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Please find a link to all our virtual learning provided to support your child during lockdown.

 

We will also be holding regular Zoom registration sessions each morning where the teachers will check-in with the children, look at their progress, talk about learning and remind them what it's like to be part of a class community too.  Invites to these sessions will be posted through Class Dojo.

Remote Education 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 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 this page.

 

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

If we are aware that the school is to be closed due to national or local lock downs, we will send home children with all the necessary equipment to carry out learning at home.  This includes, though may differ depending on the child's needs, the following:

  • Any work books that will be necessary to complete learning at home, e.g. White Rose Maths work books
  • An exercise book in which to complete other tasks that may require a written answer
  • Differentiated materials if your child is not yet working at the expectations of their year group
  • A laptop if one is not immediately available in the home (though we only have a finite numbers of these)

 

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 have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, PE can look very different in the home, than it would at school.  We also recognise that homes are not as well resourced as schools so certain subjects may be streamlined to be achievable in the home.  Our teachers will make decisions based on their knowledge of the children in their classes.

 

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

We will set three learning tasks over the course of each day: Maths, English and one other curriculum focus, e.g. Science.  We envisage that in total, this learning will amount to three hours in total across the day.

 

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

All learning will be posted on this page in your child's class.  ClassDojo will also be used to signpost families and children to other tasks that may be set through the week to keep the children enthused and engaged.

 

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:

  • We have a small number of laptops that can be loaned from the school.  If you feel you need to access this provision email admin@riverside.calderdale.sch.uk
  • If you are having issues printing resources, these can be printed from school.  Please allow time for us to get these to you either by hand or by post.
  • You can still submit work produced through ClassDojo and your mobile phone

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities
  • we will be holding a morning Zoom registration session so that the teacher can greet the children in class, discuss that day's learning and encourage participation, at 9:30am each day the teacher is working from home
  • through ClassDojo the teacher offer tips and help to support the children in tasks
  • teachers will be available to answer any queries from children or families through ClassDojo, and may also call home directly to assist when issues arise

 

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

Not all families are the same, and during periods of prolonged closure we each face challenges unique to us that can sometimes make home learning difficult.  That said, if children do not engage with any learning during longer periods of lock down, they will fall further behind in their progress.

 

We will be monitoring your child's engagement with learning through a number of ways: submitting learning through ClassDojo; participation in the morning Zoom sessions; discussion through catch-up phone calls.

 

Whereas we would expect there to be highs and lows through the week that will mean learning will not be as consistent as when in school, if there is no learning completed at home, this would present a concern to us.  In this event, the class teacher would get in touch as there may be ways that you need support that they can offer.  If we felt that in some ways learning was being deliberately ignored or neglected then a member of the school's Senior Leadership Team would become involved.

 

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

Feedback can take many forms and does not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. Our approach to feeding and measuring progress of pupil work is as follows:

  • Through written responses/messages to submitted work via ClassDojo
  • Verbal feedback during the morning Zoom registration sessions
  • Verbal feedback when undertaking catch-up calls with home

 

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. Also, many SEND children are working on specific social and emotional targets in school that do not necessarily translate simply to virtual learning.  We also acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

  • Teachers will identify specific learning and/or learning tasks for children who are not working at the age expectations of their year group and set these accordingly
  • We will discuss with parents what frustrations they are encountering and insure learning challenges set are adapted to help alleviate these

 

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.  We will endeavour to set work and learning that matches the learning in class or meets the need of the child who is self-isolating.  This will either be emailed to home or uploaded to the school's Home Learning.  Teachers will liaise with home to organise what will be put in place for the period of isolation.

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