Remote Learning at Home- 2021 National Lockdown
So that pupils and their parents know what to expect from their school when they are required to remain at home, the Department for Education (DfE) requires schools to publish information about their remote education provision on their websites by 25 January 2021.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home?
Following the first day or so of this (and any other lockdown), children will be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school. Some subjects are more challenging to teach remotely (PE, Music*) but we will endeavour to deliver our usual broad and exciting curriculum in as much as the normal way as possible.
(*See our new page with musical resources from the Diocese of Leeds here.)
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
Please use the tabs for your child's year group to see an overview of how long the work set by their teacher should take.
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
In the EYFS and KS1 (YR-2), we will use Tapestry as our main method of delivering online learning for children during the period of National Lockdown. Tapestry allows teachers to upload videos and resources for children to use for lessons at home, as well as allowing them to comment on pictures or videos of work that have been submitted by parents.
As younger children often need a guiding hand from an older sibling or parent in getting themselves organised, we will pre-record many of our lessons for EYFS and KS1 so that they can be started at a time that suits each family's circumstances during the day. We will supplement our learning videos with password protected Zoom video conferences for live interactions.
If you are experiencing any problems, accessing your child's Tapestry account please email email@example.com with your child's name and any email addresses you would like linked to their account.
Children in KS2 (Y3-6) will use Google Classroom and Google Meet to access their online learning.
Children in Year 3 have only just started to use Google Classroom to support their learning and although we are able to loan devices to any family that needs them, some children may be using a device which they are not familiar with, or that is shared with another person. For this reason, their day will be a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions.
All children in Years 4,5 & 6 have access to 1:1 technology in the form of Chromebooks and they have taken their personal device home with them so that they can access their remote learning on Google Classroom throughout the day.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We will use a range of different approaches to teaching, including a mix of:
- live teaching (online lessons)
- live 'Chat & Share' sessions to share and celebrate work
- recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers)
- textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
- printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
Staffing and support for children accessing remote learning online
Each year group team will have one member of staff designated as 'onsite' teacher, who cares for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. The other teacher will be the 'home-learning teacher' and is responsible for the online learning. These roles will be regularly rotated between staff. Each year group team will also be supported by their usual teaching assistants, who will either support children in school or those who are learning online, depending on need.
Marking and feedback
Teachers will use a mix of feedback methods appropriate to the task set and the age of the children which may include:
- posting the answers to a task for children to mark their own work
- posting questions for discussion on the Google Classroom 'Stream'
- verbal feedback to the class during live sessions
- written feedback posted as a comment on Tapestry or a personal comment in Google Classroom.
Our expectation is that all work submitted through Tapestry or Google Classroom will be acknowledged by staff (e.g. with a verbal or written 'Thank you', a 'like' or an emoji) with one piece of work per day being given written feedback to encourage and support children.
Feedback on work will generally be given by the 'home-learning teacher' or, if they are working at home, one of the designated teaching assistants for your year group. However, your own class teacher will be able to see all the work submitted and will keep an overview of what your child is doing at home.
The designated 'home-learning teacher' will also be available to support children from either class during the day via Tapestry and Google Classroom. They will also be able to support or answer questions from parents via email or telephone.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
In a very similar way to the way we do in school. We will look at the children's work, listen to the responses that they give in live sessions and ensure that the work we set allows them to demonstrate the appropriate skills and knowledge in that subject.
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
We ask that parents:
- Set a clear routine with each child using the timetable and the daily learning set by their teacher.
- Read all communications from school to ensure they are fully aware and up to date with news.
- Provide access to the learning offered for their children and let the school know if they need help with devices or with accessing the internet.
- Support their EYFS & KS1 children by uploading pictures of completed work for assessment and feedback using Tapestry in EYFS & KS1.
- Support their KS2 children to log into Google Classroom and encourage them to complete all of the learning set.
- Contact their teacher or the school and seek support on behalf of their child when needed.
Guidance for joining live meetings & zooms:
We ask that before allowing your child to join the zoom meeting you:
- Make sure that a parent/ adult or sensible older sibling will be nearby at all times
- Ensure that your child is appropriately dressed (not PJs) and not in their bedroom
- Help them to mute their microphone when they join the meeting
- The meeting host will be able to turn off the video or microphone of anyone who is behaving inappropriately.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Teachers will monitor those children who are not engaging with home learning and liaise with parents as to how best we can support them.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
All children in Years 4,5 & 6 have access to 1:1 technology in the form of Chromebooks and we are able to loan internet enabled devices (laptops, Chromebooks or i-pads) to families in need. Please email Miss Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to borrow a device.
Schools are now able to request free mobile data increases for families who don't have broadband at home and can't afford extra data for devices. Three, Smarty, Virgin Mobile, EE, Tesco Mobile & Sky Mobile are all taking part in the scheme. To request the data increase, please email Mrs Shabankareh (email@example.com) with the following information:
- the name of the account holder
- the number of the mobile device
- the mobile network of that device (for example Three)
If you have any questions about our remote learning approach, please contact either your class teacher or Mrs McDonnell (Curriculum and Learning Lead)
Google Classroom Tour and Tutorial for parents
Tapestry Online Learning Journal - How to Guides for Parents