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Remote Learning Provision: Information for Parents

 

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to children, parents and carers about what to expect from remote education where individual children are self-isolating due to testing positive for COVID, or who are required to self-isolate for other reasons. If local restrictions are re-imposed then the following will then apply to whole cohorts of children who are effected.

 

The remote curriculum: what is taught to children at home

 

A children’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 children being sent home?

 

While the remote learning for your child is put in place, then we will expect your child to access Education City and Bug Club to initially support your child’s learning.

 

They can also access any of the learning support materials via our Learning Zone on our school website.

 

The Learning Zone contains a wide range of resources including support for well-being and online safety.

 

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 wherever possible and appropriate.

 

We have, however, needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, delivery of PE, Art and Music will be reduced an adapted to meet the home learning environment.

 

Science will also be adapted to enable you to support this subject at home.

 

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 children on average the following number of hours each day:

 

Primary School-aged Children

Nursery – 1 to 2 hours

 

Reception – 2 to 3 hours

 

Year 1 – 3 to 4 hours

 

Year 2 – 3 to 4 hours

 

Year 3 – 4 to 5 hours

 

Year 4 – 4 to 5 hours

 

Year 5 – 4 to 5 hours

 

Year 6 – 4 to 5 hours

 

 

Accessing remote education

 

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

 

Even though your children are not in school, every day will still run like a school day where you will have individual lessons to access and complete.

 

Parents will then need to send evidence of the learning completed back, on a daily basis, to show what learning your child has completed and for your teachers to provide feedback.

 

There is a timetable which will structure each day for parents and children and to go with the timetable, there will be a document to show you where the online lesson are to watch and there will also be accompanying documents to use for the lesson, if applicable.

 

There will be resources to go with each lesson that children can use and access to run alongside the planned lessons.

 

Some lessons have extra resources to look at or complete; some do not have any. The resources are labelled clearly to link to the lesson.

 

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

 

If you do not have a device at home to support your child’s home learning, then you need to contact Mr. P. Newby via the following e-mail address:

 

Headteacher@brickhouse.sandwell.sch.uk

 

If this is not possible contact the School Office Monday to Friday from 8.30am until 4.00pm and they will contact him on your behalf.

 

If you are eligible for a device you will receive a text from school telling you to come to school at a specified time to collect you device. You will sign a contract for the device, and be made aware of the terms and conditions of the loan, which includes returning the device at the end of lockdown in the condition given to you.

 

If you require printed any printed materials if they do not have online access, then please e-mail your child’s class teacher or contact the School Office Monday to Friday from 8.30am until 4.00pm someone will contact you about how and when you can collect and how you should return it for feedback if you do not have online access.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

 

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

 

There is a timetable which will structure each day for parents and children and to go with the timetable, there will be a document to show you where the online lesson are to watch and there will also be accompanying documents to use for the lesson, if applicable.

 

There will be resources to go with each lesson that children can use and access to run alongside the planned lessons.

 

Some lessons have extra resources to look at or complete; some do not have any. The resources are labelled clearly to link to the lesson.

 

The remote teaching approaches we are using are:

 

  • recorded teaching using Oak National Academy lessons
  • resources produced by teachers i.e. workbooks, worksheets that can be printed off at home for use by your children
  • reading resources children have at home and can access online i.e. Bug Club
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences i.e. Education City, BBC Bitesize

 

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?

 

It is expected that parents and carers:

 

  • ensure that their child is carrying out the appropriate remote learning at home.
  • provide an appropriate space for your children to learn
  • provide an appropriate device for your children to learn from and to contact school for support if this is not available
  • provide an appropriate structure for your child’s day i.e. lessons time, breaks etc.
  • ensure that your send work from your child on a daily basis for feedback
  • contact staff for lesson support when required via their class e-mail address.
  • contact staff if there are issues with any aspect of remote learning
  • ensure teachers are contacted if their child is ill and unable to remote learning, either with a regular illness or if they are positive with COVID-19 and if they are self-isolating

 

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

 

Any learning completed by your child will need to be emailed to the class teacher via the following e-mail accounts so the teachers can assess and check how you’re your child has done.

 

 

Parents will then receive feedback via an email on how well your child has done or what they need to think about to improve.

 

Proof of the learning completed can be sent in different ways. Parents can:

 

  • email the PDF/Word document back
  • take a photograph of any work that links to the lesson and email it to the email account (i.e. paper, workbook, images etc)
  • send any work completed that links to the email address 

 

Children who are self-isolating will follow the a daily plan and use the same type of resources, and will receive feedback on the following day and not at the point of sending the work.

 

Staff will only be able to provide e-mail support prior to 8.30am and after 3.30pm due to their daily teaching commitments.

 

If your teacher hasn't received any work or proof of learning from you within a few days, you will be contacted to see if there are any issues you are experiencing and to see if school can help and support in any other way

 

If you do not respond to this call, then school will send a visit to your home to check all is well.

 

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

 

Any learning completed by your child will need to be emailed to the class teacher via the class e-mail accounts (see above) so the teachers can assess and check how you’re your child has done.

 

Parents will then receive feedback via an email on how well your child has done or what they need to think about to improve.

 

Children who are self-isolating will follow the same daily plan and use the same type of resources, but they will only receive feedback on the following day and not at the point of sending the work.

 

Staff will only be able to provide e-mail support prior to 8.30am and after 3.30pm due to their daily teaching commitments.

 

Feedback to children will be provided on a daily basis when learning is received.

 

Additional support for children 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?

 

If you feel the learning planned for your child is too difficult, then please contact your child’s class teacher and they will support you with alternatives to that days or weeks’ remote learning.

 

They might suggest looking at the year group below your child’s or they might send you an alternative lesson or work. They might also contact our SENCO for advice, which they will then get back to you with or the SENCO may contact you directly to work with you to provide you with support.

 

Staff will ensure that tasks are shortened or made more practical where possible.

Children will EHCP’s will have specifically designed programmes of work which meet their needs and their in school support will be a point of contact in addition to their class teacher via the email account SEN@brickhouse.sandwell.sch.uk

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