Blended or Remote Learning

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 where national or 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?

  • Online learning will be available immediately for all children through Google Classroom (Years 1 to 6) or Tapestry (EYFS).
  • Should individual children need to isolate due to test and trace online learning will also be made available as set out above.
  • Should a child not be able to access resources digitally, paper packs will be made available for parents to collect.  Parents would be notified by text and email to contact school should they require an education pack.

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 needed to make some adaptations in some subjects.
  • Maths and English (including Reading, Writing, Grammar Punctuation & Spelling, Phonics*) are taught through recorded lessons provided by our class teachers and match the teaching strategies we would normally follow in school.
  • Science and Foundation Subjects (e.g. History, Geography) are taught in line with our school curriculum making use of resources available from Oak National Academy, BBC Bitesize and other national organizations.

Remote teaching and study time each day

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 pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)

3 hours minimum per day

Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)

4 hours minimum per day

 

Accessing remote education

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

  • Children in Nursery and Reception (Early Years) will use Tapestry.
  • Children in Years 1 to 6 will use Google Classroom.

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:

  • Paper based packs (Education Packs) are available via email to parents.  We try to ensure these resources do not need to be printed in order to access the learning.
  • Paper based packs (Education Packs) can also be printed off by School and made available for collection by prior arrangement with the school.  Parents are asked to contact the School Office directly by phone (0151 487 5678) or by email (plantation@knowsley.gov.uk) to request a pack for collection.
  • School may also be able to provide a device for home use.  Those children who qualify in years 3 to 6 have been contacted and have registered for a device, signing our device agreement.  If you feel your child qualifies and you have not been contacted, please get in touch with the School Office to request further details.
  • In addition to support from class teachers, some families receive additional support from staff in Blossom Suite.  Where necessary, this support includes discussion about work and feedback on their progress.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • online learning resources such as Spelling Shed and Times Table Rockstars
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities
  • additional learning through CBBC will be highlighted for parents to access

 

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?

  • Please see our message from Mr Boulton at the bottom of this web page for further guidance.

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

  • class teachers will be able to check engagement on a daily basis through our online platforms (Google Classroom and Tapestry)
  • where there is concern this will be flagged to senior staff in school and parents contacted to discuss the level of engagement, reiterate the expectations set out here and work with the family to overcome any barriers

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 could include:

  • direct marking on screen via the device through Google Classroom
  • comments put on the work, e.g. the comments section in Google Classroom

Where work is submitted late (work on Google Classroom has a due date), an acknowledgement of the work will be made but this will impact on the level of feedback and response time.

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:

  • where possible, work will be differentiated to meet their needs
  • additional support is provided by staff in our Blossom Suite, e.g. additional phone calls and video calls
  • additional work or education packs may be provided
  • support from the school SENDCO to advise parents and carers on other strategies they can do ply to support their child

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 may differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.  In the event of this, our intention is that they could and should access remote education in the same ways as outlined above.  We would discuss any specific needs with the child’s parent/carer if necessary.