Addendum to Policy and blended learning arrangements: January 2021
The school will continue to follow government advice and guide lines regarding the application of remote learning during the current Omicron phase of the pandemic.
If your child is positive with COVID-19 on either a LFT or PCR, the school will provide work via SeeSaw for your child to complete if they are able to. EYFS and KS1 children will be sent a learning timetable with links to learning as per previous arrangements. Please note, it may take up to one day to arrange work on SeeSaw for your child as class teachers will be teaching classes as normal. If you have difficulty accessing any work, or would like more for your child(ren), please contact the office.
Blended Learning Lead: Mark Durkin, Deputy Headteacher
Blended Learning - Year Group Links are at the bottom of this page
These links will take you to the work set for your child for that week or day. You will also find this work in SeeSaw and if you follow your child's class teacher on Twitter.
Our Remote Education Offer aims to:
- Ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning for all pupils (Inc. SEND) who aren’t in school through the use of quality online and offline resources and teaching videos.
- Provide clear expectations to members of the school community with regards to delivery of high quality interactive remote learning.
- Include continuous delivery of the school curriculum, as well as support of motivation, health and well-being and parent support.
- Support effective communication between the school and families and support attendance.
Who is this offer applicable to?
- A child is absent because they are displaying symptoms and are awaiting test results and the household is required to self-isolate. The rest of their school bubble are attending school and being taught as normal.
- A child is absent because they are required to self-isolate because a member of their household has tested positive. The rest of their school bubble are attending school and being taught as normal.
- A child’s whole bubble is not permitted to attend school because they, or another member of their bubble, have tested positive for Covid-19.
- A child is absent due to other Covid-19 related reasons e.g. are required to remain in quarantine after a trip abroad to a country which is NOT on the exempt list of countries or they are subject to shielding restrictions.
Content and Tools to Deliver This Remote Education Plan
Resources to deliver this Remote Education Plan include:
- Use of Recorded video and Live Events for start of day registration, instructional videos and assemblies
- Phone calls home
- Printed learning packs
- Physical materials such as story books and writing tools
- Use of Digital Content including; BBC Bitesize, Oak Academy, White Rose, Mathletics, Myon and YouTube
Home and School Partnership
- Rolleston Primary School is committed to working in close partnership with families and recognises each family is unique and because of this remote learning will look different for different families in order to suit their individual needs.
- Where possible, it is beneficial for young people to maintain a regular and familiar routine. Rolleston Primary School would recommend that each ‘school day’ maintains structure and will provide learning support for children working from home remotely.
- We would encourage parents to support their children’s work, including finding an appropriate place to work and, to the best of their ability, support pupils with work encouraging them to work with good levels of concentration.
- Every effort will be made by staff to ensure that work is set promptly. Should accessing work be an issue, parents should contact school promptly and alternative solutions may be available. These will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.
- Where children are unable to access remote learning due to a lack of technology at home, Rolleston Primary School will do all it can to aid access via the loan of school laptops/tablets. Where digital devices are made available on a loan basis it is expected that parents will sign and abide by the terms in the school’s digital device loan agreement.
- All children to sign an ‘Acceptable Use Policy’ at school which includes e-safety rules and this also applies when children are working on computers at home.
- All work for pupils is posted via the online platform to ensure an appropriate level of security (SeeSaw).
- Staff should use school devices and when contacting pupils via online means should only use school email/learning platforms
- The SLT will regularly provide information to parents regarding safe online use at home via newsletters, Twitter and the school website.
- Any staff filming themselves must do so in advance ensuring they are appropriate in dress and appearance, all backgrounds should be plain or blurred with no identifying features and all videos should be checked thoroughly before posting.
- Where Teams Live Events are utilised, staff should take the same precautions noted for making pre-recorded videos. They should also double check that any other tabs they have open in their browser would be appropriate for a child to see, if they're sharing their screen and use professional language at all times. Where events are recorded these should be checked before making available. Live Events should be deleted after broadcasts have concluded.
- General code of conduct of ICT use should be observed (please refer to the Staff Code of Conduct and Acceptable Use Policy).
- Consideration should be given to data protection issues particularly where videos etc are being posted.
When staff contact pupils or parents via phone call and they do not have access to a work phone they should always use ‘caller withheld’ to ensure pupil/parent is not able to identify the staff member’s personal contact details
Children in Foundation Stage will be set daily tasks using Evidence Me. The tasks will be linked to phonics, maths and other areas of the curriculum. Parents and carers will be able to upload photos of the work completed for the class teacher to look at and this will build part of the child's learning journey.
The staff in Foundation Stage will also be having a daily check in session on Teams to chat with the children and talk about the work for the day.
Key Stage 1
Pupils will have a blended learning grid made available to them each week. This can be accessed either via the Seesaw app or can be found below. This learning grid contains the learning for all the different subject areas and contains the links for a wide variety of educational resources. Pupils will then have a daily Teams meeting to discuss the learning and are welcome to upload their learning to Seesaw where teachers can both assess and provide feedback.
Key Stage 2
When providing remote learning, teachers are responsible for the following;
Planning & Setting work:
- Plan lessons that are relevant to the curriculum focus for that year group and endeavor to replicate this through video clips and tasks for home learners. This should be equivalent to the teaching time in school.
- The work set should follow the usual timetable for the class had they been in school, wherever possible.
- Teachers to set clear deadlines and expectations for work to be completed
- Provide resources and activities to support pupil wellbeing whilst working from home e.g. wellbeing/check ins
- At least one live lesson to be delivered per day.
Providing feedback on work:
- Provide daily contact with pupils as and when needed between the hours of 9am and 3pm (except when teachers are undertaking PPA each week).
- Individual submissions of work to be made via SeeSaw or email
- Focus individual feedback on where there are clear misconceptions that need to be addressed by SeeSaw, feeding back upon work completed by the children.
- At least one piece of work to be provided with individual feedback.
- At least one live lesson to be delivered per day.
Keeping in touch with pupils & parents who aren’t in school:
- If there is a concern around the level of engagement of a pupil/s parents should be contacted via phone to access whether school intervention can assist engagement.
- To respond, within reason, promptly to requests for support from families at home. This should be done via email or by adding further video guidance for families. Staff and parents should communicate via the class teacher’s email address.
- Any complaints or concerns shared by parents or pupils should be reported to a member of SLT– for any safeguarding concerns, refer immediately to the DSL
Pupil & Parent Expectations
Staff can expect pupils learning remotely to:
- Complete work to the deadline set by teachers
- Seek help if they need it, from teachers via forums/blogs or emails
- Alert teachers if they’re not able to complete work
Staff can expect parents with children learning remotely to:
- Contact the school if their child is sick or otherwise can’t complete work
- Seek help from the school if they need it
- Be respectful when making any complaints or concerns known to staff
Below is a breakdown of our Blended learning approach in various contingencies of closure or lockdown
Better Read Write Partnership (BRWP)/Reading Recovery
Eligible Pupils will be contacted individually by either Mrs Bailey or Mrs Sutton so that they can receive one to one reading support via Teams each day. Each pupil will be provided with a pack of books each week to support this process.
Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)
Pupils requiring SALT support will be contacted individually and will have their sessions delivered each week via Teams.