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Unplanned School Closure and remote learning

There may be, very rare occasions, where the school has to be closed without advance warning.


Should this ever occur all members of the school community will be informed at the first opportunity.


An unplanned closure will be communicated to parents via the MyChildAtSchool app. A pop-up window will also appear on the front of the website. You will be updated regularly.


Should the school ever have to close, the children will be set learning via Google Classroom for Years R-6.  We will provide learning packs for our 2YO and 3YO nursery children.


To ensure we are able to contact you, please ensure your details are always kept up to date. You can check the information we hold for you for in the MyChildAtSchool app.

Remote Learning Provision

Information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home or a child is unable to attend school due to exceptional circumstances.  

The remote curriculum: What is taught to pupils at home?


What should my child expect from immediate remote education of pupils being sent home?

 Our remote learning provision is ready to be implemented immediately upon any closure.


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 wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make adaptations in some subjects. As the children use technology to access their lessons, we are not teaching discrete Computing lessons.
  • In KS1 we have an emphasis on phonics, reading and math skills. To accommodate this, we do not teach Religious Education as a discrete lesson to Year 1 and 2. However, we do continue our assemblies across all year groups. 

Remote teaching and study time each day


How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching, independent work and reading) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day


EYFS             Reception: 2 hours a day
Key Stage 1

Year 1:  2.5 hours a day

Year 2:  3 hours a day

Key Stage 2 4 hours a day
Support Base This will be agreed based on the individual needs of your child


Accessing remote education


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

We use Google Classroom for all our remote learning. Some live lessons are taught through Zoom. The link for these is found on a child’s Google Classroom. Every child is provided with a login to access their classroom. 


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:


  •  All of our pupils from Y2 to Y6 have their own iPad that will enable them to access the remote curriculum.
  • In addition, for families who need data, we offer a SIM card. We are also able to offer families in need an increase in their data allowance through the government scheme.
  • We encourage and support all our pupils in having access to remote learning. Where this is impossible, children can access any printed materials which are either posted or a safe arrangement for collection is made. Parents can take a photo of work and email this back to a teacher for feedback


How will my child be taught remotely?


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


  • Live teaching (online lessons through Zoom)
  • Recorded teaching made by the child’s class teacher. Sometimes a link to a video lesson may be provided for some lessons like Science and Humanities
  • Reading books pupils have at home or taken home from school
  • Access to home readers through Oxford Owls, Accelerated Reader, Lexia and our Pleasure for Reading library


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 every child to engage in their remote learning daily.
  • Parents/Carers are encouraged to set a routine with their child in order to accommodate lessons including live sessions.
  • Work is submitted through Google Classroom.


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


  • Google Classroom records all children’s submitted and missing work. The class teacher and/or partner teachers assess all work daily.
  • The apps that we use as a school to support teaching and learning include engagement information
  • Parents/carers are contacted through a phone call and/or email if a child’s work does not meet our expectations or if incomplete or missing.


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


Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.


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


  • Written feedback is given on all subjects.
  • Whole class feedback is given in Science, History, Geography and Religious Education.
  • Individual feedback is given in English and Maths.
  • Teachers also use quizzes on Google Classroom as a means of feedback for a child.


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:


  • Communication of home learning to parents and carers is simple and accessible for them to be able to communicate it to their child. A teacher may support the parent through a Zoom call and demonstrate with the child how to access the work.
  • Work set is on one platform so that everything parents need for their child's learning is easily located. In certain circumstances, where appropriate or required, a child may receive paper-based learning activities. These will be posted out or time arranged for an adult to collect them from school.
  • Activities have been planned and adapted to meet the needs of children with additional needs. This can include using a blend of online and physical resources to ensure parents/carers have what is needed to support learning at home. We will arrange a time for collection from school.
  • Simplified learning goals for each activity that parents/carers can be aware of and use to keep their child on track.
  • Regular contact/check ins with school staff to support learning and receive feedback on tasks completed. This includes teachers liaising with parents/carers via email or phone and teachers interacting with children via live class Zoom calls or 1-2-1 Zoom calls when required. 


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?


  • Children who have to self-isolate have access to the same learning that is provided in school through Google Classroom. Teachers will upload daily lessons on to the platform.
  • Children in KS2 have access to flipcharts, worksheets and assignments as appropriate to a home learning environment.
  • Children in Reception and KS1 are set daily English, Maths and Phonics work.
  • Feedback is given on each piece of work.