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Remote Learning - Key Stage 1 and 2

Caldecott Primary School Key Stage 1 and 2    

 

Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents

 

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils, parents and carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

 

The Remote Curriculum

 

What is the remote curriculum and does this differ from the curriculum in school?

 

The teaching staff at Caldecott School create daily interactive timetables to be used by those children attending school and those children accessing remote learning at home; these follow a similar structure to the children’s usual school day.

The daily timetables include a morning and afternoon registration session via Zoom. These sessions include a variety of activities for the whole class to complete together with the teacher/substitute teacher and may include activities such as planning for the day ahead, reading the class novel, assessment of previous work via quizzes or questioning and addressing misconceptions from the morning’s lessons. There are daily English lessons (which may include reading, writing, phonics, spelling and handwriting) and daily mathematics lessons; other subjects, such as science, PE and art, are taught on a rotational basis throughout the week.

For each year group in KS1 and KS2, the subjects, and content taught in each subject, follow the requirements of both the National Curriculum and the school’s curriculum overviews for each subject.

Where possible, the timetable is in line with what would have been taught in the term, although for some subjects, for example DT, the lack of specialist equipment at home, for example printing rollers, may mean that this has changed.

 

Remote Teaching and Study Time

 

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

 

Key Stage 1

The minimum expectation of study time for children in KS1, as set by the Department for Education, is 3 hours. This includes remote lessons (for example Zoom calls and Oak Academy lessons) as well as independent work.

Our daily KS1 timetable is currently set at 3 hours 5 minutes.

Key Stage 2

The minimum expectation of study time for children in KS2, as set by the Department for Education, is 4 hours. This includes remote lessons (for example Zoom calls and Oak Academy lessons) as well as independent work.

Our daily KS2 timetable is currently set between 4 hours 15 minutes and 4 hours 45 minutes dependent on the year group (the older children will have slightly longer days).

 

Accessing Remote Education

 

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

 

Every week day, the interactive remote learning timetable, along with all resources for the day, are shared with parents and children via ClassDojo.

Children have access to their portfolios on ClassDojo and they can access their work here. They may also upload their work via their portfolio.

Every class in KS1 and KS2 has two daily live sessions via Zoom; these are with their teacher (or substitute teacher). Times have been shared with parents and Zoom links are shared on ClassDojo.

 

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:

  • Class teachers have been asked to identify those children who do not have access to digital or online access at home. These children’s names are passed to Senior Leadership Team and to our Home School Link Worker so that appropriate support can be given. Please contact your child’s class teacher or the school office to discuss your situation if applicable.
     
  • Paper packs of resources are available to those children who do not have access to a suitable device or to those children who have to share a device with siblings. Please contact your child’s class teacher to arrange for a paper pack to be left at the school office for collection each week if required.
     
  • Mobile phones can be used to take photos of children’s work to submit for marking and feedback. These photographs can be submitted via ClassDojo.
     
  • We have been allocated a small number of laptops by the Department for Education and these will be allocated to those most in need. These decisions are difficult and are made after consultation with class teachers and members of the SLT. Please contact your child’s class teacher or the school office to discuss your situation if applicable.
     
  • Please contact your child’s teacher, or the school office if you do not have digital or online access at home; we will contact you to arrange help.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

 

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

 

  • An interactive daily timetable of work, with hyperlinks to various online sites including Times Table Rockstars, BBC Bitesize, My Maths, Spelling Frame and Oxford Owl.
  • Live teaching and registration (minimum of two daily Zoom sessions per class).
  • Recorded teaching: for example, White Rose Maths, Oak National Academy lessons and video/audio recordings made by teachers.
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers for those children with limited access to the internet or a suitable device.
  • Reading books that children have at home (KS2).
  • Spelling lists/common exception words that children have at home.

 

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

 

As far as it is possible, children working remotely are expected to follow the timetabled scheduled of work. We realise that some families may need to adapt the timetable due to differing family situations and so parents and children should aim to do as much as they can in their circumstances.

We strive to make our remote lesson resources as easy as possible to follow, and we encourage older children and parents of younger children to engage with their teachers for assistance where practicable.

You can help your child by setting routines and providing a quiet space for them to study where ever possible. It may be useful to look through the work the night before so that you are able to go through the day’s timetable with your child before the day begins.

Please also submit work to your child’s teacher (or ensure that older children have done this) by 3.30pm if possible.

Please inform your child’s teacher as soon as possible if they are unable to engage with home learning on any particular day due to specific unavoidable circumstances e.g. illness, urgent appointments

 

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

 

Teachers check that work is being submitted on a daily basis and provide feedback to all submitted work. Please be aware that all teachers are teaching in class as well as teaching remotely and so an instant response may not always be possible.

All work submitted by 3.30pm will be marked and returned that same day. Work submitted after this time may not be marked until a later time. In exceptional circumstances, for example if many teachers and TAs were absent through sickness, work may not be able to be marked in the usual way.

If a child is not responding to the work we set, class teachers will follow this up with parents to help ensure children do not fall behind with their education. If the situation still does not improve, it may be that our Family Liaison and Outreach Worker (FLOW) or Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) steps in to help support you.

 

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

 

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean detailed 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:

 

  • Marking submitted work through ClassDojo on a daily basis.
     
  • Children feeding back and answering questions during Zoom sessions.

 

  • Quizzes on platforms such as Oak Academy, BBC Bitesize and Spelling Frame.

 

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:

 

  • Additional advice and discussion with class teacher about how best to support learning at home.
  • Specific advice from class teachers relating to a subject methodology. 
  • Video demonstrations of how to complete different activities may be provided. 
  • There may be additional resources given to support your child’s learning. 
  • Additional basic English and Maths skills activities to supplement those provided as part of the whole class remote learning may be provided. 
  • Depending on the support normally provided within school, class teachers may provide additional activities relating to fine motor skills and speech and language.
  • Paper packs of learning activities are available on request to your class teacher if you do not have access to online resources or if your child has particular needs where this would be easier for them to access.
  • Support may also be given by our ELSA, Sally Coates, or our FLOW, Joanne Mew.
  • Please do contact your child’s class teacher or our SENCo, Emily Stone, if you have any further questions about your child.

 

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?

 

Whilst Caldecott School, together with all schools in England, remains in lockdown, remote education will continue as above for children who are in school and for those who are at home. This guidance will be updated as required when schools open to all pupils.

 


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