to improve from the teacher on an individual piece.
- An acknowledgement that the learning objective has been met.
- Voice notes with feedback and the task being set again for your child to edit and improve their learning
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:
Pupils with SEND will have differentiated work available and receive regular feedback from the class teacher. Our SENDCo (Mrs Marshall) will be in regular contact with our SEND children and parents will also be able to contact the school SENDCo for further support.
If you would like a paper copy of this infomration, please download this document: Remote Learning Provision: Information for Parents or ask the office for a copy.