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.
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?
In the first day or two of pupils being sent home to access remote education childrens work will be set for them using the online platform ‘Seesaw’. In the case of children being unable to access online learning at this point, work will be given to the children on printed sheets.
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 broadly 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, science lessons that would have included practical investigations may not be possible for parents to complete at home, therefore online Oak National style science lessons may be used that show experiments.
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect the 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:
|Key Stage 1||As stipulated in government guidance, KS1 remote learning provision will be between 3-4 hours each day|
|Key Stage 2||As stipulated in government guidance, KS2 remote learning provision will be 4 hours each day.|
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
We use the online platform ‘Seesaw’ for children to access online learning. We also provide work through a ‘Distance Learning’ link on the school website. The distance learning link links to a webpage where the teacher and children can share documents, approved educational websites for children and supportive documents for parents can be obtained.
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:
- We communicate with parents through the home / school communication system ‘SchoolComs’
- We use ‘google forms’ as questionnaires for parents to establish parental need regarding online access at home and determine priority is given to those with highest needs
- Where pupils are unable to access online learning, printed materials will be provided. These can be collected from the school.
- If pupils do not have online access, they can submit work to their teachers by delivering it to the school.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- A broad range of lessons covered, delivered in a variety of ways online.
- Online recorded lessons and/or demonstrations by teachers.
- Recorded teaching by the Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers and maths lessons from White Rose.
- Printed paper packs are produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets) on the request from parents or given to vulnerable pupils in regards to their levels of access to remote learning.
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences such as White Rose, BBC Bitesize etc.
- Long-term project work and/or internet research activities in the way of the Character Education Programme in school.
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?
Pupils are expected to complete the work set by the teacher.
- In some instances, especially with younger pupils, we understand that some support may be needed by parents. However the children need to be encouraged to work independently where possible.
- We have the expectation that pupils’ engage with remote education.
- We have the expectation that parents will support their children with remote education, for example, setting routines to support your child’s education.
- Work is expected to be submitted back through the Seesaw journal page for marking and commenting on by the class teacher.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- Teachers will upload work on a daily basis and regularly check work online throughout the day to review children’s progress and engage with the pupils
- Pupils’ engagement with remote education is monitored daily with verbal conversations between parents and teachers on the telephone frequently.
- Where engagement is a concern, there will be an initial telephone conversation between parents and carers and the teaching staff who will offer advice and support e.g. By offering to print out work packs if children can’t access the online learning
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:
Feedback given via online learning:
- Work submitted to the online Seesaw journey will be viewed and commented upon by the class teacher.
- Depending on the activities set, feedback may take a variety of forms e.g. results of a quiz posted online may have a ‘like’ where as a written story posted will have a more detailed feed mark given.
- Pupils will receive feedback on their work as soon as it has been viewed by the class teacher.
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:
- The school will work with families to ensure that remote education for pupils with SEND is accessible and tailored to their needs.
- Remote education for younger pupils, for example those in the reception class will still have lessons with a similar structure as to those in school e.g. daily phonics, reading, writing and maths. However, there will also be practical tasks that incorporate the different areas of learning such as understanding of the world.
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 my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
During self-isolation, online remote learning will not be expected and instead, daily work that is being covered in class will be provided by the school in paper form.