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 students 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?

Our school remote learning strategy* has clear information about the remote learning provision that will be provided due to the circumstance that has led to children not accessing face-to-face teaching. This includes: a child self-isolating, bubble closure and whole school closure.

On the first day of moving to remote learning, teaching staff will share home-learning expectations via the class’s ClassDojo page. This will include:

  • early years: watching Numberblocks and Alphablocks, counting and sorting activities, singing nursery rhymes and listening to stories
  • key stage 1 and key stage 2 (years 1-6): teachers will set work that the children can access on Mathletics, Times Table Rockstars (TTRS), and spellings

Following a whole school or bubble closure, all children will have the opportunity to access live sessions through Microsoft Teams.

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?

Our curriculum is planned and sequenced to ensure that new learning continually builds on prior learning. When moving to remote learning, teachers will continue to teach our planned curriculum to ensure that our children continue to progress through the curriculum. Therefore we will continue to teach a broad and balanced offer that mirrors the curriculum and timetabling that would be delivered in school.

This will include:

  • the use of White Rose Maths resources to support the delivery of the maths curriculum
  • the use of Read Write Inc (RWI) resources to support the teaching of phonics in early years and key stage 1
  • access to high-quality texts from our reading spine to deliver the English curriculum
  • the use of other platforms such as Oddizzi & Developing Experts that support our curriculum delivery

However, not all curriculum content is appropriate for home-learning and there may be circumstances when a class teacher may need to adapt the content of some subjects. For example, in art we may change the focus to ensure that children will have access to resources at home e.g. clay modelling altered to junk modelling.

Assemblies are an important part of our PSHE curriculum and will therefore continue remotely.

Remote teaching and study time each day

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

In line with the Department for Education’s requirements, our remote education offer will take:

  • key stage 1 pupils: broadly 3 hours each day
  • key stage 2 pupils: broadly 4 hours each day

The hours will be made up of:

  • daily live sessions through Microsoft Teams – A minimum of one live session will take place daily for all pupils from EYFS to year 6. The time allocated to the live session will be dependent on the session’s focus and the age of the children.
  • recorded teaching e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers, links to other suitable websites such as Oak National Academy lessons, RWI, YouTube
  • websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences e.g Developing Experts, Oddizzi, Kapow, Mathletics and TTRS
  • independent activities
  • assemblies

Accessing remote education

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

Children will receive their education through a mixture of videos, live sessions and independent activities set by their teacher and supported where necessary by a parent/ carer.

A daily Sway will be created by the teacher which contains the day’s home learning. These will posted on the ClassDojo page. Teachers will invite children to class meetings which will take place using Microsoft Teams. Any parents needing technical support with this, are encouraged to contact the class teacher via ClassDojo.

Any resources needed for independent learning tasks will be found on ClassDojo. Certain year groups or individuals may be provided with a resource pack to support learning at home.

Children will be able to submit their work through their individual portfolio on ClassDojo.

Parents and children will also be able to communicate with the teaching staff using the message or comments features on ClassDojo or through email/ telephone directly to the academy where appropriate.

We understand that some pupils, particularly pupils in reception and year 1, may find it difficult due to their age to learn remotely. We will endeavour to make live sessions and independent learning fun, engaging, practical and accessible and offer any advice necessary to support parents.

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:

Device loan

The academy has a small number of devices that can be issued to children who do not have an electronic device or have multiple children who are sharing one device. Laptops and iPads will be loaned out from the academy with a receipt system.

Internet access

Any families struggling with internet connection can contact the academy or their child’s class teacher to discuss options. SIM cards with prepaid data are available for families to use for accessing remote learning. We may also be able to signpost parents to schemes that will allow them to access more mobile data.

Paper copies

If printed materials are needed, these can be collected from school by prior arrangement. If this is required, parents can contact the class teacher. If children do not have online access and use printed materials, this can be brought to school when a new printed materials pack is collected.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • a daily live session through Microsoft Teams
  • recorded teaching e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers, links to other suitable websites such as Oak National Academy lessons, RWI, YouTube
  • websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences e.g Developing Experts, Oddizzi, Kapow, Mathletics and TTRS
  • where required, printed paper packs produced by teachers e.g. workbooks, worksheets
  • independent activities will be set for children
  • all resources will be uploaded onto ClassDojo via a Sway with guidance and a suggested timings
  • assemblies

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?

Engagement and attendance

We understand that everybody’s individual family circumstances are different and therefore we understand home-learning will need to work around your day. In order to have the best chance at learning, children need to be engaging in remote learning and we encourage all children to complete work set and attend as many of the live sessions as possible.

We do monitor children’s engagement with work and attendance at the live sessions so that we can support where necessary where there is a lack of engagement. If you are concerned with your child’s home learning and engagement, you should contact your child’s class teacher.

We understand that some families are sharing devices between siblings and the academy has tried, where it is possible, to timetable live sessions so that they do not clash with other classes.

Parental support

Please encourage your child to attend their sessions where possible and complete any learning tasks. A good routine can be maintained through following the suggest-ed timings and working through the Sway uploaded by your child’s teacher.

Communication

Teaching staff will monitor ClassDojo throughout the day and will respond to questions or comments regularly. Uploaded work will be ‘approved’ by teachers and TAs daily and feedback will be given as necessary. Teachers will continue to have Planning, Preparation and Assessment time (PPA).

Parents can communicate with staff via ClassDojo or the school office and can expect a reply within 24 hours during the academy’s normal opening hours. The first port of call for any questions or queries should always be to 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?

Staff will monitor engagement through attendance at the live sessions, the work submitted to portfolios on ClassDojo, through comments and messages via ClassDojo and regular phone call conversations. If your child is not engaging with the remote learning, we will call you to see if there is any support needed and discuss any concerns or anything we can do to help.

We understand that some pupils, particularly pupils in reception and year 1, may find it difficult due to their age to learn remotely. We will endeavour to make live sessions and independent learning fun, engaging, practical and accessible and offer any advice necessary to support parents during fortnightly welfare calls.

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. Our approach to feeding back on pupil’s work is as follows:

  • teachers will provide daily individual feedback on an identified piece of work (English/ Maths) for children in years 1-6. Teachers may provide praise on some pieces of portfolio work. In EYFS, feedback will be provided through individual comments on the children’s uploaded pieces of work
  • whole class feedback will also be provided on the ClassDojo story or through teacher videos or during live sessions in response to learning
  • feedback may also be provided through quizzes marked automatically using Microsoft Forms
  • answers to questions may be provided for children to self-mark

Additional support for students 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:

  • any pupils with SEND will be provided with work to support with their own individual targets and work across curriculum. Appropriate resources, scaffolds and teaching strategies will also be provided appropriate to their needs
  • all pupils who have an educational health-care plan (EHCP) are invited to access the vulnerable children provision
  • the special educational needs co-ordinator (SENDCo) will oversee the provision provided for our children with SEND to ensure it meets the needs of the child

We will also continue to support those children and families that we already work closely with to ensure appropriate support.

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?

The only differences will be that:

  • live sessions will not take place over Microsoft Teams for self-isolating children. In place of this, staff will check in weekly by phone for any questions you may have. Questions can also be posted on ClassDojo and correspondence can be expected in a timely manner
  • activities for learning will be set in the activity section on individual portfolios on ClassDojo. These will mirror the learning from the classroom

Flow chart

You can also find a flow chart below.

Remote learning flow chart for parents