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Remote Learning

Accessing remote education

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

Pupils and parents should go to the school website and look at the information on their class page.  For Years 1 to 6, pupils will be required to access DB Primary and will be able to access lessons and communicate with their class teacher from there.  Pupils may also receive e-mails from their teacher with additional support.

Since September 2020, homework has been set digitally and so pupils and parents should be used to accessing the website and DB Primary for information about work set.

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. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, investigations in Science, resources required for Art and DT and programme access for Computing mean that lessons need adaptation to be able to be taught remotely.

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

As per government guidelines on average KS1 will expect 3 hours and KS2 4 hours of work a day.  Teachers will set a minimum of three distinct lessons a day.

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

Reception will use Tapestry and pupils in Years 1 to Year 6 will use DB Primary.

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.   Staff remaining in school can produce paper copies of work provided digitally and , as mentioned above, families are welcome to contact school to enquire about the lease of appropriate hardware.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • recorded teaching set by White Rose Maths, these lessons include video/audio recordings made by teachers
  • Power Point lessons with audio recordings made by teachers
  • Video recordings of teachers lessons
  • PDF documents that include lesson slides
  • Forum based questioning
  • Pre-set tasks and activities saved within the DB Primary Learning platform or Espresso which is part of Discovery Education

 

 

More about Remote Provision since January 5th

Reception

Pupils have access to three lessons a day.  These lessons always include daily Phonics, Maths and a Topic

Lessons are based on same themes that would have taken place if children were in school

All lessons are pre-recorded video's with voice overs created by class teachers or other relevant providers

Parents communicate with their child's class teacher via Tapestry or e-mail.  Teachers are able to assess and provide feedback on work through Tapestry

Reading books are being changed regularly and families that need it are being supported through printed packs

Recently, parents have had 1:1 'Teams' calls from teachers that include a check in with pupils

 

Years 1, 2 and 3

Pupils have access to between 3 and 4 hours of remote provision

Access to remote learning is through DB Primary.  Documents and videos are held in daily organised files

Lessons are pre-recorded video's with voice overs created by class teachers or other relevant providers

Suggested timetables are provided weekly to support home learning routines

Year 1 and Year 2 are changing school reading books regularly

Parents and pupils are being supported by regular phone calls.  In some cases, children are able to directly communicate with their child's class teacher through DB Primary forums and e-mails.

 

Years 4, 5 and 6

Pupils have access to 4 hours of remote provision

Access to remote learning is through DB Primary.  Documents and videos are uploaded to the forums section of DB Primary

Lessons are pre-recorded video's with voice overs created by class teachers or other relevant providers

Suggested timetables are provided weekly to support home learning routines

Daily stories are being read to children

Pupils are much more able to communicate directly with class teachers through e-mails and forum replies.  Feedback from work is provided in tasks and forums directly

Parents and pupils are being supported by regular phone calls

 

Staff

Teachers and Higher Level Teaching Assistants are splitting their time between face-to-face teaching of the children of critical workers and supporting remote learners.  Teaching assistants are supporting these two roles and if they are not in class are supporting individuals, creating packs supporting individual pupils or families and tracking engagement and task response

 

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.  Gillian Dudley, in her role as SENCO, and class teachers will communicate with individual families to discuss support that can be provided.

 

 

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.

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

Lessons will be adapted and uploaded or e-mailed via DB Primary for pupils to access.  Teachers are unlikely to be able to provide and feedback during the school day and so the support and feedback will be provided by Teaching Assistants.  It is likely that pupils will receive a phone call at least once during their period of isolation and teachers will keep in contact via DB Primary e-mails or through their teaching assistant.

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?

  • Pupils are expected to complete the activities daily
  • Parents and Carers are expected to fully support their child in setting routines and high expectations
  • A suggested timetable will be provided to support families and children
  • Parents and Carers working from home, providing child care for non-school age pupils, providing full time care for other dependents and experiencing other challenging circumstances are encouraged to communicate regularly with their child's class teacher.

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

  • Teachers will check DB Primary log in times and activities daily.
  • If engagement is a concern, parents and carers will be contacted via e-mail or telephone

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:

  • direct telephone calls or e-mails to discuss work
  • direct individual comments relating to individual pieces of work or forum replies
  • group feedback in text, audio or video format

Pupils will receive feedback on their work daily and in most cases several times throughout a day

  Contingency Plan for switch to Remote Teaching & Learning

 

Please note: children are not expected to complete work if they are unwell.

 

Level 1:

  • Single child or more self-isolating while waiting for a test for more than 2 days

Every day lessons delivered in class are adapted and placed in the class pages on the website or in files on the schools learning platform - DB Primary, or e-mail directly to pupils via DB Primary.  This is so that pupils at home can complete the same lessons as children in school are receiving.  The ambition is for 3 lessons to be available from day 1; apply reasonable understanding that teachers are teaching a full class in school. There could be a 12 hour delay as teachers are in front of pupils all day.

Years 1 to 3 may need parental support with this, Year 4 – 6 should be more independent.

Reception’s activities and learning will be on the website in their class pages.  Responses, such as photographs of activities completed or the child engaging in an activity, via Tapestry are encouraged.  This will require full parental support. Teachers and adult support staff, will monitor responses daily on Tapestry and update this regularly.

 

Level 2:

  • Single child or more self-isolating for 10 days due to a member of their household showing symptoms, or 10 days+ due to positive test outside of school

As level 1, with a commitment to 3 lessons available each day from day 1 onwards.

In addition, where required, hard materials can be delivered or collected from school such as reading books, worksheets, activities the child is not easily able to access from home (following covid secure measures). The parent/child may be contacted via telephone to check on well-being, ability to access materials and any support required, especially if the teacher has not seen evidence of their engagement with remote lessons. All parents & carers have the ability to contact the teacher or school via email or telephone during school hours to request support.

 

 

Level 3:

  • Entire class, year group or phase learning from home for self-isolation period up to 10 days.

From day 1 parent or child accesses Class Pages on the website or files/forums on the schools learning platform - DB Primary.  Pupils will be directed, from the website, to access the appropriate page on Db Primary to collect and access lessons and activities for the day.  Children use mail, forums and quizzes to respond to their teachers’ requests and the teacher feeds back via mail, forum replies or via automatic rewards settings in response to a task.

Teachers will adapt resources from lessons into accessible material for on-line learning, including videos or talking power points for children to watch and learn from. New material will be posted daily.  Teachers and support staff, will check responses throughout the day and feedback to children that require it or as appropriate.

Phone calls may be made to check access, make a pastoral and safeguarding check-in earlier if no response has been received from the child or no evidence work has been accessed.  Phone calls will also be used to provide one-to-one support and feedback in response to work set.

 

On-line learning programmes and materials to be used:

Programme, activity or website

How is it accessed?

Bespoke teacher devised lessons on Db Primary Learning Platform

 

Child has own login

For Maths – NumBots for Yr 1 - 2, TT Rockstars for Yr3 - 4, MyMaths for Yr 5 - 6.

Child has own login

LEXIA – on-line phonic based programme for KS1 and some KS2 pupils. 

 

Child has own login

Espresso – range of on-line content linked to the whole curriculum, signposted by class teacher as relevant.

 

Child access via Db primary

BBC Bitesize – BBC website accessed when signposted by teacher.

 

Open access.

Oak National Academy – national on-line ‘school’, accessed either as supplementary or when signposted by teacher.

 

Open Access

Tapestry – a Reception only assessment sharing programme that shares content privately between parent and school.

Parent has login

 

For any children or families that do not have broadband or technology that enables them to access the system and work, school is able to apply for respective technology.  Parent to contact school to discuss this if required.

 

Where staff have requested to use their own devices in order to communicate with pupils and parents – staff will follow the agreed procedure sent out earlier this term.  Staff do not have to use their own devices.

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