Following the full re-opening of schools to all pupils from 8th March, we are aware there may still be some children who might need to continue to access remote education. We will continue to support any pupils from 8th March, through our remote education programme, who are unable to attend school for any reason relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including any groups/bubbles of children who are self-isolating and any full/partial school closures due to local or national lockdowns.

Mrs Minihane, our Principal, has responsibility for the quality and delivery of remote education, including that provision meets expectations for remote education. Mrs Smith, our Vice Principal, has responsibility for monitoring the engagement of remote education.

Our Remote Education Policy can be viewed here

Our Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents can be found here

Curriculum Offer

The same curriculum, including our current Recovery Curriculum, will be offered to any children on site and to those who are accessing remote education. This curriculum offer follows the same sequence of learning as outlined in our whole school long term plans (which can be viewed on the curriculum pages of this website). However, there may be some slight adaptations in some subjects to ensure lessons can be accessed with limited equipment at home. For example, PE, Design and Technology, Art and Science will be planned with this in mind, but still ensuring that key knowledge and progression of learning is in place.

Digital Platform

Google Classroom will be used by our teaching staff to share lessons (pre-recorded and live), welcome videos, independent tasks, announcements/communication with their classes and to provide daily feedback. Following a survey to our parents in January (the results can be seen below), we chose to provide the majority of lessons as pre-recorded for the last lockdown period so that parents were able to work remote education around their day at home with other members of their family.

From 8th March, if your child needs to self-isolate due to COVID-19, please inform school immediately and we will notify your child’s class teacher. From the next school day, your child will be able to access remote education via their Google Classroom account. If there are full bubble/class closures due to COVID-19, some lessons will be offered as ‘live’ through Google Meet and a timetable will be shared via Google Classroom.

Daily Learning Time

Whilst children are accessing remote education, we expect daily lessons and learning activities delivered and prepared by our teachers to take pupils the minimum of:

  • EYFS: Nursery 1.5 hours
  • EYFS: Reception 2 hours
  • KS1 (Y1 and Y2): 3 hours
  • KS2 (Y3-Y6): 4 hours

Our Remote Education Offer

Your child will be taught remotely using a range of approaches:

  • Weekly Gospel assemblies and reflection time
  • Live lessons and pre-recorded lessons set daily on Google Classroom (accessed via our school website)
  • A daily ‘welcome and encouragement video’ by their teacher on Google Classroom
  • Daily phonics lessons
  • Bug Club – online reading books assigned to your child and changed online weekly – these are also logged on our GoRead app
  • Oxford Owl – online phonics books which match your child’s phonic ability
  • Bug Club – online comprehension activities
  • MyMaths – online Maths activities linked to independent tasks set in live or pre-recorded lessons
  • Times Table Rockstars
  • Numbots
  • Some recorded teaching lessons via Oak Academy linked to the year group’s area of learning (the link is accessed via Google Classroom)
  • Links to other educational websites (Eg. BBC Bitesize) linked to the year group’s area of learning (the link is accessed via Google Classroom)
  • Learning Village – EAL pupils
  • Language Angels – MFL
  • Developing Experts – Science

Pupils with Additional Needs

We continue to support pupils with SEND or pupils with English as an additional language (EAL) through our remote education programme to ensure progress continues to be made. This is through a variety of ways:

  • Weekly contact with the school SENCo
  • Clear differentiated tasks in live or pre-recorded lessons on Google Classroom
  • Access to specific subscriptions/online programmes which are targeted for your child (E.g. IDL or Learning Village)
  • Separate Google Classroom areas for each child with SEND with a range of work/activities based on current ITP targets
  • Live intervention sessions via Google Meet – arranged by the SENCo/your child’s class teacher (e.g. guided reading, catch-up phonics, number work etc)
  • Virtual support (arranged by the school SENCo) with external professionals (e.g. Speech and Language)
  • EHCP reviews carried out virtually

Wellbeing

You and your child will be contacted twice a week via a phone call to check on wellbeing, offer any support where needed and to assist with any queries regarding remote education.

If you have any urgent queries regarding remote education or access to the internet/devices, please contact school or email the year group email address and we will get back to you promptly for further support.

Safeguarding

Our robust safeguarding procedures remain in place for all children in our care.

Please see the following documents for further details:

Pupil Expectations

  • Make sure you are up, dressed and have had your breakfast ready to start learning at home. Your lessons (live or pre-recorded) will start at 9am.
  • Try to find a quiet, calm area at home to work.
  • Make sure you have your remote education exercise book and pencil with you and your device set up ready to start your learning (you may need to ask your parent to help you with this).
  • Remember: learning remotely is no different to learning in school (apart from your environment and using a device more often) – you can do this!
  • Try your best and if you get stuck, remember the different ‘self-help’ tips your teachers remind you about in school.
  • Make sure your handwriting and presentation is as neat as it is in school – take pride in your work, wherever you are! Your teachers are excited when they receive your completed work on Google Classroom.
  • At the start of each live lesson, your teacher will remind you of rules and expectations.

Parent Expectations – in addition, please view the live lessons expectations here

  • Your child/ren should access Google Classroom every day – they need your support to do this. We have ensured that live lessons do not clash with other siblings in different year groups to make it more manageable for you.
  • Your child/ren should watch their teacher’s welcome video on Google Classroom to help them access the work set that day.
  • Set a routine for school work with your child. Know when the live lessons of the day are and plan the day from there – make sure breaks and time away from the screen are planned in – this is very important.
  • We expect work set to be completed on the day it is set, and wherever possible within the school working day, this is the best routine to stick to, to keep some normality.
  • Work handed in after midnight of the day set, may not be marked by the teacher – we expect all parents to appreciate that each class teacher is teaching children remotely and on site at the same time.
  • Parental feedback about how things are going will help us support your child or you, ask for help when you need it and we will be more than happy to support.
  • We do recognise households may be sharing devices and have other work commitments, so if you need to hand in work via Google Classroom late in the evening, please email the class teacher (via the year group email address) and they will be more than happy to support.

Additional Resources for Remote Education

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Please see our remote learning documents below for further details and guidance:

COVID-19 Home Learning 19/20 Archive Documents