Remote Learning KS1& KS2
Remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide 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?
All work will be available online from day 2 at the latest. Initially, pupils will have reading, spellings and times tables (via TTRS) which can be accessed, along with any termly curriculum home learning tasks which have not yet been completed.
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 teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, resource heavy curriculum units (such as Design Technology or Art) may be partially completed at home (planning for example) and then the make section saved for return to 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 remote education (including remote education and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Key Stage 1
(Y1 & 2)
Minimum of 3 hours:
- Maths (including Numbots)
- Story time
Key Stage 2
Minimum of 4 hours:
- Guided reading
- Maths (including TTRS)
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Our remote learning platform for Y1 -6 is Google Classroom.
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 have a number of laptops to lend pupils, these will be allocated to families firstly who have no access to a device, then to families where a number of children are sharing a device. This information is sought via conversations with the class teacher.
- parents can get accessing additional data by accessing the 'get help with technology' scheme. Get help with technology (Our Learning - Remote Learning menu tab)
- the school also has Vodafone data sim cards which can be accessed the same was as the 'Get help with technology' scheme.
- as much as possible, the school will be aiming to provide support with access to learning online so that pupils can access videos and other interactive resources. In a small number of cases where this cannot be done, or the needs of the children require practical resources (such as pupils with complex additional needs) we will provide paper/resource based resources.
- if pupils do not have online access, it will agreed with the class teacher how the work will be returned.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Some examples of remote teaching approaches:
- recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
- reading books pupils have at home
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
- websites which the school has subscriptions for such as Phonics Play, Times Tables Rock Stars, Numbots and Reading Planet. For some of these, the pupils have individual log ins.
- printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets) in a small number of cases
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?
- children are expected to respond to the 'register' post on the classroom stream on Google Classroom by 9.30am each day
- support your child with their learning
- encourage your child to look at their teacher's comments on work from the previous day before starting the new learning for the day.
- ensure that children ‘turn in’ their work by 3pm
- make contact with your child's class teacher if you need support (you can leave a private comment on Google Classroom or contact the school office
- establish routines at home to enable children to settle into a school day, for example, to get up, have breakfast and get dressed by a similar time every day to enable learning to be started by 9.30am at the latest. The class teacher will post suggested timetables in Google Classroom.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- teachers will be checking Google Classroom throughout the day and completing a register of work that is 'turned in'.
- if a pupil has not 'registered' or turned in any work during the morning, the class teacher will phone home. If contact is not successful, a text message or email will be sent informing you when the teacher will re-attempt contact.
- year group leaders will be monitoring the registers. One of two letters will be sent via email to any parents where there continue to be concerns - if work has been submitted inconsistently throughout the week or if work has not been completed at all.
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:
- each piece of work that is 'turned in' will be marked and returned. This will include a private comment per pupil. This may be a written comment or a voice mote.
- work is marked and returned daily between 9am and 3pm. If teachers are on PPA (half day session), teachers will inform children/parents via the class stream. If the PPA is in the afternoon, the work will be marked and returned the next morning.
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:
- shorter more frequent tasks may be set
- access may be given to the PSG Google Classroom
- activities may be set for for pupils to be collected from the school such as shoebox activities and other tasks which may address specific needs, such as those outlined on Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs)
Remote learning 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 learning differ from the approaches described above?
In the event of scenario 3 in our policy (a whole year group/class/bubble pop) which includes the class teacher being off site self-isolating as well, the remote learning will be the same as for when pupils are expected to remain at home under national restrictions (scenario 4).
When individuals are isolating (scenario 1) and class teachers are still in school teaching, they will be providing work that will be posted on Google Classroom for maths and writing. Work will be available from day 2 of isolation. For more detailed information, please see our remote learning policy.