Our approach to remote learning
The DfE has set out principles for remote learning and asks schools to ‘consider these expectations in relation to the pupils’ age, stage of development or special educational needs’ as follows:
- Remote education, where needed, is high quality and aligns as closely as possible with in school provision: schools and other settings continue to build their capability to educate pupils remotely, where this is needed.
- Develop remote education so that it is integrated into school curriculum planning: remote education may need to be an essential component in the delivery of the school curriculum for some pupils, alongside classroom teaching, or in the case of a local lockdown. All schools are therefore expected to plan to ensure any pupils educated at home for some of the time are given the support they need to master the curriculum and so make good progress.
- Where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, we expect schools to have the capacity to offer immediate remote education. In developing these contingency plans, we expect schools to: o Use a curriculum sequence that allows access to high-quality online and offline resources and teaching videos, and that is linked to the school’s curriculum expectations.
- Select the online tools that will be consistently used across the school in order to allow interaction, assessment and feedback.
- Provide printed resources, such as textbooks and workbooks, for pupils who do not have suitable online access.
- Recognise that younger pupils and some pupils with SEND may not be able to access remote education without adult support, and so schools should work with families to deliver a broad and ambitious curriculum.
- Set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects.
- Provide frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher in the school or through high quality curriculum resources and/or videos.
- Gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum, using questions and other suitable tasks and set a clear expectation on how regularly teachers will check work.
- Plan a programme that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, ideally including daily contact with teachers
- We expect schools to avoid an over-reliance on long-term projects or internet research activities.
Remote Learning for children who are self-isolating
For individual isolation cases (when school is open to all pupils) the staff will:
- Provide learning in English and Maths (daily) plus Science and other topic work (one task per week) in the event of a an individual pupil needing to isolate
- Provide phonics and one challenge daily in the event of an individual pupil needing to isolate in EYFS
- Not provide learning where pupils are unwell – once they are feeling better and on parents’ request, we can provide learning whilst they need to remain at home
- Home learning activities are uploaded every half term on our Home Learning page
Reading should be a daily activity and we have a variety of resources to support you with this at home. As we are sure you are aware reading for just 20 minutes a day at home has many benefits, including strengthening the brain and building vocabulary. If you are finding it difficult to get hold of books, below are some links to free websites with e-books:
Oxford Owl (free resource)
Book Trust (free resource)
Class or year group closure due to positive cases or school closure as a result of local/national lockdown
In the unfortunate event of a year group or class closure, or a wider lockdown, different procedures as outlined in Barnett Infant School Contingency Plan for Remote Learning below will apply. Children in Years 1 and Year 2 will use their Year Group website page as an online learning platform. Children in Reception will use Tapestry to which parents already have access.
Additional Online Resources
Here are a few resources you may find useful to supplement your child’s school education. These are resources that are regularly used with the children in school.
Teach Handwriting – a website to support the teaching of handwriting
Phonics Play – a free website with phonics activities
Top Marks – a range of resources for all curriculum areas
CBeebies Games – a range of resources linked to CBeebies shows
BBC Bitesize KS1 – Year 1 and Year 2 resources for all curriculum areas
Remember...whilst we are encouraging the use of the Internet to enhance and support children in their learning, we would also like to take this opportunity to remind parents about the importance of online safety. If you have any concerns or need any advice regarding this, please refer to our Online Safety policy which you can find here.
Further support from the school
Please note that the school office email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) is always open and accessible for parents during term time.