During periods of national school closure or if your child/ family are asked to self-isolate in line with Government guidance, it is vital that your child has the opportunity to access their learning at home so that they do not fall behind and we would ask for your support with this at these times.
As such, the following section of our school website contains useful links and information on how to support your child at home. Information such as timetables for the day will be shared with you through Class Dojo for Reception and Key Stage 1 and Class Learning email accounts for Key Stage 2. Please do check this regularly for updates that your child's class teacher may send.
Please call the school on 01902 558627 if you need any support to enable your child to access their learning. Alternatively you can contact the teacher through Class Dojo if your child is in Reception or Key Stage 1 or through the Class Learning email accounts, which can be found below, if your child is in Key Stage 2.
Children in Year 2 to 6 can access their times table activities through TTRockstars.
Your child can access their reading book through Oxford Owl
Frequently asked questions
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
During the school year, there may be times where your child(ren) will need to access their learning remotely for example when school is closed or if your child needs to self-isolate. On such occasions, your child’s class teacher will continue to teach and support your child in a range of ways to enable them to learn from home. This will depend on the year group that your child is in but may include you and your child accessing their learning through Microsoft Teams, Education City, TTRockstars or Rising Star reading for example.
Your child will already have log in details for the above packages but as always you are able to contact us on 01902 558627 or by using Class Dojo or the Class Learning email depending on which year group your child is in.
If your child is new to us and has not yet received their log in details, please do contact us on 01902 558627 or again by using Class Dojo or the Class Learning email depending on which year group your child is in.
When the decision for remote learning to be accessed has been made, usually your child will be able to access their learning the same day. Information such as a timetable and guide on how to access learning will be sent to you by your child’s class teacher through Class Dojo or class email accounts so please do keep a look out for this important information!
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, in PE and music as we understand that children learning from home may not have access to some of the resources required for lessons.
How long can I except 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:
- Reception - Approximately 2-3 hours
- Key Stage 1 - Approximately 3 hours
- Key Stage 2 - Approximately 4 hours
This may vary depending on individual circumstances as appropriate in liaison with parents, the child and school staff.
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Your child may need to access their learning through:
- Microsoft Teams
- Education City
- Rising Star reading
- TTRockstars (usually children in Year 2 to 6)
Information for each year group will be sent to parents via class email accounts and Class Dojo.
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:
We have already sent a survey to parents to establish who may not have a suitable digital device or online access at home. We understand that sometimes circumstances change so please do contact us on 01902 558627 or by using the class email accounts to let us know.
We do have a small supply of laptops in school that your child may be able to lend if there is no device in the home. We will contact you by email or phone to ensure that your child is able to access their learning from home when school is closed or your child/family are self-isolating. If a device is lent, a loan agreement will need to be signed by you and the laptop should be returned when your child returns to school.
If your child has no access to the internet, we may be able to support access through providing a Vodafone SIM card that has 30GB of data for 90days available for use for children to access their learning.
If your child is unable to access their learning online, please contact school so that we can provide support for them to do so or an alternative where appropriate.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Some examples of remote teaching approaches:
- live teaching (online lessons) through Microsoft Teams
- activities shared through Class Dojo by your child’s class teacher
- recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, YouTube videos on our YouTube channel)
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences such as the BBC, Oak Academy, Education City, TTRockstars and Rising Star Reading
- printed paper packs (e.g. worksheets) where appropriate
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
Your child should engage with their learning each day for example:
- On Microsoft Teams: this means that your child should join the lessons available to them each day following their home learning timetable and submit work through Teams for each lesson.
- On Education City: your child should complete the activities set and submit the work by the date stated by your child’s class teacher.
- On Rising Star Reading: your child should access their reading book at least once per week. ARE WE NOT USING NOW??, WHAT ARE WE DOING FOR READING??
- On TTRockstar: your child should complete their timestable activities at least once per week
- In EYFS when accessing Microsoft Teams and Class DoJo: your child should complete their activities each day and submit the work as agreed by the class teacher. This could be in the form of a photograph of the work completed.
It is important that your child is well supported to engage with their learning each day and we thank parents for encouraging their child to access their learning. We will provide parents with a timetable that they can follow with their child so that there is a routine similar to that in school that the children can follow.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are any concerns?
Each day, we will monitor that your child is engaging with their work both by attending the lesson/accessing the activity as well as by monitoring the submission of their work. If your child has not attended lessons, we will call or text you to see if we can support your child with accessing their learning. We understand that sometimes there may be valid reasons where your child cannot engage with their learning that day for example if they are not well. In these instances, please call school to let us know so we can provide you with advice.
If your child is regularly not engaging with their learning, we may call or text you to share our concerns and offer support. If your child continues not to engage, we will explore the reasons why and try to find alternative ways of supporting them to engage with their learning. In some cases, it may be that we are able to accommodate your child in school if they are vulnerable.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
- Feedback from the teacher verbally during live lessons each day
- Feedback from the teacher written in the chat during live lessons each day
- Feedback from the teacher written on work submitted through the Teams channel
- Feedback via Class Dojo in response to work submitted
- Feedback through digital packages such as scores achieved
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:
Our SENCO, Mrs Robinson, is available as always to provide support for your child when they are learning from home. Please do call or email school to let us know if you would like further support or guidance.
Individual work programmes may also be delivered to ensure that your child’s needs are meet.