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Remote Learning- Information for Parents

 

We have put in place a plan for remote learning so that all children can continue with their education. This meets the expectations set out in the DfE guidance ‘Remote Education Support’

The plan outlines what you can expect if an individual child, a class bubble, or       indeed, if the whole school, will need to self-isolate for a period of time.

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.

Remote Learning Acceptable Use Policy for pupils and parents

What should my child expect from immediate online remote education?

 

As a school we are currently working remotely using Microsoft Teams 365. On home devices children will be able to access recorded lessons from their classteacher. The lesson content will support pupils activities, in their paper packs or CGP books. Pupils can post questions about their work to their teacher or share and upload images of their completed work.

 

There will be weekly “Live sessions” in Microsoft Teams with the class teacher. This entails the teachers coming on screen, introducing the session and setting topic challenges. This allows teachers to touch-base with their pupils and is an opportunity for pupils to share some of the work they have been doing during the week.

 

In the next few weeks, Teaching Assistants will be setting up specific groups, in order to support all children and meet individual needs.

 

We have also provided children with login details in order for them to access a range of additional learning platforms. (TT rockstars https://ttrockstars.com/ , Oddizzi https://www.oddizzi.com/schools/login/  , Epic! A virtual library-  https://www.getepic.com/sign-in)

 

The National Oak Academy https://classroom.thenational.academy/  and the BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/this-terms-topics   have free online lessons and resources for pupils to explore with no need for a login.

What will remote learning involve in the first few days?

 

A pupil's first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all the necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching. 

In the first two days your child will be able to access the online learning on our school website. https://www.berridgeprimary.com/self-isolation-learning-provision-autumn-term/

 Here you will find relevant English, maths and topic lessons for you to access without needing any exercise books or equipment

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be broadly taught the same curricuculum as 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, you will find a greater emphasis on grammar and punctuation in English and a greater emphasis on number skills in Maths. Your child will be issued with both a Maths and English work book that will support with this learning, they will also have an exercise book for additional activities they complete- e.g topic work or online lessons they have accessed via the website.

Topic work reflects what your child would be doing in school but will not be the same.

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

At Berridge, we use Microsoft Teams to support our online learning. Your child has been issued with an email and password to allow them to access these sessions. Please speak to the school if you do not have these details.

 

Guide for Downloading and using Microsoft Teams

Teams for Education - a pictorial guide

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:

 

The Government have provided us with a small number of digital devices, which will be leaned out to families in need. If you do not have a suitable device to support your child’s learning please contact Mr Stagier via the school office. Families, who are eligible to receive a device will then be contacted.

 

  • Pupils are issued with an English and Maths work book as well as an exercise book. You will also receive regular messages, via the schools app, letting you know that further paper work packs are available to collect in school.
  • Your child will not need to print anything at home.
  • All lessons are pre-recorded so do not worry if you only have one device to share. They will be able to watch the sessions before completing the work in their books at a time that suits the whole family.
  • We offer a live lesson once a week, which are staggered times, so once again all children should be able to join these to give feedback or ask questions about their learning
  • Your class teacher will contact you via telephone once a fortnight to check that your child is still able to access remote lessons
  • Your child’s class also has a class email address that you can contact anytime. This was issued in the first work pack. Please contact school if you are unsure of this.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

 

  • Weekly live feedback session-where children can ask questions and get feedback about their learning. Pupils can also share examples of their work in these sessions too
  • Recorded lessons-your child’s class teacher will introduce and model the work that needs to be completed that day
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers which contain reading comprehensions, spellings and topic challenges (regular text and app messages let you know when new packs are ready to be collected from school)
  • textbooks- English and Maths CPG books
  • reading books

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 watch log in to all lessons to support with their workbook learning
  • Pupils should ‘reply’ to let teachers know they have watched the session. Children can also leave copies of work or any feedback here too
  • Parents should regularly discuss the Online safety rules with their children
  • They should also ensure that the expectations from the Remote Learning AUP are followed
  • Parents should put a routine in place that reflects the school day as much as possible, although we understand this may alter if children are sharing a device
Look at the e-safety sites on the school website- click the link below

 

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

  • Staff monitor the class Team and email daily and will reply to any queries, comments or examples of work within 48 working hours
  • Teachers and TAs will ring home once a week to discuss engagement and any concerns. Parent support workers may also be able to offer additional support and advice

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:

 

  • Teachers will give feedback to individual pupils who submit work or questions on either the class Team or class email
  • Staff will check these daily and will ensure your child gets a response within a maximum of 48 hours
  • Feedback on topic challenges will also be given during the live sharing lessons

Support for pupils with additional needs 

 

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils 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
  • Some pupils will have access to their own Team with suitable lesson activities to follow
  • Younger pupils’ (those in F2) lessons will focus on challenges that pupils can do at home with work packs to support this
  • Nursery children have a weekly live nursery rhyme session

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?

If your child is self-isolating the following will happen:

You will be given a work pack containing an English and Maths workbook. The pack will also contain reading comprehensions and topic challenges.

You will also asked to look at the weblink for your child’s year group that  will help them access online lessons via our school website

 

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