Remote Learning

Remote education provision
Information for parents and carers

Pupils may need to learn remotely if they are sent home from school to self-isolate, or if
there is a full lockdown.
The following information is a brief summary of how your child will learn at home. More
detail is included in the school’s Remote Learning Policy.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

When pupils are sent home to self-isolate, they will be provided with details of how they
will be taught.
The arrangements are different according to your child’s age.

Pupils in EYFS will follow a timetable that will include, short periods of teacher-led activities
online, followed by longer periods of independent working. During the morning, teaching
will be focussed on Phonics, English skills and Maths. The afternoon sessions will be based
around topic work.

Pupils in Years 1-5 will be following a timetable which is similar to their school day.
All pupils will be provided with any materials that they need, including work packs and
stationery items.

All pupils will have a personal reading book to continue reading at home, alongside their
reading diary. Please continue to listen to your child reading every day and encourage them
to talk about their books. You may also wish to use Oxford Owl Online and our other online
subscriptions (please see the inside of your child’s reading diary). Please refer to your child’s
curriculum newsletter for more activities.

The expectation is that pupils will start remote learning as soon as their period of self isolation begins.

Remote teaching and learning time each day

As far as possible, we expect that pupils will spend the same amount of time working on a
remote education day as they would in school. This is because they will be following the
usual school timetable for their lessons and completing independent learning / homework
that arises from them.

In the early years, children’s learning will be more practically based but will follow the same
curriculum that is used in face-to-face learning.

Children will be expected to log on and be ready for learning at 8.30am. The school day
virtually will finish at 2.30pm. Lunch and break times will be included and directed by the
teaching staff.

Accessing remote education

Remote lessons will be delivered using Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) to pupils in Years 1 -5.
Your son/daughter has been taught how to access the site and how to login for lessons.
EYFS families will use a mixture of MS teams for live lessons and Tapestry to upload
independent work. Parents have received log in details for this in the Autumn Term.

We will continue to use learning platforms including MyMaths, Purple Mash and Timetables
Rockstars. Pupils have been shown how to access these sites. Materials from Oak National
Academy may be used on occasion to support pupils’ learning.

We are very grateful to parents for providing devices on which their children can access
lessons and resources. We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access
at home.

Please inform the school office info@olivebolton.staracademies.org if your child does not
have a laptop/tablet on which to work, or if you do not have internet access at home. We
will do our best to support you.

Pupils will be asked to keep all their work in their exercise books or submit it online.

Remote teaching

From EYFS through to Year 5, remote teaching will be delivered through live lessons in the
vast majority of cases. This will involve simultaneous direct teaching by class teachers (who
could be teaching from the physical classroom or from home if self-isolating) to their pupils
(who could be learning in the physical classroom or at home).

Direct input from the teacher may be supplemented with some recorded material (such as
video lessons from Oak National Academy, or videos recorded by class teachers which may
be the most appropriate way of teaching particular aspects of work, such as investigative
work in Science.)

Pupils will need to spend some parts of lessons writing in their workbooks or completing
activities that involve physical resources. These will be provided by the school. Some
activities will involve pupils completing work on their devices and saving or uploading it.

Some subjects, such as PE, do not lend themselves to online learning in the same way as
others. Teachers will take into account the difficulties pupils may have in completing
physical activity in a confined space and may provide alternative suitable home learning
such as videoed exercise lessons.

Engagement and feedback

We have the same high expectations of pupils’ behaviour when they are learning remotely
as we do when they are learning in school. The STAR values should be consistently
maintained. All pupils have been taught the protocols for working online and staying safe.
Codes of conduct for remote learning have been given to pupils, parents and staff. The
school will alert you in the event of poor behaviour or non-attendance.

We value your support for your child’s wellbeing and learning. Please continue to ensure
that they follow good routines, including getting enough sleep and time away from screens.

We will keep a careful check on your child’s remote learning. We will inform you by phone
call if your child misses any lessons that they are expected to attend. We will phone your
child at least once per week during their time learning remotely to check on their progress
and wellbeing. We will inform you if we have concerns about your child’s work.

Assessment and feedback

Your child will work in a variety of ways when they are learning remotely. Sometimes they
will submit assessments using online platofroms and these will be reviewed by their
teacher. Sometimes they will complete work in exercise books that will be submitted to
school in hard copy form.

Feedback can take many forms. Sometimes your child will receive written individual
feedback. Some feedback will be given on a whole-class basis and sometimes your child may
complete quizzes that are marked automatically via digital platforms.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

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:

Provision on individual/ small group support during MS Teams lessons
Provision of differentiated printed work packs matched to individual targets

 

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