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Home Learning due to school closure - January 2021

Welcome to our Home Learning page.  Within this page you will find seperate tabs for each year group.  The overview of the home learning will be uploaded under these tabs.  The home learning will also be uploaded to your child's Google Classroom.  Also on Google Classroom, you will find clips of your child's year group teachers introducing learning to the children to enable them to access the set work.

There will also be clips of the teachers reading stories to your children should they wish to listen along to the class book or novel.

Remote education provision: 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.


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?

Our schools have remote learning policies and contingency plans in place that will result in home learning being made available within the first day or two of pupils being sent home to self-isolate. This will be provided by email for individual pupils who need to self-isolate and via Google Classroom for whole cohorts. If high numbers of staff absence means that we are unable to provide this immediately, we may send home textbooks, exercise books and/or worksheets whilst we work to implement our remote learning offer.

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 may use resources to help you with education at home that we may not usually use in school. We are aware that children can find it harder to concentrate when being taught remotely so we may divide content into smaller chunks or may ask children to spend more time focusing on developing their existing knowledge and skills.

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:

Key Stage 1

A minimum of 3 hours per day

Key Stage 2

5 hours per day.

This will include: grammar/writing, mathematics, spelling, reading and wider curriculum subjects

 

Accessing remote education

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

  • Home learning instructions are posted to our school websites and on to Google Classroom.
  • Instructions are available on the website as to how to access Google Classroom, but you are welcome to contact us if you have any further enquiries.

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:

Our schools can provide laptops to pupils where they have no access to a device at home. Please contact our school offices if you would like to borrow a laptop for your child.

Our teachers will also be able to discuss any access issues with you during their regular contact calls.

The DfE guidance states that any pupils unable to access the remote education offer at home can attend school throughout the Lockdown period. Please contact your local school if this is the case.

We are aware that many mobile data providers are increasing their data supply during the school closure period to help pupils with internet access. Please contact them directly for advice.

We are also able to provide printed copies of any materials through our school office and you are welcome to return completed work for feedback if your child is unable to access Google Classroom.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • “live” online sessions via Google Meet – these will take place daily. The aim of these sessions is to help children to feel connected to school, their teachers, and their classmates. The teachers will also explain some of the work that has been set for the day
  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers) Where new learning is being introduced teachers will either record or find a clip that models the new learning clearly for the children.
  • an overview of the day’s learning as planned from our school curriculum content will be provided, which will include planned activities or worksheets
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences

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?

There is lots of information available on our school websites about how to support your child with their home learning.

We understand that home learning can be very difficult and many of our parents and carers will be juggling home education with a whole range of other pressures. Please talk to your child’s class teacher when they call if you have any concerns.

We would encourage children to take part in some home learning every day and to attend the morning Google Meet sessions.

Try to maintain a similar routine to a usual school day but don’t forget that many children will not be able to maintain the same level of concentration during remote learning as they would when in school. Our teachers are working hard to ensure that the home learning set aligns with our school curriculum and are mindful of the need for it to be engaging for our pupils.

Children learn through play and there are many fun activities that you can do at home that support learning and do not require any technology. Work can still be completed in the children’s exercise books; it does not all have to be done on the computer. Spend time outside every day if you can.

Reading books and stories together is a valuable and enjoyable way of learning for all ages.

If you are unable to access Google Classroom the work will still be published on the school websites. We will also provide paper copies if required.

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

Teachers will see pupils every day in the Google Meet session and will select examples of work to highlight during these sessions

Work that is uploaded to Google Classroom (or given to school if Google Classroom cannot be accessed) will be marked and feedback provided.

 Teachers will maintain contact with parents and carers regularly by telephone. You are welcome to raise any questions or concerns during this call.

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 from teachers will aim to be positive to keep your child motivated.

Teachers may also offer one thing to remember for next time. e.g. “Remember to start your sentences with capital letters.”

Teachers will consider opportunities for ongoing assessment as part of their planning

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 SENCo will provide guidance for teachers about provision for pupils requiring additional support and will act as liaison between home and school to ensure that pupils’ needs are being met.

Additional resources and learning materials may be provided.

Families may also receive more frequent calls from our wider team including our SENCo and Learning Mentor or Learning Support staff.

Expectations for Online Learning

As we are providing live Google Meet sessions, we must remind parents that we must continue to safeguard our pupils. Therefore, please ensure: 

Parents and children do not repost live or recorded meetings on social media; 

Any computers used for live-streamed lessons should be in appropriate areas; for example, the living room or family kitchen. 

Language must be appropriate whilst your child is in a live meeting; other family members may be on the phone or in another room. 

Staff and children must wear suitable clothing, as should anyone else in the household.

E-safety

Please use the links below to access free resources for completing work on on-line safety.  Under the circumstances, reminding children about on-line saftey is more important then ever.  

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)

Please see the following website for further home learning ideas:

https://www.escapefromhome.co.uk/

Scroll down for the free ones

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflNxNM0jzbZJjUqOcXkwhGTfii4CM_CA3kCxImbY8c3AABEA/viewform

Harry Potter based virtual escape room which is good for observational skills, making links, Maths conversions etc... - aimed for Years 5 and 6

https://www.weareteachers.com/easy-science-experiments/

Some interesting Science ideas that can be done at home that do not require specialist scientific equipment.​

https://www.themathsfactor.com/ 

The Maths Factor is currently FREE for everyone to support childrens’ continued learning at home for the duration of the UK Schools closure period. 

 

Online Education Resources

An extensive list of resources available, free of charge, to support children’s education at this time. 

The list includes subject-specific resources for:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education

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