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Remote teaching and learning at Hatch Warren Junior School

 

As a school we recognise that there is a current need to provide remote teaching and learning for children. This is primarily in response to the national pandemic which is causing schools to have to close class bubbles or shut down the whole school.

The presentation below is designed to provide parents with details of how we are choosing to support children at home at this time. Along with this presentation we have developed a remote teaching and learning policy which can be found on our policies page, via the link below.

 

 

 

Hatch Warren Junior Remote learning video

Remote education provision: information for parents

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

 

Your child’s class teacher will add work onto google classroom for your child to access and complete during the first day or two that your child is at home. The work can be completed on computer or tablet and returned to your child’s class teacher using the submit button on their google classroom account. The work that is set may be quite general in nature on the first day but from the second day onwards the class teacher (or another member of the year team in the event of staff illness) will provide work which is in line with the current work that is being provided in school so that your child does not get behind with their learning.

 

 

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?

 

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, we may not be able to set the same up the same learning opportunities in science, P.E. or music lessons as children may not be able to access specific equipment that is found in school. Where possible we will provide paper resources or electronic resources to support the learning of the children in each of the lessons which are provided.

 

 

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:

Key Stage 2

4 hours each day to include video input or live lesson input plus independent time to complete the tasks

 

 

 

English reading and writing activities

2 hours

Maths

1 hour

Non-core curriculum area

1 hour

 

Accessing remote education

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

 

We are using Google classroom across the school as our learning platform. This is where children will access all of their learning, videos and live meeting links. They will be able to access the platform by using access information provided by the school. If you child has lost the log on details needed then parents should contact the school for further information

 

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:

 

  • Using the government scheme we will allocate laptops to families who do not have a suitable device at home
  • We will allocate access to data through the government scheme to families who need additional data
  • If children remain unable to access the leaning remotely then printed copies of the work will be made available through making contact with the school office. Pupils can submit paper copies of their completed work to their teachers if they do not have online access via the school office

 

 

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

 

  • Live teaching (online lessons). These are scheduled to happen at least once a day. The timings of these live meetings are indicated on the daily timetable which is published on the platform
  • Recorded teaching sessions (video/audio recordings made by teachers) are provided to help develop the understanding within other subjects and support the learning in other lessons where live teaching is not used
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers for those children who are unable to access remotely
  • Commercially available websites are also used to support the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences. Links to these will be included in work set by the class teacher where applicable. This may include links to Times Table Rockstars, Mymaths and other online resources used by the school.

 

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 children to attend their daily lesson and a register is taken at each session. Where children are learning from home and are not in attendance the school will make contact to discuss the situation with the parents
  • We expect pupils’ to do their best to complete the work which is set for them each day and submit this back to the teacher for feedback
  • We expect children to be ready to learn each day including being dressed appropriately with the resources that they need and a quiet space to work where possible
  • We have added advice for parents and children about how to maintain a balance of work and wellbeing within the parent Powerpoint presentation which is accessible  on the school webpage

 

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

 

  • Pupils’ engagement is checked daily through the work which is submitted and marked by the class teacher as well as registration at the live morning meeting
  • Where engagement is a concern the school will contact individual parents to discuss ways in which the school can provide further support

 

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:

 

  • Any pieces of work which are submitted will be responded to by the class teacher. This may be as a mark or with a written comment
  • Quizzes, where these are used may be automatically marked

 

  • Teachers may ask children to re-complete pieces of work which do not match the expectation for that child and need to be improved

 

  • In maths lessons honesty cards may be provided for children to be able to mark their own work as is our normal in-school approach

 

 

 

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 in the following ways:

 

  • Children with SEND who are in school will continue to receive support from class teachers and LSAs
  • Those children with SEND whose parents have decided to keep them at home will receive differentiated work matched to their abilities
  • All EHCP children will be contacted by the SENDCO weekly if they are not in school to discuss how provision can be best matched to their needs and additional arrangements, including providing support in school, will be discussed.

 

 

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 is likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

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

 

On-line learning will continue to be set for children who are having to self-isolate during normal school days. However if the majority of children are in school and accessing learning in-class the teaching staff will necessarily be focused on the needs of these children. Therefore any responses by pupils who are at home to work are unlikely to happen until the end of the school day. Live lessons and videos will not be provided for those children who are self-isolating at home. Children should complete the tasks to the best of their abilities and submit the work as normal Feedback will continue to be given back through marking at the end of the school day by the class teacher.

 

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