Please find details here of our remote learning guidance and offering.
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
Senior Leader responsible for home learning: Mr N File
The first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all the 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 pupils being sent home?
At Nene Valley our preferred method of delivery is through TEAMS where children should have access from day 1 of any isolation or lockdown. Files and links with identical content to what is being delivered in school are uploaded can be uploaded to TEAMS. If parents/carers struggle to access TEAMS then files and links can be emailed from the class account. Printed work will be available on request from the school office. Work should be returned promptly so responses can be given to maintain engagement. Live lessons, text chat will supplement and support where appropriate.
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. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, (PE – you would be directed to a TopYa! Application, Practical lessons maybe adapted to resources that are generally available at home)
The content we provide through live or recorded video will be the same content that the children of Critical Worker children are receiving in school – using the same resources. (potentially modified to make it easier for you to use at home – simpler formatting to make printing easier and cheaper if you take that option.)
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 pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Primary school-aged pupils Following a general school timetable:
KS1 : 3 hours
KS2: 4 hours
This will include reading time, recorded and live contact and signposting to other resources. A significant amount of work set to complete independently.
Accessing remote education. How will my child access online remote education you are providing?
Access to learning delivered through: Microsoft TEAMS, Tapestry and school email.
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:
- If you have access to the internet but your devices are limited (a smartphone) then you can access TEAMS and view work. Work can be completed on paper, then photographed and emailed in.
- If you either cannot access TEAMS or email then we will provide a printed copy for you to collect from the school office, please request this on a daily basis to reduce the amount of wasted paper. Work can be returned to the school office if you cannot send it in electronically.
- As a school we have a very limited supply of additional equipment provided by the government (4 laptops as of Jan 2021). These will be allocated to the children we deem to have the greatest need.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
At Nene Valley we will ensure that all children can access learning and therefore will use a range of methods to replace the teaching and learning that would normally happen in the classroom:
- live teaching (online lessons) a minimum of one live contact a day. This maybe a video call (replaces teachers input) or a text chat(replaces peer discussion before independent learning) or a combination of the two.
- recorded teaching (e.g. Oak Academy content, White Rose for Maths, video/audio recordings made by teachers). These will all be available on TEAMS or you will be directed through TEAMS to this content.
- Feedback will be provided by the class teacher as a minimum twice a week by way of a recorded audio file sent by email. This on top of any feedback given in a live video lesson/ live text chat.
- printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets and PowerPoints)
- reading books pupils have at home.
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.
- Signposting to other content which does not align with our curriculum but can be used as it is easy to access: BBC Bitesize and Joe Wicks.
- Rewards that we use in school such at Headteacher stickers for outstanding submissions and the weekly Nene Valley Award for exceptional behaviour will continue to be used along with House points for more general praise.
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?
- All teachers have provided a timetable which may be helpful to follow but this is a guide to support structure and routine. Individual circumstances could mean this is not followed.
- Children are expected to work through the daily work set and parents are expected to return work preferably daily, but at least every other day.
- Children are expected to attend live contact sessions. Nonattendance should be communicated to the class teacher via email before the sessions.
- For all online contact, behaviour standards will be the same as in school. The school leader has informed children of appropriate behaviours on line at their first live video session.
Parents who are finding child engagement a challenge should contact their class teacher to discuss support strategies, which could be used at home.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- Teachers will record on a daily basis whether work has been submitted.
- Live contact will be started with a formal register of who is in attendance.
- At the end of the week levels of zero or low engagement will result in a phone call to the parent to ascertain if there are any device/ connection difficulties and inform parents of engagement levels.
- Audio feedback will contain indications of the level of the amount of work submitted.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Feedback can take many forms and will not mean extensive written comments for individual children. Whole class feedback can be a very efficient method for highlighting misconceptions and errors. For example, whole-class feedback. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
- Audio feedback will be used after assessing pupils’ work that has been submitted. This will occur a minimum of twice a week and take the form of a recorded audio file which will be sent by email.
- Feedback may also be given during any live contact sessions either verbally or through text chat.
- Positive rewards that we use in school such as Headteacher stickers for outstanding submissions and the weekly Nene Valley Award will continue to be used along with House points for more general praise.
- Individual children may receive additional feedback where this is deemed necessary.
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 in the following ways:
- Children with EHCPs will be contacted directly and attendance strategies/ support will be agreed with those families on an individual basis.
- One to one reading sessions will continue for some children via a video call with a Teaching Assistant in KS1, these will be decided on an individual basis by the class teacher and senior leaders.
- EYFS will communicate via Tapestry uploading recorded videos for parents/ carers to use as an input for learning.
- Specific programs/ applications that support pupils with special educational needs will be used as deemed necessary, such as Nessie, Active Learn.
- Children who have a speech and language diagnosis may get online support where this would benefit them.
- The SENCO will have an overview of this support and recommend/ signpost as required.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils. 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 need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.
Individual children who are isolating, where the remainder of the school is operating normally will have access to TEAMS. Where possible they will have the same content as stated above.