Remote Education Provision
School website: www.manorinfant.co.uk
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
Every week the class teachers upload a weekly overview of all of the curriculum areas being taught at school. The overviews contain links to useful websites and suggestions for resources. The teachers will add other useful resources to the class pages of the website on a daily basis.
Here are the links to the class pages of our website:
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. Paper resource packs are provided by class teachers throughout lockdown periods. We appreciate that parents will not have access to the same resources at home and so teachers will try to suggest alternative resources that children might have access to, e.g. when counting in Maths, children could use beads or pasta shells, stones or twigs. The school will provide 2 books for every child during a lockdown period, one plain for Maths and Art activities and one lined for all written tasks.
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
The government expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take primary pupils about three hours each day. This time will include core learning tasks - phonics, reading, writing and Maths as well as our foundation topic work.
We encourage parents to establish a daily schedule and routine; the teachers provide a suggested timetable which can be adapted. From experience, we know that children like routine and following the school timetable will support a smooth transition to home learning.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
The weekly timetable for children in Year R is available on the class page of the website. This provides a summary of each activity for phonics, reading, writing and Maths. It also provides a summary of suggested activities for learning through play. Teaching video links are posted on a daily basis on Tapestry, the online Learning Journey that is accessed by all parents and carers in Year R.
Year 1 and 2
The weekly timetable for children in Years 1 and 2 is available on the class pages of the website. This provides a summary of each activity for phonics, reading, writing and Maths as well as the foundation subjects that link to the termly topics. On a daily basis, the teachers add teaching videos for the children to watch. Links to other teaching videos and useful websites are also provided.
Video links to the class teachers’ YouTube channels are as follows:
Red Allinson – Year 1
Yellow Munns – Year 2
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:
- We can provide printed resource packs for children.
- We offer access to increased data allowances (not available for all networks).
- We apply for additional laptops through the Government initiative.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- recorded teaching from class teachers as well as other online resources (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons).
- printed resource packs produced by teachers.
- 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 children to have a go at all of the tasks set by the class teachers. Parents are encouraged to email or telephone the class teachers if they have any questions or concerns. We appreciate that some parents will easily be able to support their children’s home learning whereas other may find this difficult due to work commitments and supporting their other children in the household. In light of this, the teachers provide an introduction to the vast majority of lessons and then provide suggestions for follow up activities that the children should be able to access independently. For all other tasks the timetable suggests an activity. Because the lessons are pre-recorded, you can access them at a time that suits you. Differentiated tasks and activities will be planned for children with Special Educational Needs. Extension tasks are suggested at the end of a task for those children who are ready and able to move on in their learning.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
We encourage all parents to send photographs and/or videos of their child’s home learning to the class teachers. In Year R, parents and teachers communicate via Tapestry. In Years 1 and 2 parents communicate via email:
Year 1 – Red Class - firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 2 – Yellow Class - email@example.com
During extended school closures school staff will call parents regularly to discuss how pupils are getting on with their home learning.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
In Year R, teachers review pupil engagement with tasks via Tapestry where they can also provide feedback. In Years 1 and 2 teachers respond by email to parents when they receive examples of children’s work. We celebrate the achievements of children who are working remotely on Fridays every week in our Celebration Worships.
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:
- staff continue to provide differentiated support for children, continually reviewing each child’s needs.
- separate packs of resources are available.
- personalised videos are created for specific children who cannot access the main teaching activities.
- staff continue to seek specialist support for vulnerable children and share this advice with parents.
- more regular contact is available.
- we allocate spaces at school for our vulnerable children and encourage parents to send them into school, even if only part time.
- the school ELSA provides support packs for children as necessary.
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 differ from the approaches described above?
Children who are self-isolating will have access to the weekly overview for their class on the school website. This will contain links to useful websites and resources. If possible, teachers will provide a resource pack.
Whilst working from home the children will require more interaction with computers, laptops, tablets and phones. In light of this, we ask parents to reinforce the key messages that we teach our children at school about keeping safe online.
We recommend that parents limit the amount of time that their child spends online.
Wellbeing and Mental Health
Regular breaks outdoors are essential for children’s well-being and mental health. Exercise is a great way to feel better and happy with yourself. It helps boost positive energy and is a great way to start your day with healthy vibes. To help start the day there are lots of online exercises and dance lessons to enjoy. As well as planned PE lessons every week, school newsletters will contain ideas for Trailblazer activities as well.
Change 4 Life 10 Minute Shake Up Games
Joe Wicks ‘PE with Joe’ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ
Parents can contact the school if they require support with the emotional wellbeing of their child during lockdown periods when their child is not at school.
Free Online Resources
- Phonics Play – https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk
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- Free storybooks to read online – https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/
- Free Ebooks – you just need to register - https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/library-page
- Miss Allinson reading stories – search Red Allinson on YouTube
- Mrs Munns reading stories – search Yellow Munns on YouTube
- Top Marks Maths Games - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting
- Newsround (Year 2) - https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
Last updated 08.01.21