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Remote Learning

Accessing remote education

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

When the class teacher is informed that an individual is isolating, work will be provided.  In most cases, work will not be provided instantly as teachers will be teaching the pupils who are in school.  As soon as is practically possible, teachers will communicate with parents and pupils and provide their remote education. 

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 directly from their teacher with additional support.  Reception parents and pupils will use the Tapestry Application.  

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 we need 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 pupils should expect 3 hours and KS2 4 hours of work a day.  Teachers will set a minimum of three distinct lessons a day.

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 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

Is there a difference in provision if a whole cohort is isolating?

Yes!  When individual pupils are required to isolate, school based staff are working with pupils who are in school.  This provides additional challenges to teachers as they must find time at the beginnings of the school day and at the end of the school day to support individuals at home.  Teaching assistants are likely to be providing the support, via e-mail or telephone, during the school day.

When a whole cohort is isolating, school staff are focusing 100% on the task of remote education and so can provide more immediate feedback to pupils and are more likely to provide recorded lesson narration and higher quality remote provision resources.


Whole Cohort Remote Provision


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

Lessons are based on the 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


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

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

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


Remote education for individual 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.

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.

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.

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



On-line learning programmes and materials available:

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