Remote Learning

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This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

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?

Immediately available to all pupils will be:

  • An overview of their learning for that week in class along with activities linked to these themes.
  • Pages of their Power Maths workbooks to complete (Year 1 – Year 6)
  • Spelling books for KS2 pupils
  • A list of recommended websites, apps and activities that pupils can complete independently to support number skills, reading and physical activity.
  • Sent home with up to two guided reading books. Future books will be available using our online reading platform
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 and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, we will not be delivering RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) lessons remotely. Instead, we will move forward other topics and units and will resume this content on return to face-to-face teaching. The same will happen should pupils be studying subjects that requires specific in-school resources, e.g. specific computing programmes or technology tools.

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 that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Primary school-aged pupils

In line with national guidance, a minimum of three hours.

KS2: Generally, this will be split into 1 hour of maths, 1 hour of English (including phonics and spelling) and 1 hour of topic work

KS1: Generally, this will split into 1 hour of maths, ½ an hour of phonics, ½ hour of writing and 1 hour of topic work

EYFS: A series of short activities to be completed during the course of the day. This will include a phonics and a maths lessons lasting 15-20 minutes each.

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

We will continue to use the following digital platforms and online tools for delivery and assessment.

EYFS

·       Tapestry

·       Oxford Owl Reading

Year 1

·       Tapestry

·       Oxford Owl Reading

Year 2

·       Seesaw

·       Oxford Owl Reading

Year 3

·       Seesaw

·       Times Table Rock Stars

·       Big Cat Collins e-books

Year 4

·       Seesaw

·       Times Table Rock Stars

·       Big Cat Collins e-books

Year 5

·       Google Classroom

·       Times Table Rock Stars

·       Big Cat Collins e-books

Year 6

·       Google Classroom

·       Times Table Rock Stars

·       My Maths

·       Big Cat Collins e-books

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:

Lend tablets to pupils who do not have electronic devices at home

Please contact the school office on 01603 746857 or office@queenshill.norfolk.sch.uk should your child require this support. A home-school user agreement will need to be signed.

Lend devices that enable an internet connection

To be confirmed, this is something we are looking into as a school presently.

Provide printed copies of work and any materials required for learning at home

Please contact the school office on 01603 746857 or office@queenshill.norfolk.sch.uk should your child require this support. Alternatively, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Provide feedback over the phone to pupils who do not have online access

If your child is completing work on hard copies, these can be returned to school. These will be quarantined for three days and then given to the class teacher who will then provide feedback to your child over the phone at least once per week.

How will my child be taught remotely

Depending on the age and key stage of pupils, we use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • Recorded teaching (both videos/ audios made by teachers, as well as those made by other sources such as Oak National Academy)
  • Live teaching (online lessons)
  • Power Maths textbooks (Y1-6), CGP textbooks, workbooks (Year 6) and reading books pupils have at home.
  • Some commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, for example ‘My Maths’ in Year 6.
Engagement and feedback

We expect all pupils to engage with remote education on a daily basis. Whilst we acknowledge that some days may be more challenging for families to complete set tasks, we expect the minimum requirements to be met (i.e. a daily phonics/reading activity, maths and a topic learning job). The prerecorded videos and live lessons should support pupil engagement.

We expect parents and carers to support children in setting routines to support their learning. Your child’s class teacher will provide you with a suggested daily timetable which we recommend you follow to help to keep your child in a good routine. If parents/ carers are struggling to meet these expectations, we would expect you to make contact with your child’s class teacher so that we can identify support that we can offer.

 

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

We will be checking pupils’ engagement with remote education daily and a register of this engagement will be maintained. In addition, for live teaching sessions a register will be taken of those in attendance.

Where engagement is a concern, we will contact parents and carers either by telephone or the email address you have provided to the school to identify ways in which this can be improved.

 

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:

Tapestry

Written comments via the Tapestry platform will be sent once per day

Seesaw

Written or audio comments sent via Seesaw will be sent once per day

Google Classroom

Written comments sent via Google Classroom will be sent once per day

Live teaching

Instant feedback will be provided to students during live teaching either verbally or using the chat facility (if operational).

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:

  • Identify how IEP targets can be met and supported at home when writing pupil IEPs
  • Provide differentiated learning tasks, scaffolds or other resources to support pupils to complete tasks set for them as independently as possible
  • For those pupils in Nursery, Reception and Year 1, a minimum of one personalised learning video will be sent to the family from the class teacher focusing on a specific area for development for that child
  • For those attending Nurture sessions, contact will be made via telephone by a member of our Nurture team once per week

Some pupils may be provided with additional manipulatives or resources to take home to use during remote learning. This will be at the class teacher’s discretion