Frequently asked questions
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if 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 self isolation page.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home?
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?
Learning will still be uploaded to either Tapestry or Google Classroom however teachers may need a little more time to prepare videos for learning and therefore these may not be available until day three.
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 we may not be able to provide children with all the physical resources that would be used in school, however wherever possible we will provide suggestions for alternatives that can be found in the family 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 will take pupils broadly three hours each day. For our youngest children and children with specific learning needs this can be adapted accordingly. Please feel free to speak to your child's class teacher about this if you feel that three hours is not appropriate for your child.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
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. If you require further assistance with devices such as laptops so that your child is able to access remote learning please contact email@example.com.
These devices will be prioritised for families entitled to Pupil Premium and children with special educational needs however if this does not apply to you please contact us and we will support where we are able to.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely.
For children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1, learning will be uploaded to Tapestry.
For children in Years 2-6, their online learning will be uploaded to Google Classroom.
We will use a mixture of teaching approaches. Some examples of this are:
- Daily live sessions to touch base and set up the day
- Recorded videos of teaching
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences such as Oak National Academy lessons or Read, Write, Inc, input lessons on You Tube
- Where children are not able to access online learning, printed packs will be produced
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?
Pupils are expected to:
- Be contactable during the school day
- Complete work to the deadline set by teachers
- Seek help if they need it, from teachers or teaching assistants
- Alert teachers if they’re not able to complete work
Parents are expected to:
- Set routines to enable children to learn
- Make the school aware if their child is sick or otherwise can’t complete work
- Seek help from the school if they need it
- Be respectful when making any complaints or concerns known to staff
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Uploaded learning will be checked throughout the day by class teachers. Where children are not engaging with the learning, staff will contact parents/carers to see if any further support can be provided.
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 key approach to assessment for remote learning will be to use formative assessment, meaning that we will monitor children's success in individual areas and adapt the learning to meet their current needs. Children will receive daily written motivational comments as well as verbal feedback where necessary, There will also be opportunities during the live sessions for teachers to feedback to classes as a whole.
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. If you would like further support please contact the child's class teacher in the first instance.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, the 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?
Please see the self isolation page where children can access the Oak National Academy weekly scheduled resources, Children will be invited to attend daily story times through Teams and children will get to have a Team meeting weekly to get feedback on their learning with their teacher,