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 our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

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

Work will be emailed home for pupils to complete, however this will be more limited to allow teachers and school sufficient time to prepare work for a longer period of remote teaching.

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 teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, online resources will be used more prominently, such as teaching videos from the Oak Academy or the White Rose Maths Hub. This is mainly to enable all pupils to access the same learning opportunities at any time during the 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 and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Key Stage 13 hours a day (although there may be some variation for younger children)
Key Stage 24 hours a day

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

Online learning and teaching will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. If pupils are unsure of their login details they should contact school immediately. Links to other resources such as Times Tables Rockstars, Oak Academy and White Rose videos will be shared with parents.

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:

  • School has a supply of laptops that can be loaned for a period of time whilst pupils are isolating. Please contact school directly if you require this support.
  • If parents do not have broadband at home or are unable to get additional data for their devices we would request they contact the school.
  • Paper packs to support the online learning will be available from school. Again, we would ask that you contact the school if you require this support.
  • Where pupils complete paper packs they can bring their work back in to school following the period of home learning.

How will my child be taught remotely?

Howard Park Have two slightly different approaches depending on whether a whole class is isolating, or whether it is an individual or small group of children isolating:

Whole Class Isolation:

In Early Years (both reception and nursery), Tapestry is used to provide work. Parents can also record photographs, comments and observations through Tapestry. Where possible, there will also be meetings on Teams to allow interaction with their teacher and peers.

Through Years 1-6, work will be managed through Microsoft Teams. A timetable will be provided for pupils to follow. Pupils will be expected to log on to Teams in the morning where the work will be shared for the day. Tasks will be explained and video links to help support the learning will be shared. Staff will be available throughout the day for contact if and when support is needed. Responses may be in the form of an email, telephone call or Teams meeting. In the afternoon small group sessions will be held on Teams to allow pupils to share their learning and address any misconceptions or to offer additional support where needed.

Class teachers will use a variety of resources to provide work. This may include resources and videos from the White Rose Maths Hub, the Oak Academy, BBC Bitesize, TT Rockstars, Oxford Reading Owl. School will provide login details wherever this is required.

Paper versions will also be provided wherever this is required.

Individual/Small Group Isolations:

Where individual children, or small groups of children must isolate, school will endeavour to ensure the curriculum at home matches the school curriculum as closely as possible.

In years 1-6, pupils will be sent links to lessons that match up to what they are learning in class. For example, if in class they are learning about fractions in maths, the equivalent unit and video links will be sent to them using the White Rose Maths Hub. This will be replicated in English and other subjects wherever possible. Where it is not possible to match up to activities exactly, another piece of work will be sent for that subject.

In EYFS, packs of work with suggestions for learning and activities will be sent home.

Whenever pupils are absent from school due to isolating, class teachers will maintain contact through regular phone calls to offer support and check-in.

Pupils will be expected to bring their work back in to school with them following their period of isolation.

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

We do recognise that parents all have their own routines that they must follow and school will take a flexible approach to ensure that all children can complete tasks at a time that is suitable to them. Where pupils do not appear to be engaging school will be in contact to offer support.

Where pupils are working online we do expect that they are monitored to ensure appropriate use of their computer/device. We also expect them to be dressed appropriately and be ready for learning at the identified times.

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

Where pupils are not engaging in Teams meetings phone calls home will be made to offer support. This will be monitored on a daily basis.

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 via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.

Where whole classes are isolating, small group sessions in an afternoon on Teams will allow immediate feedback for children to reflect on their work from the day. Teachers will also be available during normal school hours for contact via email. Children will also be expected to bring their work back in to school for review where appropriate.

Where individuals are isolating, they will be expected to bring their work back in to school for review. Parents will also be able to contact school for any support they may need during the period of isolation.

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote learning?

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:

School will try to provide, wherever possible, additional or alternative activities at an appraise level for each child’s needs. This may include separate sessions on Teams, differentiated work packs and lesson.