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Remote Education Provision During Whole School Closure: Information for Parents & Carers

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

 

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

  • A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.
  • Children will have immediate access to teaching and learning activities accessed through Google Classrooms, Mathletics, TT Rockstars or Tapestry.

 

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?

At Seven Sisters Primary School we endeavour to provide a similar curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects.

 

In mathematics, during ‘normal’ periods of schooling we use the materials provided by White Rose Maths alongside various other resources and teaching materials. This system will not alter during remote learning. Furthermore, teachers will use the excellent instructional educational videos supplied by White Rose maths to deliver the curriculum. Other resources, including live and recorded lessons are used in addition to these videos at the discretion of the year group teams to support children’s remote learning.

 

For the wider curriculum we follow the Haringey Education Partnership (HEP)curriculum as closely as possible for Science, Geography, History and Religion but supplement it with material from other sources such as the Oak National Academy. We will use a wide range of materials, including numerous free resources being released on a weekly basis by national bodies specifically for remote learning, to teach Art, PE and PSHE as well as all other subjects. 

 

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 remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

In KS1 there is a minimum expectation that pupils receive a range of learning activities that will take a minimum of 3 hours to complete.

In KS2 there is a minimum expectation that pupils receive a range of learning activities that will take a minimum of 4 hours to complete.

 

Accessing remote education

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

Your child will need to access to the following each day:

  • Google Classroom to access curriculum learning. It is essential that they access Google Classroom as this is where the lessons, which would have been completed in school, will be posted. Children will access some live teacher sessions, teacher videos, view set work and will also be able to upload work for teaching staff to review and give feedback on.
  • Tapestry Journal (Nursery and Reception)
  • TT Rockstars website for maths times tables activities (Y3 to Y6
  • Prodigy Maths (Years 5 and 6)

This list is not exhaustive and class teachers may add new sites to stimulate children’s learning.

 

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:

  • We have a limited number of devices including laptops to loan to pupils.  If we are oversubscribed, our criteria for allocation will be:
    1. Disadvantaged pupils
    2. One device per household, even where there are multiple children
    3. An additional device allocated to a household depending on numbers of primary children
    4. Priority for oldest children
  • We will assist in supporting access to internet connection.
  • If requested printed materials/packs are available for all children. You will be informed when and where packs can be collected.
  • We also have a number of Raspberry Pi computers to give to children. Please contact us to enquire about these.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

All work is posted on Google Classroom each weekday morning.

  • English – Work is delivered in a variety of ways. Some lessons are live and some are prepared activities posted in Google Classroom. Pupils are encouraged to complete their work online and upload their work to Google Classroom so that teachers can monitor the work and provide feedback.
  • In addition to this, Spelling, Grammar and reading comprehension activities are provided for pupils.
  • Phonics – Letters and Sounds is used by the school. Zoom lessons and pre-recorded sessions are also available to pupils.
  • Maths - White Rose Maths lessons and video/audio recordings made by teachers. PDFs which can either be printed or viewed. Pupils are encouraged to complete their work online and/or upload their work to Google Classroom so that teachers can monitor the work and provide feedback.
  • Foundation Subjects are a combination of video/audio recordings, PowerPoint presentations and PDFs which can either be printed or viewed online. Pupils are encouraged to complete their work online and/or upload their work to Google Classroom so that teachers can monitor the work and provide feed-back. There are links to live lessons online and learning projects and lessons provided by various charitable organisations and outside agencies.

 

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?

  • We expect all children to engage in remote learning, and we will endeavour to loan equipment to those children without access but this cannot always be guaranteed. We can also assist parents in obtaining extra wifi data at home.
  • Parents and carers will need to support children to engage with and access remote learning. This will be different dependent on age. Please see the specific year group guides for more information.
  • Children are expected to engage with learning each day. We are very mindful that every family’s situation is different and will work with individual families to support them appropriately according to their circumstances.
  • Pupils are encouraged to complete their work online and/or upload their work to Google Classroom so that teachers can monitor the work and provide feed- back.

 

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

  • Teachers check pupils’ engagement with remote education by seeing who is logging into Google Classroom, who is uploading work and who is attending zoom meetings.
  • Where there are concerns, the teacher or an appropriate member of staff will call parents to see how we can support them.

 

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:

  • Feedback will be given at least weekly and wherever possible more regularly either through work being annotated on Google Classroom or verbally during Google meet ups.

 

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 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:

  • Resource packs will be produced to support home learning that can be collected from the main office. These will be bespoke packs to meet the individual needs of pupils.
  • We will also have the pupils attend school where possible
  • Wherever possible links with other professional agencies will continue remotely e.g Speech and Language Therapy.

 

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

Where an 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. For these pupils there will be a reliance upon the work provided by Oak National Academy. Where parents do not have access to online learning paper, packs will be provided.

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