Remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to parents/carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (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 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 pupils being sent home?
On the first day please access the class pages of the school website for Yealm to find online materials to support home learning. For Year 2-6 they should login to their Google Account to find the work set (please contact us if your child has forgotten their login). We will prepare workbooks and any additional resources your child will need to be sent home.
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?
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 that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Primary school-aged pupils
EYFS 2-3 hours a day
KS1 (Yr1,2) 3 hours a day
KS2 (Yr3,4,5,6) 4 hours a day.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
For children in EYFS and YR 1 we use a mixture of Tapestry and zoom to access remote education.
From Year 2 and above we use Google Classrooms to facilitate the online learning.
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:
We will provide a device for any family who does not have a device, with priority going to disadvantaged pupils and those with additional needs. Wherever possible we aim to provide one device per child.
For pupils without internet access we will support them using the DfE schemes to receive additional mobile internet access or wireless internet.
Where this is not possible then paper copies of work can be provided.
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?
We expect parents/carers to support their child to engage with the daily activities as much as possible. Liaising with the class teacher if this needs adapting or changing for their child. We expect parents to supervise their child to ensure they are using the devices and materials safely and behaving appropriately during live meetings. We ask that parents help their child to send any work that requires feedback and to engage in regular contact with their child’s teacher. We aim to make the majority of the work at the right level so that children can access it independently.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
After the first week of online learning we expect children to start submitting work regularly to their teacher. We highlight on the timetables which piece of work the teacher would like to see each day. Families can choose to send additional work for teacher feedback. Feedback will be given online via Tapestry/Google Classrooms/Seesaw. Teachers will only give feedback on work that requires a comment, we will not comment on every piece of work completed- in a similar way to how we mark in school. Group/individual feedback sessions will be given each week and parents will be contacted if we 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:
Whole class or group feedback will be given at least once a week, for most
classes this will be daily during group meets. For some work children will be able
to mark their own work. Work uploaded to Seesaw/Tapestry/Google Classroom
will be commented on where appropriate and families can request additional
feedback if needed.
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:
In this section, please set out briefly:
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 school is open to all children and your child is self-isolating then the work will be set through the class pages on the school website. The class teacher will make daily contact with you via Tapestry (EYFS/1) or Seesaw (Yr2-6) and will ring you during the week to see how you are getting on. The work set will match the objectives covered in school and the work set in school will be adapted to make it accessible for you at home it may include online materials such a Oak Academy/BBC Bitesize lessons and White Rose Maths videos and worksheets. You can send work in to receive feedback from your teachers.