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 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?
KS1 children have a ‘home learning’ exercise book which was sent home in the autumn term and which should be used for any home learning activities that are completed. Reception children have access to EExAT to upload home learning.
In the remote education section on our website, there are a range of key learning activities to choose from for each year group. These are updated termly and all previous ideas are still listed.
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 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, lots of learning in school, particularly in KS1 topic work, is taught through whole class discussion and with lots of practical resources. Our remote learning for this is more through PowerPoint and audio presentations.
Remote Teaching and Daily 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 pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
|EYFS||1.5hours directed learning (morning meeting, phonics, reading, writing, story time, maths, physical development) plus child led learning through play|
|Key Stage 1||3 hours|
Accessing Remote Education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Children in EYFS will use Google Drive to access teaching videos, and the website blog for additional activities and links to resources.
Children in KS1 will use Seesaw to access lessons and resources.
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:
- We provide learning packs for each child containing printed resources such as phonics and tricky word mats, number lines, place value cards, Numicon mats so that it is not necessary to have a printer at home.
- All of our learning videos and activities are accessible on a range of devices including smart phones, tablets or PCs (Apple or Android). Work can be submitted via the same devices or can be recorded in the home learning exercise book.
- Learning can be accessed at a time to suit each family rather than being live.
If you do not have an appropriate device, have limited data, or a poor internet connection, please contact the school and we will be able to help you.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Recorded video lessons, both by teachers and White Rose maths
- Recorded audio lessons made by teachers
- Links to commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas e.g. BBC Bitesize, Joe Wicks PE, Oxford Owls, Phonics Play, Top Marks
- Live story times
- Live assemblies
- 1:1 Zoom intervention sessions e.g. speech and language
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?
The expectation is that children access the weekly activities and complete the work set and submit it via EExAT (EYFS) or email/Seesaw (KS1)
The links to other activities such as Joe Wicks, Phonics Play etc are there for children to access if they want to, it is not an expectation that they access these.
We expect parents to support their children due to their young age - the level of support they need will vary from child to child and from activity to activity. We expect parents to establish a routine and make sure the work is completed and submitted each week but it is up to each parent to decide for themselves how best to organise their day/week.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Teachers will be monitoring who has engaged with learning and submitted work each week.
If they have any concerns about lack of engagement they will discuss it with the individual parent during the regular phone call.
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:
- EYFS staff will feed back to parents and children during the regular phone call and will also respond to any emails that are sent
- KS1 staff will feedback on Seesaw. They will ‘like’ every piece of work submitted so you know that they have seen it, and will make a constructive comment about at least one piece of work per week.
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:
We will deliver remote interventions via Zoom for children with SEND, for example speech and language, phonics, number. We will discuss this with individual parents.
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?
Input sessions will be videoed and uploaded to Google Drive (EYFS) or Seesaw (KS1) so that children at home can access the same learning as they would if they were at school.
Any learning resources will be uploaded to support them with the follow up work.
They can continue to access other activities from our Extra Home Learning Resources, which will be updated termly.
- Garrick Green's Year Group Blogs - weekly updates for children learning at home.
- Garrick Green's Extra Home Learning Resources - additional resources for learning at home.
- Childline Coping Kit - resources and coping tools for children and families during lockdown.
- Mentally Healthy Schools - tools for parents to help support children with anxiety.
- Mentally Healthy Schools - tips for parents to help support children with separation anxiety.
- Supporting Mental Health in children and young people - help with supporting children with mental health.
- NHS Apps - to support with mental health, COVID and sleep
- Just One Norfolk - to support with any health needs
- Point 1 - emotional wellbeing service offering professional mental health support for children
- Norfolk Feel Good Fun - How you can help children keep busy and smiling during lockdown!