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. See final section for information on what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating.
The Remote Curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home
For EYFS/KS1 children, remote learning will delivered via Seesaw with class meetings taking place on Teams for Skylark Class. KS2 pupils will be taught through Assignments on TEAMs.
All lessons will include teacher-led pre-recorded videos or ‘live’ sessions with the class teacher who will teach concepts and model the independent learning task as they would nomally do in school.
Daily ‘live’ sessions will be through class meetings on held on TEAMs.
Registration is held at 9.00am, followed by ‘live’ whole class feedback, followed by an explanation of the day’s tasks. 1:1 or preferably, small group ‘live’ sessions follow these whole class meetings to support as appropriate.
Class teachers hold a ‘live’ reading of the class book at the end of each day, modelling high level reading skills, ensuring that we still encourage our pupils to garner a love of reading for pleasure, as well as supporting wellbeing by enabling the class to come together daily for the shared experience of a ‘good’ story.
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. Remote learning follows learning that would usually be carried out in school to ensure curriculum coverage and progression in knowledge and skills is maintained. Teaching inputs are designed to support children in being able to carry out tasks independently. However, we recognise that this is more challenging for our youngest children.
Provision for children with SEND will be overseen and specifically monitored by the SENCO. If additional support is required and is not being provided, the SENCO will liaise with the class teacher in the first instance. The SENCO will offer advice and guidance and will ensure that additional support is put in place.
Pre-learning via FORMs quizzes will provide support for pupils.
Remote teaching and study time 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: 3 hours per day
Key Stage 2: 4 hours per day
Accessing remote education
Home learning will be accessed through Microsoft Teams in KS2 and Seesaw in EYFS/KS1.
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 have worked to ensure our children have adequate IT and internet access by taking the following approaches:
• Audit of IT equipment carried out across the school – Oct 2020
• Laptops and iPads from school issued to key families without sufficient devices, with the priority given to those working from a phone or with shared devices.
• Donation of £3000 received from the Colin Lampard Trust which facilitated the purchase of 8 new laptops
• Five recycled laptops donated by Wiltshire Digital Devices
• Two further devices secured from the second wave of DFE laptops
• Two more devices secured from the third wave of DFE laptops
If any of our families are struggling with their IT provision, they are encouraged to contact the school office in the usual way. We still have devices available for families to borrow at this time.
Engagement and feedback
Please encourage your child to engage with the daily ‘live’ sessions and the work being set. This will enable class teachers to focus on supporting the whole class. Positive engagement helps wellbeing which is crucial at this time.
- All children are expected to upload their work at the end of the day. Where this is not possible (e.g. if they have missed a day due to illness). please ensure your child’s teacher is notified.
- KS2 assignment deadlines are clearly marked.
- Children working in school may have their work uploaded in bulk by the TA to the class teacher at the end of the day.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
We have systems are in place to monitor engagement. Where there is a lack of engagement:
• Calls will be made home to establish if there is a reason for the lack of engagement, this will be thoroughly explored and support and guidance will be put in place to resolve any issues.
• The Principal will follow up any children identified on our list not routinely submitting work.
• Class teachers to call parents of children who have not been seen on ‘live’ calls for two days to enquire about their wellbeing and explore reasons for lack of engagement. Where there is no answer, the Principal will follow up with calls, emails and if necessary, a home visit will be carried out by two members of staff.
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 will be given in a variety of ways – through whole class feedback, individually marked pieces, during a ‘live’ session to the whole class and through answer sheets for pupils to carry out self assessment.
- Feedback will be ‘on the spot’ where this is possible for learners in school.
- Feedback will be given before the next lesson or at the start of the next lesson and as quickly after the task is completed as possible.
- Feedback through Seesaw will generally be written in the comment box beneath a piece of uploaded work, or recorded as an audio comment in order that our younger pupils are able to access feedback independently.
- Assignments in TEAMs will returned with either a next step in the feedback comment, or more in depth feedback within a piece of work in a student’s notebook. Please note, not every single piece of work will receive written or audio feedback since we strive to give ‘live’ feedback as we would in class.
Please encourage your child to stay engaged with the work as this will aid our ability to provide feedback that moves their learning forward and support them to the best of our ability at this time.
One of the most powerful forms of feedback is through peer support. We aim to facilitate this by:
- Encouraging the use of the class blog on Seesaw for our youngest pupils.
- Class teachers to initiate relevant threads on POSTs on Assignments for KS2.
- Use of collaborative documents in the Class Notebook for KS2.
- Use of breakout rooms.
- Small group ‘live’ sessions to help unpick misconceptions.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
If a child is isolating at home but school remains open, their class teacher will provide copies of work being covered in school via Seesaw or TEAMs and will support them by providing online resources that may help their learning.
If a bubble is sent home from school due to a positive Covid-19 test, the class teacher will switch to online learning as above.
Updated government guidance for supporting children’s remote education – updated February 15th 2021
Remote Learning Policy
Remote Learning Contingency Plan
OPS Review of Remote Education Provision – 25.1.21
Support for parents with home learning
Education Endowment Foundation: Supporting home learning routines – planning the day
7 Top Tips to Support Reading at Home – EYFS/KS1
7 Top Tips to Support Reading at Home for Key Stage 2
Read with TRUST
Talk with TRUST
Mental Health Support
Guidance on supporting children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing