Home Learning - What do we do?

Since the introduction of remote learning during the pandemic, we have learned a great deal about what works, and we have put in place a good level of learning support so far. The learning resources we have on our website provide good standard support packs for any child who is absent from school.

The government has refined the expectations of what we should provide for pupils who are absent due to COVID19, and our policy will now reflect this:

Pupils who are absent from school should receive remote learning which is in line with the lessons they are missing in school. Our aim is to minimize the impact of lost learning due to the period of absence from the classroom, so that when the pupil returns to school they are quickly up to speed with the learning in class. Therefore, for English and Maths in particular, we must provide both input and activities which reflect the planned learning in the classroom for that period.

The professional standards for teaching are as relevant to teaching from home as they are in school, therefore it is important that we present ourselves appropriately, and consider the background image that we show to our pupils, and potentially parents as well.

Individual Pupil Absence Remote Learning Policy

  • We should ensure that remote learning support begins from Day 1 of their absence
  • We use Google Classroom (GC) as our main learning platform
  • We will provide a laptop to the pupil if required
  • We provide a timetable of learning for the pupil at home, which includes a daily English and Maths lesson plus one other subject
  • We will provide an input video for each English and Maths lesson which has been produced by Oak Academy or White Rose. Activity resources may be either from Oak Academy or White Rose or which may be the same sheets used in class
  • We will encourage the pupil to share examples of their work with you via GC and teachers will provide feedback via GC.
  • Regular check ins with the pupil and the family will be made by the teacher through GC and by the welfare team by phone

Whole Class Absence Remote Learning Policy

  • We should ensure that remote learning support begins from Day 1 of their absence
  • We use Google Classroom (GC) as our main learning platform
  • We will provide a laptop to the pupil if required
  • We provide a timetable of learning for the pupil at home, which includes a daily English and Maths lesson plus two other subjects
  • We will provide an input for each English and Maths Lesson, either as a ‘live’ lesson or using one produced by Oak Academy or White Rose.
  • If on that day the input is by video, then the class teacher will provide a separate live session in the form of a start of the day meeting to establish the expectations and answer any questions
  • We will encourage pupils to share examples of their work via GC and teachers will provide feedback via GC.
  • We will carry out a register of pupil engagement each day and follow up any unexplained absences
  • There will be at least two adults working together for any live lessons to provide learning support, behaviour support and safeguarding reassurances.

 Remote Learning during national lockdown

  • We use Google Classroom (GC) as our main learning platform
  • We will provide a laptop to pupils if required, and internet access via a data SIM card
  • We will provide a timetable of learning for the pupil at home, which includes a daily English and Maths lesson plus two other subjects
  • We will provide an input for each English and Maths Lesson, either as a ‘live’ lesson or a recorded lesson from school or one produced by Oak Academy or White Rose.
  • We will have two live lessons each day plus links to recorded lessons
  • There will be at least two adults working together for any live lessons to provide learning support, behaviour support and safeguarding reassurances.
  • We will encourage pupils to upload their work via GC and teachers will provide feedback via GC.
  • We will carry out a register of pupil engagement each day and follow up any unexplained absences
  • Paper copies are available for all who request packs - pick up from school or home delivery if needed
  • Wednesday afternoon learning will be focussed on non screen learning, which facilitates shared family activities or individual creative tasks. See Wonderful Wednesday tab for ideas,

Frequently Asked Questions

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:

FS Children 2 hours a day of practical learning, videos and online sessions (in reception year)

KS1 children Up to 3 hours a day, including reading, quizzes and online lessons

KS2 children Up to 4 hours a day plus reading time

 

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

Our policy sets out what we will provide children to support their remote learning. However this will rely on your support and encouragement at home. We hope that the live and recorded sessions will also provide support and answers for parents, as well as the input for the children. We do understand the pressures that this may bring to families and we will work with you to overcome these where we possibly can. Watch this video to hear our expectations on how to manage the workload.

 

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 laptops that we can lend to families to support learning. These may be requested through school following this link. We can provide a data SIM card to support the provision of internet access where needed.

We produce a paper pack of the worksheets covered each week for those who will benefit from this.

Reading books may be swapped each week from the school library window

 

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

Registers are taken for each live lesson, and all work uploaded by pupils are recorded. This allows teachers to understand how pupils are engaging with their work. This is reviewed each week and any pupils who are not engaging are identified and then phone calls home are made by our Welfare Team. We do know that some of you prefer to focus on the paper packs that we produce each week and we keep a record of when these are collected. If they are not picked up we will again contact home to check on well being.

 

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. We will also be using the Star reading assessments to monitor reading progress.

 

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. All pupils with an EHCP have been offered a place in school. Where this is not taken up we provide adapted learning for these pupils, either as additional/adapted work packs, or as additional online sessions. This information is shared on your child’s Google Classroom page.