Firside

Junior School

Remote Education

Remote Education provision: Information for parents/carers

The information on this page is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents/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 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 action 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?
From immediate effect, class teachers will provide work through Google Classroom. Children that we know have limited access to a device or the Internet, will be given paper based work packs to complete.

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 teach the broadly the same curriculum remotely as we do in school.

  • For all pupils, learning will include ; a piece of English, Maths, Reading activities and an additional piece of work, each day.
  • Work is posted daily. 

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, PE, Science and Art would be similar activities but adapted for the home environment.

Remote Teaching and Study Time 

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 primary school-aged pupils between 3.5 to 4 hours a day, broken down as follows:

  • Up to 1 hour for Maths
  • Up to 1 hour for English
  • Up to 1 hour for Reading
  • Up to 1 hour for additional subjects set

Accessing Remote Education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Parents can access the online learning through Google Classroom, on a tablet, laptop, PC, Xbox, Playstation, smart TV, Amazon Fire Stick or phone device. Every family in school has access to their class teacher's email for additional communication.

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:

  • Where a pupil does not have access to a device suitable to support online learning they will be provided with paper packs of work, that are returned to school for marking. This will be the same work as the other pupils are receiving online where possible.
  • Printed materials can be collected from the school office or delivered when a family is self-isolating.
  • If a child is classed as vulnerable and they do not have a suitable device at home to support online learning, please contact the school.

How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • recorded teaching (video/audio recordings made by our teachers or teaching assistants and existing recordings such as BBC Bitesize)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • reading books pupils have at home
  • school paid web resources (MyMaths, Accelerated Reader)
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • long-term project work that works alongside daily specific lessons on Maths, English, Reading and Topic.

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?

  • We expect all pupils to engage with the work that is set.
  • We expect all parents to support their children with the work that is set.
  • Parents to communicate via email or telephone if they are finding it difficult to engage their children in their home learning.
  • We expect parents to help their child to upload work completed throughout the day, or at least by the end of the school day, to enable the class teacher to review the work and feedback in a timely fashion.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Teachers will check the returned work daily and will note if they have not heard back from a family. The teacher will communicate via email or telephone and check on the family’s welfare and if they can help and support in any way possible.

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:

  • Feedback will be provided to individual pupils on English and Maths work uploaded and returned to the class teacher.
  • Not all pieces will be marked in detail.
  • Additional work will be marked with more general comments and groups of children or the whole class may be given feedback as a whole.

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/carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

  • Learning set will be adapted accordingly by the class teacher for pupils with SEND.
  • Where specialist equipment and resources are required these can be borrowed from the school to support the pupil at home.
  • Parents are able to contact the school SENDCo by email if specific queries or questions arise.

Remote Education for Self-Isolating Pupils

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

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. We will endeavour to replicate what is being taught in school where possible.
Our approach to children who are learning at home whether they are self-isolating as a group or class bubble, will again endeavour to replicate what is being taught in school where possible.
If there are any children who need to shield due to medical needs, a bespoke curriculum will be developed between the SENCO and class teacher and delivered online.