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St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School a Voluntary Academy

Remote Learning

Remote education provision: information for parents

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

During day one and day two, a learning timetable will be posted to the class pages of the school website of on Google Classroom with the accompanying work explained and any needed resources included. The teacher’s email address will be on the same page and parents should use this to send in the completed tasks or to ask any questions about the work.

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 plan to teach the same range of subjects as we would in school in line with our long term plan. Some of the planned activities may need to be altered due to the fact these activities are having to take place at home.  This will be via a variety of means including live sessions, recorded videos and written explanations.

During any periods of lockdown, the remote learning offer will mirror the provision of those children, attending face to face in school, who are eligible to attend under the DfE guidance on critical worker/vulnerable children.

 

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:

For EYFS, there will be up to 3 hours work per day provided. This will include some online activities, but the majority will be learning that can be developed through offline practical activities and play.

For KS1, there will be a minimum of 3 hours of work per day provided – this will constitute daily English, Maths, Phonics and at least one other subject.

For KS2, there will be a minimum of 4 hours of work per day provided – this will constitute daily English, Maths and at least one other subject, along with daily reading and the learning of spellings and/or basic Maths skills (e.g. times tables)

 

Accessing remote education during a period of lockdown

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

Your child will have received login details for ‘Google Classroom’. We use ‘Google Meet’ to host live sessions and deliver recorded lessons. Children can access school Gmail and classes are also able to access ‘Purple Mash’. Further details are shared either in Google Classroom or on the class pages of the website.

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:

 - We have a  small number of devices available from the Government to help support access from home. Teachers will communicate closely with families to troubleshoot access issues and escalate concerns to Senior Leaders for allocation of these devices.

 - A variety of different types of work (live, videos, downloaded documents etc) are used in order to provide options for families. 

 - Printed copies can be organised for collection

 - We can also provide pupils with stationery and writing materials if needed. Again, parents should contact the school office if any resources are needed. 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • We use a variety of approaches including

 - live teaching (online lessons)

 - recorded teaching (e.g. White Rose Maths hub, Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)

  •  - downloadable documents via the website

 - reading books pupils have at home 

  •  - commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  •  - Half termly project work and/or internet research activities
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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?

We expect your child to complete all the tasks set each day to the best of their abilities. We understand that balancing supporting your child’s education with your own work commitments may be difficult, but the more support and encouragement you can provide for your child, the better the quality of their home learning experience will be. The children benefit greatly from structure, so you should aim to get them up and ready to start work at normal school time where possible.  Give them a quiet space to work, regular breaks and support them with any questions they may have. If you have difficulty understanding what to do for a task or finding the best way to support your child, please get in touch with your child’s class teacher. All email contacts are available on the website. 

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

  • Teachers log contact from families (either via live sessions, email contact etc) daily.
  • Teachers will phone parents after 2 days without contact. Following this contact, if engagement doesn’t improve, the Head of School will contact families.
  • If the teacher fails to make contact, the Head of School will immediately try to contact parents.
  • The Head of school will speak to families to offer further support and if necessary consider home visits, signposting to other agencies, offering emergency provision in school etc.  

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:

  •  - Children will receive feedback (individual/group/class feedback as appropriate) for all work sent to school via email and phone contact.
  •  - Teachers will use the collection of work provided to continue to assess progress and log this on the school’s internal assessment system as usual.
  •  - Teachers will use a variety of ongoing assessment tasks (mini tests, quizzes etc) which will form part of the planned daily tasks at different times within the home learning period.
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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 (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:

The work set will be tailored to the needs of your child with SEND, so that the explanations given, responses required and resources used are suited to your child specifically.

Sometimes, additional practical resources may be needed to support home learning, such as counting equipment, fine motor resources, etc. and school will endeavour to provide these and get them out to families wherever possible.

For younger pupils, a mixture of online and offline activities will be included in the daily offer, that can allow for both supported and independent learning. For example, some activities may be mainly play-based, some may require watching a story or video on screen, while some may require adult modelling and closer supervision.

Other strategies that may be considered where there is a need is for teachers or support staff to contact parents of pupils with SEND for occasional 1:1 remote sessions with the pupil concerned, either via telephone or online. 

  • Teachers will personalise the tasks provided appropriate to the needs of the learner
  • Teachers will use provision identified in EHCP’s where possible to provide appropriate activities/tasks if these pupils need to be at home
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  • Parents can contact the class teacher or SENDCo for support with home learning. Our SENDCo's email address is sarah.clementis@bcwcat.co.uk
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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. This is also the case during lockdown scenarios, when some pupils are at home and others are in school because they fall into the ‘vulnerable’ category or their parents are critical workers.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above? 

In these circumstances, the teacher will be teaching in class most of the time. As far as possible, the children self-isolating will complete the same tasks and lessons as those in school. Some use of live sessions may be possible. However, the teacher will make email contact with families to discuss how best to manage this circumstance. 

Support from Bradford Libraries.

Please take a look via the link below at how their story sessions and other events and resources can support reading at home. Please contact them also if you would like to borrow books from the library service during this period.

Click here.

 

Other useful Remote Learning resources:

Oak National Academy

BBC Bitesize