Heather Avenue

Infant 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

We have a remote learning curriculum in place which is ready to be implemented on the first day required. Class plans are adapted to suit our methods of home learning.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education on the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

  • Links sent for appropriate Read Write Inc session for each day
  • Story input
  • Maths input/activity from class teacher
  • Tapestry - Online learning activities which will be published on Tapestry daily, including a Topic based task (including writing) and a creative task. Parents/Children can post photos of the activity and teachers can comment on this 
  • Real PE home
  • Charanga (Online Music Curriculum)
  • Reading Eggs
  • Maths Whizz for KS1
     

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 made some adaptations in some subjects. For example Real PE will be adapted to allow all to access Real PE Home. Topic teaching will be adapted to allow a teaching media such as powerpoint to be shared and activities completed.

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 to 4.5 hours a day, broken down as follows:

  • RWI session: 30mins
  • Story: 30 minutes
  • Maths Input and Activity: 30 - 60 minutes 
  • Topic Input and Activity, including writing: 30 - 60 minutes 
  • Creative Input and Activity: 30 - 60 minutes 
  • PE: 30 minutes

Accessing Remote Education

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

  • Tapestry - This can be accessed through any mobile device and will be used by teachers to communicate directly with parents. Teachers will set daily activities for children including links to learning resources. Teachers will also give feedback to completed work and support as required.
  • Maths Whizz - Each KS1 child has a log in to Maths Whizz learning platform where they access bespoke learning activities matched to their ability.
  • Charanga - Each child has a log in to Charanga home learning where they are able to complete music lessons.
  • Real PE Home - Real PE home is an adapted version of Real PE which we use to deliver PE lessons in school. Children are able to access this or are sent links to PE sessions, whichever is more appropriate.
  • Read Write Inc - A daily link is sent to each child for their RWI lesson via Tapestry which focuses on growing their knowledge of letter sounds and reading.
  • Reading Eggs - Each child has a log in to Reading Eggs, a set of online books enabling children to read and answer questions supporting their developing comprehension.
     

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:

  • Those children who are unable to access remote learning will be classed as vulnerable and invited in to school.
  • Pupils/parents can access printed resources from school if they do not have access to remote education. We can also post work to pupils if needed.
  • Pupils/parents can post work back to school or deliver it to school if they do not have access to online learning.


How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • Activities set by the class teacher via Tapestry
  • Live teaching (online lessons)
  • Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences, such as Reading Eggs, Maths Whizz, Charanga and Real PE Home. 

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 ask that where possible, all children follow the suggested routine for home learning, which we send out on the first day of remote learning. This gives children a clear structure to their day.

We expect all pupils to access some form of remote learning and engage with the activities set every day.

We ask that Parents/Carers post photo’s work or comment via Tapestry on activities completed and teachers will respond to these.

 

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

We can check who accesses Tapestry, Maths Whizz and Reading Eggs and will contact parents if needed.

 

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Our approach to feeding back on pupils work is as follows:

  • Teachers will comment on work posted on Tapestry
  • Teachers will make weekly contact with parents/pupils to discuss how they are and what work they are completing along with offering any support required

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:

  • Teachers will differentiate activities for pupils.
  • Our SENCo will contact families who have children with SEND to offer additional support.
  • Maths Whizz and Reading Eggs are pitched at appropriate levels for a child's ability.

Remote Education for Self-Isolating Pupils

We provide lesson plans with resources attached. Additional support can be accessed by calling or emailing school. Teachers will make weekly contact with children as required.

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

Our approach to children who are learning at home whether they are self-isolating as an individual, or as a class bubble, is the same and described as above.

If there are any children who are shielding due to medical needs, a bespoke curriculum has been developed between the SENCO and class teacher and delivered online, as well as in person in some cases.