office@wal.bcwcat.co.uk

01274 531102

St Walburga's Catholic Primary School

Remote Learning

This information is designed to provide clarity and transparency to children and parents or 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 children are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

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

Work will be set online as soon as possible from the point at which they need to isolate from school. This work will be available remotely via Google Classroom. 

 

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as if they were in school?

It is expected that your child will very swiftly switch to using Google Classroom. We plan to teach the same range of subjects as we would in school. This will be via a variety of means including live sessions, recorded videos, written explanations and the use of other online learning resources.

Some lessons will need to be delivered differently due to resourcing and their practical lessons.

For example, PE  - team games cannot be carried out at home but alternative activities will be suggested to keep your child active.

Science -  where investigations cannot be carried out, simulations or video clips may be used instead.

Art/DT - activities will be suggested that require resources you are likely to have at home. 

How long can I expect work set by the school to take each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day, (following Government guidelines):

EYFS There will be up to 3 hours work per day provided. This will include some online activities but the majority will be learning that can be developed through offline practical activities and play
KS1 There will be a minimum of 3 hours work per day provided - this will constitute daily English (including reading activities), Maths, Phonics and at least one other subject
KS2 There will be a minimum of 4 hours work per day provided - this will constitute daily English, Maths and at least one other subject, along with daily reading and the learning of spellings and basic Maths skills (e.g. times tables) across the week

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

 Your child will access online remote education through Google Classroom. Each child has their own log in, that has been provided to you by school. 

1) Go to your browser and type Google.classroom into the search bar.

2) From this, open Google Classroom. If you already have a Google Account in your name you will need to switch user to your child’s profile. 

3) All children have been invited to join their own year group Google Classroom.

4) If your child has not already joined, simply choose the ‘I’m a student’ icon then click on join.

5) Specific technical issues will be addressed through the teachers sharing 'how to' videos in the class stream tab

6)If you have any difficulties with access please contact the office by phone on 01274 531102 or email office@wal.bcwcat.co.uk 

 

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

We will endeavour to ensure that all families have at least one working device on which pupils can access their remote learning. If families only have limited access - due to the number of devices/number of children/working from home etc. -school will loan the family a device, which can be kept for the duration of the period of the school closure.

If families do not have access to the internet, we will work with national and local organisations to try to provide internet access e.g. through providing a data SIM or 4G router.

If neither of the above options are practical or suitable, as a last resort, we will provide paper copies of the work set. 

We will use the results of our recent survey to identify families that may need support with devices and access. If you are finding access difficult for your child and we have not contacted you, please do get in touch by phone 01274 531102 or email office@wal.bcwcat.co.uk 

We can also provide pupils with stationery and writing materials if needed - if so, parents should contact the office by phone 01274 531102 or email office@wal.bcwcat.co.uk 

How will my child be taught remotely?

Teachers will, as much as possible, use the strategies and methods that are deployed in school as these are familiar to the children. However, these will be presented in different ways. We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • - written instructions accompanying  assignments on Google Classroom
  • - recorded video or audio teaching and instructions, made by your child’s class teacher and shared through Google Classroom 
  • - staff may utilise other online resources as part of the weekly timetable including such things as e.g. White Rose Maths, BBC Bitesize, Oak National Academy
  • - online tasks to be completed involving typing responses onto documents in the Google Classroom
  • - offline tasks to be completed, such as a written piece, practical work etc. which can then be photographed and uploaded to the Google Classroom
  • - links to activities on other websites; other online activities, such as teacher-led story time, Collective Worships, Google Meets to review work and catch up on how things are going
  • -other offline activities, such as independent reading, practising spellings or times tables
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What are your expectations for my child's engagement and the support that we, as parents and carers, should provide at home?

We expect your child to complete the tasks set each day to the best of their abilities, unless they are unwell - in which case please let the class teacher know. 

We understand that balancing supporting your child’s education with your own work commitments may be difficult, but the more support and encouragement you can provide for your child, the better the quality of their home learning experience will be.

The children benefit greatly from structure, so you should aim to get them up, dressed and ready to start work at normal school time where possible.  Give them a quiet space to work, regular breaks and support them with any questions they may have.

If you have difficulty understanding what to do for a task or finding the best way to support your child, please get in touch with your child’s class teacher. All email contacts are available on the class pages of the website.

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

Your child’s work will be checked daily by teachers and a record kept of their engagement.

If there are concerns, parents will initially be contacted by phone so that we can offer support and encouragement. This will give us an opportunity to understand the particular circumstances of a family but also to go through the expectations that the school has of remote learning.

If children continue to struggle to engage with their work at home, they may then fall into the ‘vulnerable’ category and we will discuss the possibility of the attending face to face schooling.

In the case of school being unable to make contact with parents via the phone, a doorstep visit will be carried out

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. 

Your child’s work will be checked daily by teachers. Teachers will provide feedback to children in a variety of ways:

-a personal marking comment reflecting on the successful aspects of your child’s work with guidance on how to improve work

-a score to show how well a task has been completed

-annotating the work with comments throughout to show where edits are required

Sometimes your child’s work may be returned to them for editing and this must then be ‘turned in’ once more. 

It is most helpful for teachers to plan appropriate work if children submit work in a timely way. 

Feedback will be provided regularly throughout the school day, providing an ongoing dialogue between your child and their teacher in the Google Classroom Stream

However, work that is submitted throughout evenings or weekends may not be responded to until the following working day. We recognise that work may be submitted later due to family circumstances. 

 

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 work set will be tailored to the needs of your child with SEND, so that the explanations given, responses required and resources used are suited to your child specifically. 

For younger children, a mixture of online and offline activities will be included in the daily offer, that can allow for both supported and independent learning. For example, some activities may be mainly play-based, some may require watching a story or video on screen, while some may require adult modelling and closer supervision.

Other strategies that may be considered where there is a need is for teachers or support staff to contact parents of pupils with SEND for occasional 1:1 remote sessions with the pupil concerned, either via telephone or online.

If you have an concerns, please contact our SENCo  - samantha.dobson@wal.bcwcat.co.uk 

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?

It is our intention that children self-isolating will be able to continue to access the same curriculum as those in school, wherever possible.

Please understand that the class teacher may well be teaching the rest of the class full time and so there may well be a difference in how quickly and how frequently your child’s class teacher is able to respond.