Ravensbury's remote learning provision
Remote Education Provision
In order to ensure that learning is continued if an individual pupil or group of pupils are required to self-isolate due to Covid-19 we have worked hard to develop a remote learning plan that will support pupils, staff and parents in understanding the expectations for remote learning.
This is a plan that will adapt during the year as we respond to feedback from pupils, staff and parents on the effectiveness and impact of our remote learning routines
What's expected from remote teaching?
When teaching remotely, the DfE will expect the school to:
- Plan a programme that's of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, ideally including daily contact with teachers
- Set assignments so that pupils have work each day in a number of different subjects, and monitor pupils' engagement with these assignments
- Teach a planned and sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with clarity about what's intended to be taught and practised in each subject
- Provide frequent explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher in your school or through curriculum resources and/or videos
- Gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum, using questions and other suitable tasks, and set a clear expectation on how regularly teachers will check work
- Enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what's being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding
- Avoid an over-reliance on long-term projects or internet research activities
The above expectations are set out in relation the pupils' age, stage of development and SEND. The school will endeavour not to make significant demands for parents' help or support
Remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire (or bubbles) to remain at home.
To see a short video about how to access remote leaning please follow this link: https://www.showme.com/sh/?h=jz9mdFI
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?
Pupils will have access to the learning which is aligned as close as possible to the in-school curriculum. There will be a weekly timetable which will pupils an overview of the lessons for the week along with a message from the teacher. Lessons will be organised and presented daily to provide structure and to help the children work independently.
The children will have access to all of the national curriculum subjects through our connected curriculum themes, plus English; reading and writing, maths, science, physical education and wellbeing activities. Paper packs will be provided for families who request them.
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 endeavor to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. The subject matter will not differ, but it may be necessary to adapt the approach to how content is being taught through an online learning platform in order to meet individual needs and to ensure pupils still receive a broad and balanced curriculum.. For example, art will focus on the development of drawing skills as the children might not have access to a full range of craft materials at home. In the event of a full ‘bubble’ closure or lockdown pre-recorded videos explaining new ideas will be uploaded daily to build on pupil’s prior learning. Pupils who do not have access to ICT devices will be loaned a device or will be offered paper copies of the same activities as online.
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 broadly the following number of hours each day:
Primary school-aged pupils
The remote education provided will be equivalent in length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school and should be a minimum of:
• Key Stage 1: on average 4 hours learning each day
• Key Stage 2: on average 5 hours learning a day
It will include both recorded direct teaching time and time for pupils to complete tasks and activities independently. Each class has a published timetable which shows what time particular lessons are scheduled and how long they will take. Rest breaks , physical activity and well-being activities have been built into the timetables.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
The majority of remote education provided by the school will be accessed through the secure pupil area on the school’s website (School Spider). Pupil’s log in details are stuck inside the front of their home learning book which were given to the children. If your child has misplaced these then please contact school.
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:
- Loan out ICT devices to families who might not have them. Parents and children will be asked to sign a loan agreement. The formal loan agreement is in place to ensure any loaned equipment is treated appropriately so that once the loan period has ended, the device can be loaned to other pupils
- Offer paper packs to those who have requested them.
- Offer places in school to pupils who do not have access to both ICT devices and internet (where available).
Who to contact?
- For enquiries about loaning laptops/ICT devices please contact Mrs Thewlis
- For replacement home learning books please tell the member of staff on the discussion thread. These can be collected from the school office.
- For paper copies of learning packs please contact Miss Wolfenden if your child is in the EYFS or KS1 and Mrs Thewlis if your child is in Y2. Completed paper packs can be dropped off at the office when collecting the work for the following week.
- Pupils can upload their learning via School Spider. If pupils are struggling to upload learning then they should tell their teacher online who will talk them through how to do it.
- For concerns about health and well-being contact Mrs Roberts
- For general enquiries ring the school office
- For worries or concerns contact Mrs Hughes, headteacher.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Our remote teaching approaches include:
- Recorded teaching videos (video/audio recordings made by teachers, BBC video clips, Oak National Academy lessons) for the teaching of a new skill or idea.
- Activities to practice and consolidate what has been taught.
- Printed paper packs produced by teachers ( same as the activities which are online but in paper form) to practice a taught skill
- Reading books pupils have at home to practice fluency in reading and reading for pleasure.
- Websites/apps which support the practicing of skills to keep them sharp; TT rockstars, Active Learn, Lexia, Phonics Play, Top Marks
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?
When working remotely, each day Monday to Friday is viewed as a school day during term time, the same expectations apply.
- A register is set for them to log on, sign in and let their teacher know they are ready for the day’s learning. If pupils have not signed in to the online register by 9.15am or signed in to complete learning by 10.30am they will be contacted by a member of school staff and asked to provide a reason why, which is inline with our attendance procedures.
- There is an expectation that parents will support remote learning, where possible for example, setting routines to support their child’s education. This is supported with the timetable for each day that teachers will provide for parents and pupils
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
School staff will make daily contact with families to check in on how children are getting on with home learning. They will also telephone to check on the welfare of pupils and to celebrate achievements.
School staff will be available online between 9.00am and 3.30pm to respond to any queries or questions a child might have about their learning.
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 feedback via digital platforms is a valid and effective method.
Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
- Class teachers and teaching assistants will check daily that work is being submitted and will keep a record of this.
- Pupils will receive ongoing feedback about their learning via the discussion thread on school spider.
- Teachers will assess what progress children are making through looking at the work they return/upload.
- Pupils will be given opportunities to mark their own work using the answers provided at the end of the lesson
- Pupils will be given feedback through digital certificates awarded each week.
- School Spider allows the teacher to provide individual written comments to pupils about their work meaning feedback can be individualised.
- Pupils will have opportunities to discuss their learning with other pupils in the class, this function is monitored by staff.
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:
- Pupils with education, health and care plans have been offered places in school.
- For pupils who require additional support learning will be adapted to make it accessible.
- The SENCO will ensure that termly reviews, EHCP reviews and Team Around the Child meetings are held in a socially distanced environment or using virtual meeting rooms/phone calls.
- The SENCO will work with multi-agency professionals to ensure that, where possible, planned assessments can go ahead.
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?
- For pupils who are not in school because they are self isolating, their remote education will not differ greatly from any of the approaches described above. Pupils will be able to access the same learning as the pupils in school via Padlet, however they may not be access to videos recorded by their teacher which teach new content. Pupils may be directed to commercially produced teaching videos eg Oak National Academy, BBC.
- Work will be set daily on School Spider as set out on the class timetable. The expectation is that work is completed and submitted by the end of the school day for marking and feedback.
- Teachers have become very skilled at providing ‘blending learning’ (that is; teaching pupils face to face whilst providing the same learning opportunities remotely).