Parklands Infants School
Remote Education Parent Information
At Parklands Infants School we strive to be creative, innovative and support our parents/children in the best way possible to make learning purposeful. Our strategy for remote learning continues this.
- Ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning for all pupils (Inc. SEND) who aren’t in school through use of quality online and offline resources and teaching videos
- Provide clear expectations for members of the school community with regards to delivery of high quality interactive remote learning
- Include continuous delivery of the school curriculum, as well as support of motivation, health and well-being and parent support
- Support effective communication between the school and families and support engagement
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
The Remote Curriculum:
What is taught to pupils at 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.
What should children expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
In the first day of children being taught at home, the school and class teachers will signpost parents and children to resources they can access in order to continue their learning for the first day. For example, activities listed on the school website, Bug Club, RM Easimaths and Purple Mash.
From day two learning will continue to be accessible through the school website, but sessions via Zoom will be provided (see child’s timetable on class web page).
Following the first few days of remote education, will children 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 will need to make some adaptations in some subjects where parents / carers may not have access to the same resources we have available in school.
We will provide:
- A pre-recorded English, Maths and theme task sent home each day
- Class emails where parents can email teachers for support and can submit work for feedback
- Use of recorded videos from the class teacher, BBC Bitesize and Oak Academy to support activities
- At least one live session taught via Zoom (and later Google Meet) each day
- Access to whole school assembly and story-time via Zoom / Google Meet
- Live Book Talk and Circle Time sessions will take place once a week
- Live Focus Group sessions will be delivered three times a week
- Tasks set through Teach Your Monster to Read (FS2), Bug Club, RM Easimaths, Purple Mash
How long will work set by the school take children each day?
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
- KS1 – we will provide 3 hours remote learning per day, which will include:
- Video explanations
- Independent work
- Physical activities
- Learning breaks
- Story time
- Reading on Bug Club
- This will be less for children in EYFS.
- For SEN children, where the work may be challenging, the expectation may be differentiated and will be discussed with parents via the teacher and SENCo.
- EHCP pupils that are not in school, will also have additional 1:1 Zoom sessions with a member of staff to work on their EHCP targets.
Accessing remote education:
How will children access the provision of online remote education?
- School Website / Class Web Pages
- Pre-recorded lessons
- Google Classroom (once fully established throughout the school)
- Bug Club, Teach Your Monster to Read, RM Easimaths, Purple Mash, iMoves
If a child does not have digital or online access at home, how will they be supported to access remote education?
We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home and DFE support is only applicable for KS2 and above. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
- Where possible, provide loans of iPads to homes working without devices or having to share with siblings
- Support parents / carers in the application for free WIFI for use at home
- Signpost to local charities who may be able to support with devices
- Provide pre-arranged packs which can be collected from the school office where technology is completely unavailable
How will children be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- live teaching (online lessons)
- pre-recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video recordings made by teachers)
- Bug Club, Teach Your Monster to Read (FS2), RM Easimaths and Purple Mash
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
Engagement and Feedback:
What are the expectations for children’s engagement and the support expected of parents and carers from home?
- It is expected that all children from Nursery to Year Two access and undertake most, if not all, of the tasks provided by the teacher
- We expect parents to set routines to support their child’s/children’s education
- Where possible, we expect all children to attend their daily “registration” sessions
- All children to access as many live lessons as they can
- All parents to submit child’s completed work that is requested via year group email
- All children are expected to follow our Golden Rules as they would in school
- All parents to access pre-recorded sessions and complete the work set with their child – ensuring the child completes the work rather than the parent
- All parents to provide a quiet and appropriate space for their children to work
- All parents to contact the class teacher for further support where needed
How will we monitor whether children are engaging with their work and how will parents be informed if there are concerns?
We ask for all work to be submitted via the class email system regularly and the school will email / telephone parents if it is noted that work is consistently missing.
- Class teachers will track who submits work
- Class teachers will keep a register of who attends live lessons
- Senior leaders will monitor attendance and work submission
- If there are concerns, the class teacher or a member of SLT will telephone the parent to discuss any barriers to remote learning
How will children’s work and progress be assessed?
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children.
Our approach to feeding back on pupil’s work is as follows:
- Verbal feedback during live lessons
- Focus group sessions to consolidate learning from previous day
- Written feedback to submitted work via the class email address and Purple Mash when appropriate
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
We recognise that some pupils, for example 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:
- 1:1 contact for EHCP children with a member of staff to work through individual targets
- Differentiated work provided to support their individual needs
- Work is provided with appropriate levels of challenge
- Parents are able to email SENCo to highlight any concerns or ask for support
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 a “bubble” is sent home from school due to a confirmed case, children at home will be able to access live, pre-recorded and website activities from home.
If a child is not in school due to self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
Work set will be uploaded daily for children to complete, this will be in line as far as possible with the learning taking place in school. There will be a combination of teaching slides, explaining the work and the task expectations and other necessary resources uploaded. The class teacher will provide regular feedback to the individual children via email. Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for each individual.
Links with other Policies This policy is linked to our:
- Behaviour Policy
- Child Protection/Safeguarding Policy
- Data Protection Policy
- Home-School Agreement
- Acceptable use policy
- ICT and Internet Acceptable Use Policy
- Online Safety Policy
Monitoring and Evaluation
This will be undertaken by the Senior Leadership Team, who will monitor the implementation of the policy and talk to stakeholders about this.
Date renewed: January 2021
Review Date: January 2022 (or sooner if required)