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Remote Learning

Remote Learning Plan

In order to ensure that learning is continued, irrespective of full closure, bubble closure and self-isolation, Springfield Primary School has developed the following plan. This plan offers remote learning opportunities whilst also acknowledging that some households have limited access to devices and require paper copies of work and resources.

This plan will be applied in the following instances:

  1. An individual/number of children is self-isolating because of a positive test within the household or symptoms.
  2. A whole bubble or cohort is self-isolating because of an outbreak of coronavirus
  3. Short term whole school closure except for childcare provision for key worker children

The plan complies with the expectations and principles outlined in the DFE document Guidance for Full Opening of Schools.

Rationale

We want to ensure that the remote learning offer replicates the learning the children will have access to in school. Therefore, all year groups will have access to a weekly timetable which outlines the learning that will take place across the week. PowerPoints which would normally be used in school will have teacher voice notes on them explaining the lesson content. These PowerPoints will be made available through Google Classroom. In addition to the core curriculum offer, the following will be accessible to all pupils, in order to provide a broad and balanced curriculum:

  • Videos of staff reading stories, to promote a love of reading.
  • Online websites such as Mathletics, to support key skills in mathematics.
  • Fitness videos provided by our P.E. lead to ensure children still can-do physical education at home.
  • Assemblies that will be written by Senior Leaders in the school.

Learning will be differentiated three ways to ensure all abilities of learners are catered for. Parents will be aware of their child's current academic level through reports received and meetings with class teachers. All ability levels have been quality assured through phase meetings and senior leadership meetings. Each week four pieces of learning, maths, English, reading and topic, will then be resubmitted via Google Classroom so staff can mark and access the learning that has taken place. No live lessons will take place for safeguarding reasons. Staff will provide pastoral care through fortnightly phone calls to parents to gain an understanding of how the children are finding their home learning.

In the event of any form of isolation and loss of learning caused by Coronavirus, a letter will be sent home to parents outlining the expectations with home learning and how it is compulsory for all children in the school.

Worksheets and practical resources

If a child is isolating from school because they have been sent home from school to either receive a test or self-isolate as someone in the household is being tested, they will leave school with a pack of work and their own stationery pack. Children will therefore have an immediate opportunity to continue their learning. 

The work packs will either be specific be basic skills work that would be relevant at any stage of the year, for example: arithmetic, spelling, reading, writing (with a visual prompt) and handwriting.

Further printed resources will be made available through CGP textbooks, the Nelson Handwriting scheme, Hamilton Trust and the NCETM resources.

Software and online platforms

Within all plans, teachers will set appropriate work in line with our current curriculum, and this will be made available through Google Classroom. Children will be encouraged to use online platforms which they have their own personal logins for:

  • Purple Mash
  • Mathletics
  • Times Tables Rockstars – KS2 & NumBots – KS1

Parents will receive communications from the class teacher through an initial letter, fortnightly phone calls and Marvellous Me messages. Children will use Google Classroom, which provides the opportunity for them to communicate with their teacher via a safe online platform. 

Inclusion

Children who have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) will receive an individualised learning programme so they are able to access learning independently as possible at home. Children who currently receive speech and language support at school will be given resources to support their learning further at home.

Nursery/Reception provision

Springfield’s EYFS team will look at the most suitable ways of engaging children in the EYFS with their learning. This will include the use of EExAT where staff will provide feedback for learning that has been uploaded.

Communication and Language, PSED and Physical needs in Nursery will be priority areas for activities as these have been identified as priorities by the Department for Education. Learning in Reception will focus on these areas as well as addressing gaps in language, early reading, maths, phonics and vocabulary development. The children’s learning needs in these areas will be met through activities to develop gross and fine motor skills, basic, everyday skills, language and conversation skills, daily Read Write Inc. and mark making. Activities which provide for real life, play-based learning that can be done as a family will help give meaning and context to the children.

Opportunities for both teacher-led directed tasks and child-led activities will be provided to match the curriculum requirements of the EYFS and we will use the school website to communicate these activities to your child. If parents require further resources from the EYFS team to support learning at home, such as numicon, the EYFS team will provide this to the families who request them.

Remote Learning

The initial response to any isolation will be to provide children with home learning materials alongside their class stationery pack. In the case of whole cohort isolation, resources will be uploaded to Google Classroom and priority children will have packs delivered. All children will be expected to upload four pieces of home learning, one from each of the following subjects: maths, reading, writing and topic.

 

Pupil needs to isolate because someone in their household is symptomatic or tests positive

Ongoing Support

Safeguarding/SEND

The class teacher will send work linked to the learning that is happening that week in school. The class teacher will phone the parent to ensure they understand the pack they have received.

The teacher, TA or another member of school staff will check the isolating child’s understanding using Google Meet 2 days after they have started their isolation.

The child will upload their learning to Google Classroom so feedback can be provided to the child via a live stream or using the feedback function on Google Classroom.

 

The school office will keep any Coronavirus related absences on an isolation case record and report daily to the DfE. 

The school office will contact parents to ensure a test has been taken.

If a child is entitled to benefit-related FSM, food parcels will be made available.

If a child is vulnerable in any way, the DSL will contact the appropriate agencies and arrange for regular check via a phone call from the DSL (recorded on CPOMS).

The SENCo will monitor the provision provided by the class teacher and will ensure provision is in place as documented in their EHCP or SEND support plan. The SENCo will contact the parents at least fortnightly. 

If a child does not engage, the class teacher will contact the parents to discuss the obstacles and what further support is needed. 

If a child normally has a 1:2:1 Thrive / ELSA session these will continue via Google Meets as regularly as reasonably possible.

A designated safeguarding lead will be in all Google Meetings that take place with pupils.

 

A whole bubble/cohort of children is isolating because of an outbreak of coronavirus

Ongoing Support

Safeguarding/SEND

Teachers will share on Google Classroom, a weekly timetable of the learning that will take place; this will consist of core subject and non-core lessons.

The class teacher will upload all work for the week onto Google Classroom by Monday, or within a 24-hour period, at 8:30am. Teaching assistants will support the class teacher in identifying resources and phase leaders or a member of the senior leadership team will quality-assure all resources prior to them being uploaded.

The four compulsory pieces of learning will be photographed/scanned and uploaded to Google Classroom, by pupils before Wednesday at 3:30pm each week. Teachers will then provide feedback to all children by 12pm on Friday each week.

In the event of teachers becoming ill, support staff will be required to ‘take over’ the Google Classroom account with resources being identified by the year partner or phase leader.

If needed, parents can request the use of a Chromebook from the school, to support their child with home learning. Alternatively, they can request paper copies of the work that has been uploaded to Google Classroom.

 

The school office will keep any Coronavirus related absences on an isolation case record and report daily to the DfE. 

Parents will be notified about bubble closure and will receive a letter explaining the school’s expectations with home learning.

If any children are entitled to benefit-related FSM, food will be made available via a food parcel which will be collected by a family member or friend.

If a child is vulnerable in any way, the DSL will contact the appropriate agencies and arrange for regular check via a phone call from the DSL (recorded on CPOMS).

Those not engaging with home learning will receive a phone call from the class teacher or a  member of SLT to discuss the obstacles and the support needed for the work to be completed.

Where children would normally receive additional support from SEND agencies, the SENCo will make arrangements for those to continue via Google Meets as long as the agencies engage. 

The SENCo will keep in regular contact with parents and children who have SEND, at least fortnightly.

If a child normally has a 1:2:1 Thrive / ELSA session these will continue via Google Meet as regularly as possible.

A designated safeguarding lead will be in all Google Meetings that take place with pupils.

 

Short term whole school closure except for childcare provision for key worker children

Ongoing Support

Safeguarding/SEND

Teachers will share on Google Classroom, a weekly timetable of the learning that will take place; this will consist of core subject and non-core lessons.

The class teacher will upload all work for the week onto Google Classroom by Monday, or within a 24-hour period, at 8:30am. Teaching assistants will support the class teacher in identifying resources and phase leaders will quality-assure all resources prior to them being uploaded.  

The four compulsory pieces of learning will be photographed/scanned and uploaded to Google Classroom, by pupils before Wednesday at 3:30pm each week. Teachers will then provide feedback to all children by 12pm on Friday each week.

Phone calls home will take place fortnightly to check on the wellbeing of all pupils within the teacher’s class.

P.E. videos will be made available to support children’s physical education at home.

In the event of teachers becoming ill, support staff will be required to ‘take over’ the Google Classroom account with resources being identified by the phase leader.

If needed, parents can request the use of a Chromebook from the school, to support their child with home learning. Alternatively, they can request paper copies of the work that has been uploaded to Google Classroom.

Children in the childcare bubble will complete the same learning as the rest of the class, but they will complete this in school.

The school office will keep any Coronavirus related absences on an isolation case record and report daily to the DfE. 

Parents will be notified about school closure by the Headteacher. They will receive a letter explaining the school’s expectations with home learning.

If any children are entitled to benefit-related FSM, food will be made available via a food parcel which will be collected by a family member or friend.

If a child is vulnerable in any way, the DSL will contact the appropriate agencies and arrange for regular check via a phone call from the DSL (recorded on CPOMS).

Those not engaging with home learning will receive a phone call from the class teacher or a  member of SLT to discuss the obstacles and the support needed for the work to be completed.

Where children would normally receive additional support from SEND agencies, the SENCo will plan for those to continue via Google Meets as long as the agencies engage. 

Regular contact from the SENCo to the parents and children who have an EHCP, at least fortnightly.

If a child normally has a 1:2:1 Thrive / ELSA session these will continue via Google Meet as regularly as possible.

A designated safeguarding lead will be in all Google Meetings that take place with pupils.

 

Ideas for learning at home:

Below you will find a range of ideas to support learning at home. 

Academic based links:

 

Well being (mental and physical) links:

 

In summer 2020, a number of celebraties shared useful lessons for children to participate in at home, below are a list of the websites you may find useful:

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