Remote Learning Policy
Remote Learning Provision Policy
This policy addresses the particular circumstances caused by the effects of Covid19 including:
- Ø Contingency Framework School closures as directed by DfE
- Ø Class ‘bubbles’ closed to self-isolate and/or because of staff shortages due to illness
- Ø Individual families/pupils who are unwell and/or isolating due to COVID 19
The main aims of remote learning at St Michael’s Church of England Junior School are to:
- Keep the minds of our children active and happy, ready to return to school and re-engage with learning.
- Ensure regular contact with all children and families.
- Ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning for pupils not in school.
These aims are underpinned by our school values of Friendship, Happiness, Respect and Perseverance and are inline with our school vision –
St Michael’s is a family motivated by one another through our Christian ethos. Our inspirational children flourish and are nurtured in their curiosity and creativity to be the best they can be. Following God’s guidance, children become independent, resilient and unique individuals, fully prepared for the challenges of life ahead.
This policy will tell you about what you can expect from us should there be whole school closures due to Covid 19 or class bubble closures or self-isolation by individual families or pupils.
DfE Contingency Framework
Onsite provision for children of key workers and vulnerable pupils only.
Ø One week of comprehensive home learning detailing daily learning activities and resources will be available from the preceding Sunday evening on each year group page under the tab ‘Current Learning’ on the website and on seesaw platform.
Ø Seesaw joining instructions are available from the website page with QR code provided by email on request.
Ø Planning provides for DfE minimum requirement of three hours of learning per day although it may be more.
Ø The class teacher will provide weekly Zoom workshops for children to access to ask questions about the weekly learning. Details for this will be posted in advance on the seesaw platform.
Ø The class teacher will provide weekly social Zoom meetings for their class. Details for this will be posted in advance on the seesaw platform.
Daily response and teaching –
1) Morning video to say good morning and explain the work for the day
2) Maths - Maths video to show them what they should be doing and giving examples of the learning to address possible misconceptions
3) English - English video to show them what to do and set expectations for the work
4) Topic – Topic videos- this is for when you want to make your expectations clear. Eg. Showing the children how you want a piece of work to be presented and to explain the activity
Associated resources such as video tutorials, useful website links and work templates uploaded to seesaw.
Ø Daily teacher response to pupil work posted on seesaw. Teacher responses to be completed in pink and green. Green marking to be responded to and misconceptions addressed and corrected.
Ø Children to complete Accelerated Reader quizzes online once they have finished reading any books at home. Class teachers to upload QR codes for easy access to seesaw. Weekly comprehension activities are to be provided each week on the learning grid with a focus on a particular reading skill.
Ø Spelling and phonics focused activities will be provided on the planning or uploaded to seesaw.
Ø The class teacher will contact families not responding to seesaw or via other channels every week as welfare/home learning update check
Ø The class teacher will keep in touch via seesaw, email and school social media sites.
Ø Families who do not have equipment to access the internet eg. laptop/iPad can be provided with one for the duration of home learning-subject to an agreement of use contract.
Ø Any enquiries concerning the planning should be addressed to the class teacher via seesaw, email or by telephone to the school office 01622 751502 – teachers will return calls as soon as they are available. A call may come from a blocked number if teachers are working from home and using a personal phone.
Child’s class bubble are isolating for 10 days
Class bubbles are closed only when directed by the DfE
Ø One week of comprehensive home learning will be available from the preceding Sunday evening on each year group page on the website.
Ø The class teacher will respond to seesaw as long as they are well – if not there may be a co-teacher to respond but this is not guaranteed.
Ø The class teacher, if well, will keep in touch via seesaw and with a phone call once per week for pupils identified as vulnerable.
Ø Any enquiries concerning the planning should be addressed to the class teacher via seesaw. A call may come from a blocked number if teachers are working from home and using a personal phone.
Child or a family member has C19
Symptoms and awaiting test results or a family member has been notified via track and trace.
Ø If a child is poorly or family members are unwell, home learning may not be a priority. Health and well-being should always be put first.
Ø If the child/family are well enough for home learning this will be published on child’s year page on the school website. This will contain a weekly overview of home learning. The focus will be clearly visible on the home learning ideas sheet and will match what is happening in the classroom.
Ø If any queries or concerns the teacher can be contacted via seesaw.
Child or a member of the family has tested positive for Covid 19
Ø If the family/child have Covid 19 then the priority will be that the family need to look after themselves.
Ø Teachers will keep in touch with them via telephone or seesaw to check they are ok. A call may come from a blocked number if teachers are working from home and using a personal phone.
Ø When the child feels feel well enough for home learning, planning can be found on the child’s year page under ‘current learning’ on the school website and will contain a weekly overview of home learning ideas.
Ø The focus will be on key skills in mathematics, writing and reading as a priority. There may also be activities linked to curriculum areas such as science, Topic work, Computing, RE (Religious Education), PHSE (Personal Health and Social Education) PE, Art and Design.
Ø If any queries or concerns, the class teacher can be contacted via seesaw.
Taking care of our own physical and mental health as teachers and support staff is as important at this time as it is for our children and their parents/carers. Teachers are teaching in the class and planning for home learning for children who may not be in school. This plan supports the workload of our teaching staff so it is manageable for all parties.
All home learning is available on the website: www.st-michaels-junior.kent.sch.uk
The home learning planning will be posted on the school website for each year group. It will detail the mathematics, writing, reading, topic lessons and RE for the week, including the book or genre of books being used by each class. A selection of websites may be highlighted to support areas of the curriculum. We are aware that internet access may be problematic in households as different family members’ needs may take priority over others. Planning will contain alternative approaches to activities where internet/printing facilities are not available. For whole school closures home learning will be accessed via seesaw.
Pupils and families that do not have internet access or printing facilities should contact school office via telephone 01622 751502 or the class teacher via seesaw for assistance.
We will try and accommodate all pupils’ levels of need, including children with SEN or those who are identified as vulnerable, and take into account different levels of learning. However teachers are not required to provide bespoke individual lessons for pupils.
For those families at home and completing learning who may need support, teachers may be teaching during the school day but will contact them as soon as they can. For urgent enquiries families are encouraged to contact Mrs Dicker via email: email@example.com for support in the first instance.
Seesaw will be used to provide feedback via response from the class teacher to the learning posted on the platform. Other communications by teachers to pupils and parents will only be made through official outlets such as Facebook Community Page, School Facebook page or email. Personal emails or numbers will not be used and teachers are advised to refrain from communicating outside of school hours unless totally necessary. Teachers should respond to enquiries expeditiously but also at a time that is convenient and manageable. Work posted to seesaw after 3pm will receive a response the following school day.
At present teaching staff are not engaging in live stream lessons. It is not possible to replicate the levels of teacher-pupil interaction essential to effective teaching and learning across Key Stage 2.
If teachers upload a video onto Seesaw or the website to support in home learning they will undertake these videos in an appropriate room having considered their surroundings.
If a teacher is absent due to ill health the parallel class teacher or member of the leadership team will keep in touch and upload home learning to the website. If a teacher is at home self- isolating but well, they will continue upload home learning and respond to Seesaw posts.
Vulnerable Families and Pupils including those with EHCP’s, and/or outside Agency involvement
The Designated Safeguarding Leads will contact vulnerable pupils weekly when those children are not at school. Should they not be able to communicate with the vulnerable family then a risk assessment and a home visit will be completed within a 48 hour period.
Staff will continue to use MyConcern to record any safeguarding incidents or concerns. Staff will adhere to the requirements of school policies for online safety, acceptable use and mobile technology and social media at all times. The DSL will produce weekly minutes detailing the actions of concerns.
EIS IT continue to provide technical support at this time and can be contacted by email or telephone. Where SLT and teaching staff can access secure systems from home this is permissible and technical difficulties should be reported to Lisa Dicker and EIS.
If staff have any questions or concerns about remote learning, please contact Lisa Dicker EHT or class teachers.
This policy will be reviewed half termly by Lisa Dicker. It will be approved annually by the Governing Body.