Remote Learning during Lockdown
The information shared on this page is designed to support parents and students to understand the remote learning offer at our academy. What is expected of the academy, what is expected of the students, and how it all works. More in-depth detail has been provided to parents throughout the year through letters home and news updates, however, this page serves as a reminder of key points.
If you have any questions at all, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send any staff a Dojo message.The remote curriculum
What is taught to pupils/students at home?
The academy will endeavour to deliver the full curriculum to children, in line with what teaching would be in place should we be at the academy in person. Our curriculum offer will remain broad, balanced, and mirror the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum.
Whilst we will cover the subjects, there may be some adjustments that need to be made to the existing curriculum for more practical subjects (such as PE, Art, Design Tech and Music). These lessons may be taught individually or through a themed approach (e.g. World War 1). We thank you for your support and patience with this.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first few days of isolation?
Initially your child will be sent home with any materials they will need to complete work set online, including workbooks. We will continue with using the platform Class Dojo as our main platform to deliver your child’s online learning. This is our main method of children receiving and submitting weekly homework and therefore your child will be confident using it.
In the first day or two your child’s class teacher will engage on Class Dojo stories and messages to ensure everyone is connected. The core subjects of Maths and English activities will be the focus and these will most likely be tasks which the children are comfortable completing and not new learning. We appreciate the pressure switching from in school to online learning creates and therefore this transition period is important to us.
Your child’s class teacher or class support staff will be contacting you within the first 48 hours of bubble closure to ensure your child is ready to begin their online learning journey.
In the instance that children need to engage in remote learning, due to self-isolation, bubble closure or whole school closure, the academy will work hard to ensure that no child is left without work to do in the immediacy. Pupils will be able to log into Class Dojo and access their lessons and work resources.
Pupils will have access to teachers for support and guidance at set times within the normal school day hours. Please see section 2 in accessing remote education below for questions about access at home.Remote teaching and study time
How long can I expect work set by the academy to take my child?
The minimum amount of time remote education should be in practice for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) is 3 hours per day. This may be less for younger children. For Key Stage 2 children (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6) this is increased to 4 hours per day. This includes both live lessons or pre-recorded video, the work pupils are set after these as well as other sessions such as times-tables practice and reading.Accessing the remote education
How will my child access the online remote education?
Pupils will be able to log into and access Class Dojo and access their lessons and work resources. They are used to using Class Dojo to access their homework. Please login here https://student.classdojo.com/#/login
If my child does not have access to online learning at home, how will you support us?
Where pupils do not have access to internet at home, we will be in contact to discuss the support available for either a place in the academy, support we can offer to provide internet access at home or paper-based resources.
We will do our very best to support any children without access to a device or internet at home with the support to rectify this. We are doing this through the offer of the use of a device at home and access to the internet though a sim card. If we are unable to rectify this then a child without internet or device access is able to attend our on-site provision, in line with the government guidance.
For students waiting for a device or internet, with no online access, paper based work is set in line with the usual curriculum, which can be picked up from school and can be returned to the school for marking when they return to the academy in a safe environment for all.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We will use a variety of approaches to teach pupils remotely, best suited to circumstances, topic and age. We will be ensuring that all years have a combination of live check-in sessions with their teacher, pre-recorded lessons and tasks set. Early Years will have lessons delivered through Class Dojo.
Engagement and feedback
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide?
Your child must log on to Class Dojo each morning at 9am to greet their teacher and begin the online work that is being set for them through the day. Children must take part in the lessons and watch any recorded videos that their teacher has created and complete the independent task immediately. Then this work is to be submitted through their Class Dojo portfolio.
We expect every student to engage in lessons as they would in the classroom, and similarly our staff will be checking student understanding in the same manner as well. This could take the form of online quizzes, marking/assessment of assignments or work returned by email or other apps, or in-class engagement.
Student behaviour practices are expected to be in line with those within the academy, and additional rules will be in place for things such as microphone and camera use, raising hands, or class conversation when using MS Teams.
We know that strong parental engagement is important to make this successful, and therefore we will endeavour to communicate regularly with you around how the remote learning is going. We will be there to offer support on how to access the information remotely around resources, lessons and your child’s attendance, behaviour and engagement.
We ask that you support your child by creating a quiet place for them to attend lessons at home, and do not record any lessons for your own use due to GDPR and data protection.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
We will be checking in with children during lessons and online-check-in sessions to ensure we have a good overview of their understanding and engagement. Online quizzing and assessment tools also help us to see how many children are actively engaging in lessons, and as always we will be monitoring attendance.
If there are any concerns we will ensure we are in contact with you as parents and carers by telephone or email- update as necessary.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
We will be assessing your child’s progress through work submitted daily via Class Dojo, engagement through questions in lessons, using online quizzing/marking tools and other work returned by email/other agreed communication. This will help us identify needs of the individual or needs of the class quickly and effectively.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
Your child’s teacher will provide your child with the same learning content that they are teaching in school however it will be uploaded before the school day for pupils begins. The teacher will then be able to assess your child’s work and give feedback by the end of the day or the following morning before providing the next day’s work.
If you have any questions or need support with Remote Learning please contact the school asap.
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support 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:
- Access to paper-packs if preferred.
- School places for pupils with an Educational Health Care plan.
- 1-1 live sessions for pupils struggling if requested.