remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents/carers about what to expect from remote education at Linthwaite Ardron CE (VA) Junior and Infant School if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
Feedback from stakeholders, following a questionnaire completed in October 2020, has helped to shape our approach to remote learning so that it closely matches the needs of families at Linthwaite Ardron. Our whole school approach will be to provide a number of classteacher led, recorded lessons that shape each day's learning. By working in this way we are ensuring that:
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
what is taught to pupils at home
A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different to 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?
Your child will be expected to use the online learning platforms to which our school subscribes. These, for most children, are detailed on a ‘bookmark’ and will have been sent home from school previously. They may include Purple Mash, TT Rock Stars and Spelling Shed, amongst other resources. Platforms specified for each year group will vary and will be based on age-related suitability and expectations. If you do not seem to have this information at home, please ask. For children in EYFS activities are posted on Tapestry. All children will be expected to read each day for a minimum of 20 minutes. For younger children this should be split into one or more shorter sessions.
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?
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school, wherever this is possible and appropriate. However, we need to make some adaptations in some subjects where children do not have access to necessary equipment that is required for completing a task. For example, using a saw and vice to construct a Roman catapult or using clay to make an Egyptian death mask.
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
We plan inline with government guidance and this is that pupils in KS1 and EYFS are expected to complete set activities in approximately 3 hours and pupils in KS2 are expected to complete activities in approximately 4 hours. This will be a combination of:
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
KS1 and KS2 pupils will access their remote learning through the class pages on Linthwaite Ardron’s school website.
EYFS pupils will access their learning through Tapestry and / or their class page on our school website.
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. To support those pupils to access remote education we will issue or lend laptops or tablets to pupils when they do not have that facility at home.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
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?
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are 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:
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:
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 not in school because they are self isolating, but the rest of their class is in school, learning activities may be paper based and more reliant upon providers of ‘live learning’ such as Oak Academy. However, learning activities will be in line with those that are being undertaken in school wherever possible so that pupil do not need to ‘catch up’ on their return to school.
Paper packs will need collecting from the school office. In cases where the whole family is shielding or self isolating, paper packs will be dropped off at the child’s home.