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.
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.
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.
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Engagement and Feedback
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:
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:
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 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