Remote education during national lockdown - information for parents and carers
This information provides clarity for parents and 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 when individual children are self-isolating, please see Gilmour Infant School Remote Education Procedures.
When will remote learning begin?
Remote learning will commence 24 hours after restrictions are applied.
Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
Your child will receive the same quality curriculum as the children of key workers in school; however, for some learning, adaptions may be needed, for example, P.E., due to the availability of required equipment.
How long can I expect the work set by the school to take my child each day?
Your child should aim to work for 3 hours a day; this includes reading using Bug Club and maths using My Maths.
Your child should take regular breaks.
If your child has additional needs or medical conditions, they may require more frequent breaks or sensory breaks. If needed, we will provide a visual timetable for your child.
What if my child is unwell?
Your child is not required to complete work until well enough to do so.
What if my child is self-isolating?
Remote learning will be the same as for all children learning at home, as detailed in this document and will begin on the first day of self-isolation.
How will my child access online education?
ClassDojo is our regular homework learning platform. Since September, you have had admission to this platform. You will also use this platform for remote education.
The school website contains video guides that explain how to access the tasks, submit work, and message a teacher or the deputy headteacher.
If you experience any technical issues, there is support via the school, please email or call us.
A limited number of devices are available for loan on the most significant need basis.
What if my child does not have digital or online access at home?
We recognise that some families may not have online access at home. Please contact the school immediately where a senior leader will support you.
We have a limited number of devices for loan.
Personalised printed paper packs of work are available each week, delivered to your home.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teaching children remotely;
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support to access remote education?
We recognise that some children, for example, children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may need bespoke planning to enable them to access remote learning. The class teacher and school SENDCo will call parents and carers to plan and provide a personalised plan supporting you and your child’s home learning.
What are the expectations for my child’s engagement and the support parents and carers should provide at home?
Teachers will provide ambitious English, maths, phonics, spelling and topic lessons each day.
We anticipate that your child will attend all of their scheduled live lessons.
We expect your child to be well behaved during the live lessons.
Where possible, we envisage your child completing and submitting their work daily.
Teachers will respond to your child’s work on the day it is submitted or the following day if submitted after 4 pm.
All tasks will remain on your child’s portfolio until submitted.
We do not underestimate the challenges for families in terms of remote learning and understand that some parents and carers may not be able to complete all tasks on the allocated days.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for personalised support.
How will school check my child is engaging with their work, and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Fortnightly calls to parents and carers to discuss wellbeing and engagement with remote learning and establish any individual needs.
Teachers will monitor engagement daily on ClassDojo and attendance of live lessons.
If your child is not engaging, you will receive a welfare call to offer support.
How will teaching staff assess my child’s work and progress?
Teaching staff will assess during live lessons, for example, as part of a quiz.
All submitted work will be assessed. Feedback will be supportive, motivational and purposeful to identify the next steps.
Children accessing remote learning through paper packs will have their work marked and assessed. Someone from the school will collect the packages weekly. Teaching staff will feedback via ClassDojo or a call. Feedback will be supportive, motivational and purposeful to identify the next steps.