Remote Education

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Remote education provision: information for parents at St Kentigern’s

 

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 classes (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 will be very similar to what is being taught in class and this will continue throughout their time at home.

 

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

If your child is in school when the Bubble is closed, they will access all their learning online.

 

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?

During a Government directed lockdown, when only Vulnerable pupils and children of Critical Workers are allowed in school, we will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school.

 

If your child has to isolate and school is in session, then there will be some differences, but the Class Teacher will post resources, PowerPoints and worksheets onto Tapestry or Google Classrooms.

 

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, in line with government guideline, that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Reception

3 hours on Class Dojo and Tapestry

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

3 hours on Google Classrooms

Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5, and 6)

4 hours on Google Classrooms

 

Please be aware that this is a guideline; some children will work faster at different subjects and on different days. Also, be conscious of your own timetable when working from home as this may also impact on specific days.

 

Accessing remote education

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

  • Reception will be using Class Dojo and Tapestry
  • Year 1 – 6 will be using Google Classrooms

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

Please contact Mrs. Wygladala by telephone 01253 393302 or via Class Dojo to discuss any support you may need. We have a small number of laptops which can be loaned to families who are experiencing difficulties accessing online resources.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Pre-recorded teaching – Oak National Academy and White Rose Maths
  • Published workbooks
  • Video clips posted daily by the class teacher
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences including Sumdog, TT Rock stars, Rising Stars, IDL and Active Learn to access e-books, quizzes and phonic games
  • Long-term project work and/or internet research activities

 

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

  • Complete the specified work set by the Class Teacher which is updated daily on Google Classrooms or Tapestry/Dojo for Reception
  • Access assignments set by the Class Teacher through Google Classrooms and respond to the Class Teacher
  • Take regular breaks for physical exercise and time for independent play or rest
  • Access Zoom meetings whenever possible to check in with their teacher and classmates
  • Enjoy the flexibility of lessons and add your own creativity – HAVE FUN!

 

Parents

  • At the start of a day (or the night before) agree a flexible timetable with your child of what is going to be completed from the one shared by the teacher
  • Build in rewards for concentration and completion of tasks e.g. 30 minute play in the garden, independent play, episode of a favourite TV programme, share a book/card game/board game
  • Ask your child to explain to you exactly what they have to do in a task so that you can be sure they understand before completing independently
  • Be patient – as adults we have years of experience of some things, children are often just at the start of the journey
  • Build in breaks from each other. Allow your child time to play in another room while you have a cup of tea and some peace and quiet
  • Contact Mrs. Wygladala on 01253 393302 or via Class Dojo private message if you have any concerns

 

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

  • Class Teachers will monitor engagement daily through Tapestry/Dojo (Reception) and Google Classrooms
  • Weekly Zoom meets will be an ideal opportunity to ask your teacher about a lesson which you found challenging
  • Teachers will contact parents, by Dojo or telephone if they have any concerns

  

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:

  • Individual comments on Google Classrooms
  • Whole-class feedback on Zoom meets
  • Individual marking using Google Classrooms

 

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:

  • Individual work packs prepared by the Class Teacher specifically to address IEP targets
  • Use of Tapestry or Google Classrooms to set personalised tasks
  • Access to personalised digital programmes e.g IDL

 

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?

  • The Class Teacher will post resources, PowerPoints and worksheets onto Tapestry or Google Classrooms and monitor your child’s work
  • The Class Teacher will schedule weekly Zoom meets between your child and the class to check in and let the children in each class see their friends and talk to them

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