Remote Learning Offer
The Remote Learning Curriculum
In order to minimise disruption to children’s learning during the coronavirus pandemic, and to provide continuity, Brampton Primary School has developed a remote learning policy and the following plan. This plan offers remote learning opportunities whilst also acknowledging that some households might have limited access to devices or internet accessibility.
Remote learning will be applied in the following instances:
- A pupil needs to isolate because someone in their household is symptomatic or tests positive.
- A whole class or year group bubble is self-isolating because of an outbreak of coronavirus.
- There is a period of local or national lockdown. The plan complies with the expectations and principles outlined in the DFE document Guidance for Remote Learning.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
Brampton Primary School uses Microsoft Teams as the main remote learning platform that children will use. Through Teams, children will access live teaching, work that has been set for them and all other timetabled lessons and activities such as assemblies, reading aloud sessions and welfare meetings.
All children have individual logins and are familiar with accessing Teams either in school or at home. Children who are unable to attend school should log on to their class Team on the first full day after being told to self-isolate or following a school closure. They will find set tasks and information including a timetable, about when to attend live lessons. To support families, easy to access user guides have been uploaded onto the school’s website. These can be located in the Remote Learning Tab.
What will my child be taught?
Children will be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school, following a similar daily timetable. Teachers will plan and teach appropriate work that is in line with our current curriculum, supplemented by a range of online resources from:
- Oak National Academy
- Bug Club
- Times Tables Rock Stars
Oak National Academy has been selected to support remote learning for a number of reasons. The Oak Academy lessons are in-line with our teaching ethos – they use explicit teaching, with high quality modelling, and the use of deliberate practice. The online lessons are free to all and offer a recorded taught session so that the children can access physical teaching from a teacher and then access work relating to that lesson within the same website. There are also hundreds of lessons specifically aimed at children with SEND needs and requiring additional support.
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do at school wherever appropriate. The other online platforms we have chosen to use are ones that we currently use and are linked to our existing curriculum. Children are familiar with these resources.
Bug Club (available on Android and Apple tablets and mobile phones, as well as the internet) enables children to access a wide range of texts and develop their reading and comprehension skills. Bug Club supports engagement by using simple questions which support more basic skills, such as recall and retrieval of information, through to more carefully planned questions that help develop skills of inference and deduction which require a deeper understanding. Children can also access Grammar and Spelling Bug, which is an online programme that has everything you need to help your child get to grips with their spelling, grammar and punctuation.
MyMaths is an interactive teaching and homework subscription website for schools that builds pupil engagement and consolidates mathematical knowledge through online worksheets. Teachers at Brampton Primary School use MyMaths to set homework tasks, with the assessment for each activity provided to pupils automatically. Pupils can use their MyMaths accounts independently if there are areas of the mathematics curriculum that they would like to practise.
Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS) is a website and application (available on Android and Apple tablets and mobile phones) that supports children in learning the multiplication tables. By enabling pupils to practise the multiplication tables in an engaging environment, children develop their mathematical fluency by having fun. Learning the multiplication tables is an essential element of the mathematics curriculum and supports pupils in all other areas of mathematics. TTRS is also a crucial tool for helping us prepare children for the Year 4 Multiplication Tables check and the Key Stage 2 SATs.
Numbots is a website and application (available on Android and Apple tablets and mobile phones) that supports children in learning number bonds and other addition and subtraction facts. By enabling pupils to practise number fluency in an engaging environment, children develop their mathematical fluency by having fun. Learning number bonds and the associated addition and subtraction facts underpins much of what children do in mathematics later in their education.
In the event of any form of lockdown or isolation and loss of learning caused by coronavirus, parents must understand that engagement in home learning is compulsory, as is the expectation that Brampton Primary School makes that provision available and accessible to all. A weekly timetable is in place for children’s learning and we ask for parental support in setting routines.
If children themselves are unwell they should not be expected to engage in home learning and the school should be informed of their absence as normal.
All children should have their own login details for all online learning platforms they might be asked to use during self-isolation or school closure. If they have mislaid them, or they forget, these can be requested via the year group emails – these are on the school website.
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
The government have set out how many hours are expected for each Key Stage of education:
- Key Stage 1: three hours of remote learning
- Key Stage 2: four hours of remote learning
This does not necessarily mean that teachers are teaching, or are online for the whole of this time. It is the amount of learning time children should be provided with while they are at home.
In Reception and Nursery, where children explore much of their learning through play, the daily timetable gives parents a structure, which reflects this approach. It provides children with a balance between adult directed and child-initiated time. Children will receive daily phonics, mathematics, English, topic and reading lessons and a regular welfare check.
Accessing Remote Education
How will my child access the online remote education the school is providing?
Remote learning will be available via Teams – all learning will be posted on Teams. During the 2020 spring lockdown, the school website was used to post learning activities and tasks. Since then, we have significantly developed our remote learning capabilities and teachers and children are used to using Teams for lessons and home learning.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will the school support them to access remote education?
Where a child does not have access to a device during this time, the school will do whatever it can to support parents with laptops, where they are available, and by providing paper-based learning packs.
If there is a lack of technological devices in the household, parents should contact the school via email@example.com to request a device. As devices become available, the school will loan them out to children using a key set of criteria:
- Children in Years 3 – 6 who are eligible for free school meals (DfE laptop allocation criteria)
- Vulnerable children who have a social worker
- Children in Reception – Y2 who are eligible for free school meals
- Families where more than one child requires a device
- Families where there is no access to a device
The DfE have agreed to support schools by providing laptops. Brampton Primary School have been allocated 66 laptops. The school is also purchasing its own devices to loan out to families who were not able to receive a device from the DfE. Parents will need to be patient while the school waits of delivery of new devices because, nationally, there is huge demand and delivery times can be lengthy.
If a parent requires a paper pack of work, they need to email their child’s class teacher using the year group email or phone the school. These will then be put together at school and a collection time arranged.
It is important to remember that children need to log in to Teams daily and complete their learning. This will set good habits in place and reduce the stress some children may feel learning in a different environment to usual.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
During any school closure, or period of self-isolation, children with SEND are quite likely to be impacted upon more than other children. Teaching assistants will be available to support their allocated children during lessons via Teams. They will speak directly with the children and parents and help adapt the learning so it is more accessible.
The children who attend the PMLD resourced provision, will be invited to log in to live teaching sessions, circle times, music therapy and stories. Parents will need to be on hand to support children.
The children who attend the ASD hub and those with speech and language or communication difficulties will be invited to live sessions which will include English, mathematics, music and sensory activities.
The children who attend Specialist Interventions for Maths and English, will be taught one-to-one, either once or twice per week. Work is also posted after the sessions on Teams to consolidate learning.
Parents who require additional support at home should email the firstname.lastname@example.org email so that the SENCO and inclusion team can offer help and ideas.
A SEND parent support group has been set up on Teams. Parents can meet weekly to chat, seek advice and support each other.
Year Group Email Addresses