This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents/carers about what to expect from remote education at Pool House where national or local restrictions require the entire school or bubbles to remain at home.
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 on the first day of one or two of pupils being sent home?
We use our school website and learning wall as our remote learning platform in EYFS, Key Stage 1 and 2. Within the first day or two you will find tasks assigned on the website on your child’s class home learning page. Teachers will use this platform to assign work to their classes and tell them about the remote learning that will be delivered during the bubble closure.
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?
At Pool House, we teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, in Art, where all families may not have the same resources available at home, we may adapt our curriculum to ensure it is accessible to all, such as studying a drawing unit or a digital art unit instead of what would typically be covered at this time. We would still ensure that we are covering the same curriculum objectives, but take a different approach to support remote working. Another example is PE, where our teachers will share a range of resources that can be accessed at home. Other curriculum subjects, such as DT, are more difficult for pupils to study at home, so we may choose to cover other subjects and complete a block of DT instead when pupils return to school. Subject leaders will work with year groups to ensure that the curriculum is appropriate for remote learning.
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 will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
2-3 hours a day
Key Stage 1
3 hours a day
Key Stage 2
3-4 hours a day
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
In Key Stage 1 and 2 we use our school website for remote learning to set tasks each day, and to share any resources the children may need to be able to complete the work.
There are also a number of additional activities and games that the children can complete on our school learning wall. This can be accessed through the school website and each individual class home learning page
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:
- Issuing laptops/chromebooks/ to pupils who do not have a device at home:
- Parents can email Mr Mearns to enquire about this option – Pmearns@poolhouse.lancs.sch.uk
- Devices that are available will be allocated and parents can come to collect them from the school office
- A waiting list will be in place once all devices have been distributed and school will request further devices from the local authority and other companies/charities offering support
- Access to printed materials:
- Printed resources may be requested via the school office
- These will be printed on a Monday ready for the coming week and be made available for collection from the school office
- Submitting work to teachers for pupils without online access
- If your child does not have a device, they can photograph work and send to the school office for the attention of their class teacher.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Some examples of remote teaching approaches:
- recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers and teaching assistants)
- Learning walls
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
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?
- We expect children to complete the daily tasks assigned
- Parents are not expected to do the work; if your child is stuck contact the class teacher via email
- Parents are not expected to replicate school at home; find a routine that works for your household
- Email the work to the teacher either daily or at the end of the week.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Teachers will be monitoring on a weekly basis children that are engaging with the home learning and list will be passed onto the head teacher of children who are completing the work and those who are not which will be monitored and calls will be made where necessary
If you have any concerns or need support with the work please contact your childs class teacher or our covid manager Mr Mearns email@example.com
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. Teachers will email feedback to parents when work is sent in. This could be daily or weekly
- Children will receive feedback via email for submitted work
- Please encourage your child to look back over the feedback so they know what they are doing well and what they can improve on
- Teachers may share ‘top tips’ which include supporting children with how to use the technology
- Feedback will look different for every lesson and the age group, but pupils can expect to receive some written feedback daily or weekly
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?
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 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:
- For those pupils who need to work from home, differentiated work will be made available
- Where possible if whole school closure by the government or local council and key worker groups are running these children will be invited to attend where possible
- If parents need any further support, they can contact their child's class teacher or Miss Ellison (SENCo) firstname.lastname@example.org
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
When a child is self-isolating, they will be able to access remote education in the usual way via the school website and learning wall. They will have the same layout of day as if we had a whole school closure and would be expected to complete the daily tasks set. They will be able to submit work and this will be looked at by teachers with feedback given.
We aim to ensure individual pupils 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.