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In the uncertain times that we are currently living in, it is important that we are fully prepared for the possibility that we may have to have a full or partial closure of school depending on the local Covid-19 situation. 

 

There will also be instances where individual children will be self-isolating due to coming into contact with a positive case of Covid-19. 

 

As a school we are producing detailed plans for remote education so that children will have access to a high-quality education at home. The following information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education from Newdigate Primary and Nursery School.

 

 

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

 

On your child’s first day or two of being at home, the remote learning might look different from our ‘normal’ remote learning approach, while we take all the 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?

 

On the first full day of your child being at home, your child will have access to Maths and Spelling Shed with work being assigned to match their ability. They will also receive some hard copies of the work being delivered in school with support prompts to help them complete the work. 

 

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?

 

Our main aim in this situation will be to keep the school day as close to normal as possible and enable your child to access input from their current class teacher or another familiar member of staff.

 

Your child will be taught the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. Some of this will be via a member of staff ‘remote teaching’ and some through the use of alternative provision websites. However, we may need to make adaptions in some subjects. For example, in subjects such as Art and Design Technology where certain equipment or resources are needed to complete making items and are not generally found in the home.

 

Learning in English, Maths and foundation subjects will have a combination of live teaching and pre-recorded sessions that will model and explain clearly how to meet the learning intention of that lesson.

For each year group they will have daily at least 1 live lesson, 2 pre-corded lessons, two allocated times where feedback is offered to children and work set from Edshed including online quizzes. On a weekly basis your child will have the opportunity for a ‘catch up’ meeting over Teams with the class teacher and other members of the class.

For children to get the full benefit from these lessons, it would be preferable for them to log in as the lesson is delivered. This is to allow them to ask and answer questions and to access the teacher input.

 

Daily reading of age appropriate texts either those at home and use online resources such as Maths and Spelling Shed.

 

Learning packs for 2 weeks coverage of work will be available for all children to collect on a fortnightly basis. Collection times will be allocated for each year group, to ensure a reduced number of adults on site.

 

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

 

The work set, including any ‘taught’ lessons, will take between 3 – 4 hours. There should also be time for your child to have breaks as well as carry out some form of exercise. To support this, teachers will offer sport challenges or online links.

 

Live and pre-recorded lessons will be made available as soon as possible from closure, as I am sure you can appreciate it will take teachers time to prepare home-learning resources that fit with the children’s learning and organise video-link timetables etc. and communicate these to families.

 

An example timetable:

 

 

9 – 9:30

9:30 – 10:30

10:30 – 10:45

10:45 – 11:45

11:45 – 12:00

12:00 – 1:00

1:00 – 1:20

1:20 – 3:00

Monday

 

Set up learning space and equipment needed for the day

Maths

(pre-recorded)

 

              BREAK

English

(live teach)

Spelling

(Edshed)

 

              LUNCH

Big Maths

(Edshed)

 

Science

(pre-recorded)

Tuesday

 

Maths

(pre-recorded)

English

(live teach)

Spelling

(Edshed)

Big Maths

(Edshed)

Art

(pre-recorded)

Wednesday

 

Maths

(pre-recorded)

English

(live teach)

Spelling

(Edshed)

Big Maths

(Edshed)

Class catch up

Thursday

 

Maths

(pre-recorded)

English

(live teach)

Spelling

(Edshed)

Big Maths

(Edshed)

Topic

(pre-recorded)

Friday

 

Maths

(pre-recorded)

English

(live teach)

Spelling

(Edshed)

Big Maths

(Edshed)

RE

(pre-recorded)

*Times will also be set aside for children to discuss any concerns or if help is needed at 11:30am and 2:30pm

 

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

 

The main source of communication between the teacher and home when remote education is taking place is Teams for KS1 and KS2 and Famly for Reception and Nursery. Please ensure that you are able to access your child's Class account and let their teacher know if you are unable to access it via the class email e.g. year4@welearn365.com

 

 

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

 

Our learning will be accessible on any online device (e.g. laptop / phone / tablet). If you do not have access to one of these please let us know so that we can support you with this. We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home therefore, we will be providing year group work packs that will include two weeks work – including any possible resources and worksheets your child will need to complete the learning.

In some circumstances we may be able to offer devices to support working remotely and accessing online content

Please contact the Office 024 7636 1662 or email admin2633@welearn365.com for support.

 

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

 

As discussed previously we will use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

 

Your child will be working remotely via Teams (KS1 and KS2) and Famly (EYFS) and the work completed from home should be submitted to the teacher for that subject so they can monitor work and offer feedback.

There will be a combination of Live and pre-recorded teaching for English and Maths with supporting video links from Oak National Academy and White Rose in order to model key aspects of the learning.

For the foundation subjects Pre-recorded lessons will be created by the teachers.

Understanding that home circumstances may be very different with digital devices as well as children preferring paper copies rather than screen, school will be providing work packs that will cover 2 weeks’ worth of learning for every child. These will be available to collect from the school at year group allocated times.

 

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

 

We ask that you try a set routine for your child during the time that they are at home. We do realise that this is not always easy if you are ‘working from home’ but it will make the learning much easier if it is at regular, set times. To support you with this, year groups have set up individual timetables that set out the times and subject being taught, times for feedback and ‘catch up’ time. 

 

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

 

We will be keeping note of which pupils access the learning and how much work they complete. If your child is using the Teams or Famly platform, this offers the opportunity for the child to return work over the system directly to the teacher. It also shows who has viewed, in the process of completing and completed work.

If your child is emailing work, this will also be logged.

If we have concerns about the engagement of your child, class teachers will initially make contact to support where needed.

How will you assess my child’s work?

 

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole class feedback or quizzes that are marked automatically are also valid and effective methods. However, we will be offering daily feedback opportunities as well as the option to email in any work to your child’s class email for feedback and comment. If you are struggling to support the learning, please do not hesitate to contact the school for additional support and guidance.

 

How will you work to help 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 as we have done during the last year. We will continue to stay in close contact with any family requiring specific help due to SEND plans and offer additional advice and support.

 

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 to differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

As a school, we will provide materials for remote learning, including paper copies, however the use of pre-recorded lessons or direct Teams interaction will be limited due to the lack of available staffing. There may be an opportunity where your child will be allowed access to key parts of the lesson through Teams.

However, any work completed can be shared with school and your child will be offered support and feedback from year group staff.

If your child is unwell, we would only expect them to join in the learning when they are fit to do so. Please contact the office if this is the case. 

 

 

We hope that this has helped to explain our plans in the event of full or partial closure

 

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