Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Details of remote learning will be sent out via Tapestry, Class Dojo and posted onto School360 either on the Sunday prior to that week’s work commencing or before school starts on the Monday morning. Links to Tapestry and School 360 can be found on our website:
The weekly home learning for Early Years and Key Stage 1 will be in pdf format, so should be easily accessible on a wide range of devices. There are links contained within the documents so that parents and pupils can easily navigate directly to online lessons and resources mentioned. All Key Stage 2 work is uploaded onto School360 and all attachments can be open within School360.
When children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 complete the work, we would ask parents or carers to message evidence of the work via Tapestry or Class Dojo.to the year group email addresses. This could be in the form of an attachment of a photo or video, or a quick description of what work the child has been doing.
Children in Key Stage 2 will be mainly accessing work in School360, which allows work to be edited, completed and saved back in the appropriate place on the learning platform. This way, teaching staff can access the finished work, suggest improvements and comment on the finished piece. For those families, where this is not working so well, printed packs of work will be made for collection. Work from the previous week will need to be returned upon collecting the next pack.
As well as accessing the online content using a laptop or desktop PC, it should be possible to view the content on a smaller device like a mobile phone or tablet. It is also possible to use video game consoles, for example an Xbox or PlayStation, to view the school website. A keyboard would need to be connected and you would need to use the inbuilt web browsers that are available on the device.
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:
- If families are unable to provide a suitable device to access online work, we are able to lend out a limited number of school owned laptops and/or tablets to pupils, where parents sign a user agreement. Please contact school by messaging the class teacher, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01670 512834 if you would like to find out more. We also have a limited number of DfE laptops for this purpose.
- If an internet connection at home is inadequate to complete the work provided, we can apply for an increase in mobile data via your network, or potentially apply to the DfE for a 4G wireless router to enable you to connect to the online resources. Again, please get in touch using the above details if you think that you would qualify for this. When you phone school, we will need the following information:
- The name of the account holder
- The number of the mobile device
- The mobile network of that device
- Whether it is a pay monthly or pay as you go
We will submit this information and once the network provider is notified and they agree, they will process the data increase and you will receive a text message. Click here to read more from the DfE.
- A certain amount of printed resources will be supplied to each pupil in a paper pack, which complement the work being assigned online. If you are unable to print worksheets provided for your child’s home learning, we can print these for you to collect from school. Please contact your child’s class teacher on Class Dojo if this would be helpful for you.
- If you are unable to submit work to your child’s teacher online, please bring the work into school when you collect the next pack so that the relevant teacher can provide feedback to any work completed. Depending on the work completed, it may also be useful to arrange a telephone conversation with your child’s teacher to discuss how work is going.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Recorded teaching: For key subjects, we will link to high quality video teaching of key concepts, where children are prompted to complete independent tasks throughout the video.
- Live lessons may be used in some subjects in some classes.
- Live explanations through use of a graphics pad to ensure concepts that are proving tricky to understand, can be explained through modelling.
- Recorded stories and texts.
- Printed paper packs produced by teachers of the worksheets, PowerPoints and other handouts that will be used in the class that week
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences: Teachers will often link to useful websites that provide stimulating and interactive ways to learn.
- Occasional project work, often including internet research activities, where this is deemed appropriate for the subject being taught.
- Throughout the school, we offer work that allows children to be away from a screen for some time during the week.