What is my child expected to do at home?
Each morning, the class teacher will hold a live Google Classroom Meet to say hello to the children and set them up for their learning that day.
Lessons will then be taught through videos provided either by the class teacher or partner teacher, or by an alternative source (White Rose for Maths, Oak Academy). Teachers may choose to use other suitable teaching videos from sources such as YouTube. They will have watched these prior to uploading the link to ensure suitability but parents are reminded that adverts may pop-up.
Work may also be explained by teachers in the form of written instructions.
Teachers will hold a second live Google Classroom Meet session in the afternoon which could include shared work, providing encouragement, storytime, a daily learning quiz and answering common issues that may have occurred. Children (and parents/carers) can contact the teacher through Google Classroom or the class email for individual concerns.
Any worksheets or other resources will be provided in PDF, Word or photographic formats. (Pupils can open Word documents on Google Docs.)
If required, the same work can be printed out for pupils for collection from the school office. Written instructions will only be provided if they are also within Google Classroom.
Children are encouraged to read daily. Storytimes are being recorded and links to stories are being included for EYFS and KS1 children. There are also books available online at Oxford Owl and, increasingly, Oak Academy.
All children have been provided with an exercise book to complete remote learning if it is not appropriate to do so on the computer. New books for pupils who have completed their first book can be collected from the school office between 10am and 2pm (EYFS Monday, Y1,Y2 Tuesday, Y3,Y4 Wednesday, Y5,Y6 Thursday).
The school website includes Picture News and links to useful websites, both those to which the school subscribes and other useful sites.
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
Children are expected to join the morning Google Classroom Meets for their class. It is, however, understood that in families where there are children in different classes, it may not be possible to do this every day.
We understand that the individual circumstances of our families differs greatly with parents working from home, illness, friends and relatives suffering from the virus as well as the fact that we are inside our homes for long periods of time. With this in mind, we expect all our children to engage in the learning provided as best they can. The teachers are available to support within Google Classroom. They will respond to all queries daily.
We recognise that a daily routine will support children with focusing on their learning. Starting the day, where possible, with the morning Meet, followed by completion of the first activity of the day would be a good start to the day. The routine should include regular breaks (decreasing as the children get older) and daily exercise. We encourage parents to set up a routine at home to enable their children to focus on their learning with minimal distractions whilst recognising that this is not always easy.
How long is my child expected to work each day?
We expect that remote learning, including teaching and independent work, will take children in Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2) broadly 3 hours a day and children in Key Stage 2 (years 3, 4, 5 and 6) broadly 4 hours a day. For children in EYFS (Nursery and Reception), we are not providing an expected number of hours for learning; we are providing a range of activities for your children to engage with as part of their play for each day.