Over the last year the school has developed systems for remote learning in case the school is closed or when groups of children are unable to come into school. Parents and children can expect the following systems and procedures if children are asked to stay at home. Our Remote Learning Policy, also on the school website, has further details about the remote learning at Cleves and how we keep children and staff safe when using online learning. If individual pupils are self-isolating, they are provided with remote learning that mirrors exactly the same learning as is happening in their classroom. With meaningful and ambitious, well-sequenced learning, including feedback provided online or by phone.
What is taught?
Online learning closely follows the school curriculum and children are timetabled to make sure that all curriculum areas are covered and there is progression in what work is covered.
In the first few days of closure
Children are used to working online from home on homework tasks and using resources such as My Maths and a reading program called Bug Club. Children also access Microsoft Teams from home and have appropriate log ins. In the first day or so of school closure children are expected to access this online learning as the more in-depth side of online learning is organised. Children may also be given paper activities to complete in the early days of closure.
Longer term learning
Children will start following an adapted timetable, available on the website. This covers a normal school day and combines face to face lessons using Zoom and Teams with independent learning. The school has invested in a number of online schemes of work which supplement and enhance the children’s learning. Subjects such as Music, Mandarin and PE are taught, online, by specialist teachers. All lessons are designed to be accessible at home with resources which are easily available.
The school is working hard to make sure that all children have access to a computer or other device and a working internet connection. The school loans equipment and distributes computers from the DfE laptops scheme. Children who are not yet able to access online learning are provided with hard copies of the teaching materials used in the online lessons. If children cannot access lessons in either format they are asked to come in to school.
School staff contact parents on a regular basis to make sure that the arrangements are working and children are accessing learning successfully. The call to families also acts as wellbeing call and parents can be signposted to other services through school or outside agencies to support families if needed.
Engagement and feedback
The school expects all children to take part in sessions, either at home or in school, following their timetable. Parents are expected to help their child to set up routines to support learning at home. Parents are encouraged to contact the school if they need support in this.
Because a large part of remote learning at Cleves is based on face to face sessions feedback is similar to children being in school. Verbal feedback is given in real time and online work is marked by the teacher when appropriate. Through the online learning platforms, children are able to engage with the teacher and also with their peers. Children are rewarded through certificates and other positive behaviour rewards in a weekly virtual assembly hosted by the Head Teacher or a senior member of staff.
Teachers continue to assess children’s learning throughout a school closure, both to inform their planning and to ensure that all children are continuing to make progress. Teachers record their assessment online using a program called Educator.
Parents are kept up to date with their child’s learning through phone calls, reports and Zoom based parent’s meetings. Parents are able to see what lessons are planned through the week by accessing the teacher’s planning which is sent home by Parent Mail and is also available on the school website.
Supporting children with additional needs
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:
We deliver remote education for pupils with SEND by following their individual learning plans – delivering this learning online or through paper packs and concrete resources. The class teachers and learning support assistants working in conjunction with the SENCo and Inclusion leads.
This might mean pupils receive specialised resources to help them access different tasks. Eg: Sensory packs, social stories, concrete resource as required.
These pupils also have support to access teaching assistant support online and take part in whole class and group activities online, mirroring what they might do at school with peer groups.
Individual therapies and outside agency support required by EHC plans is still delivered online where possible.
For younger pupils, for example those in Reception and Year 1, the session times are be shorter and focused around reading, phonics, key stories and key skills.
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