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St Mary's Walk, Shirehampton, Bristol BS11 9RR

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Shirehampton Primary School

Remote education during school closures (covid)

Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts or the whole school to remain at home.

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?

Work will be uploaded to the class page for each year group on our website, under the section Home Learning using Google Classroom within 24 hours of remote education being needed; these pages will be enabled and therefore visible to the public when needed. Each class page has a How to help your child at home page which includes links to educational websites where learning can be accessed until work in Google Classroom is live.

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 when the children are in school.

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:

Foundation Stage (Nursery, including U3s and Reception) = 2 hours per day, Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) = 3 hours per day and Key Stage 2  (Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6) = 4 hours per day

Accessing remote education

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

Each class page on the website has a heading, Home Learning using Google Classroom, which has direct links to the online platform we use: Google Classroom.

Every child has login details individual to them. They have previously been sent to every parent (whose child was on roll in the academic year 2020-21). If you need your child's login details please contact the class teacher who can provide them if your child is new to Shirehampton Primary School or request they are reset, if they have previously been given and misplaced or forgotten. 

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:

Laptops, sent to school by the Government, will be loaned to children who are eligible. Parents will be contacted via our texting service to let them know their child is eligible and how to collect the laptop. A loan agreement must be signed on collection.

If children do not have access to online learning, home learning packs of work will be produced for collection. This will be done on a weekly basis. On collection of the next work pack, parents are expected to hand in the previous work for marking and feedback to be provided.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers and National Oak Academy)
  • 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.

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?

We expect parents to enable their children to access remote learning by contacting the school for support with devices, passwords and where to locate the learning activities.

Parents should put in place remote learning routines by ensuring the children get up at an appropriate time, as they would if they were attending school in person, identify morning and afternoon learning session times and provide brain and physical breaks across the day.

School will ensure work at different levels is provided to enable as much independent learning can take place as possible with minimal adult intervention. 

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

Teachers will check every day the engagement of the children in their class. This is done by them logging into Google Classroom and monitoring which children have accessed the learning tasks.

The school texting service will be used to alert parents to their child’s lack of engagement.

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:

Work will be marked, and feedback or comments provided via Google Classroom.                                                                                              Teachers will provide feedback every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday will be used by them to prepare the work for the following week.

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 to support those pupils in the following ways:

To support our learners who have SEND our Teaching Assistants, with responsibility for delivering individual programmes, will provide a range of activities that support specific needs. For example, speech and language tasks, activities to develop basic core skills and practical learning. This will be available on the class pages.

Our booster and PPA teachers will provide a range of activities that provide a higher level of challenge for our more and most able children.

Teachers of children in our Nursery and Reception will ensure learning is based on play and practical, hands on learning as well as range of videos providing stories and songs for the children to engage with that moves learning forwards. For these children parents can submit photos or videos of the children engaging in their learning.

Teachers will make contact with children who are accessing remote education, by phone, on a weekly basis. For children identified as vulnerable (with SEND, are receiving support from external agencies or are on the caseload for the Pastoral Support Team) this contact could take place more often.