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Remote Learning Offer

Our remote learning offer detailed in the table below, is intended to provide information to parents and carers about what to expect from remote education at Shenley Primary School. This includes information of remote learning during school lockdown, but also for individual children who may need to isolate. 

 

Below you will find information regarding the planned curriculum during these times, access arrangements for children learning remotely, expectations for engagement from pupils, parents/carers, and the support in place for those with a particular need. 

 

We are extremely proud of the provision our school has in place.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

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

The school website will explain the home learning for your child/their class on the Class Page. Depending on a school wide lockdown or an individual child isolating, the teacher or school office will direct you to the learning, via email. Where appropriate, your child may receive a work pack from the teacher. The learning will be linked to our normal school curriculum; there may also be learning opportunities to consolidate key skills. If your child needs further explanation, please email the class email for the attention of their teacher.

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 teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school, wherever possible and appropriate. Where adaptions are made, we communicate this through the Class Pages and through communication via the class emails. For subjects such as PE or Music, for example, where practical elements make up much of the learning, the teacher will adapt the learning to suit the learning environment at home.

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 any live sessions) will take children in EYFS up to 2 hours, in KS1 up to 3 hours and children in KS2 children up to 4 hours per day. The lessons are structured to follow best practice and allow time for independent work. The structure of lessons is outlined on the Class Pages and reflects the structure used in school.

Accessing remote education

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

Online remote education is accessed through the school website.

  • Under the ‘Learning’ tab, a page called ‘Remote Learning’ has been created for each term that remote learning is provided. The current remote learning is titled ‘Spring Term 2021 – remote learning during school closure’. For pupils in Year 6, online learning is provided through a combination of the school website and Google Classroom. Children in Year 6 have personal logins, and Google Classroom guidelines have been communicated to both parents and children.
  • Within the ‘Spring Term 2021 – remote learning during school closure’ tab on the school website, each class has a class page.
  • Class Pages begin with a welcome page. Within this, subpages are titled with the week beginning for each week of learning. Within each week of online remote education, there are subpage links to ‘Reading’, ‘Writing’, ‘Maths’, ‘Science’, ‘Wider Curriculum’, Wellbeing/PE’ and ‘Celebration of Learning’. Within each area of learning, there is a detailed breakdown of the online remote education for this subject.
  • Each class page/area of learning also provides links for other online platforms for children to access. Online platforms such as TTRockstars, Mathletics and Active Learn are used additionally and in conjunction with the remote learning already provided by the school. Children have personal logins for these sites.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

Children and families who have no or limited access to online provision and the school website are fully supported by the school:

  • We provide School Chromebooks to pupils for them to access the learning online.
  • Where families are without internet connection, the school may provide a USB dongle to ensure internet connection is available.
  • Where requested, packs of printed work from the week’s remote learning are created and available to be collected by parents. Packs can also be organised to be dropped to families where travelling to school is difficult.
  • Children without digital or online access may be invited to attend school.

How will my child be taught remotely?

Children at Shenley will be taught through a range of strategies:

  • Powerpoint presentations, including some presentations with either audio recordings/video recording from the class teacher.
  • Uploaded PDFs.
  • YouTube videos or Vimeo, which may include pre-recorded teacher modelling.
  • Downloadable worksheets/activity sheets.
  • Targeted links to online websites.
  • Targeted links to Mathletics, TTRockstars, and Active learn accounts.
  • ‘Live’ sessions on Zoom or Microsoft Teams, where appropriate.

 

Remote lessons are presented as individual lessons for children and families to work through. In Years 1-6 for English, Maths and Reading, teachers provide daily lessons. For Science, Wider Curriculum, Wellbeing and PE, teachers provide weekly learning with extensions and extra ideas on top of the presented learning for families, where appropriate.

On our schools Forest School page, there are also a range of lessons and activities to support Learning outside the classroom.

Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents are carers should be at home?

The school is committed to ensuring that pupils are engaged in the online remote education that is provided. Class emails have been set up for parents and teachers to communicate regarding the remote learning provision. The Class Pages also detail expectations for children and families in the completion of work and the remote learning provided. Completed learning is expected to be to be emailed via the class emails, or in some cases Google Classroom, at least once a week, by 10am on a Thursday, for teacher assessment.

When pupils are taking part in any ‘live’ sessions, and in order for these sessions to run as smoothly as possible, and that they fall in line with school expectations, we ask parents/carers to ensure that:

  • Pupils are in a suitable ‘public’ living area within the home with an appropriate background – ‘private’ living areas within the home, such as bedrooms, are not permitted during video communication.
  • Pupils are seated appropriately for learning, with the necessary equipment to hand.
  • School uniform is not necessary, but anyone visible in the video should be suitably and appropriately dressed for being in a public forum.
  • The standard of behaviour expected in school is maintained at all times.

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

Teachers hold a register of attendance at any ‘live’ sessions. Teachers also closely monitor the class emails, ensuring that each child/family has sent in some home learning each week. Where pupils have not submitted learning that week, or been absent from any ‘live’ sessions, the teacher may contact the parent/carer for support or an explanation. This may be via an email of phone call. Where appropriate, our schools Parent Family Adviser or SENDCo may also make contact where support may be required.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

When remote learning is completed, it should be sent into the class teacher via the class email or, in some class cases, through Google Classroom. The teacher will provide some feedback to the child, as a minimum, weekly and within 3 working days of the learning being sent in. The teacher will assess the work against the learning intention/sequence of learning.  Where appropriate, feedback and remote learning provision may be adapted to support the learning of the child. Teacher may hold ‘live’ feedback workshop sessions to discuss the learning that has taken place remotely that week, cover misconceptions, pre-teach, or highlight and praise achievements. Where children and parents/carers are unable to email the learning into the class teacher, provision can be made to drop the work to the school on a weekly basis for teacher assessment. This must be organised by ringing the school office and speaking to the class teacher via phone, where arrangements can be made. 

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 by differentiated work and providing extra resources and, where needed, parental support. Class teachers and the school SENDCo will ensure provision is adapted for these pupils.

 

The SENDCo is in regular contact with all families of the children on the SEND register, and either shows them or guides them to SEND resources, which can help to support their child remotely. This includes the appropriate provision to support the learning of our youngest children with SEND need.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

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

If children are self-isolating, you will be contacted by the class teacher and provided with a work pack/or emailed across learning linked to what the children are learning about in class.  This can be returned to school for assessment and teachers can be contacted via the class email.

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