Remote Learning FAQs
Key information for parents about remote education provision can be found below. Please click the headings to reveal the information.
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What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
In the first instance, your child will be set learning tasks to complete using our online resources including White Rose Maths, TT Rockstars, Spelling Shed etc. They will also be directed to online lessons or video resources, which may include Oak National Academy or BBC Bitesize. Links to online resources will be made available via your child’s Seesaw account. Paper copies of work to complete whilst the online provision is being prepared for will be provided where possible. We will aim to have our full online provision available from the second day. You will also receive information by letter or email about our remote education plans.
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 will need to make the following adaptations:
- Science investigations or any work which may require specialist equipment will need to be adapted.
- PE – there will be suggestions for being active but this will not be the full curriculum.
Art / Design if specialist equipment is required.
Please note that these are examples and are not intended to be an exhaustive list.
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
We expect that our remote education provision (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
- Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 = 3 hours
- Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 = 4 hours
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
We use Seesaw and Microsoft Teams to support online learning for pre-recorded and live sessions. All children have accounts set up and passwords allocated for both platforms. Your child has been shown how to use Seesaw and how to access Teams. You will also have received information to help you support your child with this.
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:
- If your child does not have access to appropriate technology, they will be offered a laptop or Ipad if needed. You will be given a time to collect these, or arrangements will be made for delivery to the home. You will be asked to sign for the loan of the device and will have the opportunity to ask for support in setting this up.
- In the event of a family not having sufficient access to broadband at home, school will explore the following options: approach the DfE regarding the acquisition of mobile routers or applying to selected data providers to see if it is possible to extend the family’s mobile data allowance.
- Our primary aim will be to use the above systems to ensure that you have online access. In the extremely rare occasion where access to technology is still not possible, you will be invited to collect and return paper packs to school. This is only offered as a last resort. These may be collected from the school office, or if this is not possible, delivered to your house.
- Completed work can be brought or sent back to school. Alternatively, if the work is delivered to your house in person, then completed work can be given at that point.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following methods to deliver our blended approach to remote education:
- Weekly timetable for all classes, with focus on reading, writing, maths, spelling, phonics, health, wellbeing, fitness, and cross curricular topic / wider curriculum
- Live timetabled sessions using Microsoft Teams with Teacher and TA
- Pre-recorded lessons using Seesaw
- Learning activities set via Seesaw. This may include a link to a resource or webpage.
- Links to Oak National Academy lessons where these match what we are teaching in school.
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
- Live and pre-recorded teaching of phonics and small group work (including use of RWI resources)
- Access to reading books to be changed via appointment with the school office
- Recorded story time –either teacher recorded or from an external resource.
- Links to our online resources including TTRockstars, MyMaths, Spelling Shed, NESSY
- Information for parents to support learning at home
Each class will use a combination of the above listed methods. The delivery method needs to be age appropriate so the exact combination of these techniques will depend on this. School will provide additional resources to support learning if required e.g. line guides, flash cards, paper. This will depend on the timescale involved and the content to be covered.
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
- Parents / carers need to ensure that their child is accessing remote learning.
- Your child is expected to complete the work set please.
- Where your child is invited to a live session on Teams, they are expected to attend. Where they do not attend, we will send an email or make a phone call to you to find out the reasons and to ensure that this happens please.
- Parents / carers are expected to support their child’s learning, including ensuring that they are available and online for any live sessions.
- You will receive information about what we expect during live sessions. Could we please ask that parents / carers ensure that your child follows these expectations.
- Parents / carers are asked to inform the teacher if their child will not be available for any particular activities and the reason for this – as they would if their child was absent from school (e.g. illness, medical appointment)
- It is a parent / carer’s responsibility to ensure children are completing work and sending this back (via Seesaw where at all possible) to teachers please for marking and feedback.
- In order to monitor and track engagement, teachers will keep a daily attendance register of pupils logging into live sessions and a checklist of work submitted.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Teachers still retain their ‘duty of care’ and will be in touch with families if children haven’t been seen engaging with their work. We would appreciate parents/ carers letting teachers know if there is a particular reason why their child can’t access work on a particular day (e.g. home working arrangements which mean that live access would be difficult). If children are not seen online or not returning work then teachers will call parents to discuss this with them to ensure that there is no risk of missing education. Lack of engagement will be tracked and monitored and a member of the senior leadership team will contact families to offer help and support.
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 work is as follows:
- Verbal feedback on Seesaw
- 1-1 replies within Seesaw
- Written feedback on work uploaded on Seesaw
- Live celebration sessions via Teams
- Weekly shout outs for the whole school
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 SEND, may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:
- If your child has special educational needs and/ or disabilities, we will speak to you directly about their support. They will continue to be supported by the adults who work with them in school through live sessions or additional recorded information. This work will match what they would access in school as far as is practicable. There might be some circumstances where this is not possible, but we will speak to you directly about this.
- Where appropriate, different tasks and activities will be sent to children with specific SEND requirements to enable them to learn at a pace suited to their needs.
- For younger children in Reception, we will invite them to some live sessions in small groups for phonics and small group work. We will also send information about activities you can do at home to support your child. This will include some pre-recorded lessons and stories.
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. Please see our Remote Education Plan on the above link for full details.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
The offer to self-isolating pupils where the rest of the class is in school will not differ from those methods mentioned above. Work will still be supplied and expected back each day of the isolation, unless there is another reason this cannot be done – i.e.: medical appointment or illness.
If working at home there may be an opportunity to live stream with the class and join in the session in real time but only when this is appropriate.