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Remote education 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 where national or 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.

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We understand that every family has different circumstances and resources. We do not expect work to be completed during set times of the day as we know that children may be sharing devices. We also recognise that some parents may be juggling home learning with working from home themselves. Well being is important during this difficult time and if you need any support or advice, please contact the school office. Make sure that your child has adequate breaks between learning tasks and has time each day to be active and get some fresh air! Younger children will not be able to sit for as long as older children and may need shorter periods of time for working with more breaks. Please find guidelines below for the work children should be aiming to complete each day:

EYFS

We recognise that young children can have short concentration spans and it is important that they enjoy their learning. When in school, our youngest children learn through play for large chunks of their day so we would not expect them to sit down for long periods of time to complete their learning at home. It is worth breaking up short, concentrated sessions (15/20 minutes) with lots of breaks during which they can be active. 

We suggest that a child in Reception might complete the following in one day (approximate timings):

  • English Task (15 minutes)
  • Maths Task (15 minutes)
  • Reading (Online books are available on Bug Club) (15 minutes)
  • Phonics Lesson (15 minutes)
  • Art/ music/ physical activites (15 minutes)
  • Any other activities that you choose to complete such as cooking, making, going for walks can also be shared with your child's teacher!

KS1

Teachers will provide 3 hours of learning for your child to complete everyday (in line with government guidance).  Please see below for a suggested timetable to follow with your child each day (approximate timings):

  • Phonics Lesson (20 minutes)
  • English lesson and task (60 minutes)
  • Maths lesson and task (45 minutes)
  • Reading (Online books are available on Bug Club and myON) (15/20 minutes)
  • 1 Wider curriculum lesson and task e.g. Science, PE, Art/DT, Music, Computing, History and Geography etc (35 minutes)
  • Children are also asked to learn and recite poetry and engage in story telling activities 

KS2

Teachers will provide 4 hours of learning for your child to complete everyday (in line with government guidance).  Please see below for a suggested timetable to follow with your child each day (approximate timings):

  • Maths lesson and task (1 hour)
  • Individual reading and reading tasks (online books and quizzes are available via myON and Accelerated Reader (1 hour)
  • Writing lesson and task (45 minutes)
  • Wider curriculum lesson and task e.g. Science, PE, Art/DT, French, Music, Computing, History and Geography (1 hour)
  • Children are also asked to learn and recite poetry and engage in story telling activities 

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

Please see our separate 'Online Learning Platform Links' page to access your child's online learning.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers, Letters and Sounds Phonic lessons on You Tube, Oak National Academy lessons)
  • live teaching (online lessons through Teams)
  • Activities, challenges and games on websites e.g. Phonics Play, Bug Club, Rock Star Times Tables, myON, Accelerated Reader etc.
  • written challenges and tasks posted by teachers via dB Primary and Seesaw
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)

Will my child be taught 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 have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, we plan art projects using resources that can be found in the home and PE sessions focus on excercise that can be done at home.

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. Teachers will regularly comment on pieces of work uploaded to Tapestry, dB Primary and Seesaw and may offer suggestions for next steps if appropriate. Teachers will also keep track of children's progress in reading through Bug Club, myON and Accelerated Reader and in Maths through Rock Star Times Tables. 

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

If your child needs to self isolate but rest of the school is open, please contact the school office. You will be given a 2 week timetable of pre-recorded lessons from The National Oak Academy for your child to engage with. Work completed during this time can be handed in at the end of your child's self-isolation period for the class teacher to mark.

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We hope that all children will be able to engage in some learning everyday whether it is online or by completing a paper copy of the work provided. Parents/carers will need to help their children login to the online platforms and access the learning that is provided daily by their child's teacher (younger children may need more support with this). If you do not understand any of the work set or are unsure of how to help your child if they are struggling, your child's class teacher can be contacted via dB Primary (KS1) or Seesaw (KS2).

As a school, we understand that home schooling can be challenging and we are always here if you need help and support. If you are finding it difficult to get your child to complete the expected learning each day, please do not worry. Contact the school office who will be able to direct you to the appropriate help and support.

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:

  • lending devices such as laptops an Kindles to families. If you would like to borrow a device for your child's remote learning, please contact the school office.
  • providing extra data or 4G routers to families that do not have access to the internet. Please contact the school office if you need support in this area.
  • providing paper copies of learning that can be picked up from the school office. Once the learning has been completed, it can be returned to the child's class teacher via the school office so that it can be marked.

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:

  • adding videos and audio descriptions to make online learning more accessible.
  • differentiating the work for individual and groups of children to ensure learning is appropriate for them.
  • making sure that extra resources are available if needed. (If you think that your child may need a special resource to help with their learning, please contact the school office).
  • offering advice and support over the phone. If you need to speak to someone, please contact the school office who will be able to direct you to the apporpriate person. You can alternatively message your child's class teacher via dB Primary or Seesaw.

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

Teachers will monitor your child's engagement with the online learning through the online platforms. They will also make regular welfare calls home to ensure everything is running smoothly and that you have all the resources you need. Please let your child's teacher know if there is anything that you need to support your child's home learning as we may be able to provide resources to help.