Remote Learning

Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents 

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to children and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire year group bubbles to remain at home. 

For details of what to expect where individual children are self-isolating, please see the information at the bottom of this page.

The Remote Curriculum: What is taught to pupils at home

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

Children will continue their learning at home using their Virtual Google Classroom. Learning activities will be uploaded every morning while children are working from home. 

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, in Art we will be flexible enough to allow children to access materials they have at home, rather than specify a particular resource. This will also be the case in Science, where parents might not have access to scientific resources meaning science lessons will have to be adapted. 

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:

  • Key Stage 1 – 3 Hours
  • Key Stage 2 – 4 Hours

Accessing remote education

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

We will use Google Classroom for all remote learning and home learning. All links to external sites will be posted on the Classroom. We will use Google Meet for any live lesson/contact sessions and these links will be posted in the Classroom as well.

click here to go to Google classroom

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 online access we will support in the following ways:

  • Provide remote support to help you access Google Classroom on alternative devices such as gaming consoles.
  • We will apply for additional data for mobiles for families of children in Y3 – Y6
  • We will provide loan devices where possible. Priority will be given to those families with more than one child and those children in Year 5 and Year 6.
  • We will provide weekly work-packs for those children with no remote access and will ask for work to be returned on the weekly collection, so that this can be marked.
How will my child be taught remotely?

At Horsmonden Primary Academy remote learning will include:

  • Live Lessons via Google Meet 
  • Pre-recorded lessons/tutorials – teachers talking over the slides presentation, explaining the content, modelling learning and posing questions
  • Links to other recorded explanations such as: Oak National Academy or BBC Bitesize
  • Access to online libraries such as myON and Oxford Owls 
  • Login information for Times Table Rockstars (KS2)
  • Independent inquiries linked to the class Central Idea 

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 expect all children working online to register each morning. We then expect learning to be shared via Google Classroom, usually on a programme from the Google Suite for Education, such as Google Doc. 

We ask that parents set boundaries at home to encourage children to work during the school day and return their work in a timely manner. 

Children should complete the work set by their teachers independently. Parents may have to support facilitating the learning, particularly for the youngest children in EYFS and KS1. 

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

Teachers and Senior Leaders will monitor the amount and quality of work being returned from children daily. 

Where concerns arise regarding a child’s engagement, the class teacher and/or Principal will make contact with the child’s parents. 

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

Feedback is a fundamental element of remote learning and this will be given in a variety of ways:

  • Comments on individual work with improvements or next steps.
  • General comments in regards to a piece of learning
  • Verbal feedback during live lessons
  • Uploaded answers, for children to self-mark their learning
  • Google Quizzes
  • Group conferencing 

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?

Our intention is that the online learning is scaffolded to support the wide ability range in each class. For children requiring additional support our SENCo will be in contact to support you with either alternative materials or supplementary resources for accessibility. For those children with an EHCP, outside agencies will be contacted and every effort will be made to ensure this support is on-going albeit virtually.

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?

In the case where an individual is self-isolating and the rest of the class is in school, the class teacher will continue to work with the children in class. 

Home learning will be available via Google Classroom to anyone self-isolating, as well as extra tasks to be completed to ensure they keep up with the children at school. However, there will be no live lessons or recorded lessons in this scenario. 

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