Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Remote Learning - Primary

The remote curriculum

We are extremely fortunate to be one of the pilot schools for the Oasis Horizon Project. This has meant that all children from Reception to Year 6 have been given an iPad for the time they are with us at the academy, to use in school and at home. More information can be found here.

Any child who has no Internet access at home, has the opportunity to be loaned a 4G dongle so they can access the Home Learning. Children who only have access to mobile data are able to apply for an increase in data, supplied by several Mobile Network providers.

1. What is taught to students at home?

The academy will endeavor to deliver the full curriculum to children, in line with what teaching would be in place should we be at the academy in person. Our curriculum offer will remain broad, balanced, and mirror the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum.

Whilst we will cover the subjects, there may be some adjustments that need to be made to the existing curriculum for more practical subjects (such as PE, Art, Design Tech and Music). These lessons may be taught individually or through a themed approach and project work (e.g. World War 1) We thank you for your support and patience with this. We have several online subscriptions that aid the teaching of various subjects including Purple Mash for Computing and PE Hub.

2. What should my child expect from remote education?

In the instance that children need to engage in remote learning due to shielding of the child or parent, self-isolation, bubble closure or whole school closure, the academy will work hard to ensure that no child is left without work to do in the immediacy.
Bubble Closures
In case of a bubble closure students from Reception to Year 6 will be able to log into and access Microsoft Teams and access their lessons and work resources. In Nursery the pupils will be supplied with work packs. Students will have access to teachers for support and guidance at set times within the normal school day hours or via email. If online learning is not available for any reason we will create work packs that can be downloaded from the website or provided as paper copies.
Self-Isolating Students
If an individual student is self-isolating they will be provided with a work pack by email or a print copy. The class teacher will also provide an element of individual live teaching via Teams.
Clinically Vulnerable
A child who is clinically vulnerable may be able to continue learning in the safety of their own home or a child may not be able come to school because their parents/carers are CEV. In this situation bespoke arrangements are made with the class teacher and family concerned, this will include a weekly pack and direct contact with the class teacher; and is organised on a case-by-case basis.

Remote teaching and study time

1. How long can I expect work set by the academy to take my child?

The minimum amount of time remote education should be in practice for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) is 3 hours per day. This may be less for younger children. For Key Stage 2 children (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6) this is increased to 4 hours per day. This includes both live lessons or pre-recorded video, the assignments students are set after these, as well as other sessions such as times-tables practice and reading.

All children in mainstream Reception to Year 5 will be invited to a live Welcome Time each morning and a live Reflection Time each afternoon. Class teachers will lead these sessions live to set up the day and close it. The times of these will vary from class to class slightly, so that we can juggle in-school teaching with these sessions. This will be a chance for live interaction with their teachers, and for teachers to cover the non-curriculum stuff that makes us Oasis Shirley Park – like thinking about our habits.

Accessing the remote education

1. How will my child access the online remote education?

Pupils will be able to log into and access Microsoft Teams on their iPads and access their lessons and work resources. Please see the information here for detail of how to access this.

2. If my child does not have access to online learning at home, how will you support us?

Where pupils do not have access to internet at home, we will be in contact to discuss the support available that we can offer to provide internet access at home or paper-based resources.

If a child is unable to access online remote education for any reason, we may make arrangements for the child to attend our on-site provision, in line with the government guidance.

3. How will my child be taught remotely?

We will use a variety of approaches to teach pupils remotely, best suited to circumstances, topic and age. Year 6 will have daily live lessons and check-ins through Microsoft Teams timetabled from 9am - 3pm, Years R to 5 will have a combination of live check-in sessions with their teacher at the beginning and end of the day and assignments set on Teams using PowerPoint slides or video, including recorded commentary where appropriate.

All assignments will have a deadline, but this will be flexible as we understand the difficulties of sticking to a timetable at home, especially if parents are working from home as well. Although, we will be using the iPads as our basis of home learning, regular breaks away from the screen are to be encouraged.

Engagement and feedback

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

We expect every student to engage in lessons as they would in the classroom, and similarly our staff will be checking student understanding in the same manner as well. This could take the form of online quizzes, marking/assessment of assignments handed-in via Teams or work returned by email, or in-class engagement.

Student behaviour practices are expected to be in line with those within the academy, and additional rules will be in place for things such as microphone and camera use, raising hands, or class conversation through MS Teams.

We know that strong parental engagement is important to make this successful, and therefore endeavour to communicate regularly with you around how the remote learning is going. We will be there to offer support on how to access the information remotely around resources, lessons and your child’s attendance, behaviour and engagement.

We ask that you support your child by creating a quiet place for them to attend lessons at home, and do not record any lessons for your own use due to GDPR and data protection.

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

We will be checking in with children during lessons and online-check-in sessions to ensure we have a good overview of their understanding and engagement. Online quizzing and assessment tools also help us to see how many children are actively engaging in lessons, and as always we will be monitoring attendance. Parents can contact teachers using a year group email during the school day if there are any problems accessing the learning or for help with the set work. Also queries can be sent via Class Dojo.

If there are any concerns we will ensure we are in contact with you as parents and carers by telephone or email.

School staff will call you as parents once a fortnight to check in on how you are doing. But of course, if you need anything, please contact your class teacher via the year group email.

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

We will be assessing your child’s progress through work submitted daily via Microsoft Teams, engagement through questions in lessons in year 6, using online quizzing/marking tools and other work returned via Teams or email. This will help us identify needs of the individual or needs of the class quickly and effectively. 

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

1. How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support 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:

All pupils who normally access learning in our ELP Resource provisions have been invited into the academy. For those who prefer to access home learning there are bespoke assignments and live sessions on Teams to support their individual needs.

2. How will we support children who would normally have 1:1 or small group Interventions in the academy?

When in the academy some students take part in 1:1 or small group interventions in phonics, reading, writing, maths and for EAL students new to English. 

We will plan so that all interventions students would usually have will take place either virtually via Teams or in person depending on where your child is, and where the member of staff is. This will include, but will not be limited to:
• Catch up tutor sessions
• Check-ins for children on support plans
• IDL - Literacy online intervention
• Place to be sessions
• School staff led counselling sessions
• 1:1 check-ins for children with 1:1 support
• Speech and Language
• Phonics groups
• Social Skills groups
• Young Carers sessions
• Pre or post teaching
• 1:1 reading

Self-isolating pupils (outside of national lockdowns)

1. If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from that of the rest of their class?

The provision for self-isolating pupils may differ in approach, but not in curriculum content.  Years N-6 will have packs via email or printed copies covering key skills and an element of 1:1 teaching with the class teacher.