Remote education provision: information for parents
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 class 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.
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.
Should there be prior warning of a national lockdown learning for the day will be uploaded to Seesaw (Year 1-6) or Tapestry (Reception) by 8.30am on the first morning of lockdown. Parents who have requested hard copies of the learning will be able to pick these up from the school by 8.30am from the drawers clearly marked with their child’s year group. Families who are shielding will have copies delivered to their home by midday. (Families living a distance from the school will receive their pack by post.
If there is little notice of a lockdown then remote learning on the first day of the lockdown maybe delayed until midday.
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some practical subjects. For example, PE has been adapted so it may take place in a small space inside. Class teachers will also make suggestions on alternative equipment e.g. making a ‘Frisbee’ from card. Alternative suggestions for exercise have also been included e.g. a local walk. Some science investigations will be modelled by staff or links made to other websites when specialist equipment may be difficult. More emphasis on investigations that can be carried out at home. E.g. In a unit on Forces and Magnets children’s practical work focused on friction using vehicles on ramps. In Art alternative mediums were suggested e.g. paint was replaced with coloured pencils.
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Early Years Foundation Stage
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
To assist parents class teachers will indicate how long each task may take.
Online remote education will be delivered via two virtual learning platforms. Seesaw for Year 1-6 and Tapestry for reception. Live lessons will be delivered via Microsoft Teams 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:
If your child does not have access to an appropriate device, please contact the school as we are able to lend laptops to families in need. If you do not have internet access please also contact the school as it can be arranged for you to have a temporary increase in your mobile phone data allowance at no extra cost.
Some children may prefer to work using hard copies of the learning. Hard copies will be available from the school on a Monday morning. This pack will contain lessons for the week. Families who are shielding may have their packs delivered either by hand or post.
Parents should return the completed learning pack to the school as they collect the pack for the following week. Alternatively, for those families whose pack is delivered completed packs should be left out ready for collection on the day of delivery.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
We expect that children will engage with remote learning for times appropriate to their age (see above) completing the work set. We expect parents will want to support their children in their remote learning but fully appreciate that they will be juggling working from home with this responsibility. It is important that good habits are developed right from the start so parents should establish routines and expectations. (E.g. getting up and dressed at an appropriate time.) If possible set up a designated learning area that is free from distractions. Ensure your child’s learning is uploaded to either Seesaw or Tapestry. Support them in acting on feedback given by the class teacher.
Seesaw and Tapestry will be checked throughout the day so that misconceptions can be addressed promptly. All work uploaded will be acknowledged by the class teacher and where appropriate feedback will be given.
If your child is not uploading their learning the class teacher will contact you and will support you in resolving the issue.
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:
All work uploaded to the digital learning platforms will be acknowledged by the class teacher and where appropriate either written or verbal feedback will be given. Your child will access feedback via the digital learning platform.
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:
Remote learning will be differentiated to meet the needs of the learner. Some children will receive a tailored learning pack to encourage independent learning. Younger children will be invited to small group live lessons to deliver targeted support.
Where there is a barrier to remote learning for a child with SEND they may be offered a place in school to learn alongside key worker and vulnerable children.
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.
Learning for children who are self-isolating will be uploaded to Seesaw or Tapestry. It will be the same learning that is being done by their peers. There may be some adaptations in practical subjects such as PE, art and science so the objective may be achieved whilst in the home. Hard copies of the learning may be delivered. Children may join their classmates via Microsoft Teams Education for some lessons.
You can access Seesaw using your child’s Home Sign In Text Code through the website: https://app.seesaw.me/#/login or by downloading the ‘Seesaw Class’ app on your mobile/tablet.
https://classroom.thenational.academy/specialist (for children with additional needs)
Sites which we use at School
Your child should already be familiar with these sites and they will have a login which may be found in the front of their reading log. If your child does not know their login then they can contact their teacher on Seesaw.
Please note you may need to find the school on these websites for your child to access them using their school login.
The school’s post code for this is CO10 0RR.
On this page we would like to offer some additional resources which you may want to use to support your child’s learning.
Please note - the use of any of these resources is optional, but we hope that you will find them useful. Please click on the icons below to be taken to links for each subject.
We are also aware that some celebrities are streaming daily activities and events for children:
We are aware children are accessing and using online facilities more than usual. There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links: