Remote Education Provision
The school has a responsibility to share with pupils and parents our plans for remote education during school closures or periods of isolation. This document has been developed around some key questions provided by the government or information that as teachers we wish to share.
How long can I expect the work set by school to take my child each day?
- Reception class: 2 hours per day
- Year 1: 2.5 hours per day
- Year 2: 3 hours per day
- Year 3: 3.5 hours per day
- Year 4: 3.5 hours per day
- Year 5: 3.5/4 hours per day
- Year 6: 4 hours per day
How much of each day’s learning should pupils complete?
Teachers plan the right amount of learning that children should be able to complete each day, un-less teachers say otherwise. Some tasks might be a bit longer, and could run over a couple of days. Class teachers will make this clear on Class Dojo.
Will my child be taught the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
Yes. Teachers plan for the same learning and use the same resources in school as for home learning.
How will my child access any online remote education we are providing?
We use Class Dojo as our means of communication with both parents and pupils.
- Information sharing: all staff members can share infor-mation with individual classes or the whole school.
- Instant messaging—parents can link with class teach-ers, headteacher, SENDCo etc with any questions, queries or concerns
- Parents can, and should, upload their child’s learning to the portfolio or look at the completed work from their child.
- Teachers can share daily learning tasks.
- Pupils can message their teacher, teaching assistant or headteacher with any questions or requests.
- Pupils can access learning resources e.g. video, web-sites etc as shared by their class teacher all in one place.
- Pupils can, and should, upload their completed learn-ing to their portfolio for reviewing by staff.
- Teachers and teaching assistants can review work sub-mitted and check on the progress our children.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will we support them to access remote education?
Laptops and tablets
We have loaned out iPads to pupils to enable them to access remote learning. If you feel you need a device then contact Mrs Stobbs or your child’s class teacher. We currently have a few new laptops available.
Most learning activities are designed to be accessed without the need to print. If paper copies are required then please message your child’s class teacher and they can be delivered to you.
If you currently have no internet connection and/or are reliant on mobile data, speak to us and we will see how we are able to help. We currently have lots of Vodaphone mobile data SIM cards.
All learning can be submitted to teachers through the portfolio on Class Dojo. Just take a photo and upload it. If this is not possible then please message your child’s class teacher and we can arrange to collect work during our regular delivery rounds.
A helpful guide for parents is available on the school website and also on Class Dojo.
- For children to engage in between two and four hours of home learning each day, as stipulated by the government.
- Children to make every effort to access home learning every school day and complete tasks in the order given by their teacher.
- Children to work independently, tasks require a minimum of support from parents and carers. Our youngest children might require help with the technology but older children should be to able to access this them-selves.
- Watch the videos that accompany the tasks. The best learning takes place from the live/recorded teaching sessions not from just filling in a worksheet.
- Class teachers know your child well, they taught them for the whole of the Autumn term. They are using their knowledge of how they worked then to set learning tasks that they are able to access now. Children should give them their best effort.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Because of the way that Class Dojo is working, teachers, teaching assistants and the Headteacher are constantly in touch with pupils and parents. Staff are supporting your child’s engagement in learning through Zoom meetings. For example, reading/phonics sessions, quizzes, catch-up and social sessions.
Teachers and teaching assistants are also making doorstep visits and phone calls to check and see if anyone needs further support.
Staff continually monitor who is completing the learning, who is only completing some of the tasks set and will pass information on to the headteacher of any pupils who are not engaging at all. Any concerns shared with the headteacher will be followed up through either an email, phone-call, visit or letter. Attendance at school is compulsory.
Engagement with remote learning is essential. During the last lockdown many of our pupils continued to learn and make progress. When they returned to school they were in a good place to continue with their learning. Help us to make sure ALL of our children are continuing to learn.
Children with SEND support plans will be allocated activities and resources to help them to access their learning activities. Personalised tasks will be uploaded to the child’s individual portfolio. Any additional resources will be made available for collection or delivered to home. Wherever possible/ suitable, teachers will provide learning activities that work towards support plan outcomes. Teachers and teaching assistants will provide 1:1 or small group support through Zoom calls or maintain contact with telephone calls. The time and way that the children are expected to work may be adjusted to take into account attention and concentration needs.
Remote education for pupils self-isolating
When a pupil is self-isolating we aim to provide a curriculum that is the same or similar. Many of our resources e.g. White Rose for maths, adapt well for remote learning and teachers can share the teaching resources easily. For other subjects e.g. PE, teachers will suggest a similar activity suitable for the home environment.
Remote learning is a partnership and is most successful when parents, children and school staff work together. At Toft Hill Primary School we are committed to supporting our families.
Home Learning Platforms
Remote Learning at Toft Hill Primary School Guidance for Using Online Learning Platforms
Class Dojo is our main platform for communicating with pupils and their families and uploading home learning activities. This can be accessed through the Class Dojo website, www.classdojo.com, or downloading the app on a smart phone or tablet. It is important that each child and a parent/ carer is signed up to Class Dojo to ensure that they keep up to date with all information and learning. Parents/ Carers can do this by accepting an invitation in an email sent by school or by downloading the app and entering a code provided by school. Children can log in by scanning a QR code provided by school or following a link sent in an email. Please see the video guide below for getting started. Click on the video link!
Use the school story to keep up to date with the latest news, information and advice from school. Mrs Stobbs and staff members will use this feed to update on whole school issues or provide links that will be useful to our whole school community.
Staff linked with your child’s class are able to contribute to the Class Story feed. This is where teachers will post updates specifically for that class. Home learning activities will be posted here too. Parents/ Carers and pupils should check their Class Story daily. Attachments of worksheets, website links etc will be provided on here to help you to access any relevant home learning activities.
This is individual to your child. Only parents and pupils can see the child’s unique Portfolio. This is where staff will post messages, learning activities that are specifically for the child. It is also where your child can ‘hand in’ work to their teacher. Children should select the icon of the world, click on ‘Create new’ or the blue + symbol and chose how they wish to create or submit their work. They are able to work online by writing a ‘Journal’ entry or creating a ‘Drawing’ and sending it directly. They can upload a ‘Photo’ or ‘Video’ of their work directly from the app or uploading from their device photo/ video library. Teachers are then able to provide feedback through comments that can be made on the child’s post before approving and sharing the work and feedback with parents. Please see the video guide below for using the Portfolio. Click on the video link!
Parents have the facility to send and receive text messages directly with teachers. Teachers will respond as soon as is reasonably possible. We have a duty to monitor teacher workload and well-being and so ‘Quiet Hours’ have been set between 5pm and 8am, during this time you are able to message parents if necessary but you should not expect a response until the working hours of 8am and 5pm. Teachers may choose to work beyond these hours and will always strive to ensure that they provide contact in a timely manner.
Home learning will either be uploaded to the ‘Class Story’ or children’s individual ‘Portfolio’. There is now an option to upload a worksheet that can be completed on screen in the ‘Drawing’ facility. This will help to reduce the need for printing. Children should upload any completed work and hand in through the website or the app. We are required to monitor engagement with home learning and this provides an excellent evidence base. We will contact families who are struggling to access the home learning and offer help and support.
Oak National Academy
Oak’s online classroom has 10,000 video lessons created by teachers which are available for free by following the link above. Oak is backed by the Department for Education and, last term, provided nearly 5 million pupils with 20 million lessons. You can use Oak’s online classroom on any device, you don’t need to log in or remember a password. Your child’s teacher will provide links to the relevant lessons via Class Dojo. You can also use it to select learning activities that your child may be interested in and enjoy but we would recommend following the guidance of class teachers in the first instance.
Each of Oak’s lessons is delivered by a trained teacher, over a pre-recorded video. It’s clear at the start of each session any basic materials you might need, such as pens, paper, etc. The lessons are designed to need minimal supervision, although this will depend on the age of your child. This is an ideal option for parents who are trying to balance supporting home learning and working and running a home at the same time! A wealth of further information can be found on the website.
White Rose Maths
Teachers use the White Rose maths scheme to inform their planning for class based learning and so the home learning resources fit ideally with the classroom curriculum. They produce daily home learning activities and every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child complete the activity successfully. As a school, we buy into the premium resources and can provide you with the relevant activity sheets to match the lessons. Teachers will upload these on Class Dojo. You can print the pages or, alternately, your child could work from the screen recording the answers in their books provided. There is also an option on Class Dojo now to use the drawing tools to complete sheets. Remember to upload work on Class Dojo for teachers to check and provide feedback!
Pearson Bug Club
Phonics & Reading for Reception – Year 3
This website is where children can find teaching activities and games that support our phonics scheme of learning. Teachers can allocate appropriate activities and reading books so that children can work at their own level. Children have been provided with log in details for their own accounts. If you require new log in details then please contact your child’s class teacher. Allocated resources can be found under the ‘My Stuff’ tab which is then divided into Phonics based and Guided/ Independent books that are specifically for your child to work on.
The e-books have questions throughout for children to respond to. Questions are hidden behind the bug images throughout each text. Children must answer all available questions for the book to register as complete. Teachers can monitor books read and children’s responses to questions. Children can earn rewards to play games as a reward for their hard work! More detailed instructions, information, guidance and help for pupils is available by following the link.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the facility for children to quiz on their reading books from home but this should not stop them from reading! Aim for your child to read for 30 minutes per day. They could make notes on the books that they read and quiz on their return to school. Mr Sproat will monitor quizzes taken after a delay in reading the text to ensure that it does not impact upon your child’s accelerated reader data.
BBC Bitesize have designed a series of Maths and English catch-up lessons for primary pupils. Parents can pick their child’s current school year, click on either Maths or English, and start learning. Teachers will provide links where appropriate. No specific log in is required and everything can be accessed through the website.
They also have collections of Maths, English, science, history and geography resources, videos and worksheets
Children can dive into the videos, quizzes, articles and practice activities to bring a fun element to learning at home. Again, teachers will sign post parents and pupils to relevant learning activities for their curriculum via Class Dojo.
Alternatively, or you can just pick your year group and subject to find a topic and get started.
Spelling/ Maths Shed
Individual pupil log in details are needed to access the main parts of this site. Your child’s class teacher will provide them. You can message on Class Dojo for updated or lost log in details. This is a website to supplement main learning and provides the opportunity for children to practice spelling and basic number skills in a fun and interactive way. Teachers will inform you via Class Dojo if they have updated activities or spelling lists on Spelling Shed.
Times Tables Rock Stars
Individual pupil log in details are required to access the main parts of the site. Children can practice their rapid recall of multiplication and division facts in a fun way.
Teachers will provide individual pupil log in details. Teachers will inform you via Class Dojo if they have updated any activities.
You can download the above information by clicking the links below: