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.
How will my child be learning from home during lockdown or when we have to Isolate?
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.
At the beginning of the current lockdown we produced weekly paper work packs from the first day of the lockdown. These continue to be available to those families who do not currently have internet access.
What is Class Dojo?
Since our return to school this year we have asked for your e-mail addresses and have now launched Class Dojo which you can access via an app on any device. This will keep you and your child in touch with your child’s class teacher. If you access Dojo you will be able to download the weekly learning on each ‘Class Story’ and your child’s class teacher will be able to support you and your child in completing this. If you still require paper copies of the work please message your child’s class teacher and they will be able to make a pack which can be collected from the school office.
How is work marked?
All work returned to school or sent to the class teacher via Dojo will be marked. Paper copies will be returned to you when you collect your next work pack.
What is ‘Purple Mash’?
We have now purchased a licence for ‘Purple Mash’ which is a hub for learning materials. Your child’s class teacher is now setting daily on line activities which can be accessed using the Purple Mash log-ins you have been given. As children become more familiar with the use of on-line materials more work will be set using Purple Mash.
During the lock down we will be teaching broadly the same curriculum as they will receive in school, however some subjects such as PE will look significantly different due to the need to maintain social distancing. In subjects such as music your access to tuned instruments may not allow us to work on some topics as readily as others. In order to manage this we have changed the order of some of the subject topic areas we would usually teach this term.
How Long Should I Expect my Child to Focus on Remote Learning each day?
Schools are expected to provide remote education that includes either recorded or live direct teaching and should be of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school. As a minimum that is:
- 3 hours a day for Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2 when pupils are aged between 5 and 7)
- 4 hours a day for KS2 (years 3-6 when children are aged between 7 and 11)
Those hours include both direct teaching and time for pupils to complete tasks or assignments independently. Children in Foundation Stage (aged under 5 yrs) should complete approximately 3 hours too but this will often include a variety of play based activities.
What should I do if I do not have Internet connection or a suitable device at home for my child?
We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We would like parents to contact us to make us aware of any difficulties you are experiencing and we will look into loaning you a suitable device / router to support your remote access. Until you have this please come into school and collect a pack or, if you are isolating contact the school office and we will arrange for a pack to be dropped off at your home.