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:
- To ensure the safeguarding of our pupils including online safety
- To uphold our school vision and values through our learning
- To encourage mental, emotional and spiritual well-being for our pupils, staff and families through support and activities.
- To be kind and mindful of the pressures that we are all under and to support each other to achieve the best for our children.
- To consider teacher wellbeing bearing in mind their daily school and class based responsibilities.
- To encourage daily physical activity.
- To provide an engaging and creative curriculum that enables opportunities for learners that are mindful of their circumstances and follow the curriculum learning in school.
- To celebrate learning and achievements in whatever way we can.
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;
- Spelling Shed – activities to support new learning and rehearsal of spellings
- TT Rockstars – Recall activities for times tables
- Education City – English, Maths and Science content to support National Curriculum objectives
- Purple Mash – Core and foundation subject activities to enhance the curriculum
- Nessy – Core Reading and Spelling development
- Regular home learning activities found on class pages on the website
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;
- Music – especially some Curriculum Objectives which describe use of instruments
- Physical Education – especially some Curriculum Objectives that refer specifically to performing team/group skills or use specific equipment
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:
- 3 hours for Early Years and Key Stage 1
- 4 hours for Key Stage 2.
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:
- We have undertaken a survey of needs and are prioritising families to loan devices to.
- We are sourcing more devices locally in order to support families
- For families where we have not been able to support online access printed packs of resources will be available for collection from school on a weekly basis.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Live Zoom catch ups twice a week
- Recorded teaching to include audio and video inputs
- Curriculum activities posted daily to Seesaw to include both core and foundation subjects.
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.
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:
- Preparing a suitable working space and resources (timetable the use of computers so all members of the family can access appropriately)
- Discussing as a family the proposed activities for the day/week and what you will need to do to achieve them.
- Prepare a flexible timetable that suits your family requirements. Include reading and physical activity daily.
- Limit recreational screen time. Strike an agreed balance.
- Build in incentives and breaks.
- Make time for quality family activities.
- Celebrate your achievements, use social media to share good work with family and friends.
- Share your achievements with school so that we can celebrate and display them.
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?
- We expect pupils to ideally engage with their learning concurrently with the school day. Where this is not possible, pupils are expected to complete the work of the school day out of sequence.
- Our expectations of parental support will vary depending on the year group. For the most part this will mainly involve setting routines to support your child's education and ensuring they are engaged when completing independent work, there may be some cases where support in accessing resources or completing the activity is required.
- Families will need to develop their own routines and structures that support their own home working alongside remote learning. The remote learning provided will meet government requirements but might not be feasible in your own household. We ask you to build a structure that works for you as a family.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- We record pupils’ engagement with remote education daily
- Where engagement is a concern, we will inform parents and carers through telephone contact to try to support
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:
- Verbal feedback
- Written digital feedback comments during the day, from a range of known adults in school
- Automatic marking on digital platforms
- Adapted lesson planning
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:
- Class teachers will still plan differentiated work based on their knowledge of the pupils’ individual needs.
- Provision for SEND pupils will still be overseen by the SENDCo and any reviews/assessment will continue to take place as necessary. Meetings with external agencies will continue where possible within current government restrictions and agency risk assessments.
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 :-
- Stop children putting new apps on a device until the parents approve them
- Reduce the chance of a child accidentally spending money on virtual goods
- Limit the time that children use a device without having a break
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
- Do not create or use an existing Zoom account for children, this will make sure that your child cannot change any of our settings.
- Make sure the joining email is from our school email address, this will prevent any impact from people try to get you to click on a fraudulent email.
- We will always make sure that there are two adults on the video call and we would like parents to be alongside when our call takes place.
- We request that you support your child in their appropriate use of this technology to safeguard themselves and other users.
- There should be no inappropriate content on any of our video calls. Please contact the school if you are concerned about any of the content of the video call.
- All Zoom class sessions will be recorded by the teacher and stored in an encrypted folder on our server for a month after lock down ends.