What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
Initially, pupils may be sent home with work from our textbooks. We will also provide paper along with writing equipment so that work can be completed at home. You will be directed to information and lessons on Showbie, by staff. Further information will be posted on Classroom Dojo.
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 will aim to provide lessons broadly in line with a child's curriculum at school. However, whilst we will endeavour to do so, it is not always possible, considering the limitations of working remotely. For example, in the first lockdown, we were unable to continue our class texts in reading lessons due to restrictions of copywriting, therefore free extracts or books with publisher permissions were used, instead. Because of our research into memory and the importance of direct instruction, lessons may be centred around basic skills, such as reading; sentence and grammar; and number work in maths.
One major factor in setting work, is deciding how much. What is good for one family is inappropriate or unmanageable for another, which is why we consulted with you in our December 2020 Parent Survey. As a result, English and maths will be provided daily, along with another unit of study in another subject. For example, in lockdown, Year 5 and 6 were provided with reading and writing lessons in English, along with number work in maths. They also studied the history unit: How Has Old Hill Changed Since The 1900s? along with access to art instructional lessons.
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Because we understand just how important it is for our pupils to see their teachers, we made the decision to provide video lessons uploaded to our school YouTube channel, for children to access. This also means that pupils are free to access the lessons (including pausing and rewinding) when convenient. The link will be shared on Showbie on a daily basis and teachers will provide feedback to uploaded work and respond to any problems. Please see below if you are having difficulties in setting-up your child's Showbie account.
Teachers will also provide a 'live' weekly catch-up, through Microsoft Teams.
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:
Families with limited devices to view the video lessons, please contact the school office as we do have a number of laptops we can lend you.
Families can request paper-based work-packs to be collected from school. Completed work can be returned to school on a weekly basis for teachers to look at.
For more information, please see our Remote Learning Policy.
How To Setup Your Child's Showbie Account For Home Learning
Art Lessons For Summer Holidays
Our school uses White Rose Maths to deliver the curriculum. They have kindly put together resources for parents which is of very high quality. Click the image below to take you to their page.
A comprehensive list of free home learning resources for parents