REMOTE LEARNING

REMOTE LEARNING OFFER

This information below is intended to provide clarity and transparency to parents/carers about what to expect from remote education. Please also see the attached documents on the left hand side of this page which include:

  • Remote Learning Handbook
  • Remote Learning Whole School Timetable
  • TKAT Remote Learning Policy
  • COVID19 Safeguarding Update due to January 2021 School Closure

 

Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

Yes. We are using Google Classroom as our main platform for remote learning. This enables us to deliver our core curriculum offer easily, using a combination of live, pre-recorded and pre-planned lessons.

Our expectation is that, as a minimum, all children learning from home will join live lessons each day and upload their writing and maths, for feedback.

Reading remains a high priority within our curriculum and pupils are expected to read appropriate books each day. This will be monitored using our Accelerated Reader system. Books, inlcuding Sounds Write phonics books, will be available to collect from school on a weekly basis (during a designated time slot) to ensure that pupils have access to high quality texts. 

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:

EYFS - 3 hours a day - 30 minute live phonics lesson in the morning, 15 minute live maths lesson in the afternoon, pre-recorded writing lesson. These are supplemented with daily reading, number sense, foundation activities and daily PE. The completed writing and maths activities should be uploaded each day onto Google Classroom.

Year 1/2 - 3 hours a day - 30 minute live phonics lesson in the morning, 15 minute live maths lesson in the afternoon, pre-recorded writing lesson. These are supplemented with daily reading, number sense, foundation activities and daily PE. The completed writing and maths activities should be uploaded each day onto Google Classroom.

Year 3/4 - 4 hours a day - 30 minute live writing lesson, 15 minute live maths lesson, pre-recorded phonics lesson. These are supplemented with daily reading, number sense, foundation activities and daily PE. The completed writing and maths activities should be uploaded each day onto Google Classroom.

Year 5/6 - 4 hours a day - 30 minute live writing lesson, 15 minute live maths lesson, pre-recorded reading lesson. These are supplemented with daily reading, number sense, foundation activities and daily PE. The completed writing and maths activities should be uploaded each day onto Google Classroom.

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

All children have access to Google Classroom. All children were allocated log in details (email address and password) in the autumn term 2020. If you have any issues regarding these please give us a call.

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:

  • Parents can request the loan of a Chromebook. These are limited (60 Chromebooks across the whole school) and will be issued on a first come first served basis.   
  • 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.    
  • If there are no other options, or a family are reluctant to come to school, then paper packs will be provided. These will be posted weekly on a Friday for the following week.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Assignments set for the children on Google Classroom
  • Pre-recorded videos including videos from other websites and resources
  • Live lessons
  • Reading books pupils have at home
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • Internet research activities

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 children to log on to Google Classroom each day and access their learning through this platform so that they can interact with their teachers daily. The only acceptation to this is if a child is unwell. We recognises that all home situations are different and will support individual families, through regular communication, to enable their children to access remote learning successfully.

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

We monitor live lessons daily and record attendance at these sessions. We also record who is submitting their maths and writing each day. In addition to monitoring written work, we also review weekly the external online platforms that we use - TTRS/Numbots and Accelerated Reader. Class teachers will contact parents after school each day 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 you assess my child's work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual pupils. For example, whole class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Work that children 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.

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 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 pupils by staying in regular contact and offering support from the school’s Inclusion Leader. This might include adapted activities online, adapted work packs or providing specific resources.

How is the wellbeing of the school community being prioritised and monitored?

Staff in school are working in bubbles following the guidance within the latest risk assessment. All bubbles have at least two members of staff to ensure that they can have regular breaks. During the school day both members of staff are supporting both in school and remote learning. We are aware that there are extra stresses and responsibilities on teaching staff at present and therefore teachers are encouraged to utilise time within the school day to complete all planning, preparation and assessment to allow them to leave as early as possible after the end of the school day. During this time support staff are supervising children in the bubbles. 

Teachers are keeping in regular contact with the childen and parents at home to offer support and celebrate achievements. Our Wellbeing Leader, Nicki Graham, is available to support children and parents with advice and guidance to help to stay positive and well during the period of lockdown and school closures. We are encouraging the children to be as active as they can throughout the day to enhance their physical and mental wellbeing. See below for how we are keeping the children active.

How are we helping the children to stay active?

Our dedicated Sports Development Officer, Mr Honywood, has redesigned our PE curriculum to be accessed at home. All children have been enrolled on the realPE at home programme (this is an extra element of the realPE curriculum we use in school). The home PE lessons focus on fundamental skills which unerdpin good physical development e.g. agility, balance, coordination. The children will focus on one of these areas each week using a series of teaching vidoes and fun activities to do with their family.  The realPE at home programme allows us to monitor participation by individual children. Mr Honywood can then offer additional support to those children and families that may be struggling to acces the physical acitivities offered. We are also encouraging children to go out for their daily exercise each day.

What would my child be expected to do if they are self-isolating and the rest of the class are in school?

If individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their class are in school, Google Classroom will provide a platform for these pupils to engage in the learning for that day. This includes access to a live lesson in the morning - either phonics in EYFS/KS1 or writing in KS2), pre-recorded maths lessons and activities, a foundation subject activity. The children would also be expected to access reading, TTRS/Numbots and daily exercise.