Information for parents
This information is intended to help parents understand what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect when individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home
What should my child expect from immediate remote education on the first day or two 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.
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, art, DT, music and PE lessons might be adapted according to the resources required and the extent to which they are available at home.
Remote teaching and study time each day
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:
- EYFS (Nursery and Reception) – two hours a day
- KS1 (Years 1 and 2) – three hours a day
- KS2 (Years 3-6) – four hours a day
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All work is accessed online via Google Suite for Education.
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:
- Every child at the juniors has a school issued Chromebook.
- Families of vulnerable children are contacted and offered a Chromebook.
- Families who do not have an internet connection can apply to Alex Roe, SENCO, for support.
- Families who do not have the technology to access the work online can apply to the SENCO for printed copies.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Nursery – a weekly schedule of work is emailed to parents and there are two live lessons each day.
- Reception – a weekly schedule of work is emailed to parents and there are two live lessons and a video of the teacher reading a story each day
- Year 1 – there are two live lessons a day and a daily schedule of work emailed to parents the day before. All work is also uploaded to Google Classroom.
- Year 2 – 6 – there are three live lessons a day. All work is uploaded and submitted via Google Classroom.
Engagement and feedback
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
We expect children to display the same level of engagement in their remote learning as they do in their school based learning.
We will provide parents/carers with a clear timetable and will work in partnership with them to ensure that they set routines to support their child’s education
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Staff will check pupils’ engagement with remote education at the end of each taught session and at the end of each day.
When we have a concern about a pupil’s engagement, this will be shared and next steps put in place to address the concern
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
A range of methods will be used to assess and feedback on pupils’ work: whole-class feedback; marking of online work; shorter quizzes and formal marking
Pupils will receive daily feedback on their work
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
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:
We will ensure that there is regular communication between home and school so that families can deliver remote education for pupils with SEND
Work set will be suitably scaffolded to ensure that pupils with SEND are able to access the work fully.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, they will not receive live lessons, but they will receive the same work as children in school.