This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to children and their parents and carers about what to expect from remote education if school closures are required.
For details of what to expect where individual children are self-isolating and their class remain at school, please see the final section of this page.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to children at home
What should my child expect from remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
A child’s first day or two of being educated remotely will look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.
Your child will have access to a learning grid which provides them with video links to Oak Academy lessons for English, maths and topic. Each subject has 5 links that they can work through at their own pace. Your child will also have access to a paper pack which should already be at home where they can find additional tasks if required.
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 are committed to providing your child with as much continuity as we can therefore, wherever possible and appropriate, we will teach the same curriculum remotely as we would do in school. Teachers will continue to use and follow their long-term plans for their year group but may need to make some adaptations, for example, if a topic lesson relies heavily on the use of specific resources.
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
Following the DfE guidelines, we expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take children in Reception and KS1, on average, 3 hours per day and children in KS2, on average, 4 hours per day.
Additional tasks are available if required.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access remote education you are providing?
Children in Reception class will access their online remote education on Tapestry. A memo will be posted daily to alert you to the new tasks.
Children in Years 1 – 6 will access their online remote education on Teams and in their Power Maths books. New assignments will be set each day so it is clear what lessons and tasks should be completed. Each task will have a due date set of the same day but will be available through to the end of the week to allow for different working patterns. All recorded lessons will remain on Teams to view but work cannot be submitted. It is important that work is accessed sequentially.
Specific details are outlined in the ‘How will my child be taught remotely?’ section. All children have been sent their log in details for these platforms.
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 and have been working with those families to support them. Information has previously been collated to check that every household has a suitable device and internet connection to access remote learning. Laptops have been loaned out to households where there is need. Parents should contact the school if they are experiencing difficulties accessing the online learning and we will support wherever we can.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach children remotely:
Children in Reception class:
- There will be a minimum of 3 activities uploaded by your child’s class teacher per day. 1 for maths, 1 for Literacy and 1 for phonics.
- Throughout the week, additional tasks will then be uploaded for further areas of learning such as collective worship, music and P.E.
- A weekly provision map grid will also be available which will suggest ideas for learning through play at home.
- Spelling Shed and Letter-join will continue to be available to access.
- The class teacher will also be contactable every morning via class email if you have any questions about your child’s remote learning. These emails will be responded to until 11:30am.
Children in Years 1 - 6:
- There will be 3 recorded lessons from your child’s class teacher available every day (Year 1 may have an additional phonics lesson where appropriate). This will include 1 maths lesson, 1 English lesson and then an additional lesson which will alternate between being topic, R.E or guided reading.
- Power Maths textbooks will be used to support the recorded maths lesson.
- Manageable additional tasks are then suggested which will include activities such as DEAR time and completing usual online homework (e.g. Spelling Shed and TT Rockstars).
A live registration will take place every morning, when the teacher is in school, on Teams with their class teacher and we have an expectation that all children will attend. They will receive an invitation via Teams to join at the following times:
- Yr 5/6 - 8:40 – 9:00am
- Yr 3/4 - 9:00 – 9:20am
- Yr 1/2- 9:30 – 9:45am (Starting w/b 8 February)
During this time, the class teacher will greet your child, explain their tasks for that day and your child will be able to ask any questions that they may have. We please ask the following:
- Your child must be appropriately dressed.
- Your child’s camera and microphone is turned off when they join the meeting.
- Your child may turn on their microphone and camera to say good morning when it is their turn during the register but these must be turned off straight after.
- If your child has a question, they can raise their hand and their teacher will ask them to turn their microphone on to ask when it is their turn.
- Your child must click on ‘leave meeting’ at the end of registration. The teacher will close the meeting once all children have left.
- KS1 children must be supervised.
- Children can ask questions on the posts page of Teams between 8.40am and 11.30am
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 online remote learning to be accessed every day and lessons will often follow a sequence over the course of the week. There will be new tasks and recordings each day. If it is not possible to complete all for any reason, some engagement for the day is still encouraged. We understand that parents may not be able to support at all times due to other commitments at home (e.g. working from home and/or supporting siblings with their learning) and that these current circumstances are challenging. This is why we are setting video recordings of the class teacher to make home learning as engaging as possible and to allow for some independence in accessing the learning. We would encourage children in Key Stage 2 to complete their learning with some independence but expect that children in Key Stage 1 and Reception will need more support. This level of support of course may vary depending on individual children and the subjects they are accessing.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Completed work should be submitted via the online platform your child is using. This is to enable class teachers to continue assessing your child’s progress and to allow them to provide feedback. Your child’s work will be checked on a daily basis. If there are any concerns with your child’s engagement then a member of school staff will be in contact during the week to speak with you to see how we can best support your circumstances.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Children in Reception Class:
Your child’s class teacher will provide individualised written feedback on the work and observations that have been submitted. They will then transfer to your child’s learning journal.
Children in Years 1 – 6:
Your child’s class teacher will view all work that has been submitted which will allow them to provide whole-class feedback on the next day’s assignment and adapt planning where necessary. Each child will then be provided with some individual feedback on a weekly basis. Some work that your child’s class teacher sets will also mark automatically, for example, if they set a quiz.
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support at home to access remote education?
The recorded lessons set for pupils with SEND, where appropriate, will be differentiated to ensure that they are accessible and meet their level of attainment. Additional packs have also been sent home with appropriate tasks and materials to support their specific needs.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
The first day of isolation will remain the same as set out above with your child accessing the learning grids containing the Oak Academy lessons. From day number 2, your child’s class teacher will convert their lessons into PDF documents that can be accessed on Teams and will include any further detail or instructions to ensure the tasks are clear. Individualised feedback will then be provided after the work has been submitted.