The information shared on this page is designed to support parents and students to understand the remote learning offer at our academy. More in-depth detail has been provided to parents and children throughout the year through letters, class dojo messages and news updates.
If you have any questions at all, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The remote curriculum
1. What is taught to pupils/students at home?
We are using a mixture of Class Dojo for the younger children and Teams as our online learning platforms. Class teachers have shared timetables. We are using a mixture of live, recorded lessons and tasks to complete according to the age of pupils.
The academy will endeavor to deliver the full curriculum to children, in line with the schemes for learning that children would be following in normal circumstances. Our curriculum offer will remain broad, balanced, and mirror the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum.
Whilst we will cover the subjects, there may be some adjustments that need to be made to the existing curriculum for more practical subjects (such as PE, Art, Design Tech and Music).
2. What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first few days?
If children need to engage in remote learning, due to self-isolation, bubble closure or whole school closure, the academy will work hard to ensure that no child is left without work to do in the immediacy. Pupils will be able to access learning through Class Dojo or log into and access Microsoft Teams, to access their lessons and work resources. Pupils will have access to teachers for support and guidance at set times within the normal school day hours. Please see section 2 in accessing remote education below for questions about access at home.
Remote teaching and study time
1. How long can I expect work set by the academy to take my child?
The minimum amount of time remote education should be in practice for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) is 3 hours per day. This may be less for younger children. For Key Stage 2 children (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6) this increases to 4 hours per day. This includes live lessons or pre-recorded video/ PowerPoints; the work children are set following these, and other learning tasks such as times-table practice and reading.
Accessing the remote education
1. How will my child access the online remote education?
All children from Reception onwards have a personal tablet, which can be collected from the academy in the case of isolation. Pupils will be able to log into and access Microsoft Teams, or use links on Class Dojo, to access their lessons and work resources. Please contact your child’s class teacher through dojo or via email@example.com in the first instance if you need any support in accessing your child’s learning.
2. If my child does not have access to online learning at home, how will you support us?
Where pupils do not have access to internet at home, we will be in contact to discuss the support we can offer to provide internet access at home or other resources.
We will do our very best to support any children without access to a device or internet at home with the support to rectify this. We are doing this through 4G dongles and tablets as part of the Horizons project.
If we are unable to rectify this then a child without internet or device access is able to attend our on-site provision, in line with the government guidance.
3. How will my child be taught remotely?
We will use a variety of approaches to teach pupils remotely, according to circumstances, topic and age. We will be ensuring that years 3-6 have daily live lessons and check ins through Microsoft Teams, Years Reception to Year 2 have a combination of live check-in sessions with their teacher, live lessons and pre-recorded lessons. Information about how to access this is available by messaging the class teacher using Class Dojo or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Engagement and feedback
1. What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide?
We expect every student to engage in lessons as they would in the classroom, and similarly our staff will be checking student understanding regularly. This could take the form of online quizzes, marking/assessment of assignments or work returned by Class Dojo, or through in-class engagement.
Student behaviour is expected to be in line with behaviour when in the academy, and additional rules will be in place for things such as microphone and camera use, raising hands, or class conversation through MS Teams.
We know that strong parental engagement is important to make this successful, and therefore endeavour to communicate regularly with you around how the remote learning is going. We will be there to offer support on how to access the information remotely around resources, lessons and will quickly follow up any absences or failure to complete tasks.
We ask that you support your child by creating a quiet place for them to attend lessons at home, and do not record any lessons for your own use due to GDPR and data protection.
2. How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
We will be checking in with children during lessons and responding to the work submitted to ensure we have a good overview of their understanding and engagement. As always, we will be monitoring attendance and checking that children are uploading their learning so we can give appropriate feedback and address any errors. .
If there are any concerns, we will ensure we are in contact with you as parents and carers by telephone or class dojo.
3. How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
We will be assessing your child’s progress through work submitted daily via Microsoft Teams, engagement through questions in lessons, using online programmes tools and other work returned by Dojo This will help us identify needs of the individual or needs of the class quickly and effectively.
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
1. How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support 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 support from teachers as part of teams lessons, small group teaching as appropriate, differentiation within recorded and live lessons; support from SENCO; accessing a place in school if deemed necessary
Self-isolating pupils (outside of national lockdowns)
1. If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from that of the rest of their class?
The provision for self-isolating pupils may differ in approach. Work will be sent via private messages on Dojo or Teams. Pupils will also have access to school apps and may be directed to some generic lessons or be provided with work packs