Remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or 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?
- . Pupils will need to log onto Seesaw using their Home Learning Code where activities linked to classroom learning will be set each day where appropriate.
- Where practical activities are being undertaken in class a suitable alternative will be made on-line recognising that children may not have access to appropriate materials (for example where there is a science experiment or PE lesson).
- Feedback will be given on completed activities although this may be outside of normal class times given that class teacher will be teaching in class.
- Where a pack is required this will be provided at the earliest opportunity (for example sent with sibling that day, or delivered at the earliest opportunity).
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 may need to make adaptions in some subjects (for example, where we are doing an art lesson and using paints, children will be offered the alternative to use art package within Seesaw. PE lessons will offer a link to a suitable alternative such as Joe Wicks. Experiments for science will include a demonstration via Youtube or other suitable video.
Remote teaching and study time each day IN A PRIMARY SCHOOL
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
- 3 HOURS
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
At St Bede’s we use an online platform called SEESAW. The children often log onto this at school and can see and comment on their peer’s work. At home the children can log on and complete their activities while keeping up a 2 way communication with their teacher. They can only see their own work while working remotely. Parents can also log on and see their children’s work and have 2 way communication with the teacher.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
If children do not have access to a suitable device to complete their remote learning school will provide a tablet on loan for home use. A user agreement will need to be signed by the child can take the device home. This device can be used at home for homework activities and not just for remote learning.
If the child has no access to the internet booklets will be provided linked to the current classroom learning. These will comprise of a range of worksheets which some children will need parental support to access and provide feedback.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Recorded teaching in Seesaw
Teachers will use a range of approaches including the following:-
- Recorded teaching (up to 5 minute video or audio commentary linked to lesson with supporting worksheets). This may also include links to BBC Bitesize or Youtube.
-Teachers will provide an example of the work with commentary/video and a response sheet.
-For lessons such as Phonics a video introducing the day’s sounds will be made and children will need to send a response video saying the sounds.
- Recorded teaching (using White Rose Maths videos and Oak National Academy lessons, supported by videos/recordings made by teachers and appropriate worksheets).
- Online workshop events (such as World Ocean Day) with supporting materials.
- Link to Discovery Education (school online learning platform) – this will include a range of videos, activities to be completed online (screenshot of scores can be submitted on Seesaw). Where worksheets are required this will be added to the activity as normal. Children will be provided with a password to access.
- Children can complete and submit work via Seesaw with verbal/written feedback given.
- Long-term project work such as History or Science will be supported by links to appropriate internet research facilities such as Glasgow Science Museum, Imperial War Museum, Museum of London.
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?
- A guide to using Seesaw for parents will be added to this page.
- We expect parents to set routines up for their children’s learning, examples can be found on this page.
- We expect parents to encourage children to ask for help when they need it and to use the expertise of the teacher when something is unclear.
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 having daily contact with your child via seesaw, you will then be contacted if your child does not seem to be engaging in their remote learning or in fact you can contact the teacher if you need to ask anything about the work that has been set for your child.
- For paper based work the teacher will be contacting you every three days to check how your child is managing their work.
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:
- Children using Seesaw for their remote learning will receive daily feedback on their work which will in turn enable the teacher to plan effectively for the next steps in learning.
- Children using paper based work will receive feedback only at the end of their time self-isolating unless discussion and feedback can be given over the phone about a particular piece of work.
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:
- Consideration will be taken of the needs of the child when planning their remote learning. Work will be differentiated and uploaded to Seesaw or put in paper form for children who need that additional support.
- There will be regular communication with parents to discuss needs and strategies to support those needs.
- Extra support from their 1:1 TA will be given whether through seesaw or by telephone if they have an EHCP with the SENCO having an overall view of the work set
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?
All children with internet access and devices will be given the same lessons as the class in school, with just a few variations, e.g. PE. Art using paint etc.
If there was no access to internet at home paper worksheets would be sent home in line with what was being taught in class.