Our remote learning contingency plan ensures that we are able to switch between classroom-based learning and remote learning as seamlessly as possible, with the same subjects and lesson objectives simply being covered in a different format. Within our school curriculum, English and maths will be taught every day; this is reflected in the amount of English and maths work set for remote learning. In order to preserve the learning sequence, the lessons set will reflect whatever learning would have going on in the classroom at that time. As the school day would also involve some sort of physical activity, this will also form part of the daily home learning routine.
These arrangements follow the guidelines set by the Department for Education, which stipulate that the time spent learning should be an equivalent length to the direct teaching that children would receive in school. It is important to note that the lessons and activities set are not simply revision or ‘holding’ activities to keep children occupied; they cover the learning that children would, otherwise, be completing in school. It is, therefore, very important that children complete and keep up with the lessons at home, so as to be prepared for class learning upon their return.
Please note that remote learning is designed as home learning, not home schooling. Our remote learning opportunities are designed, in most cases, to be carried out, by children, independently. We recognise that many parents may be trying to work from home themselves and we certainly do not expect that parents are teaching their children. For most children, very little parental input should be required, other than ensuring that children log on to Purple Mash and, perhaps, for younger children, assisting with upload of work. We are realistic, however, and appreciate adult supervision will be required for some children to keep them on track. This will depend on the age of the child involved.
Using Teams, we now have daily ‘live’ check-ins across all year groups and each class participates in three live lessons weekly delivered by year group teachers to complement existing videos from Oak Academy and White Rose.