As you may be aware, schools are required to have a remote learning plan in place so that any child who cannot attend school because of COVID-19 does not miss out on their learning.
Our remote learning plan
Our remote learning plan has been made with our pupils and their families in mind. We believe that this strategy will work best for the children at our school.
The children will be expected to access 3 online lessons per day. In addition to this they will be expected to complete their learning independently and work can be submitted to teams or tapestry as appropriate.
The days learning is flexible as we are conscious that we have many families with multiple children at our school potentially accessing their learning on a single device.
We will be recording lessons and providing live feedback every day. Children in years 2-6 will access this via teams, and children in Year R & 1 will continue to use Tapestry.
Learning resources in the form of videos, quizzes and assignments will be provided either on teams or Tapestry as mentioned above, and children should have received their logins via Arbor.
Teachers will be available for feedback daily for any questions or problems with the work set. Work submitted on Teams will be marked weekly and any quizzes are automatically marked and scored.
What you’ll need at home
Both MS Teams and Tapestry can be accessed on all internet enabled devices, such as a laptop, desktop computer, tablet or smartphone. Where possible we would like children to submit their work on MS Teams or Tapestry (depending on their year group). If you are unable to do this, a clear photograph of the work uploaded would suffice. If you do not have internet access or a suitable device for your child to access remote learning please contact the school so we can either provide a pack of home learning or a suitable device to enable your child to engage with the learning
* Any loaning of school equipment is limited and will be subject to a loan agreement.
What we expect from your child
It’s important that your child engages with home learning and keeps to any timetable provided where possible. During lessons and feedback on MS Teams, it is important that your child has their camera turned off and their microphone muted. Any questions can be either written in the chat box for the meeting, or the child can use the ‘raise hands’ function to get the attention of the teacher, who can then unmute them to ask the question. If they aren’t engaging with the learning, we’ll use the following strategies to provide additional support:
> Phone call home
> Increased communication to identify any technical issues
What you can do to help
We appreciate that this situation may present some challenges for you. We kindly ask for your support so that we can continue to provide high-quality education for your child during this time.
Younger children in particular may need support in accessing online materials and staying focused with their remote learning. We ask that you help them as much as you can. At the same time, we don’t expect you to watch your child all day, and we wouldn’t expect parents/carers to get involved in remote lessons in place of our teachers. But, it would be really helpful if you can take an active role in your child’s learning by asking them about their day and what they’ve learned.
Our top tips:
Try to encourage your child to be ready and dressed for the start of the school day, and to keep to their timetable. As our timetable is flexible, it is still important that you try and create and stick to a routine with your child. Where possible, set up a working space for your child/ren to regularly work Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, and make it clear when the school day is over, to separate home and school life Plan breaks and exercise into the day to help keep your child active.
Come on children, get reading!
A study by the Institute of Education at the University of London has found that children who read for pleasure perform significantly better at school than those who read less. It was shown to improve performance in vocabulary, spelling and maths tests. Parents, you can find out more about the study at http://www.ioe.ac.uk.