The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home
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Pupils accessing our school curriculum remotely will be provided with lessons that will be engaging and support their learning.
All children will be taught core subjects that focus on key skills within each area, such as times tables and phonics. They will also be provided daily opportunities to access other areas of the curriculum, from taking part in PE sessions to developing their historical enquiry skills.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
At East-the-Water Primary School, we have been prepared for a potential lockdown/ periods of isolation and the remote learning through Google classroom will be up and running immediately.
We will ensure that pupils are taught a well-planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects, including providing feedback.
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?
Yes – we teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. These lessons will have the same objectives but teaching sequence may not be in line with those covered in school. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, if we are teaching Art or Design Technology, we will have to tailor the lesson sequence as we are aware the same resources may not be available at home.
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 1||3 hours|
|Key Stage 2||4 hours|
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
At our school, we will be using Google Classroom to deliver the majority of our content
In order to deliver a broader curriculum we will also be using:
- Online websites to support our teaching, such as Mymaths to support the Maths National Curriculum.
- Oxford Owl Reading site to support guided reading for our EY and Y1 pupils.
- Other educational sites such as Topmarks support key mathematical skills, including times table knowledge.
- Use of internet search engines to support research-based projects where applicable
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 our remote education:
- Any pupil who does not have digital access at home will be able to borrow a laptop or Chromebook from our school. Parents or carers simply need to contact the school and we will organise one for you that can be picked up from the School’s office.
- When picking up the laptop or Chromebook, parents will need to sign a borrowing agreement.
- We are able to apply for an increased data allowance for mobile devices if parents or carers meet the following criteria:
- do not have fixed broadband at home
- cannot afford additional data for their devices
- are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education
- We are able to apply for 4G wireless routers if parents or carers meet the following criteria:
- Pupil’s face-to-face education has been disrupted
- they do not have internet access at home
- they cannot get a mobile data increase
- If pupils would prefer any printed materials these will be made available at the school Reception. Teachers will be in regular contact with parents to ensure all needs are met.
- If you do not have online access, work can be left at our school’s reception so that our teachers can assess and monitor pupil’s work.
(Please contact the school if you feel you meet these criteria and we will apply on your behalf.)
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Recorded teaching ( including video/audio recordings made by teachers, White Rose Maths videos)
- Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- Reading books pupils have at home
- Reading comprehension books (Years 2-6)
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
- Long-term project work and/or internet research activities (as per the schools full opening guidance) and support of our curriculum planning.
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 are completely aware that this is a challenging situation for both children and parents and carers at home. Each year group will be providing engaging content which will help to develop your child’s learning.
At home, we would expect children to complete the content that is posted on Google Classroom every day.
We would suggest that parents support children in sticking to a routine and the timetable set out by their class teachers. This will support positive learning behaviours.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Teachers and teaching assistants will be monitoring pupils’ engagement daily through Google Classroom. Within this platform, pupils will receive instant and constructive feedback so that they can continue to be supported with their learning.
If teachers do have concerns they will contact parents and support the pupil, however needed.
The staff at East-the-Water are always willing to help and support everyone with their learning.
If we are concerned with a pupils’ engagement then we will phone, email and write to parents to inform them.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Feedback can take many forms and may take a variety of forms:
- written comments for individual children through Google Classroom (this will be given daily)
- whole class/year group verbal feedback
- quizzes/ work marked automatically through digital platforms
- star of the week certificates for pupil’s taking part in home-school learning
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:
- Teachers will ensure that some SEND work is set that pupils will be able to access remotely. For younger pupils, this may be of a more practical nature as opposed to written, such as sorting activities or write dance.
- Additional resources will also be provided to support learning at home, for example speech and language games
- Regular contact will be maintained between school and children who need additional 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 my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
Pupils who are self-isolating will be able to access a curriculum broadly in line with the school-based one. Priority will be given to the core subjects and will delivered through online learning and paper based resources, sent home as work packs. The work will be engaging and meaningful with a range of subjects covered. Pupils will be given tailored feedback on work they complete.