Information about our remote education

This information is designed to share relevant information with pupils, parents and carers about how Roundwood Primary School will provide remote education; and to help support their understanding of what to expect during periods of school closure or pupil isolation relating to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Remote education provision: information for parents

As a school we want to provide clarity and transparency to pupils, parents and carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect, where individual pupils are self-isolating, please scroll down to the section titled remote education for self isolating pupils.

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 long term approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching. We have sent home a parent survey to be completed by Thursday 28th January 2021 so analysis of results will again mean we update our approach accordingly.

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

All pupils will benefit from:

  • A daily live registration session where teachers will explain the day’s tasks / expectations in AM
  • Daily pre-recorded White Rose maths videos with activities to match in AM
  • Daily pre-recorded English videos with activities to match in AM
  • Varied foundation subjects set via assignments, daily, to complete in PM
  • In KS1, a daily live phonics sessions with activities and books set via Bug Club
  • In KS2, a weekly live spelling session

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. (See below).

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 and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Key Stage 1

  • 3 hours per day  
  • Core lessons including English, Maths, Reading, Spelling and Phonics should be seen as compulsory with all work completed. However, to help manage parents own work commitments, foundation subjects set in the afternoon such as Science, Art, History are not compulsory.

Key Stage 2

  • 4 hours per day
  • Core lessons including English, Maths, Reading, Spelling and Phonics should be seen as compulsory with all work completed. However, to help manage parents own work commitments, foundation subjects set in the afternoon such as Science, Art, History are not compulsory.

Accessing remote education

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

The remote learning platform we have chosen to use is linked to our e-mail provider – Office 365 – Microsoft Teams. Due to being familiar with this system and already using as staff members, it made it easier to sync with pupils and to practice setting online learning. In the past, some parents have voiced their concerns with regards to pupils having an e-mail address. We want to reassure you that the children will not be using the e-mail function it is purely to activate their account and link them to their class. You are also going to be asked to change the password from the one sent to you which means you can have complete ownership of the e-mail account and manage access and security as you see appropriate.

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:

In December, we wrote to you to ask you to share any barriers you may have to remote learning such as:

  • No device
  • Multiple children and limited devices
  • Poor internet connection
  • Lack of data

Once this information had been collated we were then able to offer the following:

  • Offer laptops to families who completed a laptop loan agreement
  • Send attachments via e-mail from school office
  • Print attachments for parents to collect
  • Share parents information with GOV UK to sign up for free data

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Live teaching (online lessons)
  • Pre – recorded teaching (e.g. White Rose Maths, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • Creative projects and/or internet research activities
  • Access to Mathletics
  • Access to bug club
  • Weekly provision for PE and Games set by Sports 4 all in the form of lesson plans, videos and suggested activities

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?

Please see the study time each day section. We are trying to encourage pupils to be as independent as possible but know this varies between cohorts, classes and key stages. Our expectation is that during live lessons, children should be able to take part independently without the help of a parent/ adult as the teacher is there to provide support. However, for pre-recorded videos or foundation subjects, parents may want to check understanding and clarify expectations.

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

  • Registers are collated from the daily registration session
  • Daily indicate whether they have been viewed and/ or completed and handed in
  • Each week, teachers submit to senior leaders whether each pupil has had; full engagement, part engagement or no engagement. Senior leaders will then use this list to make contact with parents and carers
  • If a teacher has any other concern with relation to work, progress or wellbeing; they will make contact with parents or carers via phone or e-mail as usual practice

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

  • Teachers will continue to use teacher assessment to ascertain whether learning objectives have been met. This will enable them to plan accordingly and address any gaps / misconceptions
  • With each assignment that is completed, the teacher will provide a feedback comment directly.
  • Verbal feedback will be given during live lessons where pupils are asked to show work.

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:

  • A high percentage of our SEND children are attending school as part of our critical worker / vulnerable bubble, so teachers and TA’s are adapting provision in school
  • However, for remote learners at home, tasks are differentiated where appropriate to ensure a personalised approach
  • Teachers work in small groups with pupils 
  • Teachers to offer parents advice with regards to approaches, weekly if needed
  • Fortnightly calls are made to vulnerable families to ensure wellbeing
  • Fortnightly calls are made to SEND parents by the SENCo to ensure wellbeing and appropriate differentiation

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?

We will provide a year group appropriate learning pack that covers enough learning for two weeks. The pack includes a weekly summary, lesson overviews and the resources needed for each lesson. This learning pack will be delivered, if parents or carers are unable to collect.

If I need help, who can I go to?

In the first instance, please contact your child’s class teacher:

Year1@roundwood.bucks.sch.uk

Year2@roundwood.bucks.sch.uk

Year3@roundwood.bucks.sch.uk

Year4@roundwood.bucks.sch.uk

Year5@roundwood.bucks.sch.uk

Year6@roundwood.bucks.sch.uk

If you feel that your issue has not been resolved please contact the Headteacher:

head@roundwood.bucks.sch.uk

For technical issues with Teams:

mdaw@roundwood.bucks.sch.uk

For SEND concerns:

ltanner@roundwood.bucks.sch.uk

Please see further documents below, that have already been sent to you via e-mail, that you may want to refer to for further support: