This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to children and parents/ carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this web page.
If you would like to speak to your child's class teacher please email them directly or contact the school office on email@example.com.
If there are local or National restrictions put in place that sees schools in the local area close, then school staff will set work each day between 8:30am - 3:30pm. Teachers will usually set work each morning and then work will be marked and responded to in the afternoons. Staff will be available to email or respond to submitted work or queries again between the hours of 8:30am - 3:30pm. They may not respond immediately due to classroom teaching commitments and meetings but will regularly check Seesaw/ Tapestry and their emails and get back to parents/ carers and children as soon as they can.
Staff will not respond out of the above hours, but will ensure they respond the next day at the first convenient time. School do not expect children to submit work at the weekends or out of school hours (out of 8:30am-3:30pm) and staff will not respond to out of hours.
A child'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 children being sent home?
Children in F1 and FS2 will be set up already on Tapestry. Parents will have been sent an invitation to join Tapestry at the start of the academic year (September). Any parents who have not accepted the invite will be rung directly by the class teacher and talked through how to set themselves up. During the first couple of days of remote education staff will set some tasks that relate to the planned curriculum. They will then communicate with parents/carers after checking that all children are accessing these learning tasks. If children have not accessed them staff will telephone parents/ carers directly to talk them through any concerns or problems.
Children in KS1 (Y1 & Y2) will already be set up on Seesaw. Parents will have been sent an invitation to download the Seesaw APP and details of their child's log on and password. This will have been sent in September. During the first couple of days of remote education, staff will set some tasks that relate to the planned curriculum. They will then monitor which children are submitting them and any who are not, they will directly contact parents/ carers and talk them through any concerns or problems they are having.
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?
Your child will be taught the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example in art we need to consider resource implications and in some aspects of P.E learning such as team games and gymnastics may need to be adapted due to children not having access to other children or the equipment needed.
We expect that remote (including remote teaching and independent work) work will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
How do I access my child's learning?
Children in the Foundation stage classes (Pandas, Hippos and FS2 children in Parrots) will access their learning via an online learning tool called Tapestry. Details are sent out to parents about how to log on and access their child's learning via email and a letter. If you are struggling with this, please speak or email your child's class teacher.
Children in Key stage 1 classes (Y1 Parrots, Koalas, Tigers & Orangutans) will access their learning via an online learning tool called Seesaw. Details have been sent out to parents/carers about how to log on and access their child's learning via email and a letter. Again, if you are struggling with this, please speak to your child's class teacher.
Click on the link below to take you to the Tapestry site - you will need your log on and password (see class teacher)
Please click on the link below to find Seesaw
If your child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
We recognise that some children may not have access to suitable online devices at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach children remotely:
What are your expectations for my child's engagement and the support that we as parents/ carers should provide at home?
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Work will be set online each morning through Tapestry or Seesaw and teachers will add a pre recorded video introducing one or more of the activities and demonstrating a teaching point.
Any submitted work will be marked and commented upon in the afternoons. The final response time from staff each day will be 3:30pm. Work will not be looked at after that and will be marked the next day.
Teachers will monitor each day who is not submitting work and make telephone calls home to find out why. They will aim to work together with parents/ carers to rectify this.
Parents/ carers are encouraged to communicate with teachers via email, phone calls and messages on Seesaw or Tapestry. We also encourage parents/ carers to communicate with school via our closed Facebook group but will only respond during the hours of 8:30am - 6pm Monday - Friday. We encourage parents to email or phone school for queries around log on details and specific information related to remote learning and not use Facebook.
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 children, for example some children 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 children in the following ways:
How will we assess a pupil's work and progress?
After your child has submitted each piece of work on either Tapestry or Seesaw the teacher will assess to see if the work has been completed correctly and to the standard required. If there are concerns around the submitted work, the class teacher will leave some written feedback for your child and you to look at and act upon or will make a phone call/ email to talk through the challenges.
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, we aim to send their work either daily or the whole week's work in one go. With this said though, if the teacher is in class full time, this may differ slightly due to time constraints on some days. We aim to communicate via email, telephone and messages on Seesaw/ Tapestry with parents/carers throughout this time. Feedback to children remains the same and staff will ensure all learning tasks that children submit are responded within 24 hours. The times that staff may set work and respond to work for individual children who are self isolating will be between 9am - 4.30pm due to staff having to be within the classroom.