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Remote learning at Someries Infant School and Early Childhood Education Centre

This page is intended to provide clarity and transparency to parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

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, whilst 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?

All parents and carers will be sent a daily email with work assigned from various online resources covering phonics, mathematics, writing and the foundation subjects of the national curriculum. As we are already prepared, all parents and carers will be invited into school to collect a printed home learning pack for their child when any national or local restrictions are announced which prevent the school from opening.

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 possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, writing and foundation subject topics covered vary from those taught in school due to the accessibility of relevant resources.

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:

  • Reception pupils: 2.5 hours per day
  • Key stage one pupils: 43 hours per day
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

The school is utilising the following resources to support pupils’ access to online remote education:

  • Oak National Academy resources
  • White Rose mathematics
  • Wandle English hub
  • Maths Seeds
  • Mathletics
  • Spelling Shed
  • Kahoot! quizzes
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 and will adopt the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education.

Provision of digital devices

The school will provide tablet computers to families of pupils who have issues with accessing a digital device for online learning. A survey will be accessible to all parents and carers to enable them to request provision of a digital device.

Loaned devices will be configured with all necessary resources for pupils to complete home learning as well as instructions for use at home. These will be available for collection from our School Office within one week of any national or local restrictions being announced which require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

Printed home learning materials

Pupils will have access to high-quality printed home learning packs throughout any period of school closure.

These can be used in conjunction with the remote learning opportunities provided by class teachers.

Our home learning packs will contain the following resources:

Home learning pack one
  • a mathematics activity book
  • either a phonics activity book or a reading comprehension book
Home learning pack two
  • a range of home reading books at your child’s current reading level as well as the reading level above that at which they are currently reading
  • a small whiteboard and whiteboard pens
  • grid paper for pupils in key stage on to use when they are completing mathematics home learning activities
  • a PenPals handwriting practice book and pencil
Home learning pack three
  • a mathematics activity book
  • either a phonics activity book, a reading comprehension book or an English activity book
Home learning pack four
  • a science activity book
  • a spelling, grammar and punctuation activity book
  • a new mathematics activity book
  • a new phonics activity book
How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • recorded teaching, including Oak National Academy lessons
  • printed home learning packs produced by class teachers
  • textbooks and reading books will be made available for pupils to access at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

Pupils should access daily activities assigned to them by their class teacher, including a phonics lesson, English lesson, mathematics lesson and foundation subject lesson. In addition to this, pupils can access additional extension activities as well as usual term-time homework activities such as home reading books, Mathletics and spelling shed.

Where possible, parents and carers should sit with children to watch the instructional videos or presentations linked to activities assigned to them by class teachers to clarify details. Initially, some pupils may need support in applying this knowledge to the task at hand. Parents and carers should continue to read to and with their children on a daily basis.

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

Teachers will be completing weekly wellbeing phone calls in which they will enquire about the pupils’ engagement with remote learning and address any concerns

Dedicated contact emails are set up whereby parents can contact the pupils’ class teacher to raise concerns and seek support

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.

Parents are free to submit pupils’ work to their class teacher via the dedicated contact email addresses provided. In addition to this, parents can share pupils’ work via the school’s Twitter page. Pupils are also invited to complete a weekly quiz via an online platform which is designed to assess their understanding of learning for that week across all subjects covered.

A member of staff is available on a daily basis to provide support and feedback on the work completed by pupils.

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.

The school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator will be in regular contact with parents and carers via telephone to offer support where necessary and to keep them up to date with the rescheduling of appointments and information regarding specialist referrals, Education and Health Care Plan applications and other updates. Additionally, any remote support from Luton Council’s Local Offer will be sent on to parents and carers via email.

All pupils currently on roll with an Education and Health Care Plan will be invited into the school as vulnerable pupils. In addition to this, any parents or carers not wishing to send their child to school will receive individualised remote learning where necessary on a weekly basis; however, they will also receive the same provision as their peers as an option.

Pupils who normally receive speech and language therapy in school will continue to receive these sessions online with their known speech and language therapist to ensure continuity.

Remote access to specialist software such as ‘NESSY reading and spelling’ and ‘Help Kidz Learn’ will be provided to support pupils with their personalised home learning offer.

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?

All pupils will be provided with weekly assigned online tasks via email.