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.
We will communicate with parents directly via Groupcall email as and when remote learning is required, this page simply outlines the general response.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home
When being educated remotely, lessons will be delivered using Zoom. Links to lessons will be sent via email from the class teacher. Work set will follow the curriculum for each subject where possible.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent 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.
If your child is sent home to isolate, lessons will be delivered on Zoom from day 2. For the first day of isolation, children can access home learning on the school website. This can be found by going to www.cedarsprimaryschool.co.uk. Click on children – class page and select the class your child is in. Click on the tab which says, ‘Day 1 Home Learning’. These are the activities children should complete while the teacher prepares the zoom lessons.
If you do not have a device at home, please call the school on 01254 261609 and we can arrange for a free device to be loaned to you. We have a limited number of devices- some will be given out on a priority basis and then on a first come first serve basis.
Your child will follow this timetable during home learning (these times may vary depending on which class your child is in):
9am – Guided reading
9:30am - Lesson 1 – Maths
11am - Lesson 2 – English
1pm - Lesson 3 – Topic/Science
2pm – Lesson 4 – online / other
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, in Music, where it is not practically possible to practice with instruments at home, activities will be set by the teacher which are adapted so that they are appropriate for remote learning.
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take students between 3 for Key stage 1 and 4 hours for Key stage 2 per day. The lessons are structured to follow best practice and allow time for independent work (offline).
Accessing remote education
Online learning resources will be saved by the teacher on the school website. Pupils can access this by going to www.cedarsprimaryschool.co.uk. Click on children – class page, select the class your child is in and then click on the ‘Weekly Home Learning’ link. Here you will find resources and activities that your child will be asked to complete independently and send back via e-mail.
In between zoom lessons, we expect children to complete independent activities as set by the class teacher and to access learning on Purple Mash and My Maths.
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:
Predominantly we deliver live lessons using Zoom. The school also uses a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:
Engagement and feedback
Child are expected to attend all lessons that are delivered remotely and complete all work set. It is helpful to make sure your child sticks to a clear routine, following their usual timetable.
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individuals. For example, whole-class verbal feedback during zoom lessons or providing children with answers to independent marking are valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Teachers can also give feedback to individual pupil on Purple Mash and My Maths. Children can also email teachers the learning they have completed on the class email or 2Email/2Blogs (on Purple Mash) and teachers will give written feedback via a message. Parents can also photograph work and send this via email to the class teacher.
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
We recognise that some students, for example some students 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 students in the following ways:
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
If individuals or a small group of students are isolating, live zoom lessons will take place from your child’s classroom by the class teacher. The approach to receiving information about the zooms will be the same as above.
Where individual students need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, the same procedures will apply.