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Remote Learning Provision

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local/national restrictions require entire cohorts (or ‘bubbles’) to remain at home.

For details on what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see below.

If you have any questions about remote learning provision or are experiencing any difficulties, please speak to Mr Reed or e-mail remote.learning@kinggeorgev.sandwell.sch.uk

The Remote Curriculum: What Is Taught to Pupils at Home

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

We acknowledge that switching to high-quality online learning will require at least 24-48 hours depending on the time at which pupils are sent home. As a result, 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.

 During this initial 24-48-hour period, pupils will receive paper copies of work which will be delivered via first class post/dropped off by a member of school staff. For pupils in Year 2 and Year 6, pupils will be sent home with workbooks and directed to complete specific sections which reinforce their class-based learning.

Following the first few days of remote learning, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

Our remote learning provision will be broadly the same as the curriculum which we deliver in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, some adaptations may be required in some subjects due to resource access at home. This includes Computing units of work which require access to specific computer programs, Art & Design units of work which require access to specialist resources, such as clay and the appropriate tools, and PE units of work where access to specific resources are required.

 Leaders and class teachers will make adaptations to ensure that the curriculum pupils access from home ensures equal access for all so that pupils are not disadvantaged due to limited access to resources in the home. As a result, units of work may be delivered in a different sequence to the sequence they would be delivered in school.

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 5 hours per day. This reflects the fact that usual class timetables will be followed in the event of remote learning, with 5 lessons per day delivered remotely. This will ensure that pupils are able to access a remote curriculum which is broadly on par with the curriculum delivered in school and that they are able to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills required.

Accessing Remote Education

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

We will be using ClassDojo as our online learning platform. All of our parents and pupils have been provided with their own individual logins to access.

ClassDojo can be accessed either via the website www.classdojo.com or via the free App. Search ClassDojo on the App Store (Apple devices) or Google Play (Android devices)

You will need to enter your name, your e-mail address and create a password.

By connecting to our school ClassDojo page, you will be able to receive important messages, view any home learning set for your child and contact your child’s class teacher during any periods of home learning. You will also be able to view and comment on any work your child completes and shares with their class teacher.

More information on how to connect your child to ClassDojo can be found by watching the following video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=116&v=EIEt_CNstx0&feature=emb_logo

Further information on how your child can access work set by their class teacher on ClassDojo can be found by watching the following video clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnfJDONJvCY&feature=emb_title

In addition to ClassDojo, all pupils will also have access to the following digital platforms to support their learning from home:

Maths – Times Table Rockstars – www.ttrockstars.com

Reading – Bug Club - https://login.pearson.com/v1/piapi/piui/signin?client_id=mCfHl22MzgSG9oQ21dUc3GGNPShmrgeb&login_success_url=https:%2F%2Fwww.activelearnprimary.co.uk%2Flogin-redirect%3Fc%3D0

What should I do if I cannot access my ClassDojo account?

If you are a parent or child who needs help accessing your ClassDojo account, please speak to Mr Reed or e-mail remote.learning@kinggeorgev.sandwell.sch.uk and Mr Reed will ensure you are able to access your account.

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 are able to loan devices, including laptops and iPads, to families to ensure that all pupils, including where multiple siblings attend our school, are able to access their own device so that they are able to fully access and engage with our high-quality remote learning. If your child does not have access to an internet-enabled device, please speak to Mr Reed or e-mail remote.learning@kinggeorgev.sandwell.sch.uk and we will be able to provide you with more information about our device loan scheme.

We are able to provide data SIM cards which will enable children to access the internet on their device, ensuring they are able to fully access our remote learning provision. If you do not have access to the internet at home, again, please speak to Mr Reed or e-mail remote.learning@kinggeorgev.sandwell.sch.uk and we will be able to provide you with more information about our internet accessibility support.

For pupils who do not have online access, pupils will be able to access printed materials to ensure they are able to access the same high-quality lesson resources as pupils accessing online learning. These printed materials will either be sent via first-class post or delivered by school staff.

Pupils will be provided with a pre-paid envelope in which to post back work they wish to submit to their class teacher. Alternatively, please e-mail remote.learning@kinggeorgev.sandwell.sch.uk and we will endeavour to collect completed work daily where this is possible.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Video/audio recordings made by class teachers, providing teacher modelling and explanations of tasks
  • Daily lesson activities uploaded to ClassDojo online learning platform. These will be available on pupil’s Portfolio with specific instructions provided by class teachers explaining how work should be completed and submitted
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g., workbooks and worksheets)
  • Textbooks and reading books pupils may have at home
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips (e.g., RWI Phonics daily lessons)

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 have high expectations for all of our pupils in school and these high expectations also transcend to remote learning. As a result, we expect all pupils to fully engage with all remote learning. Class teachers and school leaders monitor the engagement of individual pupils closely. Where engagement does not meet expectations, class teachers and/or school leaders will make contact via ClassDojo or telephone in order to identify any potential issues and seek to overcome these.

We expect all completed work to be submitted daily by 3pm so that class teachers are able to provide timely feedback.

Parents and carers can support your child’s engagement in remote learning by setting clear routines to support your child’s education. These include waking up at the same time as they would if they were attending school in person, having a healthy breakfast and taking regular screen breaks. Having a designated working space which is quiet and calm would also support your child in being able to fully focus on their learning.

If you have any concerns about your child’s engagement in their remote learning, please send a message to your child’s class teacher via ClassDojo. Alternatively, please send a message to Mr Reed via ClassDojo or e-mail remote.learning@kinggeorgev.sandwell.sch.uk and we will support your child in order to improve their engagement.

For further advice and support, please see the parent guides and information in the Additional Guidance for Parents section below.

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

Class teachers and school leaders will check on pupils’ engagement with remote education daily by checking and providing feedback on all completed work which is submitted via ClassDojo daily.

Via Parent accounts, parents and carers are able to view their child’s Portfolio ‘to do list’ which shows all outstanding work which has yet to be completed/submitted. We would encourage parents and carers to check this daily in order to support their child with effectively managing their workload.

Where engagement is a concern, due to lack of work submitted or incomplete/work below the expected standard being submitted, your child’s class teacher will message you via ClassDojo in the first instance in order to offer support. Where engagement continues to be a concern, a school leader will contact you via telephone in order to share our concerns and identify further support which may be required.

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 pupils’ work is to provide feedback on all completed work submitted via ClassDojo where work is submitted by 3pm each day.

In addition to this, class teachers may provide whole class feedback via video/audio recording.

Pupils will receive feedback on all work submitted by 3pm daily from Monday-Friday.

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 by ensuring that their remote learning curriculum is designed to meet their individual needs.

Our SENDCo, Mrs Taylor, will work closely with parents and carers, providing a range of resources, including sensory resources, to ensure that the provision for pupils at home is on par with their in-school provision. All work will be differentiated to meet the individual needs of pupils with additional needs.

If you feel you would benefit from additional support, guidance or resources, please contact Mrs Taylor via e-mail: SEND@kinggeorgev.sandwell.sch.uk

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 differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and at school.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Where individual pupils are self-isolating, paper-based worksheets and/or workbooks will be sent home via first class post/delivered by school staff. The work set will broadly match the work being completed by their peer group in school.

Completed work should be submitted daily via ClassDojo portfolio. Feedback will then be provided daily by class teachers/school leaders. Alternatively, completed work can be returned to school via pre-paid post or collected by school staff subject to prior arrangement.

Additional Guidance for Parents

  1. Supporting home learning – parent guide [CLICK HERE]
  2. Top tips for helping engage children in home learning – parent guide [CLICK HERE]

Additional Policies & Guidance

  1. Remote learning policy [CLICK HERE]
  2. Remote learning guidance [CLICK HERE]
  3. Electronic device loan agreement for pupils [CLICK HERE]