Knowleswood Primary
School and Nursery

Part of the Cavendish and Knowleswood Federation

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Remote Learning Information

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

1a What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

Remote education is in place and under constant development for all year groups. Children can expect live lessons on Google Meet with a teacher twice a day, a number of online activities (using a range of learning tools) and paper activity packs that can be collected from school each week.

1b 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?

The remote learning curriculum focuses on Reading, Writing and Maths. In KS2 children are able to access daily reading through, Bug Club, English and Maths live lessons on Google Meet and additional Maths practice work on My Maths and Times Tables Rockstars. In KS1 and Reception children can access their daily phonics lesson on Read Write Inc, Maths and English live lessons and additional maths activities on Numbots. For each year group there is a range of links to learning across all areas of the curriculum that parents/carers and children can access independently.

2. Remote teaching and study time each day

2a 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 between 3 and 4 hours each day.

3. Accessing remote education

3a How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

Children access their learning through Google Meet, Google Classroom and a range of online learning tools. Links to the online learning sessions are provided via text messages and the school website shows the learning tools links. Paper activities are also available for collection from school.

3b If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

Pupils without devices can borrow a netbook or Ipad mini from school. Families with no internet access will be provided with a prepaid Wi-Fi hotspot.

3c How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely;

            • live teaching (online lessons)
            • recorded teaching (video/audio recordings made by teachers)
            • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
            • Online tools including: Bug Club, My Maths, Read Write Inc, Numbots, Times Tables Rockstars and White Rose Maths.

4. Engagement and feedback

4a What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We hope that pupils engage with remote education each day and ask that parents/carers support their children, for example by setting routines to support learning and ensuring the safety of their children online.

Parents/carers should endeavour to support pupils’ remote education by creating a positive environment for their child to learn, for example:

            • Emphasise the importance of a safe online environment. Set age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices and use internet filters to block malicious websites. These are usually free, but often need to be turned on
            • Report any online safeguarding concerns to school immediately
            • Be aware of what your child is being asked to do, including: sites they will be asked to use and the school staff your child will interact with
            • Encourage your child to work to the best of their ability and praise their efforts
            • Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life
            • Create and stick to a routine
            • Provide the correct equipment in order for your child to complete the work given (ask school if you need anything)
            • Designate a working space if possible
            • Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day to keep your child active
            • At the end of the day, have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over.

4b How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

We keep a log of children accessing the live sessions so that we can support any parent/child with barriers to engagement/learning. Teachers will contact parents at least once each week if their child is not engaging to find out if there is anything further that school can do to support their child to succeed with learning at home. We are aware that to include everyone we need to provide a range of adapted activities to match every learner.

4c How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Teachers will feedback to pupils during the live lessons. Teachers will also provide feedback on any work that is uploaded to be marked. There are also opportunities for feedback via some of the learning tools.

Some children may require extra time with the teacher should they be finding their learning difficult or need extra challenge. Time is planned in for this with the child or family.

5. Additional support for pupils with particular needs

5a 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:

            • We will adapt tasks so they are appropriate and engaging.
            • Resources will be differentiated
            • Additional telephone contact from school staff
            • SENDCo is available to give any parent/carer additional support or advice
            • Children with an EHCP are welcome at school.

6. 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.

6a If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

During lockdown, children will be able to access remote learning as described above.

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