Home Learning Remote Offer
If your child is at home in term time due to Covid-19, and they are well enough to work, you can access home learning through your child’s GSuite account and looking at their Google Classroom to help continue their education. This Google Classroom Guide takes you as a parent through the steps to log into their Google Classroom from our website to be able to access the lessons and work.
At the start of the year parents signed their Home-School agreements and the children signed our Online Acceptable User agreement. These documents provided information on how to stay safe online and appropriate online etiquette.
We have compiled a wide range of websites that can complement the learning that children are doing in school. This comprehensive list can be found on our website here.
If any child needs to borrow a device in order to ensure that they can learn from home please call the school office and this can be arranged for you. When collecting your device parents will be asked to sign a Laptop Loan Agreement
If a whole class bubble is isolating or if we enter a local or national lockdown where school is asked to close to most pupils:
We will send regular emails with practical activities, games, and work to do with your child at home. We encourage parents to communicate with staff through this portal too. We will provide a mixture of live online sessions, collective worship, assemblies and reading sessions. These online sessions will be by recorded video instructions or live video meetings held using Zoom and links will be posted within upcoming emails so that parents are aware of timings.
We will provide a mixture of live online teaching sessions, collective worship, assemblies and reading sessions as well as work/ activities set to complete at home. These online sessions will be by recorded video instructions or live video meetings held using Google Meet/ Zoom and Google Classrooms. These sessions will be posted in children’s online classrooms so that you and your child is aware of the time of the sessions.
If your child’s bubble in school is still open, but your child is unable to attend, because they are isolating:
We will provide work which the rest of the class are completing in school through their Google Classrooms.
Live Online Session Etiquette
- Online teaching will take place via Google Meet or Zoom. Each child has been provided with an individual username and password to access their Google Classroom and this is where live teaching session links will appear. Parents should ensure this is kept secure and not shared.
- Online teaching will always take place with 2 staff members in the room. There will be no 1:1 sessions.
- Please make sure an adult is present in the room while the session takes place. They do not need to be in view of the screen.
- Staff and children must wear suitable clothing. School uniform is not expected but no pyjamas please.
- Any computers used should be in appropriate areas, for example not bedrooms, and care should be taken to ensure that what is visible in the background is appropriate for all to see.
- Cameras should be switched on and children should be visible at all times. However if the child’s device does not have a camera then this is accepted.
- Language must be professional and appropriate, including of family members in the background.
- When the children log on they may have a few minutes to say hello to their friends, but must stay on ‘mute’ when asked so that the session can begin.
- Staff may share their screen with children, they may ask the children to answer a question by using the chat function.
- All Zoom and Google Meet meetings will be recorded for safeguarding reasons, the head teacher and safeguarding team will have access to all sessions.
- Taking photographs, screenshots or recording of the live sessions is not permitted.
How to help your child
The Government guidance; Help primary children continue their education during coronavirus’ (updated 16 July 2020) states that the best way to help children aged 4 to 7 learn is to:
- sit with them as they work;
- do active and practical things, rather than trying to make them sit and listen for long periods;
- try to break down the work into shorter periods, based on how long they can concentrate;
- take frequent breaks;
- praise or reward them when they do well.
We recognise that due to the age of our pupils, many activities, including those we provide for in-school learning are of a practical and play based nature and that children often need adult support to complete their tasks.
We know that each child’s needs and each family’s circumstances will be unique. Therefore, the tasks we provide for at-home learning are a suggestion for parents to use. Class teachers will be available to discuss each child’s specific learning priorities and offer other help and support if parents request this. Regular wellbeing calls are being made so parents and this is a great opportunity to discuss how the children feel with online learning.
We recognise that with increased uses of digital devices, children may be more at risk from dangers online including viewing inappropriate content, having contact with inappropriate people and be at risk from experiencing or acting themselves with poor conduct.
We recommend parents ask their child regularly:
- Where they are going and what they see? – this will help talk about content risk.
- What they do online? – this will help understand any conduct risks and see whether children are chatting on anonymous sites or posting comments about themselves.
- Who they are talking to? – this will help cover the contact risks, particularly if children’s online friends are people they do not know offline.
Guidance on keeping children safe online is available below. Children o should be supervised by and adult when accessing the internet. Children of a primary school age should be supervised when using the internet.
- NSPCC NetAware: 8 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe Online During Lockdown
- List of Online Safety Websites for Parents