Remote Learning Information for Parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
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?
All children in years R-6 will be provided with login for Google Classroom where they will be added to a ‘virtual’ class and teachers will deliver a combination of ‘live’ and pre-recorded lessons
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?
Children who are being taught remotely, will receive broadly the same curriculum as those in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, where it is difficult to replicate the classroom teaching, adjustments will be made, e.g. PE and Computing.
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 take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Key Stage 1
|There will be hour long ‘live’ lessons each day for Maths, English and a Foundation Subject/Phonics, each with a task to complete.
Key Stage 2
|There will be hour long ‘live’ lessons each day for Maths, English and a Foundation Subject, each with a task to complete. In addition there will be further lessons such as ‘Big Read’ set for the children each day. In addition, there is a further Big Read lesson set DAILY for all of Juniors. Big Read, is a reading comprehension lesson whereby children read an extract and then answer questions. Each text is age appropriate taken from their recommended reading list at school. The comprehension activity also caters to all learners as each piece is accompanied by a video whereby, they can listen to the text while reading it themselves.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All lessons will be delivered via Google Classroom, this is where children can join ‘live’ lessons, view recordings of lessons, complete work and review their feedback from teachers. In addition, children will have access to a number of subscribed sites, as listed later on.
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 will take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
- Where children do not have a device we will, according to supply, provide a laptop on loan. These will be distributed in priority order to these in receipt of Free School Meals, looked after children and those identified as vulnerable.
- Where families have limited access to the internet we will, according to supply, provide additional mobile data SIM cards or a 4G router.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- ‘Live’ and recorded lessons via Google Classroom
- Logins to access to Discovery Espresso, TT Rockstars, Spelling Shed, MyMaths, Oxford Reading Buddy, Purple Mash and Busy Things
- Resources available on Oak Academy, BBC Bite size and other recommended websites listed at https://www.leechapel.essex.sch.uk/Pupils/Websites-and-APPS/
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?
Pupils are expected to access either the ‘live’ lessons daily or watch the recordings of these lessons, complete and submit all associated work.
To support your child’s learning we expect parents to set routines to ensure that children are ready for lessons
Please refer to the ‘Acceptable Use Agreement’ for ‘live’ lessons for full details of child and parent/carer expectations.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Teachers are responsible for their virtual class; they will keep a register of those accessing lessons and completing work. All work submitted will be marked and feedback given.
Where children are not engaged in the remote learning offer, parents will be contacted by telephone and email to discuss the reasons.
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:
- During ‘live’ lessons teachers will offer verbal feedback
- All work submitted will be marked and feedback given.
- Work will be set in a variety of ways, including quizzes, multiple choice documents and written pieces.
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:
- All pupils will be assigned to a virtual class according to ability Teachers will
be alerted to SEND pupils in their class.
- Support in delivering appropriate content will be given by the Inclusion Manager
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?
Where the school is open to all and an individual child needs to self-isolate, parents will be directed to the resources available on the remote learning page of the school website.
For full details of our provision, please see the schools Remote Learning Policy, available here: https://www.leechapel.essex.sch.uk/Policies/