Remote Learning Provision
In the event of another infectious disease outbreak, such as Coronavirus, or it becomes necessary to close the school for another reason, we will action the school’s contingency plans. This includes moving pupils’ learning online, through our use of Google Classroom. See our remote learning plan below.
What platform does the school use?
We have been using Google Classroom for a number of years now. Assignments and tasks are now set using this and, increasingly, we are using Google Slides, Forms and Docs to communicate with all our pupils. See our page on ‘How to use Google Classroom’.
What other online resources has the school invested in?
We have also invested in the following resources and, where appropriate, your child should have a user name and password for:
- Times Tables Rockstars (Maths fluency)
- IXL (Maths and English)
- Reading Plus (Y6 only)
- Oxford Reading Owl (e-library)
- Charanga (music resources)
- Heartsmart (wellbeing)
- Scratch (computer coding)
How to structure your child’s day?
We are encouraging our children to try to follow typical weekday routines. We are setting sufficient work for 3 – 4 hours a day, but as parents you may choose for your child to do more or less than this. This can be blocked in the morning or done as smaller chunks during the day.
We recommend that phones, tablets etc. are not kept nearby while your child is studying as they tend to be distracting. We also know that too much screen time can be unhealthy and so we have tried to provide a blend of learning activities (workbooks, practical activities, live and recorded teaching, links to excellent external resources such as BBC and Oak)
As well as plenty of exercise and healthy eating, keeping healthy also involves keeping good sleep patterns. Primary pupils should aim for at least 10 hours each night, going to bed at an appropriate time and turning their ‘tech’ off.
Please do not worry if you think your child is starting to fall behind or is very disinterested in the work. These are unusual times and many of our children will be anxious. It will impact on the progress of all children and we will work together to address these issues when school reopens. The children bounced back previously and they will do so again.
What if the work set is too hard?
Our plans are designed around the expectations of the National Curriculum.
It may be that your child finds the tasks set too challenging. If this is the case (and your child did not previously have an additional need), then we advise that your child accesses learning which is set for the year group below where this is possible e.g IXL in order to regain their confidence. In the first instance, please contact the class teacher so they are aware your child is struggling and can offer additional support e.g. tailored instructions
If your child has an additional learning need, it is important that they work on their IEP (Individual Education Plan) targets shared with you previously. It is our intention to set up a bespoke learning programme for your child and this will be supported by direct teaching time with a member of staff. Please email the school if you require a copy of your child’s IEP.
What if the work set is too easy?
With the extra time at home, many children may wish to do more than the recommended 3 to 4 hours. If they are looking for further work to do, we suggest the following:
- IXL is a fantastic resource and covers every single objective in the English and Maths National Curriculum. A steady diet of additional tasks on IXL should occupy even the most gifted child.
- Oak National have organised an extremely impressive curriculum of work for home learning, which can be freely accessed at the address below. Please feel free to do this work in the exercise book provided. https://www.thenational.academy/
- Finally the Diocese of Winchester have prepared this activity book for those ‘bored’ moment.
How to stay safe online when learning from home
Need further help and advice?
If there are any general questions, please use the firstname.lastname@example.org contact address and we will respond within 24 hours.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or extremely anxious by the situation and you have no-one else to talk to, please visit our safeguarding page.
Remember, all staff are here to support you and your child with their learning at home during this time.
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