Clifton Hampden, Abingdon, OX14 3EE
At Clifton Hampden CE School, we have refined our remote learning approach to support children in continuing their learning journey at home should circumstances require them to do so. This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
We have taken a tiered approach to remote learning in order to be able to respond immediately and with relevant learning for children who may have to miss school due to self-isolation. For details of our tiered approach and what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this document.
During this time our guiding principles continue to involve working in partnership with parents and carers by continuing:
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
Your child will already have access to a number of online resources for work that they can access independently, these include;
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?
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example;
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
We are following the Government guidance and expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
We suggest the school day remains the same for pupils at school or at home: 9am-3.15pm (with 1hr for lunch). A suggested structure for children in years 1-6 would be:
9:00-10:00 English or Maths (1hour)
10:00-11:00 Assembly and Break
11:00-12:00 Maths or English (1hour)
1:00-1:30 Book Talk (30 mins)
We do recognise that families who are working at home will need to be flexible with their home schooling arrangements, and this structure may not suit your family needs. Whilst we will provide inputs and explanations by video we recognise not all children are able to work independently for a sustained period and ask families to build a routine that works for them.
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
We will be organising our remote education provision through Class Dojo. Through this your child will be able access recorded inputs to lessons from adults in school, and access the activity the children are required to do, record and upload their work. Children can also ask questions through Class Dojo during the school day.
This platform is available across multiple devices, including; PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, web-enabled TVs, and some games consoles.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
Our goal is that, if not in school, pupils should be able to access the same high-quality teacher interaction and progressive curriculum content. 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:
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
How can I help my child be ready to learn?
Remaining focused when learning from home can be difficult. Consider these points when supporting your child’s learning at home:
Remember learning at home is an altogether more intense experience so it is acceptable that learning time does not match a normal ‘school’ day.
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?
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Feedback will take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Class Dojo will continue to be the main platform for sharing learning between teachers and children. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
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:
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
Simply, there is no difference. 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 whether attending in person or learning remotely.
The below grid outlines the remote learning opportunities at each tier. Remote Learning should only be undertaken by children if they are well enough to work. Children who are in quarantine due to a holiday will not be provided with remote learning
Government Guidance on Remote Education
Online Safety advice for parents and carers relating to remote learning
Almost all devices allow parental controls to be set. These can be adjusted depending on the ages of the children.
They can :-
https://www.internetmatters.org/, go to the SETTING CONTROLS section at the top!
Probably the best thing you can do to help your child is to talk to them regularly about how they use technology, which apps and sites they use and who their online friends are. Some children struggle with online relationships perhaps either sending or receiving hurtful messages. Parents and carers will be able to help guide youngsters through this difficult area. If children receive unpleasant messages these can usually be reported and each app or site will have a different way of doing this.
Apps and Sites
The list of apps and websites children are using grows by the minute so printed advice is likely to be out of date. In the UK the NSPCC have a site called Net-Aware https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ which explains many current apps, the risks and the benefits of their use. More apps are listed on the American site Common Sense Media https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Activities for Children
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ is the website aimed at children and their parents from the National Crime Agency. It has lots of useful suggestions and advice on how to report issues. It also has games and activities including Jessie and Friends for the younger children and Band Runner for the older ones.
The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/about-us/partners/nspcc-o2-online-safety-partnership/ to provide advice to parents and have a free helpline on 0808 800 5002.
Children can call Childline on 0800 1111 for advice on anything that is worrying them.
Further e-safety information for parents can be found on the following links.
Important Zoom Security Information