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REMOTE EDUCATION PROVISION- INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES 


This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents /carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home. 

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of the document.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil's first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from out standard apprpoach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote learning.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

We will send home paper copies of work or e-mail them.  We are aware that printing at home can be difficult and we will support families by preparing and distributing as many resources as possible.

We have a box outside school where resources and equipment may be collected by families.  

We have a number of data only SIMs if families are using mobile phones to access learning activities. 

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 aim to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. 

The initial focus will be on daily Maths and English learning alongside daily reading. 

Maths 

  • Children have Power Maths text books and we may take the decision to send these books home with pupils.  
  • We also use White Rose narrated PowerPoints.

English

  • Teachers will share stories either online or via recordings
  • Children will be expected to complete book reviews or share comments about books they have read.

Where appropriate other activities will also be set such as creative activities such as Art or topic work

Remote teaching and study time each day

We would recommend that families of primary age children aim for around 3 hours a day of learning on average, across the school cohort.  This should include

  • Reading for around 20 minutes
  • Daily writing 
  • Daily maths 
  • Fluency practice of 20 minutes including where appropriate work on times tables Rock Stars

There needs to be some flexibility in this as the sustained focus and ability to concentrate for each individual will vary.  For example, the ability to sit and focus for a reception child (who will be able to concentrate for between 2-5 minutes for each of the years of their age) will be different compared to a child in Year 6.

Accessing Remote Education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

Reception – Acorn Class

In Reception online learning will be accessed through Tapestry.  This is a platform that families are already familiar with using.

The link to log on is:

https://tapestryjournal.com

Year 1 and 2 – Elm Class

This class will use Seesaw.  This was in use during the summer lockdown so many families will already be familiar with this platform.

The link to log on is:

https://app.seesaw.me/#/login?role=parent

Year 3-6 – Silver Birch and Oak Class

These classes will access online learning using google classroom

To Sign in for the first time:

https://edu.google.com/intl/en/products/classroom/
Go to classroom.google.com and click Go to ClassroomEnter the email address for your Classroom account and click Next. Enter your password and click Next. 

If there is a welcome message, review it and click Accept.

The school office holds all log in information for each child.  Please contact them if you any issues logging in.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

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:

If you are having technical difficulties accessing work, we can in some cases supply laptops or iPads.  

We know that the main problem families faced in March – June 2020 when remote learning was in place, was a shortage of devices for children to use while adults were working from home.

Please contact the school office if you feel it could be necessary to borrow school equipment on:

01892 770307

Or email: 

office@st-michaels.e-sussex.sch.uk

We will always supply printed materials to support learning.  These may be collected from outside school in the drop off box.

Pupils’ work may be submitted to their teachers via the same drop off box outside school once completed, if they do not have online access

How will my child be taught remotely?

We will use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

We know that parents requested a daily introduction to learning to help focus children each day. If class bubbles are not in school once a routine for online learning is established teachers will aim to have in place some of the following:

·      recorded teaching; such as Oak National Academy lessons alongside video/audio recordings made by teachers.

·      printed paper packs produced by teachers, such as workbooks and worksheets.

·      textbooks and reading books pupils have at home or that the school have specifically sent home.

·      websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.

·      long-term project work and/or internet research activities.

Engagement and Feedback

What are expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

Unless they are ill children should access learning every day so there is an established route.  We recommend that children get up at the same time every day similar to that when they would be attending a full school day.

Children should access learning daily completing tasks that are set by their class teachers.

You might like to timetable the day focusing on work in the morning, with regular breaks, when children are fresh and receptive.  The afternoons could include exercise, reading and a film, which can then have a written review written about it.   Please have a look at our Home Learning Creative activities page set up with help from our PTA below on this web page. 

Some learning that it is always useful to review and consolidate in short bursts includes the following:

  • Number bonds
  • Multiplication tables (we subscribe to Times Tables Rock Stars to try and make this a fun way of learning a bedrock of mathematical learning.)
  • Learning to tell the time using analogue and digital clocks
  • Revising spellings 
  • Skills such as using scissors, rulers, folding paper try some origami
  • Regular daily reading; if you run out of books try the website below:

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

Teachers will respond to learning within 48 hours giving feedback and making comments on the appropriate platform for the year group.

Teachers will aim to ring families to find out about well-being and if there are any concerns around learning each week.

If we move towards online learning class teacher e-mails will come back into use (at all other times these e-mails are not monitored:)

Reception - acorn@st-michaels.e-sussex.sch.uk

Year 1 and 2 - elm@st-michaels.e-sussex.sch.uk

Year 3 and 4 - silverbirch@st-michaels.e-sussex.sch.uk

Year 5 and 6 – oak@st-michaels.e-sussex.sch.uk

If you have any difficulties contacting class teachers please contact the school office:

office@st-michaels.e-sussex.sch.uk

Please e-mail between the working hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feed back can 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. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

Teachers will respond to learning within 48 hours giving feedback and making comments on the appropriate platform for the year group.

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:

Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities’ (SEND)

During remote learning ‘the needs of learners with SEN are often not distinctly different from the needs of all learners - rather, they may experience a more exaggerated version of the challenges that we actually all face.’ Abby Osborne Centre for Learning and Teaching University of Bath 

When organising work teachers may consider ways to make information accessible and easier to navigate through:

  • Use of bullet points
  • space on the page
  • bold text 
  • use of highlighting

Additionally, teachers may consider:

  • Making sure critical information or instructions are explicit so they don’t get missed or overlooked such as use of bold or highlighted text.
  • If recording sessions for pupils, limit the length of each session. An hour lesson for example is much harder to concentrate on when viewing online.
  • Identify the key concepts and points they would like learners to retain, using a ‘less is more’ approach and a shorter session can be just as powerful 
  • Shorter videos which emphasise the key concepts or ideas can be useful and this can really allow pupil to focus on the key points in a shorter time period. 

Timetabling

As an example, an ideal timetable for working could involve starting work at the same time every day and working consistently for structured periods but allowing for the fact that motivation can fluctuate can be more effective. 

Where practical teachers will continue interventions online such as:

  • NESSY activities online to support spelling
  • Number stacks to support understanding of place value
  • Targeted spellings

Learning for Younger Primary Children

We have discussed earlier in this document how we work with families to deliver remote education for younger pupils, for example those in Reception and Year 1.  

We have chosen specific platforms appropriate for younger learners such as Tapestry in Reception and Seesaw for our Year 1 and 2 class.

Younger children will need routine and regular planned in breaks to ensure learning is effective. 

If you have any concerns around engagement contact class teachers who will always be happy to support learning at home.

 

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

 

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above? 

If there are only individual children isolating teachers may prepare a pack of work to be returned as it is completed.  

In this scenario the teacher will be engaged in face-to-face teaching from 8.45am to up to 3.15pm (remember that younger siblings are collected at the same time as the oldest sibling in school.)

All e-mail communication should be via:

office@st-michaels.e-sussex.sch.uk

Once the school day has ended teachers will be happy to help with any queries around learning.

Home learning creative activities

Please find below links to (free wherever possible) crafts & printables, outdoor learning, virtual tours & live streams, online resources, activities & challenges, recipes, keep fit ideas, music and funny videos. These have been collated by the PTA to support creative learning at home during the time of Covid-19. The links were checked at the time of creation of this page and all worked correctly and linked to appropriate content.

* CRAFTS & PRINTABLES *

AARDMAN CRAFT CHALLENGES

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FREE RAINBOW CROCHET PATTERN

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LEARN HOW TO DRAW

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LITTLE LEARNER WORKBOOKS

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ART IS FUN TUTORIALS

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20 X CRAFT RECIPES

playdough-recipe

FREE ACTIVITY PACKS & PRINTABLES

activity-village

FREE PRINTABLES

happy-design

MAKE A RAINBOW SPINNER

spinner

TATE KIDS ACTIVITIES

tate-kids

NO-SEW T-SHIRT BAG

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SALT-DOUGH RECIPE

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MAKE YOUR OWN BUBBLE SNAKE

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ORIGAMI HOW-TO VIDEOS

origami-videos

POKEMON KALEIDOCYCLES

pokemon-origami

WALKING PAPER HORSES

walking-horses

LOVE WRITING PRINTABLES

love-writing

MAKE A BIRDHOUSE

birdfeeder(1)

* Outdoor learning *

WILDFLOWER HUNT

wildflower-hunt

50 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU'RE 11

50-things-to-do

GROW A SUNFLOWER KIT

sunflowers

50 THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN

national-trust-garden-activities

MAKE A BUTTERFLY FEEDER

butterfly-feeder

6 EASY TRAMPOLINE GAMES

trampoline-games

BARK RUBBING SHEET

woodland-trust

7 OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

outdoor-activities

MAKE A FOIL 'RIVER'

foil-river

BUILD A FAIRY HOUSE

fairy-house

RHS SCHOOL GARDENING

rhs-school-gardening

WOODLAND TRUST ACTIVITIES

tree-activities

* VIRTUAL TOURS & LIVE STREAMS *

LIVE MEERKAT CAM

meerkat-cam

FREE THEATRE SHOWS

live-theatre-shows

KEW GARDENS TOUR

kew-virtual-tour

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

international-space-station

VIRTUAL EGYPTIAN TOMB

egypt-tomb

THE BRITISH MUSEUM

british-museum

TANK TV LIVE - SYDNEY

tank-tv-live

8 HISTORIC SITES - VIRTUAL TOUR

taj-mahal

SATELLITE SPOTTER

satellite-finder

* ONLINE RESOURCES, ACTIVITIES & CHALLENGES *

HARRY POTTER AT HOME

harry-potter-at-home

BBC BITESIZE

bbc-bitesize

IS IT A DINOSAUR QUIZ?

dinosaur-quiz

ART CHALLENGE - WIN A SAFARI!

art-of-survival-challenge

E.SUSSEX BOOK AWARD 2020

esussex-book-award

FIVE MINUTE MUM BLOG

five-minute-mum(1)

LEGO CHALLENGES

lego-challenge

FREE FUN COURSES

crash-course

FREE DAVID WALLIAMS ACTIVITIES

david-walliams-free-activities

HOW TO SEE GOOGLE 3D ANIMALS

google-3d

THE MATHS FACTOR

carolv-maths

ART CLASSES

art-classes

MADDIE MOATES ON YOUTUBE

maddie-moates

DUPLO TOWER BLOCK GAME

duplo-tower-block-game

ASTRO SCIENCE CHALLENGE

astro-science-challenge

DYSON CHALLENGE CARDS

dyson-challenge-cards

SCOUTS - THE GREAT INDOORS

scout-great-indoors

STORIES FROM SPACE

astronaut-stories

CLUE TRACKER FREE GAME

clue-tracker-game

NAT GEOGRAPHIC KIDS BACK ISSUES

nat-geo-mag

TIME CAPSULE CHALLENGE

time-capsule

* RECIPES *

DINOSAUR FOOTPRINT COOKIES

dinosaur-cookies

TWO INGREDIENT RECIPES

two-ingredient

COOKING SKILLS FOR KIDS

feed-the-brood

JAMIE OLIVER GET KIDS COOKING

jamie-oliver

FRENCH BREAD PIZZAS

french-bread-pizza

SNACK BOX IDEA

snack-box

* KEEP FIT IDEAS *

ANDY'S WILD WORKOUTS

andys-wild-workouts

BALLET TUTORIALS

ballet-coach

FREE YOGA TUTORIALS

cosmic-kids

KICK-A-BOUT FOOTBALL TUTORIALS

kick-about

JOE WICKES WORKOUTS

joe-wickes

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

captain-fantastic

FREE KIDS HULA HOOP COURSE

hula-hoop-course

DANCE WITH DARCY BUSSELL

ddmix

LIL BEATZ DANCE TUTORIALS

lil-beatz

* MUSIC *

PIANO NANNY TUTORIALS

piano-nanny

MYLEENE'S MUSIC KLASS

myleen-klass

LEARN DRUMS WITH SHED 7

drums-shed-7

52 INSTRUMENTS TO MAKE AT HOME

52-instruments-to-make

BBC TEN PIECES AT HOME

bbc-ten-pieces

LEARN GUITAR WITH JAMES BAY

james-bay

* JUST FOR FUN! *

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FAT GIRL SLIM

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PAVEMENT OBSTACLE COURSE

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NUTZO THE SQUIRREL

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DISNEY ROLLERCOASTER IDEA

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HEY DUGGEE STAY AT HOME BADGE

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FREE FAMILY GAME

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