Remote Teaching & Learning
Remote education provision: information for parents
This information for parents and carers describes what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home, follows current Government guidance. The full Remote Learning policy for Malorees can be found here.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home?
A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.
Every child in our Nursery and Reception classes will be given initial home learning tasks by their class teacher.
Every child in Key Stage 1 (Infants Year 1 and Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (all Juniors) will have been shown how to use their unique Google Classroom account for home learning. Class teachers will provide initial tasks for children within one working day of any school closure being announced.
We will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate, adapted for remote learning, including the use of live and recorded video lessons, and individual and group online digital tasks for children to complete and share.
Accessing remote education
The families of Nursery and Reception children will access their remote learning through EYLog. Children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 will access their learning through Google Classroom.
Our latest guide to remote learning will be circulated to all families via ParentMail at the start of any closure and can be found on the school’s website.
We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home whether this is because of a lack of a suitable device or connectivity. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
- Class teachers will quickly assess which children are not accessing their remote learning and will contact relevant families immediately to understand the issue that is preventing the child from accessing this.
- Senior leaders will have identified families known to need assistance, either with the loan of a digital device or support with internet access. The school will make full use of DfE and other sources of provision for such support.
- Where digital remote learning is not appropriate, teachers will prepare alternative resources for children.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely, in line with best practice advice from Ofsted:
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS – Nursery and Reception)
- Each week parents will receive suggested activities for children matched to developmental goals. Parents can upload at least three photos and observations of their children via EYLog each week.
- EYFS classes will have weekly Zoom meetings with their class, where children can share learning and news.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (Years 1 – 6):
- Google Classroom is our main remote learning platform for children from Year 1 to Year 6. Class teachers will post lesson tasks and resources there for children to complete every school day,
- Live video lessons will be held using Google Meets.
- Children will be encouraged to remain physically active every day through regular PE and other lessons. Opportunities for art, music and other forms of creativity will also be shared and celebrated.
Engagement and feedback
Our expectations of children using remote learning are the same as they are for all our learning: that they will try their best, support and be kind to each other, and ask for help if they need it. We expect all children to log into Google Classroom each day, to attend all scheduled Meet sessions, and to attempt all tasks that they are set. Teachers will review all the work handed in by children, and give group and individual feedback every week.
Children have helped us to prepare a video guide to our learning expectations, which you can find here. We will continue to develop our expectations of our children; further guidance will be shared as it becomes available.
Some pupils, for example those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may need support from adults at home to access remote learning. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with you to support those pupils.
We know that remote learning is challenging for all of our families, and that some parents and carers will struggle to actively support children with their learning. We ask that families contact their class teacher or the school office if they or their children are having difficulties engaging with their remote learning, or if they need support with a device loan or internet access.
Any safeguarding or health concerns should be immediately reported to the school office using usual procedures.
Families should ensure that the school office has all their up to date contact phone numbers and email addresses. Please be aware that class teachers may be managing remote learning from home using their own personal phones, which is why calls to parents may have ‘number withheld’ or ‘private number’ alerts.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate, but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.
Children who need to self-isolate, while the rest of their year group are in school, will be allocated tasks on Google Classroom. These may use online recorded lesson platforms such as Oak National Academy, with curriculum objectives matching those being taught in school, so as to ensure that progression is sustained as far as is possible. Daily live lessons may not be feasible, but school staff will maintain frequent contact with the family, until the child can return safely to school.