This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about 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 where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
Each Class Teacher will upload a weekly timetable to their Class Team on Microsoft Teams/Tapestry and on the ‘Class Pages’ section of the school website, detailing the outline of the week ahead. This timetable will mirror that being used in school (during lockdown for vulnerable children and those with Key Worker parents, as well as since September). Links to websites will appear on this timetable, as well as references to learning platforms, such as Oak Academy. Task sheets, by day, will be uploaded to ‘Class Pages’ of the school website at the beginning of each week as well as appearing in the ‘Files’ section of their Class Team.
Messages to clarify work and expectations will be sent using the ‘Chat’ function on Microsoft Teams/via Tapestry. Any parental questions or concerns must go via the school office.
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school, wherever possible and appropriate.
Our remote teaching is provided via Microsoft Teams. Through daily video calls, teachers use a curriculum sequence which provides high-quality online resources, live lessons and teaching videos. Our staff share their screens to provide frequent, clear explanations of new content. Children are set daily assignments that are meaningful and ambitious in a number of different subjects in order to maintain a broad and balanced curriculum. The children upload their completed work via Teams and adult feedback will be given.
In EYFS and Year 1, Microsoft Teams is used to deliver daily live phonics sessions. Daily, Maths and English videos are pre-recorded by our EYFS and Class 1 Teacher and uploaded to Tapestry. Tasks are set, handed in and marked via Tapestry.
We have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, the use of the Oak Academy website for links to Topic lessons.
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Key Stage 1
3 hours daily, including:
Key Stage 2
4 hours daily, including:
As a school, we are using Microsoft Teams and Tapestry for our remote learning. Alongside this, we are using:
Purple Mash, Times Table Rock Stars, Numbots, Bug Club and Oak Academy.
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 use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Some examples of our remote teaching approaches:
All work completed and submitted (via Teams and Tapestry) will be marked/read/appreciated by the year group team, with feedback and comments provided in a timely manner. Should there be an issue with understanding, a member of the year group team might make a phone call to the family concerned for clarification. We will also contact families if it is clear that engagement is limited or non-existent, to offer our help and support.
Bi-weekly phone calls will be made to vulnerable families and children with SEN.
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. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
For some pieces of work, we will acknowledge it has been completed with a positive comment. For others, the answers may be provided so that it can be marked ‘live’ at home, for instant feedback. Other pieces of work might entail a slightly more detailed comment, with tips for improvement and editing, as we would in school. Teachers and LSAs will respond to submitted work in a timely manner, and may not be available immediately.
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEN), 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 recognise that home-schooling your child may be challenging if your child has Special Educational Needs. Your child’s teachers and LSAs will provide additional guidance and support when necessary, to ensure your child can access the remote learning tasks, differentiating work and providing additional resources and guidance where appropriate. The same is true of younger children, for example those in EYFS and Year 1.
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 feeling unwell and unable to concentrate on their work, children will not be expected to complete any tasks. If awaiting test results, or are isolating but feeling well, they can access a weekly PowerPoint, detailing links to Oak Academy and these can be located on the Class Pages section of the school website.
Children are also encouraged to use platforms such as: TTRS, Numbots, Bug Club and Purple Mash.