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.

Pupils in EYFS and Years 1-5 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 home 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.

All pupils will have access to Bug Club to continue reading at home and to complete the
quizzes. Books will be changed twice a week on Bug Club.

All pupils will have their STAR Reader book to read at home.

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.

Online teaching will begin at 8.30am and finish at 2.45pm. Lunch and break times will be
included in the timetable.

Accessing remote education

Remote lessons will be delivered using Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) to pupils in EYFS and
Years 1 -5.

Years 2-5 pupils have been taught how to access the site and how to login for lessons.

We will continue to use MS Teams, Times Tables Rockstars, Bug Club and Purple Mash.
Pupils have been shown how to access these sites. Materials from Oak National Academy
may be used on occasion 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 via email info@olivepreston.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.

Pupils will be asked to keep all their work in their exercise books / workbooks or upload
their work on MS Teams.

Remote teaching

In EYFS and Years 1-5 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).

Direct input from the teacher may be supplemented with some recorded material (such as
video lessons from Oak National Academy, or videos recorded by class teachers which may
be the most appropriate way of teaching particular aspects of work).

Pupils will need to spend some parts of lessons writing in their workbooks or completing
other activities. 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 exercise
video links.

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 text /
email / phone call) if your child misses any lessons that they are expected to attend.
Teachers will liaise via MS Teams with your child during their online teaching to check on
their progress and wellbeing. Furthermore, we may phone your child once per week during
their time learning remotely to check on their progress and wellbeing as required. We will
inform you if we have concerns about your child’s work.

Assessment and feedback

Your child will work in a variety of ways when they are learning remotely. Sometimes they
will submit assessments or their work on MS Teams 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.

Feedback can take many forms. Sometimes your child will receive written individual
feedback. Some feedback will be given on a whole-class basis 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 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:

Provision on individual/ small group support during MS Teams lessons
Provision of differentiated work matched to individual targets
Enhanced induction for MS Teams access

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