Curriculum

Remote Education

Remote Learning Intentions

In line with the DfE expectations, we will be providing remote education for the children to access the full curriculum to the best of their ability. All children will be accessing their timetable and resources through Class Dojo, alongside their live ‘Zoom’ core subject lessons. Every Friday, by 4:30pm, class teachers will publish a suggested timetable and completed resources for the following week’s learning. Packs will also be printed off for parents to collect from 1:30pm on a Monday and will be available throughout the week. Resources for lessons on a Monday morning will either be provided in the previous week’s packs or will be paperless.

Staff within each year group will also be providing daily live ‘Zoom’ lessons for Maths and English – times of these will be clearly highlighted in the weekly timetable and Zoom Meeting details will be shared on your child’s Class Dojo page. It is expected that your child attends these remote live lessons as they will provide rich learning opportunities for the children, mimicking in-class teaching in-line with the national curriculum.

The Government’s DfE guidelines state that, for those pupils learning remotely, KS1 pupils (children in Years 1 and 2) are expected to access 3 hours of learning each day, whilst KS2 pupils (children in Years 3-6) are expected to access 4 hours of remote learning each day. In accordance to this, it is important that we work together as best we can to adhere to these guidelines, ensuring that all children are continuing to learn during this uncertain period of time, enabling them to make the progress that is expected.

 

Home / School Contact

Throughout the week a member of staff from your child’s year group will be in contact with you either via Class Dojo or by means of a telephone conversation to see how your child is getting on if they haven’t been registered to attend the live lessons and/or received the assigned work via Class Dojo. If there are further concerns around your child’s attendance to the live virtual lessons or the amount of work that is being submitted, a member of the Senior Leadership Team will contact you to see if there is any further support that we can give you and your child. If you are not available, we will leave a message to let you know that we have called. We fully appreciate how difficult the task of supporting your child’s learning is at home and will do everything we can to support you through these challenging times.

 School will:

  • Be responsible for contacting parents if their child isn’t accessing the live lessons and/or uploading assigned work.
  • Keep in regular communication with families who are struggling to access the remote learning and offer the appropriate support.

Parents will:

  • Ensure that contact is made with their child’s class teacher if they are struggling to access live lessons and/or upload completed work to their child’s Class Dojo portfolio.
  • Be open to communication between home and school.

 

Live Lessons (Zoom)

Teachers will be delivering live Zoom lessons daily for Maths and English. These will usually be held in the morning but sometimes they may be taught in the afternoon as well. It may not be your child’s class teacher delivering the lesson but will be another teacher in their year group. It is really important that you look through your child’s timetable carefully and make a note of the timings for the live Zoom lessons each day. All teachers will be working on a rota system, sharing the in-school and remote provision between them, so your child will be able to see their own class teacher at some point over the coming weeks.

Children will also have a live P.E. lesson with Coach Jake once a week. As a school, we value maintaining children’s physical health, which is more important than ever in these strange and uncertain times. By providing live coaching sessions, this will give your child an opportunity to get active, valuing the importance of physical health through utilising the personalised coaching that Jake has planned for each year group. It is also a great opportunity for all children to engage in remote learning alongside their peers, gaining constant input and feedback throughout the session.

Zoom meeting details will be shared on your child’s Class Dojo page so that you can access all live lessons from home. The outline of expectations for Zoom sessions which are as follows:

  • Please change your Zoom name to your child’s forename and initial so that teachers know who they are admitting. This should not be changed from your child’s name at any point throughout the lesson, unless the teacher specifies otherwise.
  • Your child should be dressed, not in pyjamas.
  • Videos need to be turned on so that your child can be seen. If your child however struggles with the concept of joining Zoom with their video on, please do liaise with your child’s class teacher to inform them of this.
  • All children must mute their microphone upon entering the Zoom meeting. They will be asked to unmute their microphone if required throughout the lesson.
  • Adults should remain within the room with their child to monitor their behaviour and to ensure that they are on task, but should not appear within the video.
  • Your child should be sat against a wall or in an area where adults or other children are not able to be seen walking past.
  • Your child should not eat whilst they are on Zoom (snack times will need to be planned in before and/or after the live lessons).
  • Your child must be focused and engaged in the learning throughout the live lesson.

 School will:

  • Plan for and deliver daily live lessons via Zoom.
  • Create live lessons that replicate in-class sessions, as best as possible.
  • Plan in opportunities for breakout rooms to provide scaffolded learning and tailored support for all pupils, including those with SEND and EAL.
  • Ensure that lessons are in-line with the National Curriculum, include clear, high-quality modelling, and allow for sufficient progress to be made according to each pupil’s attainment.
  • Ensure that lessons are appropriately resourced and that resources are made available to children and parents so that they can be used alongside each lesson.
  • Ensure there are opportunities for feedback throughout the live lessons.

Parents will:

  • Ensure that their child is set up with the appropriate technology to be able to access the live Zoom lessons.
  • Support their child with accessing the live lessons, daily, and its content.
  • Monitor their child’s behaviour and concentration during the live lessons.
  • Be on hand to support their child with their learning accordingly.
  • Upload evidence of their child’s completed work onto their Class Dojo page.

Children will:

  • Continue to be resilient learners!
  • Be respectful of all members within the Zoom lesson, including the teacher, LSA and peers.
  • Engage in the live lessons fully and complete their work to the best of their ability.
  • Be courageous in trying something different and asking for help within the live lessons, if and when needed.
  • Learn from the advice and feedback given within live lessons, making changes where needed.

 

Teaching videos

Occasionally, a member of staff from your child’s year group might post a pre-recorded video to support with your child’s learning. These videos could be related to their phonics learning, handwriting practise, foundation subject learning, or even act as a class “story time” video where your child can enjoy listening to their class story/book being read to them by their teacher. All pre-recorded videos will be uploaded to your child’s Class Dojo page for you to access.

Your child’s class teacher may also post video links for YouTube lessons as well as ReadWriteInc. Phonics videos. Please make sure that you are watching these, if asked, as they are recommended resources that will support with the understanding and engagement of your child’s learning.

School will:

  • Pre-record videos to support with their pupils’ learning.
  • Upload any pre-recorded videos to the relevant Class Dojo pages.

Parents will:

  • Ensure that their child has got the appropriate technology to access the videos online.
  • Utilise the videos accordingly to support with their child’s learning.
  • Check their child’s Class Dojo page regularly for any updates.

Children will:

  • Engage with the videos uploaded to support with their learning.
  • Remain focused.
  • Try their best.

 

Social Development

As well as assigned learning times, Year Group Teams are also introducing whole class ‘catch up’ meetings to try and combat some of the social isolation your child may be feeling and address any teething problems that may be occurring from the online lessons. This is to further nurture the class relationships and to re-establish class links and camaraderie. Some teachers may share a story, some may have their own conversation starters or use it, as we would in school, as a class ‘Twitter Time’! These ‘catch up’ meetings will be led by your child’s class teacher.

Meeting times and details will be shared with all parents via each child’s Class Dojo page.

 School will:

  • Arrange for regular contact to be made with vulnerable pupils.
  • Plan for weekly ‘catch up’ meetings with their classes with a focus on allowing opportunities for social interaction between pupils and their peers as well as fostering relationships between pupils, their class teacher(s) and support staff.

Parents will:

  • Support their child with accessing the live ‘catch up’ meetings, ensuring that they have got appropriate technology set up to facilitate joining the Zoom meeting.
  • Monitor their child’s behaviour and focus throughout the meeting.

Children will:

  • Continue to be respectful to their teachers and peers.
  • Engage in positive conversation.
  • Be compassionate towards others if/when they are sharing their thoughts and feelings.
  • Show our value of friendship by listening and being kind to others.

 

Learning Tasks

All tasks and resources can be found on your child’s Class Dojo page. Resources for lessons on a Monday morning will either be provided in the previous week’s packs or will be paperless. Copies of these remote learning packs will also be printed off and can be collected from outside the school office for families who haven’t got access to a printer at home.

School will:

  • Upload resources to Class Dojo in time for the week of learning commencing.
  • Provide high-quality resources that support the learning intentions within the live lessons and beyond.

Parents will:

  • Continue to support their child with their learning, using the learning outlines and resources provided.
  • Use Class Dojo to upload evidence of their child’s completed work.

Children will:

  • Continue to try their best and remain focused on their learning.
  • Complete all tasks to the best of their ability.

 

Feedback

Once tasks are completed, you will need to upload these to your child’s Class Dojo portfolio (see ‘Tapestry’ outline for pupils in EYFS).  Teachers will acknowledge all work uploaded and will provide written feedback for a selection of pieces throughout the week. Written feedback will be provided for three pieces of work for each child, throughout the week (one Maths, one English and one Foundation subject).

Feedback will also be happening daily during live lessons, at the point of learning, to support ongoing assessment for learning. Support staff and teachers will also organise children into breakout rooms, assessing emerging needs, for more intensive support that is in-line with each child’s attainment, replicating classroom practise as best as possible.

If necessary, teachers will discuss any misconceptions children may have during a contact call or through the 1:1 messaging facility on Class Dojo.

School will:

  • Acknowledge all work submitted to Class Dojo and provide written feedback for the three identified pieces each week.
  • Make contact with any families whose children may require additional support and/or feedback via the Class Dojo messaging feature or by means of a 1:1 telephone conversation.
  • Assess emerging needs and provide opportunities for breakout rooms for more intensive support that is in-line with each child’s attainment.

Parents will:

  • Check the relevant work submitted (starred pieces) for teacher feedback.
  • Support their child with reading and understanding the feedback given by their class teacher.
  • Encourage their child to act upon any feedback given and support them in completing and additional challenges set.

Children will:

  • Be receptive to feedback given.
  • Show resilience and aspiration by completing any challenges set.

 

Tapestry

In Year R we use an Online Learning Journal called Tapestry to record evidence of the children’s learning and to aid in the assessment process. We ask that parents share the responsibility in contributing to the record of their child’s learning.

 School will:

  • Respond to as least one Tapestry post a week with written feedback.
  • Use observations to make assessments of the child’s development and next steps in learning, where appropriate.

Parents will:

  • Strive to upload evidence of their child’s remote learning to Tapestry daily, or at least weekly.
  • Clearly title observations with the date DD/MM/YY and include all of the day’s learning on one observation.

Children will:

  • Support the contributions to their Tapestry Journal by completing the tasks that are set to them, often with support.

 

Technology

We appreciate that not all families have equal access to technology. The government have announced that they are putting one million devices into schools to support children with their remote education. Following our recent home technology survey, we have identified families who would benefit from the loan of a laptop to support their child with accessing the live lessons and other online resources during this period of remote education. We are assessing the need for technology support at home regularly. If your child is unable to access the online learning provided due to the lack of appropriate technology at home, please do contact the school directly and we will put you on our waiting list for the loan of a school laptop.

School will:

  • Monitor pupil access to remote learning weekly and touch base with parents to see if any further support with technology is required.
  • Supply a number of school laptops to families who are in need of additional technology support so that their children can access the virtual learning and online resources.

Parents will:

  • Complete any surveys required of them to allow the school to monitor the need of technology support.
  • Communicate with the school regarding technology support, if and when required.
  • Ensure that their child has access to a device (laptop/computer/tablet) in order for them to partake in the required remote learning, online.
  • Ensure that their child is able to access the required online platforms with the device that their child is using, checking that their Wi-Fi network/data supports this.
  • Use their child’s allocated device to upload work onto Class Dojo.

Children will:

  • Use an appropriate device (laptop/tablet/computer) to access the daily live lessons.
  • Use their device (laptop/tablet/computer) to access learning platforms and websites requested by their teacher(s).

 

Additional Resources

As well as the live lessons and resources that will be provided, it is important to remember that there are additional websites that your child can access throughout the week, using their unique username and password. All usernames and passwords were shared with children at the beginning of the year – if however, your child has misplaced their login details, please don’t hesitate to contact their class teacher via Class Dojo to request the details again. There are some additional websites that are free for all pupils to use and do not require a username or password. Children will be expected to access and complete tasks on Spelling Shed and Times Table Rockstars/Numbots, 3x weekly.

Additional resource websites are as follows:

  • Spelling Shed spellingshed.com (login details required)
  • Times Table Rockstars com (login details required) – For pupils in Years 2-6
  • Numbots com (login details required) – For pupils in EYFS and Year 1
  • Purple Mash purplemash.com (login details required)
  • Phonics Play phonicsplay.com (no login details required)
  • Oxford Owl oxfordowl.co.uk (no login details required)

 School will:

  • Resend pupil’s login details to any families requesting.
  • Monitor pupil access to Spelling Shed and TTRS, weekly.
  • Contact families whose child is not accessing Spelling Shed or TTRS on a regular basis (3x weekly) and offer support where needed.

Parents will:

  • Check that all login details for their child(ren) are correct and up-to-date.
  • Contact their child’s class teacher if they need assistance with accessing their child’s login details.
  • Ensure that their child is logging onto Times Table Rockstars and Spelling Shed 3x weekly.

Children will:

  • Log onto Times Table Rockstars and Spelling Shed 3x weekly to practise their times tables and complete any assigned spelling tasks.
  • Use the additional resources and websites to extend your learning beyond the live lessons.

 

Additional Support for Pupils with SEND 

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:

  • All children with an EHCP have been invited to attend school, on site (including those who we have made applications for) and will continue to receive in-class support as set out in their plan.For those with EHCPs who are at home, steps will be taken to ensure that we, where possible, provide the provision set out in their plan.
  • The SENDCo will be in regular contact with families of children with EHCPs and will be available to be contacted, via the office, for other children on the SEND register.
  • For those children with SEND accessing learning from home, class teams will ensure that they continue to set work appropriate for the child to meet their individual needs – this will be provided in their weekly work packs and on Dojo where necessary.
  • Considerations, on an individual basis, will made about each child’s ability to access the recommended time allocation and this will be reduced in consultations with the SENDCo, class teams and parents.
  • Class teams will utilise breakout room within TEAMS to assist any children that need additional support.
  • Where possible, specific interventions may still be carried out remotely.
  • 1:1 support staff will keep in contact with children to maintain relationships.
  • Additional resources such as sensory objects, wobble cushions, visual timetables, word lists, coloured overlays and individual writing equipment, pencil grips, have been supplied to those at home.
  • Contact with outside agencies will continue remotely and the SENDCo will continue to co-ordinate this.