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, The Department for Education expects schools to have the capacity to offer immediate remote education.
The expectations for remote learning are as follows:
- Set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects.
- Teach a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject.
- 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.
- Enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding.
- Plan a programme that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, ideally including daily contact with teachers.
If your child is isolating whilst the rest of their bubble are in school, the children at Beech Hill can expect the following provision from school. (This may be for a few days whilst awaiting test results or for a longer isolation period where necessary.)
|What||Details||Where it can be found|
|A brief daily explanation of the day’s work||A simple voice recording, over a written PDF explanation, from a member of staff in the year group explaining what the day’s lessons and planned activities are.||Seesaw|
|Lessons, usually three a day.||Uploaded slides, worksheets and links to other relevant websites. These will be the same as the ones used in the classroom.||Seesaw|
|Feedback from the teacher||All children are expected to post the work they have completed onto Seesaw where the teachers will give oral or written feedback.||Seesaw|
If your child’s bubble is isolating and at least one teacher is fit and well to work or if there is full lockdown and the whole school has to close, the children at Beech Hill can expect the following provision from school.
|What||Details||Where it can be found|
|A weekly remote learning timetable||A breakdown of the daily activities per year group, which are age and stage appropriate. This will explain what the children should complete with suggested timings of when they should complete it.||Class page of the website
|Motivational morning video||A motivational message from a member of the year group team. This will involve a rundown of the daily timetable and a mention of the highlights from the day before.||Seesaw|
|Lessons, split in am and pm lessons
|A video/explanation of the teaching and learning task, slides, worksheets and links to other relevant websites.
Minimum of 3 lessons per day.
AM – English and Maths (Inc phonics for reception and lower school)
PM – Curriculum lesson, Science or PE
|Shorter tasks||This might be a handwriting sheet, link to online reading books or a morning challenge, to be completed as well as the main lessons||Uploaded with the daily timetable so all resources are easily accessible in the same place.|
|Feedback from the teacher and teaching assistants||All children are expected to post the work they have completed onto Seesaw where the teachers will give oral or written feedback.||Seesaw|
The teachers will ensure that the learning planned and the corresponding resources will replicate, where possible, what the day would be like if a child were still in school. Teachers will use the year group Medium Term Plans, the Skills Progression document and Curriculum Must Knows to ensure the learning is carefully sequenced and builds on the children’s previous knowledge.
In addition to this, you can also access The Oak National Academy’s website Online Classroom with nearly 10,000 free video lessons, resources and activities, covering most subjects, from Reception to Year 6. Beech Hill also makes use of several online applications such as Accelerated Reader, Numberbots, Reading Plus, Times Tables Rockstars, Purple Mash, MyMaths, which will be valuable for the children to access whilst at home.
Whilst it would be our preference for all children to be in school all of the time, the provision we are offering for remote learning is as close to the children being in school as possible. It will still provide children with the knowledge and skills they need to make progress, whilst keeping them engaged and motivated to learn.
Questions and Answers about Beech Hill’s Remote Learning
Why is the provision different for children who are isolating whilst their bubble are still in school?
Whilst a child’s bubble are still in school, throughout the day, all teachers will be teaching their classes. The time teachers have to prepare high quality lessons and provide meaningful feedback along with their other duties within the school is finite. Therefore, it will not be possible for teachers to pre-record detailed explanations of the work set in these circumstances.
Is my child expected to do work at home when they are ill?
If your child is ill, they must take the time to rest and recover and are not expected to work from home. However, if a child no longer feels ill, but are still considered contagious (10 days after the onset of COVID-19 symptoms), parents and carers must phone the admin team to let the school know that teachers can begin posting work to their child’s Seesaw account.
What if I don’t have access to the internet?
Those families who do not have access to the internet can collect the work from school which will be printed for the week ahead. In exceptional circumstances, these resources will be posted to them. We will also ensure there is regular Seesaw feedback, which can be arranged between the parent/carer and the teacher. An adult from the class will also make at least one telephone call home within the first few days to offer additional support if needed. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you think you will need printed copies of work in the event of a closure.
How will my child with Special Educational Needs be supported?
All children who have identified special educational needs will have additional personalised support and resources posted onto their personal Seesaw account. Teachers will respond to children on an individual basis and therefore plan appropriately to ensure every child is able to achieve. Where a child has specific adult support on a 1:1 basis, this adult will make daily contact either via Seesaw or the telephone to offer support and guidance.
Will my child receive a phone call from their teacher whilst they are isolating?
The standard period for isolation is 14 days. Teacher are able to interact with their pupils through Seesaw on a daily basis, however, there will be one wellbeing call within this period from a member of staff in that year group. If a full lockdown occurs and children have to receive remote learning for more than two weeks, wellbeing calls will be arranged on a more regular basis.
Why have Beech Hill chosen to use Seesaw to provide their remote learning?
Seesaw is a platform for student engagement used in over 150 countries that can be used on any device through the Seesaw app or online.
One of the most important features of the Seesaw application is its ability to engage student learning by leveraging their digital technology skills. Seesaw is very easy to use, even for pupils as young as 5 years old and those without a strong technological background. Using the creative tools, pupils can easily create artefacts such as drawings, photos, videos, notes, etc. or they can add files from their devices.
Seesaw does not require students to have an established e-mail or Google account.
With the built-in audio and video recording features, pupils can easily provide reflections of their work to communicate and collaborate with their teacher.
By using the drawing tools to complete an activity, teachers can lessen the need for printing off worksheets both at home and at school.
In addition to the above, we use Seesaw in the classroom to share a child’s experiences and learning journey with their family, supporting parents and carers to understand more about our curriculum.
How do I keep my child safe whilst accessing remote learning?
Parents need to make sure that children are supervised whilst using the internet to ensure that they are only accessing content that is appropriate to them. Children have had online safety lessons in school and should be aware of how to keep themselves safe online and what to do if they don’t feel safe (remind them of the SMART rules).
It would be a good idea to ask your child to tell you ways in which they can keep themselves safe while using the internet so that you as a parent can ensure that they understand. It is also important that you consider the amount of time that your child is spending online and sitting at a tablet/computer screen. Make sure that you build in time for breaks so that children are not looking at a screen for long periods of time.