At Thorneyholme we use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to deliver remote learning. However, if a child does not have access to the internet then paper copies of work will be sent home.
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 individual pupils or the entire school bubble to remain at home.
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?
If it is possible children will be sent home with exercise books and workbooks. Activities will be posted on Google Classroom to use as soon as possible.
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 have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, for PE will send home sporting activities provided by ProSport Coaching, a numeracy fractions unit may be replaced with number work or data handling which can be more easily learnt 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
Government expectations are a minimum of 3 hours of daily education to be available to children.
Key Stage 2
Government expectations are a minimum of 4 hours of daily education to be available to children.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Google Classroom, Zoom or Skype
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:
- issue or lend laptops or iPads to pupils
- paper copies of work (worksheets/workbooks) if there is no internet access
- ensure that the large majority of work can be done on paper (exercise books) and does not have to be printed off, in the cases where it does need printing off and a parent does not have access to a printer a copy will be delivered or posted to home
- completed work can be posted through the school door or will be discussed with individual families should there be no internet access to send photographs or upload it online
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Some examples of remote teaching approaches:
- live teaching (online lessons)
- recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
- printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
- 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, schools full opening guidance, schools are expected to avoid an over-reliance on these approaches)
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?
- set routines to support your child’s education
- support your child as possible
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- pupil’s engagement with remote education will be checked daily in most circumstances or regularly in certain circumstances
- if there any engagement concerns, teachers will contact parents and likewise parents should contact teachers should they need any support in regards to engagement of learning
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 may be given verbally
- written comments may be put on Google Classroom
- in some cases feedback may be posted to children’s homes
- feedback may be via email or telephone call
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:
- activities suitable to children’s individual needs will be provided to parents (discussions will be held between families and members of staff)
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?
Children will be provided with either hard copies of work following the work being taught in class or work will be shared on Google Classroom but adapted to make the learning easier from home.