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Remote learning 2021

Spring Term 2021

Following the Government announcement on Monday 4th January, we are working hard to ensure that learning can be delivered in school to vulnerable learners and children of Critical Workers who have no other arrangements for keeping children at home and to all other children remotely through our interactive Google Classroom platform.

In order to facilitate this way of working, we will be combining year groups, so that children will be taught in school and online by teachers and teaching assistants from their year group, who are familiar with their curriculum and children's individual needs.

 

For pupils learning at home: 

  • Pupils will need to log onto the google classroom platform each day to access their learning activities.  

  • The class teacher will be uploading new content daily. (In line with the remote learning policy for children completing isolation periods).  This will include appropriate explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher or through high-quality curriculum resources including videos.

  • In Key Stage 2, it is expected that children will be engaging in the work provided by their teachers for 4 hours a day including 30 minutes of reading daily.

  • In Key Stage 1, it is expected that children will be engaging in the work provided by their teachers for up to 3 hours including 15 minutes of reading daily.  

  • In Reception, it is expected that children will engage in the daily phonics, literacy and maths activities and do 15 minutes of reading per day.  Teachers are also providing daily challenges to give ideas for child led learning activities.  

  • Children can complete the tasks online, on paper or practically as appropriate. These can then be submitted back to the class teacher by uploading the documents on google classroom or taking a photograph or video of the tasks completed.

  • Class teachers and TAs will be checking and marking the returned work throughout the working day to assess engagement and progress.  They will provide feedback to pupils which acknowledges effort and supports further learning as appropriate.

  • Teachers will endeavour to respond to queries and work submitted as soon as possible, but there may be delay in this due to their other teaching commitments.

  • School staff will monitor engagement and follow up with families who are not engaging, to address any difficulties and ensure that children and their learning are safeguarded.

  • The remote curriculum delivered will follow, and as closely as possible mirror, that which is being delivered in school.

  • Teachers will communicate with and support parents whose children have additional needs which make accessing remote learning more challenging. We will make our best endeavours to support these children in continuing to make progress in their learning.  In addition, parents can refer to our Building Blocks materials for further help and ideas.

  • If families are having difficulties accessing the online platform due to technology issues, they can contact the class teacher or school office to discuss solutions.

  • Parents are welcome to communicate with class teachers via the Google Classroom platform or by telephoning school to discuss any difficulties or concerns that they have with remote learning.

 

Children offered an ‘in-school’ place:

  • ‘In school’ learning places are for full time provision only to ensure the continuity of teaching and learning in each group. 

  • Classes in the same year groups will be combined to create a bubble, taught by the year group staff.

  • The children will be taught the same content as the pupils learning at home. 

  • We aim to provide a quality of education as close to normal as possible.

  • The government's isolation and testing regimes must be followed for children in school.

 

It is vital, during these disrupted times, that children keep as much routine as possible with their learning.  Follow our top tips to get the most out of their Home Learning.  It is also important to follow the online safety guidance below.

 

Home Learning Top Tips

  • Ensure that you follow best practice for online safety - know what your child is accessing and who they are communicating with. (For more guidance see our online safety section)
  • Establish a routine for Monday to Friday, that includes the usual refreshment breaks and a good balance of physical activity and sitting down to work.
  • Allow your child some say in the order that work is completed, but once decided, it must be stuck to - don't allow negotiation throughout the day.
  • If there is one subject that your child finds harder than another, do that one first, while they are fresh, and get it out of the way.
  • Do everything you can to remain positive and praise effort more than achievement.
  • Some children may need the timetable visually - it can help to tick things off when they are done.
  • Work towards a reward (TV time, game time etc) that can be reduced if time is wasted or there is not enough effort being put in.
  • If possible have an allocated area for working away from distractions.
  • Do not have TV or radio on during work time - music (preferably without words) is OK, but talk and lyrics can be very distracting.
  • Ensure that you are all getting quality sleep - no screens before bedtime.
  • Keep a water bottle to hand so that your child can stay hydrated without lots of 'I need a drink' distraction.
  • Use the interactive platform to stay in touch with your child's teacher and alert them to any difficulties.

Online Safety

Online safety is of paramount importance, especially as children are doing more and more online.  These are the sites that the government are recommending for parents to access for more information:

 

Children should know how to raise concerns while online

 

Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online includes:

  • Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
  • Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
  • Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
  • Internet Matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
  • London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
  • Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
  • Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
  • UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services

 

Government has also provided:

Home Learning Autumn Term 2020

We are working hard in school to ensure that learning can all be delivered in the classroom.  However, in the current circumstances, we can't guarantee this, and must follow all of the guidance around Test and Trace and self-isolation to ensure that we keep our school community safe.

 

There are therefore various circumstances in which Home Learning may become necessary

 

Individual children away from school awaiting test results

In this circumstance, we would expect children to be away for just 2-3 days.  We encourage you to:

In addition, children in Year 1 should practice number bonds to 10 (make 10) and Children from Year 2 upwards should practice times tables when their number bonds are secure. Use 'hit the button' to do this. 

For reception children, learning should be play based - focus on talking, developing the ability to express ideas in full sentences, and counting games.  There are some great ideas on the Hungry Little Minds website.

Links to all of these websites and others which have games, activities and ideas can be found below.

 

Individual children away from school isolating for 10 or 14 days

Children will be provided with workbooks for daily work in English and Maths.  These need to be returned to school when the child returns.

We encourage you also to:

In addition, children in Year 1 should practice number bonds to 10 (make 10) and Children from Year 2 upwards should practice times tables when their number bonds are secure. Use 'hit the button' to do this. 

For reception children, learning should be play based - focus on talking, developing the ability to express ideas in full sentences, and counting games.  There are some great ideas on the Hungry Little Minds website.

Links to all of these websites and others which have games, activities and ideas can be found below.

 

If a child needs some support with the work, please contact school, but do be aware that teachers will be in their classrooms all day, so will not be able to get back to you immediately.

 

Whole classes (bubbles) away from school following Public Health England advice to the school

Teachers will be uploading daily work to the Google Classroom and children should be logging on each day to access their work.  Teachers and Teaching Assistants will be available online to offer support. This will usually be from the second day of isolation.  For the first day, use:

It is vital, during these disrupted times, that children keep as much routine as possible with their learning.  Follow our top tips to get the most out of their Home Learning.

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