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Remote Learning: Information for Parents and Carers

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.


You can also read our 'Remote Learning Policy' which can be found in the 'Policies and Procedures' section of this website.


The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at 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.


What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

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.


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.


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.


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:


Key Stage 1

3 hours daily, including:

  • Year 2 - 20 minutes live maths with Class Teacher 
  • Year 2 - 20 minutes live English with Class Teacher
  • Year 1 and R - 20 minutes pre-recorded maths with Class Teacher
  • Year 1 and R - 20 minutes pre-recorded English with Class Teacher
  • Year 1 and R - 20 minutes live phonics with Class Teacher

Key Stage 2

4 hours daily, including:

  • Years 3 to 6 - 20 minutes live maths with Class Teacher
  • Years 3 to 6 - 20 minutes live English with Class Teacher


Accessing remote education


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

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.


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:


  • Parents have been asked about their computer and internet and access. This has then informed our next steps with application for the DfE laptop scheme and new data/router scheme.
  • Any child who does not have remote access will be provided with a school laptop to ensure that no child is left without support. 
  • We have access to SIM card data to support families with access issues.
  • Teachers maintain regular communication with parents about remote learning materials and will provide paper copies of materials, where required.


How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:


Some examples of our remote teaching approaches:

  • live teaching (online lessons) via Microsoft Teams
  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences


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?

  • Where possible, it is beneficial for young people to maintain a regular and familiar routine. Waddesdon Village Primary School would recommend that each ‘school day’ maintains structure. A copy of the year group timetable will be put on to Teams/Tapestry and the relevant class web page as a guide.
  • If possible, when a year group bubble is isolated, the children will be sent home with their home reading book and an exercise book for English and maths – this is so that work that children complete at home can be kept safe, ideally in their exercise books, and can be brought back to school when safe to do so. 
  • Should anything be unclear in the work that is set, children can communicate with their teachers via the ‘Chat’ function on Microsoft Teams. Parents can communicate with class teachers via the school office email.  
  • Parents are encouraged to support their children’s work, by viewing the work set together, and then making appropriate plans to complete the work.  This can include finding an appropriate place to work and, to the best of their ability, supporting pupils with work, encouraging them to work with good levels of concentration.
  • Every effort will be made by staff to ensure that work is set promptly on appropriate platforms, but school cannot guarantee that the chosen platforms will work on all devices. If accessing work is an issue, parents should contact school promptly and alternative solutions will be made available (e.g. paper copies of work).  These will be discussed on case-to-case basis.


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

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.


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. 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. 


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 (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.


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, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

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 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.