During the Covid pandemic our aim is to continue to provide high quality learning for all our children. If a child or group of children is required to self-isolate at home, we aim to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. We may, however, need to make adaptations for some subjects, for example where particular resources are required.
Remote learning provision
In the event of a class/partial school closure
Early Years Foundation Stage
Our remote learning provision for children in our Nursery and Reception classes is offered through Tapestry, an online learning tool with which our families are already familiar. Learning across the curriculum is uploaded daily with videos and activities to support the children’s development. Parents and carers are also asked to upload evidence to demonstrate their children’s response to the learning.
Staff talk to every family at least once a week to find out how the children are responding and developing and to offer appropriate support.
KS1 and KS2
Our remote learning provision for children in years 1 to 6 is offered through Google Classroom and Google Meets.
For children in years 1 to 4 a daily video is uploaded to welcome the children to the day. The teacher reflects on the previous day’s learning, briefly explains the learning objectives and the success criteria for the lessons in the day ahead and outlines their expectations. For children in years 5 and 6 the daily welcome is in the form of a live meeting during which the teacher will take an attendance register.
Lessons in literacy, numeracy and topic subjects (science, art, music computing etc.) are uploaded daily. These are often accompanied by pre-recorded videos, or series of videos, to explain the learning and to cover any possible misconceptions. There is also a phonics or guided reading session for the children to complete and additional reading and maths online activities for the children to access. Children in Key Stage 1 are provided with at least three hours of learning every day and children in Key Stage 2 are provided with four hours of learning every day.
Children are usually expected to submit at least three pieces of work every week (children in years 5 and 6 are expected to upload all their work) and detailed feedback is provided to every child on a piece of literacy, maths and topic work every week with clear next steps in their learning.
Every afternoon there is a whole class live session with the class teacher over Google Meets. These sessions provide the children with the opportunity to connect with their teacher and their peers, to ask questions about the learning and for the teacher to clarify any teaching points for that day. The timings and format of the Google Meets sessions will be adapted to the needs of the children in the class.
In the event of a child being required to self-isolate
If a child is required to self-isolate and they are well enough to access learning, appropriate resources will be uploaded to the child's account on Tapestry/Google Classroom.
The class teacher will call the parent/carer of the child every week to find out how they are managing with the learning at home.
Children with Special Educational Needs (SEND)
Children with SEND are provided with individualised work, where appropriate, to support their development. If the children are able to access the work remotely, it will be provided on Tapestry or Google Classroom, however, paper copies will be provided if the child find these more accessible.
We expect all children to engage with the remote learning we provide for them. We know that all children learn at different paces and we do not expect all children to complete every piece of work, however, we monitor the engagement of every child every week to ensure that they are engaging in at least some of the work. If we have any concerns about a child's level of engagement, we will contact their parents/carers by phone initially and by letter if necessary. If we receive no response, we will ask our Education Welfare Team to make contact with the family.
Issues with access
If any child is unable to access the online learning effectively the school will ensure that appropriate support is put in place: e.g. the child will be loaned a laptop or paper copies of the work will be available for collection or will be delivered to the child's home.
Further details about the school’s policies and procedures in relation to remote learning and online safety can be found below.