Information for Parents

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first few days of pupils being sent 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.

Daily suggested activities posted on Tapestry. On-line reading books allocated.

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 and will resume this content on return to face-to-face teaching. The same will happen should pupils be studying subjects that require specific in-school resources eg specific computing programs.

How long can I expect work set by the school 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:

In line with national guidance for primary aged pupils, a minimum of three hours

EYFSA series of short activities to be completed during the course of the day. This will include a phonics and a maths lessons lasting 15-20 minutes each. Play
Year 1 and 2Generally, this will split into 1 hour of maths, ½  hour of phonics and reading, ½ hour of writing and 1 hour of topic work. Play

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

We will continue to use the following digital platforms and on-line tools for delivery and assessment:

  • Tapestry
  • Daily Zoom calls
  • Big Cat e-books
  • Oxford Owl e-books
  • Purple Mash
  • Phonics Play
  • Planning and resources will also be added to the school website.

If my child does not have digital or on-line assess 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:

  • Lend iPads to pupils who do not have access to an electronic device at home. Please contact the school office on 01553 671552 or to arrange this. A user agreement will need to be signed.
  • Lend devices that enable an internet connection. We will confirm as we are currently looking into this.
  • Provide printed copies of work and any materials needed for learning at home. Please contact the school office on 01553 671552 or to arrange this. This can then be collected from the front entrance of school.

Provide feedback over the phone to pupils who do not have online access. If your child is completing hard copies these can be sent into school each Monday. They will be quarantined for 3 days and then given to the class teacher who will then provide feedback to your child over the phone at least once a week.

Depending on the age and Key Stage of the pupils, we use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • Recorded teaching both made by the teachers themselves as well as those made by other sources eg BBC Bitesize.
  • Daily Zoom calls
  • Independent tasks for the children to complete

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support we as parents and carers should provide at home?

The school expects all pupils to engage with remote education on a daily basis. Whilst we acknowledge that some days may be more challenging for families to complete all the set tasks, we expect minimum requirements  of a daily phonics/reading activity, writing and maths to be met as well as joining the Zoom call.  The pre-recorded videos should support pupil engagement.

Routines are important to support learning. Teachers can suggest a daily timetable in line with that in the classroom. If parents/carers are struggling to meet these expectations, we would expect you to make contact with your child’s class teacher so that we can identify support that we can offer.

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

We will be checking pupils’ engagement with remote education daily via Tapestry and a register of this engagement will be kept. In addition, for the daily Zoom calls, a register will be taken of those in attendance.

Where engagement is a concern, we will contact parents and carers either by phone or email to identify ways in which this can be improved.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress? Written comments will be sent via Tapestry.

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

  • Provide differentiated learning tasks, scaffolds or other resources to support pupils to complete tasks set for them as independently as possible.
  • Individual Zoom calls to work on targets from their Individual Learning Plans.

Contact from the SENco to support learners and parents.