Remote Education Provision

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 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 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?

Children will be sent home with or asked to collect a device immediately. All children in Year 1 to 6 will be provided with Chromebooks, laptops or iPads. FS will access their work through Tapestry and will be provided with access to a device if required. Year 1 will access their work through Tapestry and Purple Mash. From Year 2 to Year 6 all work will be accessed through Google Classroom. 

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, due to children not having adequate resources at home, such as art and Design Technology materials and some science experiments which require specialised equipment. 

The content of some PE lessons may be different. In all these cases alternative lesson ideas with the same learning outcomes will always be provided.

White Rose Maths resources http://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ will be available to use 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:

Primary school-aged pupils (Early Years and KS1) A minimum of 3 hours per day
Primary school-aged pupils (KS2) A minimum of 4 hours per day

Accessing remote education

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

Children will be provided with Chromebooks, laptops or iPads.

  • FS will access their work through Tapestry
  • Year 1 will access their work through Tapestry and Purple Mash.
  • From Year 2 to Year 6 all work will be accessed through Google Classroom.

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:

  • We will provide a device that will be available to collect from school, or will be delivered if required. You will need to sign an agreement to acknowledge the loan of the equipment and need responsibilities for lost or damaged.
  •  If you do not have access to Wi-Fi we will help you have your mobile data allowance increased, at no additional cost, or we will provide you with a data sim card to use.
  •  If children need to do some activities on printed materials, these can be collected from school or at your request will be posted to you for your child to use.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

In Early Years (Nursery/Reception):

  • Children will be taught through Tapestry, there will be a pre-recorded lesson on phonics, Maths, English and story time as well as ideas for your child to complete covering the whole range of the early year’s curriculum
  • Reading will be done initially through the books sent home with children and then moving to eBooks, staff will advise which band books children should be reading.

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/free-ebooks/

  • Additionally, children will be sent a weekly paper pack of materials to complete at home.
  • Staff will give feedback to children on Tapestry, parents can post pictures of the work children are doing for the staff to look at.
  • Messages will be sent to parents/carers via Tapestry and Parent Mail.

In Year 1:

  • Children will be taught through Tapestry, there will be pre-recorded lessons on phonics, English and maths.
  • Children will receive phonics intervention, if required, through a pre-recorded lesson.
  • Reading will be done initially through the books sent home with children and then moving to eBooks, staff will advise which band books children should be reading. https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/free-ebooks/
  • Other curriculum subjects will be taught through a mixture of pre-recorded videos or links to videos found online, for example, the Oak National Academy lessons.
  • Work will be set on Purple Mash for these activities. https://www.purplemash.com/sch/brownhill-ls9
  • Children will receive daily feedback on work completed through Purple Mash

In Year 2 and KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)

  • Learning for all subjects will be uploaded daily onto Google Classroom.
  • Live registration will take place for all pupils at 9:00. The link to this live session can be found on google classroom.
  • Teachers will pre-record teaching videos daily as well as using other educational resources to support your child’s learning.
  •  Live tutorials will take place during the day to give advice, instruction and feedback to your child. The number of live sessions will depend on the subject taught age of your child and the daily need.
  • Other curriculum subjects will be taught through a mixture of pre-recorded videos or links to videos found online, for example, the Oak National Academy lessons.
  • Reading will be done initially through the books sent home with children and then moving to eBooks, staff will advise which band books children should be reading.
  • https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/free-ebooks/

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?

  • Children to be actively encouraged to engage with the home learning set for a minimum of 3 hours if in EYFS and KS1 and 4 hours if in KS2.
  • Parents to support their child in accessing resources
  • Ensure if you have a child in year 2-6 that they attend live registration and tutorial sessions daily.
  • Make the school aware of there are circumstances that would prevent their child from completing home learning one day, for example, if they are unwell.
  • Seek help from school if needed.

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

  • We will check pupils’ engagement with remote learning daily on Tapestry, Purple Mash or Google Classroom.
  • For pupils in Year 2 to 6 we will check that your child attends registration and tutorial sessions.
  •  If there is no engagement a phone call will be made home to see if there are any problems that the school can help with and to make parents/carers aware.
  • If there is no engagement with remote learning your child will be invited to attend school on a daily basis.

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 will be given to children individually, in groups or as a whole class, depending on the work.
  • Work handed in on Google Classroom will be marked by staff and returned to children with a mark and where needed a comment suggesting edits, corrections or improvement. Children will also receive comments on areas that have been successful.
  • Work returned on Tapestry and Purple Mash will receive written feedback from a staff member.
  • Children in Year 2 to Year 6 will have a live feedback session, at least once a day, where children can ask questions about the work and staff can give personalised feedback where required. These will take the form of the whole class or some group session.

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:

  • All pupils with an EHCP will be offered a place in school.
  • All pupils who are unable to access learning through the platforms provided due to their additional needs will be offered a place in school
  •  If children are unable to attend school, differentiated learning will be provided via Tapestry, Purple Mash or Google Classroom. A paper copy of work can be requested if necessary.

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? 

Your children will continue to receive their work through Tapestry, Purple Mash or Google Classroom. Work will be submitted through the platform and feedback will be given. Children will receive the same lessons that are happening in school, as much as is possible.

If a device is required, one will be provided. Paper copies can always be made available if required.