The remote curriculum: What is taught to pupils at home
A pupil’s first few days 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 few days of pupils being at home?
As soon as we know your child will not be in school due to Covid-19, we will email families a short document with links to pre-recorded lessons, activities and learning tasks that can be completed at home to enable us to organise a full timetable of remote learning. It may include ideas for activities to complete, links to websites, videos or other tasks. This document is updated regularly in school to ensure it contains activities which are relevant and is linked to learning and topics we are teaching in school.
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, subjects such as Physical Education and some aspects of Science, Design Technology and Art may be adapted to be able to be delivered remotely, where parents may not have the necessary resources available at home
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
In line with government guidance, we expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours a day:
Accessing Remote Education
How will my child access the online remote education you are providing?
Children will access a range of remote online resources provided through, although not limited to:
Evidence Me – EYFS
Google Classroom – Year 1 to Year 6
Microsoft Teams – Reception to Year 6
Bug Club Phonics
Bug Club Reading
White Rose Maths
BBC and BBC Bitesize
Oak National Academy
Stories and other activities recorded by school staff
Learning will be uploaded to Google Classroom / Evidence Me by 8 am daily.
Where a Live Teams meeting is planned, this will be communicated, with a link sent, at least 24 hours in advance via email to parents.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
It is our understanding most of our children have access to some form of smart device and the internet.
Google Classroom can be accessed via any device connected to the internet including, laptops, desktop computers, chrome books, tablets (android or Apple), mobile phones and any other smart device with access to the internet e.g. X-Box and PlayStation and Kindle Fire. Details of how to do this for each device can be found on our website.
Where funding can be accessed, remote devices (e.g., laptops) and/or 4G connections will be sought, and loaned to families, in line with our device loan agreement, with disadvantaged children being a priority.
Parents are to make the school aware of any barriers to accessing remote learning as soon as possible, so that we are able to provide support where we can.
How will my child be taught remotely?
Some examples of remote teaching approaches used in delivery of learning may include, but is not limited to:
- Live meetings via Microsoft Teams for wellbeing sessions and small group teaching activities
- Pre-recorded teaching from Keston Primary School staff and from other educational establishments e.g. Oak Academy, White Rose Maths, BBC Bitesize
- Reading books pupils have at home or can access via Bug Club online, Oxford Owls or Oak Academies Virtual School Library
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences of lessons
- Online tasks through Google Classrooms
- Supplying resources for printing at 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?
As a school, we will do all we can to support pupils and families in remote learning.
However, we require the support of parents for this to be flexible.
We expect pupils to complete all tasks set
We expect all pupils to attend all live Microsoft Teams meetings with school staff.
We expect parents to support pupils by setting up a routine for learning and ensuring pupils have a suitable working environment
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are any concerns?
Teachers will check pupil work daily
A register will be kept of work completed and of pupil attendance at live Microsoft Teams meetings.
If we are concerned that pupils are not engaging with live Teams Meetings or learning activities set through Google Classroom, welfare calls will be made to parents by a member of school staff to see how we can help.
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 others. Our approach to feeding back on work is as follows:
Feedback will vary according to the work set but will be given using the Google Classroom. Sometimes this will take the form of a score, for example if a quiz has been set or will follow the same highlighting system used in classrooms.
Sometimes, feedback may be given over the telephone or in a live Microsoft Teams meeting if this is deemed necessary
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 learning?
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education. 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:
If your child is supported on our SEND register they may be provided with specific learning activities to meet their needs.
If your child has an EHCP they will be invited to attend school to complete their learning.
Where appropriate, regular contact will be made with parents and carers by the Inclusion Leader or a member of her team to support the remote learning of these pupils at home.
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 offer differ from the approaches above?
Remote learning may, in this case, be stand-alone activities and lessons which rely more on third party resources for example Oak Academy. The activities set will match the learning intention of the pupils being taught in school, but may vary in delivery and content due to the availability of resources and the inability to work alongside peers.