Remote Learning

Information about remote education at TGPAMV

This information shared is to support understanding of what pupils, parents and carers should expect during school closure or pupil isolation relating to coronavirus (COVID-19).

What should my child expect from immediate remote education on the first day of learning remotely?

On the first day of being educated remotely children will be signposted to their relevant year group’s core learning links summary. These links are published on our website half termly and are carefully planned to support core learning key skills. Where relevant, children will be sent home with linked learning materials and any equipment needed to support home learning.

Curriculum

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. Our remote curriculum is carefully sequenced and learning goals are explicit.

Our priority focus is ensuring the most important knowledge and concepts of the subject are taught and understood well.

We make some adaptions in some subjects. For example, in PE and Music where home learners do not have access to specific resources or larger spaces.

Remote teaching and study time each day

Our remote learning delivery includes remote live teaching and directed work with parents acting as facilitators.  The plan for delivery for each year group is published weekly on: your child’s class page of the school website, your child’s Microsoft TEAMS group within the corresponding week and emailed to you via Bromcom.  The plan clearly shows scheduled live teaching session times and the linked follow up tasks.  It also offers suggestions for other activities that link to the topic, that could be tried over the day. Resources for the week are included with the plan.

We expect that remote education will take the pupils broadly this number of hours each day:

F1 (Nursery) 2 hours

F2 (Reception) 3 hours

KS1 3 hours

All children are signposted and supported to carry out some form of daily active activity (e.g. local walks, yoga) alongside a planned PE session once a week.

Accessing remote education

We deliver live learning sessions through Microsoft TEAMS.  Children share their learning through the TEAMS files, EvidenceME or Purple Mash.

For children who do not have suitable online access at home we endeavour to support their access with loan of devices where possible.  Parents and carers can find out more information about this by emailing school: office@meonvale.tgacademy.org.uk  

If parents or carers do not have sufficient access to the internet we will endeavour to lend devices that enable an internet connection, for example routers or dongles.  Parents and carers can find our more information about this by emailing school: office@meonvale.tgacademy.org.uk

We try to plan and teach activities that do not require printing. On the occasions where a resources does require printing, we will offer alternative suggestion for how to access this. A member of the teaching team will speak to the family via TEAMS or via a phone call each week to offer task coaching and general support.

Children who cannot submit work due to lack of online access should deliver their work to the school office every Friday.  Feedback via your preferred form of communication will be given the following week.

How we teach children remotely

We use a combination of approaches to teach children remotely. These include:

  • Live teaching (online lessons)
  • Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy, PowerPoints and Loom recordings made by teachers)
  • Directed tasks outlined in the planning overviews that are sent home via Bromcom every Friday
  • Printed / laminated resource packs
  • Reading books pupils have at home and access to online reading resources (e.g Bug Club and Oxford Owl)
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects (e.g Purple Mash, Phonics Play, Topmarks, White Rose Maths and Times Table Rockstars,)

Our expectations of remote learning are high and we communicate this clearly to our children by ensuring they know where a lesson sits within a sequence of learning. Previous learning is referred to regularly and children are directed to regular retrieval tasks which supports them to apply their learning independently.

Curriculum content is presented in manageable sessions of direct teaching to support concentration and limit over long periods of screen time.

Engagement expectations

We expect all children learning at home to engage with remote learning every day.  Parents and carers should contact school if they have difficulty accessing remote learning for any reason so that school can support.

We expect parents to ensure that children have an established learning routine at home and all the equipment needed to learn remotely.  Where equipment is not available parents and carers should contact school so that resources can be provided.

Parents must ensure that their child logs in to all live learning on time, appropriately dressed and in an organised work space.  Parents must confirm that they are custodians of their child’s email address and know how to keep their child safe online.

Parent and carer support and guidance for remote learning can be found here.

Remote learning engagement monitoring

We will check children’s engagement with remote learning daily – this includes live sessions and sharing of their learning post the session/s.

Where no evidence with remote engagement is evident, for example participation in a live teaching session or submission of set work, a school professional will contact parents and carers to support and encourage.

Remote learning assessment

We feedback to children about their work in a variety of ways:

  • Written feedback via the work sharing platform e.g Purple Mash, EvidenceMe or an e-mail response.
  • Verbal feedback via TEAMS or phone call home
  • Discussion as part of live learning or invited chat bar feed
  • Whole class quizzes
  • Acknowledgment through celebration activities via emails and TEAMS calls

Feedback will be provided at least twice per week but we aim for this to be more frequent.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

We recognise that some children, for example those with a special educational need 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 a variety of ways, such as:

  • Teacher or TA support for parents at least twice weekly via the telephone, TEAMS or by email
  • Targeted Teacher or TA intervention support for children weekly or twice weekly via TEAMS, pre-recorded videos or coaching phone call
  • Differentiated tasks within the planning
  • Online parent workshops to support families deliver core learning (e.g phonics or Maths) at least half termly

Remote education for isolating pupils

Where individual children need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school their remote education may differ from the approach described above in the following ways:

  • There may not be as many opportunities for live teaching due to teacher need to engage with more children in class and change of location for some lessons e.g PE

Usual curriculum planning and resources will be made available online and by email to ensure children who are self-isolating are taught a planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects, including providing feedback.