Covid-19 Home Learning


The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home.

A pupil’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 pupils being sent home?

Via Tapestry (for EYFS and Year 1) and Microsoft Teams (for Years 2-6) your child will be set four online lessons daily. These lessons will often be provided by the Oak National Academy, as recommended by the Government, and consist of teaching videos that children follow and then complete set work.

 

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?

Because we have opted to use Oak National Academy materials, we will teach a similar curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, in Year 5 our cross-curricular theme is currently The Shang Dynasty.


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:

 

EYFS Approximately 3 hours
Key Stage 1 Approximately 3-4 hours
Key Stage 2 Approximately 4-5 hours


Accessing remote education

 

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

We have chosen to use Oak National Academy resources because it has been promoted by the Government for use in Lockdowns and only requires a device that connects to the internet, plus a pencil and paper.

EYFS and Year 1 pupils will access work via Tapestry as parents are already very familiar with this from EYFS.

Years 2-6 will access work via MS Teams. We have prepared your children in school to use MS Teams and have emailed out “How to Guides” to help parents access the resources.

 

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:

From the parent technology survey that we conducted before Christmas, we are aware of already of which families require support with technology.

If you require a laptop, please contact Mrs Carpenter at school on kcarpenter@riversideprimary.net

 

She will be able to support you with a range of technology needs:

  • Support in how to use Tapestry and MS Teams to access the learning and submit the work completed.
  • Lend you a brand new school laptop – this requires signing a lease.
  • Lend you 4G routers to connect to the internet
  • Supply free education data downloads

 

If, despite the technological support we can offer you, you are unable to access the online learning, please contact the school office on 01752 365297.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

Your child will be set four daily online lessons from the Oak National Academy (plus phonic teaching videos for EYFS and Year 1 linked to your child’s phonic level). The day’s timetable and links to the materials will released via Tapestry and MS Teams at 8:30am each morning. Throughout the week, we will also publish PE and MFL lessons recorded by our staff, and in EYFS English videos to promote kinaesthetic learning also.

In addition, teachers will also publish spelling lists and timetables links (e.g. to TT Rockstars).

We encourage children to read every day at home. To facilitate and encourage this, if your child is a Renaissance Reader, they can now quiz at home (log-in details have been sent). The library is also open so that parents can change books twice a week according to the following timetable:

Day 9:30-11:00am 1:10-2:30pm
Mondays Years 3, 4, 5, 6 Years 1 and 2
Tuesdays Years 3, 4, 5, 6 EYFS
Wednesday Years 1 and 2
Thursdays Large families and

Years 3, 4, 5, 6

Years 3, 4, 5, 6
Fridays EYFS Years 3, 4, 5, 6

When changing books, please bring your child’s home reading record so that we can match their new books to their reading level and ensure that we don’t duplicate books. You are most welcome to take more than one book away with you each time – all we ask is that you always return the books that have been read.

We recognise the importance of providing children who are learning off site with the chance to socially interact with their peers.  Therefore each week, there will be a live class assembly so that classes can meet up virtually with their class teacher:

Day 10:00am 11:00am
Mondays Year 6 Year 5
Tuesdays Year 4 Year 3
Wednesday Year 2


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?

It is expected that your child completes each lesson and uploads the work they have done so that it can be marked by a teacher, who will then provide feedback.

If your child is in Years 2-6, they have been taught in school how to send their work in – we have published some “How to Guides” to help, but if you would like further support, please email Mrs Carpenter at kcarpenter@riversideprimary.net or ring the school on 365297.

Please ensure that your child has submitted their work daily so that a teacher can check it and provide feedback.

You will also receive at least one phone call each week from a teacher in your child’s year group – this is designed to check you and your child are accessing the work without problems, engage with your child so they know that we as a school are missing them and give you an opportunity to ask for any help or support you might need.

Helen Dyer, our Parent Support Worker, is also on hand to support parents who are finding lockdown challenging (child’s behaviour, finances, you require food parcels etc.)  or are having difficulty establishing routines for school work or boundaries at home. If you would like to speak to Helen, please ring school on 365297 to arrange a call back.

 

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

The three teachers from each year group will rotate on a three-weekly basis between teaching in school, checking and feeding back on the remote learning and phoning pupils and parents. The three teachers liaise closely so that your child’s class teacher knows how well your child is engaging with their remote learning and of any issues/support the family might need.

We will contact you at least once a week as a matter of course, but if your child is not engaging with any learning, we will contact you more frequently to check how we can help you ensure that they are accessing learning and uploading work. However, we appreciate that different families will be managing a variety of circumstances and family dynamics and therefore, we recognise that some pupils will access the learning at different times to others – please do feel free to let the teacher on call know if you are finding it difficult to manage or motivate your child and we will support you.

 

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 make daily comment on all work that is submitted on, and up to 12:00pm the following day. Feedback will celebrate pupils’ efforts and achievements and identify areas to improve/consider for the next session.
  • Videos made and shared by one of the year group teacher’s weekly will welcome children, celebrate effort and motivate pupils


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:

As a school, we continue to work identifying children and families with specific needs. We work in partnership with our SEND and Pastoral Teams to help address issues and support families. If necessary, we will invite some children into school. For those who can be supported at home, we:

  • Issue specialist equipment for use at home
  • Provide differentiated activities and resources – paper-based if required
  • Make at least weekly pastoral phone calls home, in addition to the calls from teachers
  • Liaise with MAST, Social Care and Educational Psychologists regarding children and families with very specific and/or complex needs
  • Arrange and/or conduct welfare visits where necessary
  • Direct our in-house Speech and Language Therapist to support children via phone calls and virtual therapy sessions
  • Oversee that the MAST support work continues even if children not attending during lockdowns
  • Pupil Support Tutor maintains support for any children in school and for those at home, whom are current caseloads
  • Family Support Advisor on call to support parents, including out of hours.

 

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?

During periods of lockdown, if you are a key worker or your family is receiving support from Social care, your child may have a place in school. Because pressure on school places is high, we have asked that if you are a key worker that you only send your child to school on days where you are out at work. To ensure continuity for those children accessing a mix of in-school and home learning, we follow the same timetable and use the same resources in school as we set for remote learning. If your child is not at school because you are isolating, they can therefore follow the remote learning and will not miss out or need to catch-up when you return to work and they return to school.

If we are not in a period of lockdown, and your child is not attending school due to isolating, you will be emailed work that is aligned to teaching in school but still in a familiar format for example, if pupils in school are being taught a lesson on addition, your child might be sent an Oak National Academy lesson on addition.