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Bramley Sunnyside Infant School

Our Remote Education Offer

Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents / Carers

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.

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.

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

Since returning to school in September 2020, the school has sent weekly Remote Learning to all pupils regardless of whether they are required to self- isolate or not. This has ensured that children and parents have remote learning at their disposal as soon as the child is required to self -isolate. In addition, class emails are available to support parent/teacher communication.

For families who do not have access to the internet, paper copies can be requested by contacting school (email: enquiries@bsi.school / telephone: 01709 543061) or by emailing the class teachers:

Mrs Fitzgerald (Unit 1): unit1@bsi.school

Mrs Davies & Mrs Rothwell (Unit 2): unit2@bsi.school

Mrs Gilardoni (Unit 3): unit3@bsi.school

Mrs Mottram & Miss Holford (Unit 4): unit4@bsi.school

Mrs French (Class 5): class5@bsi.school

Mrs Stothard (Class 6): class6@bsi.school

Mrs Rushton (Class 8): class8@bsi.school

Mrs Hanby & Mrs Somerset (Class 9): class9@bsi.school

Mrs Goulding (Class 10): class10@bsi.school

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?

Our Remote Learning offer has been further developed and is a progressive and sequential learning sequence that includes a variety of learning opportunities e.g. recorded teaching sessions (recommended by the Government and DfE), video clips, recommended websites, practical activities and paper scaffolds / worksheets for independent learning. Our offer will be reviewed regularly.

  • We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school, however, there are a few minor exceptions where we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, (P.E. as children at home may not have the same equipment as school, reading materials may differ from home to school, but we are endeavouring to ensure school materials are sent home wherever possible)

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 Key Stage 1: 3 hours a day on average across the cohort, with less for younger children.

Accessing remote education

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

Weekly Remote Learning will be emailed to families each Friday ready for the following week. This learning includes direct links to recorded teaching sessions and relevant sections of websites. The email also contains any relevant scaffolds / worksheets as attachments and also practical activities that do not necessarily need any recording /written work.

All learning will be linked to our planned, progressive and sequential curriculum.

New learning will be introduced and opportunities for consolidation and deepening of concepts given.

Families are asked to email completed learning back to school via generic class email addresses so that staff can offer feedback and answer any queries from Parents / Carers.

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:

How will my child be taught remotely?

  • Any family who cannot access the Remote Learning digitally have been encouraged to contact school to ask for paper copies each week. These can be collected from school and where this is not possible, families have been encouraged to contact school for us to deliver them.
  • Families can drop paper copies off to school and after quarantining them, staff will offer feedback on this learning also.
  • DfE Laptops provided in last Lockdown have been loaned to families. (Currently laptops are available from the DfE are only available for children in Year 3 and above.)
  • Further information re: increased data allowances from mobile phone companies, but again this is only available for children in Year 3 onwards. If parents/carers have children in Year 3 to 11, they have been advised to contact their respective schools for more information.

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

Currently our remote teaching approaches include:

  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, Ruth Miskin, White Rose Maths, NCETM, Hungry Little Minds)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers in school (e.g. scaffolds, worksheets)
  • reading books pupils have at home and also school reading materials that can be collected by parents. (Parents can arrange this by contacting the Class Teacher).
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences (e.g. Expresso, BBC Bitesize, Oxford Owl, Phonics Play, Alphablocks, Numberblocks)

 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?

Government Guidance states that:’ Younger children in Key Stage 1 or Reception often require high levels of parental involvement to support their engagement with remote education, which makes digital provision a particular challenge for this age group. We therefore do not expect that solely digital means will be used to teach these pupils remotely.’

These Expectations also include the Code of Conduct for Remote Learning Live Lessons / Meetings. (Appendix 1)

We expect Parents/Carers to:

  • Have a positive approach to Remote Learning and the work we set
  • Respect that the learning set is part of our sequenced curriculum and if not completed, may result in gaps in learning
  • Set daily routines to support their child’s engagement with remote education (Duration of activities and a possible timetable is included on the weekly Remote Learning)
  • Correspond at least weekly with staff in school, sending completed learning activities for staff to see and give feedback on
  • Contact school directly and in a timely manner with any queries/concerns about Remote Education

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

 

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

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

  • Teachers will check Emails daily and track pupil engagement
  • Where engagement is a concern, staff will in the first instance contact Parents to offer support and advice. They will also offer to speak to the child.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

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 additional 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:

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

In this section, please set out briefly:

  • Parents / Carers of a child who has been granted an EHCP will receive personalised remote learning adapted from the generic offer, which will also include activities specific to the targets in their EHCP.
  • Staff in school (including the SENDCO) will keep in regular contact with Parents/Carers whose child has an EHCP
  • Parents / Carers of children who are supported via external agencies (e.g. Speech & Language Therapy, Inclusion Support Services) will continue to receive any appropriate activities that families can complete at home.
  • Parents / Carers of children who receive additional targeted classroom based support will be provided with additional prompts and activities to continue this support. This will be discussed with parents during phone calls as and when needed.
  • All children with additional SEND will be monitored in the first instance by the Class teacher, and then the SENDCO.

 

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Previously, where individual pupils needed to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remained in school, remote education differed slightly from the approach for whole class groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

Currently, during Lockdown where the majority of children are learning remotely, the approach is the same for all children regardless of whether they are self- isolating or not.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Remote learning for children not in school because they are self -isolating will be as described in this offer.