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?
During the first day, teachers will be preparing to move across to live lessons using Zoom. For the first day, we would like pupils to access oak academy trust or BBC Bitesize. Please see our learning zone for direct links. You should already have a workbook that was given out, at the beginning of the year. If you do not have this, please email your class email account, to request one. All further information will be displayed on the class page as well as Seesaw/ Tapestry.
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?
At Fawbert and Barnard’s, we want to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn to a high standard. Remote learning has been further developed in October due to the changes to the pandemic. The School want to ensure that the Pupils at Fawbert and Barnard’s Primary School get the same enriched, balanced curriculum whether the Pupils are in school or at home. This follows the TMAT remote learning policy.
We are improving the quality of education given to our pupils if we do need to go into another lockdown or a bubble(s) will need to isolate due to a positive case. This will only go into action if there is a positive case within the bubble – please see the contingency plan for further details.
Each week, a time table will be created in order to give Pupils a mixture of virtual learning via Zoom from the class teachers as well as independent tasks set for Pupils with minimal supported needed from parents/ guardians. These times tables will include the balanced recovery curriculum ensuring Pupils receive the correct amount of core and non-core subjects meeting their needs. Furthermore, these time tables have been created strategically across the school to ensure that we minimise the amount of time Pupils are online and to take into consideration number of devices at home for Pupils to use.
Each week, we aim to have a wellbeing community period for each class where Pupils can meet with the teachers and friends and we can ensure Pupils’s wellbeing is considered. Additionally, teachers and TAs will be checking on each child to ensure they are supported throughout the period of remote learning.
All of this has been adapted from the feedback that we received from the surveys we have collected in June/ July and in September from parents.
We want to continue to build strong communication with our community and are happy to receive feedback and comments to improve the learning process.
We have delivered three webinars regarding remote learning and how it would run if we do need to isolate for a period of time – please see the learning zone.
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 same hours as if they were at school. Pupils will only be expected to be online via zoom for a period of no longer than 2 hours during the day across the whole school with activities that Pupils can do without the use of the Internet.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
At Fawbert and Barnard’s Primary school, we are choosing to use Zoom for our online remote education for our live sessions as well as the use of Seesaw and Tapestry. These are already embedded in day to day teaching of Pupils and parents can access training via the learning zone for any support. Time tables have been set up to ensure that Pupils can access remote learning at set times of the day not clashing with siblings who may be in a different year.
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. In September, we put out a survey regarding online access at home. We have worked strategically across the school to ensure that time tables meet the needs of families who have more than one child at our school ensuring that they can access live lessons. For those families who do not have access at home, we have contacted these parents recently and will have iPads and modems (Internet access) ready to lend for when a bubble closes down. We do not anticipate any learning needs to be printed. Work will be submitted on Seesaw and Tapestry.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
· live teaching (online lessons) via Zoom
· recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers) -
· PDFs, PowerPoints and online versions of documents attached to Seesaw and Tapestry
· Lexia, TTrockstars, Language nut and other online platforms to help with learning
· commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
. Week long project work across the school if greater number of bubbles close.
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 engage with remote education. At Fawbert and Barnard’s Primary School, we have planned our remote learning to ensure that Pupils are able to do their learning as independently as possible. This can be more difficult with Key stage one or EYFS Pupils who may need support at home from parents and carers. Teachers and TAs will give Pupils 20 minutes of input into lessons and will then assess what support pupils will need for the remainder of the lesson. They will then contact these pupils and give further support either in small intervention zoom sessions or via phone calls. The time table below must be followed to ensure all pupils are accessing the whole curriculum. Lunch times and break times are planned as whole school to allow siblings to have a break together. There will be a weekly wellbeing session for Years 1-6 and daily for EYFS Pupils so we can see how pupils are feeling, reflect what is going well and what changes need to occur.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Work from pupils will need to be posted after they have completed the task given. Teachers will then feedback and work with Pupils who are less engaged. Phone calls and zoom meetings will be set up with Pupils are struggling to engage. Teachers will inform parents if they are concerned. If Pupils do not access the class zoom meeting where a register will be taken, parents and carers will be contacted.
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 pupils. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Teachers will be assessing with TAs during the live session of which pupils understand the activity that has been set and will work with those pupils who will need support. When pupils upload their work onto Seesaw and Tapestry, feedback will be given to pupils as well as adaptations of planning lessons the following day to ensure learning is meeting pupils needs.
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. Resources will be made specifically for these Pupils to meet their needs as well as regular communication with their class teacher, TA or one-to-one support. Pupils learning may be tailored differently for pupils with SEND which the class teacher and SENCo will ensure the teaching is delivered to meet the pupils needs.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, remote education will 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 need to self-isolate while the remaining class is still in school will continue the same learning as those pupils who are in school. Teachers will post up the same work as in school on Seesaw or Tapestry for Pupils to access. Pupils will complete the same activities but may have some sessions tailored to working independently at home. Regular phone calls to the pupil will occur and work will need to be uploaded back onto Seesaw and Tapestry in order for the teacher to feedback. Class email account will be available for questions for pupil or parent or carer to ask but this may not be instant feedback. Teacher and TA within the class will ensure to contact pupil regularly and monitor the email account throughout the day as best they can.
On the first day of self-isolation the pupil will be directed to Oak Academy as the class teacher may already by teaching by the time the school finds out the Pupil is self-isolating. From the second day the class teacher will post all learning, as detailed above.
PE Fitness videos - Fitness with Mrs Eastland
Relaxation video - Relaxation session 1.mp4