Online and Remote Learning
The following information is intended to provide clarity to parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where restrictions require children to remain at home.
Our Remote Learning strategy aims to:
- monitor the safety and wellbeing of all children
- support children to continue to learn through a remotely adapted curriculum
- support parents to access remote learning with ease
- mitigate and remove potential barriers to children accessing remote learning
The school is tasked to continue educating children remotely whilst the school is closed to the majority of pupils. During this time, the school adapts methods of teaching to reflect the needs of pupils as they access learning remotely at home and the challenges that this brings for them.
We use the following principles of high quality teaching to guide our method of delivery:
- Planning and teaching well-structured lessons
- Adapting teaching when appropriate to meet individual needs
- Making accurate and productive use of feedback
The EEF finds that the quality of remote teaching is reliant on many of the same factors involved in effective instruction:
- ensuring pupils receive clear explanations
- supporting growth in confidence with new material through scaffolded practice
- application of new knowledge or skills
- enabling pupils to receive feedback on how to progress
We use a blended approach – a mixture of styles of online learning to try and make the most that each brings (e.g. use of Zoom, Google Classroom and published recorded videos to ensure well crafted focused sessions that children can repeat as needed).
In a review of research comparing different types of online learning, the EEF reported the following findings:
- Teaching quality is more important than how lessons are delivered
- Peer interactions can provide motivation and improve learning outcomes
- Supporting pupils to work independently can improve learning outcomes
- Different approaches to remote learning suit different types of content and pupils
- Ensuring access to technology is key, especially for disadvantaged pupils
Guidance for Remote Learning from the DFE
The guidance for the latest national lockdown sets out the following expectations for remote learning.
Schools and teachers are expected to:
- Set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects.
- Primary schools should ensure pupils have three hours' work a day in KS1 and four hours in KS2, on average, across the cohort.
- Secondary schools should ensure students have four hours' work a day, with more for those working towards formal qualifications this year.
- Provide frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher or through high-quality curriculum resources or videos.
- Have systems for checking, at least weekly, whether pupils are engaging with their work, and inform parents immediately where engagement is a concern.
- Gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum using questions and other suitable tasks.
- Provide feedback, at least weekly, using “digitally facilitated or whole-class feedback where appropriate”.
- Enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding.
National Lockdown - Wednesday 6th January - Remote Learning
On the 4th January Prime Minister Johnson announced a National Lockdown. Schools will be open to children of critical workers and "vulnerable" children. It is expected that other children will lean at home via remote learning. The school uses Google Classroom to set work for the children. in line with the National Guidance.
In addition teachers use Zoom for daily lessons and pastoral check-ins with the classes.
REMOTE LEARNING PROVISION 2021
CONTINGENCY PLAN AND REMOTE LEARNING POLICY
You will have been given your Google Classroom login by your teacher, they will explain everything you need to get started!
Google Classroom is a safe and secure platform for teachers and students to connect, share learning, participate in discussions, get/provide feedback and receive updates from each other. Using Google Classroom allows you and your child to have access to learning at any time through any device with the internet, such as an iPad, tablet or a laptop.
Your child will be given their own Google Classroom login and password and they will use this to access their account. Once your child logs in to their account, they will be able to see all the learning resources that have been uploaded by their teachers.
Did you know that you can also access Google Classroom via an Xbox or a PlayStation?
1. Plug a wired keyboard into your Xbox One, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S via one of the USB ports on the front or back.
2. Press the Xbox button top-centre of a game controller and head to "My games & apps" in the side menu.
3. Click on "See all", scroll down to "Apps" and you will see Microsoft Edge in the icons on the righthand side. Open it.
4. Type classroom.google.com into the URL bar at the top and log in as you would on a PC using your school Gmail account.
5. You can either use an Xbox controller to move the cursor or a separate USB mouse plugged into one of the other ports.
The PlayStation 4 has its own web browser that is easy to find on the PlayStation 4 (in the content menu as an icon with WWW written on it). However, it's currently a bit trickier on PS5, as there is no way to open the browser natively. Instead, you can open the System Settings, then the User Guide. This will open up an online user manual inside a web browser page so you only have to change the URL at the top. Otherwise, the rest of the steps are the same.
1. Plug a wired keyboard and/or mouse into the USB ports on the PS4 or PS5 - each console should recognise them.
2. In the URL bar of the browser, type classroom.google.com and then log in using the details provided by your child's school.
3. You can now access Google Classroom. In some cases, you might not be able to do everything you can on a laptop or PC, but you can, at the very least, access Google Classroom and see what work your teacher has assigned for you to do.