Remote Learning

Remote education provision
Information for parents and carers

Pupils may need to learn remotely if they are sent home from school to self-isolate, or if
there is a full lockdown.
The following information is a brief summary of how your child will learn at home. More
detail is included in the school’s Remote Learning Policy.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

When pupils are sent home to self-isolate, they will be provided with details of how they
will be taught. The arrangements are different according to your child’s age.

Pupils in EYFS and Y1 will use MS Teams as their main online teaching platform they will be
provided with specific information regarding how to access and use the Microsoft Teams
Sites.

Pupils in Years 2-6 will be provided with specific information including the MS Teams sites
that they will need to use.

All pupils will be provided with any materials that they need, including work packs and
stationery items.

All pupils will have a personal reading book to continue reading at home. Please continue to
listen to your child reading every day and encourage them to talk about their books. Pupils
are encouraged to complete their Accelerated Reader books at home and complete the
related quizzes. Additional to this a number of books will be assigned to the children on
their Bug Club accounts. Please also encourage your child to engage in these and read each
day.

The expectation is that pupils will start remote learning as soon as their period of self isolation begins.

Remote teaching and learning time each day

As far as possible, we expect that pupils will spend the same amount of time working on a
remote education day as they would in school. This is because they will be following the
usual school timetable for their lessons and completing independent learning / homework
that arises from them.

In the early years, children’s learning will be more practically based but will follow the same
curriculum that is used in face-to-face learning.

EYFS children will receive daily face to face teaching of the EYFS curriculum by their class
teacher via MS Teams. The children will be taught Phonics, English and Maths each day,
each lesson they will be set activities for them to complete and upload to Tapestry: our EYFS
online learning platform. As well as this, children will be given independent time for them to
complete their tasks and upload them to their personal Tapestry pages. Additional to this
lessons from Oak Academy may also be used to teach sessions in the afternoon.

Children in Year 1-6 will receive daily face to face teaching using MS Teams. The full
curriculum will be taught daily and children are expected to engage and contribute to all
lessons. Teachers may use some lessons from Oak National Academy to teach from.

Accessing remote education

Remote lessons will be delivered using Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) to pupils in EYFS to
Year 6 Your son/daughter has been taught how to access the site and how to login for
lessons.

In EYFS the children will also be uploading their work onto Tapestry, which is an online
platform that the teachers used to set work, record evidence of activities and where the
teacher and Learning coach will provide specific feedback.

Additional to the Microsoft Teams platform in Ks1 the teachers may also use a range of
websites to teach their lessons such as Top Marks, Phonics play etc.

In Ks2 the children will continue to use learning platforms including Learning by Questions
(LBQ), Sats Companions, Microsoft whiteboard and Activ Learn. Pupils have been shown
how to access these sites. Materials from Oak National Academy will also be used to
support pupils’ learning.

We are very grateful to parents for providing devices on which their children can access
lessons and resources. We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access
at home.

Please inform the school office (info@oliveblackburn.staracademies.org) if your child does
not have a laptop/tablet on which to work, or if you do not have internet access at home.
We will do our best to support you.

If pupils do not have online internet access, they will be provided with hard copy work
packs.

Pupils who cannot submit work online will be asked to keep all their work in their exercise
books / workbooks and arrangements will be made for this to be delivered to their teachers.

Remote teaching

In Years 2-6 Remote teaching will be delivered through live lessons in the vast majority of
cases. This will involve simultaneous direct teaching by class teachers (who could be
teaching from the physical classroom or from home if self-isolating) to their pupils (who
could be learning in the physical classroom or at home). EYFS and Yr1 children will also
receive a similar provision of live lessons but their timetabling of face-to-face teaching will
be reduced, and other online platforms will be used.

In all cases, direct input from the teacher may be supplemented with some recorded
material, such as video lessons from Oak National Academy.

Pupils will need to spend some parts of lessons writing in their workbooks or completing
activities that involve physical resources. These will be provided by the school. Some
activities will involve pupils completing work on their devices and saving or uploading it.

Some subjects, such as PE, do not lend themselves to online learning in the same way as
others. Teachers will take into account the difficulties pupils may have in completing
physical activity in a confined space and provide alternative suitable home learning such as
videoed exercise lessons. For lessons such as Art and DT the teachers will endeavour to
adapt their lessons for children so that they can use resources found within the home, if
specific equipment is required than these will be provided by the school.

Engagement and feedback

We have the same high expectations of pupils’ behaviour when they are learning remotely
as we do when they are learning in school. The STAR values should be consistently
maintained. All pupils have been taught the protocols for working online and staying safe.
Codes of conduct for remote learning have been given to pupils, parents and staff. The
school will alert you in the event of poor behaviour or non-attendance.

We value your support for your child’s wellbeing and learning. Please continue to ensure
that they follow good routines, including getting enough sleep and time away from screens.

We will keep a careful check on your child’s remote learning. We will inform you by phone
call if your child misses lessons that they are expected to attend. We will phone your child at
least once per week during their time learning remotely to check on their progress and
wellbeing. We will inform you if we have concerns about your child’s work.

Assessment and feedback

EYFS children will be asked to submit their completed work and activities via Tapestry. The
platform allows videos and pictures to be uploaded. The teacher or learning coach will
provide feedback and next steps on each activity.

In Ks1 and Ks2 your child will work in a variety of ways when they are learning remotely.
Sometimes they will submit assessments by email and these will be reviewed by their
teacher. Sometimes they will complete work on paper / in exercise books that will be
submitted to school in hard copy form and in some cases the teacher will conduct a live
marking session.

Feed back can take many forms. Sometimes your child will receive written individual
feedback. Some feedback will be given on a whole-class basis, or the teacher will lead the
marking during the online lessons and sometimes your child may complete quizzes that are
marked automatically via digital platforms.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

We recognise that some pupils, for example 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:

Specific individual provision will be set up for the SSA to support the child when they are
receiving their MS Teams lessons, if the child cannot access the class-based work then the
SSA will teach the child individually. This is where the SSA will deliver a bespoke curriculum
for the needs of that particular child. This will enable the SSA to deliver any specific SEND
programmes via the MS Teams lesson.

The Learning coach will also ensure she checks in with her key children and may decide to
create a small group where she can provide further support for the child to complete the
task.

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