Information for Parents on remote learning.
What does remote learning look like at Bishop Monkton CE Primary School?
Remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents/carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home. This information also applies to a whole-school lockdown, where all but key-worker/vulnerable children are working from home.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
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.
As soon as they are able to (or at the latest by the end of the next day) class teachers will share a general overview of the work that is intended to be done in class, with further specific links to use for lessons at home. Teachers will use a variety of teaching methods to move the learning forward. These may include sharing:
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
EYFS/Year 1: Robins
Year 2: Owls
Year 3-6: Kingfishers and Eagles
3½ to 4 hours
4 to 5 hours
Remote learning can be accessed via Microsoft Teams digital platform.
We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home, nor the technology to access it. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
When providing remote learning, teachers are mindful that access to the use of technology may be limited and will therefore endeavour to provide blended learning opportunities that can be accessed by all children. We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Children are expected to fully engage with remote learning and should be present on Teams for all opportunities.
Teachers can expect pupils learning remotely to:
The amount of support that is expected of parents to give their child with remote learning, varies depending on the age of the child and the task allocated. Younger children may need support and supervision with their learning, whilst older children would be expected to complete work independently.
Teachers can expect parents with children learning remotely to:
Teachers will be checking in with their pupils twice daily on Teams to ensure that there is understanding and engagement in remote learning. There will be further opportunities during the day when children can speak to their teachers, online or by telephone, to help with any misconceptions or to provide clarity around remote learning. Children are also encouraged to message their teacher directly on Teams should they require individual help.
If teachers have any concerns around a child’s engagement in remote learning or the quality/amount of work being completed, they will email parents directly to discuss this with the aim of seeing an improvement.
Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
Teachers recognise how important feedback is for children, not only to move their learning forward but also to validate the work that has taken place. Children will receive feedback on selected pieces of work that are key to deepening their knowledge and understanding. This will take place on a regular basis.
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. Teachers will use the following methods to assess and provide feedback on children’s work:
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 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.
Class teachers are responsible for setting work for children in their class. However, teachers will be working in their classrooms so, initially, a child who is self-isolating and awaiting a test result, would be expected to continue their learning with reading, spellings, TT Rockstars, Numbots or White Rose Maths.
As soon as they are able to (or at the latest by the end of the next day) class teachers will share a general overview of the work that is intended to be done in class, with further specific links to use for lessons at home. This will be the same curriculum that is being covered in class. Work will still be assigned through Teams and the class teacher will provide a daily check-in time to ensure that there is good understanding, provide timely feedback and that work is being completed to a high standard.
Parents should also refer to the school's Remote Learning Policy updated January 2021