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Gorsemoor Primary School

Gorsemoor Primary School

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Remote Learning

Growing together, hand in hand

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No matter where learning takes place for the children who attend Gorsemoor Primary School, a key driver for our curriculum. During these unprecedented times we are continuing to adapt our provision to support remote learning to ensure all of the children at Gorsemoor can continue to enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum.

In the event of children not being able to attend school, either due to isolating whilst awaiting test results or due to pod closure, all staff are prepared to support the continued development of our children. During the wider school closure period in the previous academic year, we adapted our approach on a regular basis to support our children. We have subsequently adapted this further however much of provision will be familiar to you.

We are continuing to use an online learning platform to set and mark work. However, as shared with you during the summer term, the school have been fortunate enough to add Google Classroom to our learning tools. During the autumn term, this learning tool was used in Phase 2 only. However, following further training for staff, Google Classroom will now be used by Phase 1 from January 2021. EYFS will continue to share their learning activities using Class Dojo at this time.

 

What to expect from your teacher if your child is self-isolating?

The class teacher will set work at the first available time when they are made aware of your child self-isolating. On subsequent days, the work will be set the night before so you have the opportunity to get in touch with the class teacher should you require further support and guidance.

The class teacher will respond to the work that has been completed when they can throughout the school day. It is important to stress that the class teacher will still be delivering lessons to the remaining children in the pod and therefore won’t be checking for the work regularly.

 

What to expect from your teacher if the class is closed?

In the event of a full class closure, the class teacher will be available throughout the school day as they will be working from home. The class teacher will work in a similar way to our previous remote learning period in the summer term. Class teachers will share a weekly overview with you the night before the start of the school week as well as the sessions for the next day. Each evening, tasks will be scheduled for the next day to ensure any queries can be addressed quickly. All learning will now be specific to each year group as the expectations regarding the use of remote learning focused upon no learning being lost by any child. The learning will mirror the lessons that would have been delivered during the school day which will include a broad and balanced curriculum. Class teachers will upload videos to support the input for lessons that require further guidance. The children within each class will also have a story shared with them on a daily basis as we continue to promote a love of reading across Gorsemoor.

The class teacher will provide recorded inputs that work alongside the teaching slides for the session. The children will be encouraged to pause and engage with a short task before continuing with the input. We feel the prerecorded inputs offer flexibility to our families to access at an appropriate time for them. They can be watched as many times as required. Staff will be utilising the recorded sessions from the Oak National Academy for areas of the curriculum too.

If your child requires paper copies of the work set on Google Classroom, you need to contact the class teacher to organise this and these can be collected every Monday to support the home learning over the week.

 

How much work will my child receive each day?

The amount of work that will be set will relate to the age of the child. The information in the table below shows the expectations set out by the DfE and how we have built our offer around this.

Year Group DfE Required Teaching Time What this looks like at Gorsemoor
Nursery  

Phonics tasks - tasks linked to Phase 1 listening for sounds.

Maths tasks - tasks that focus on counting.

A wide variety of activities that provide the stimulus for the children to learn through play.

All learning is shared with the teachers using Tapestry so the profile of the child can be continually updated.

Reception  

Daily phonics lesson - prerecorded input from one of the Reception teachers

Daily maths lesson - prerecorded input from on of the Reception teachers

A wide variety of activities are shared with parents that encourage children to engage and develop with the full Early Years Profile.

All learning is shared with the teachers using Tapestry so the profile of the child can be continually updated.

Year 1 3 hours per day

4 sessions are scheduled each day in Year 1. The children receive phonics, writing and maths each day and a wider curriculum area too. They are also recommended to spend some time during the day using online apps that are provided by the school.

This means approximately 45 minutes is being used for each session per day.

Year 2 3 hours per day

4 or 5 tasks are scheduled each day in Year 2. The children receive English, spelling and maths each day and the wider curriculum areas are spread across the week. They are also recommended to spend some time during the day using online apps that are provided by the school.

This means approximately 40-45 minutes is being used for each session per day.

Year 3 4 hours per day

4 tasks are scheduled each day in Year 4. The children receive English and maths each day, whole class reading throughout the week and the wider curriculum spread across the remainder of the week. The children are also recommended to spend some independent time using the online apps that are provided by school.

This means approximately 1 hour is being used for each session per day.

Year 4 4 hours per day

4 tasks are scheduled each day in Year 4. The children receive English and maths each day, whole class reading throughout the week and the wider curriculum spread across the remainder of the week. The children are also recommended to spend some independent time using the online apps that are provided by school.

This means approximately 1 hour is being used for each session per day.

Year 5 4 hours per day

4 tasks are scheduled each day in Year 4. The children receive English and maths each day, whole class reading throughout the week and the wider curriculum spread across the remainder of the week. The children are also recommended to spend some independent time using the online apps that are provided by school.

This means approximately 1 hour is being used for each session per day.

Year 6 4 hours per day

4 tasks are scheduled each day in Year 4. The children receive English and maths each day, whole class reading throughout the week and the wider curriculum spread across the remainder of the week. The children are also recommended to spend some independent time using the online apps that are provided by school.

This means approximately 1 hour is being used for each session per day.

NOTE: It is important to remember that we are required to provide the minimum requirements set out by the DfE. If you are unable to sustain this please contact the class teacher and this can be discussed.

 

Accessing Remote Learning

We acknowledge as a school that not all children will have the immediate access of a device to access their learning. In the event of this, parents need to contact the class teacher and discuss their circumstances. As a school we have invested in devices to support our children and families during a period of remote learning. These will be loaned to be who require them to support the remote learning at home. As a school we have also identified the need for internet access for our children and this is a further area we can assist you with upon discussion with the class teacher.

 

Expectations of Pupils

Expectations for children in phases across the school have now been established in order to prepare them for any period of remote learning. All children are expected to complete the tasks that have been set. If during this time completing tasks becomes challenging due to parental working commitments, contact with the teacher is vital to ensure the class teacher is aware of the difficulty in completing the set work. If your child is unable to complete the tasks due to illness, please contact the class teacher to make them aware. If the class teacher is not aware of this, they will be contacting you to identify why tasks have not been completed.

 

Assessing the Children

Staff will be responding to all of the work that the children submit to them. If a class teacher identifies a specific area that needs further support they will provide further details within a video to support understanding or direct feedback on the post to support the child. This may even be used in the daily feedback meeting the the class teacher will lead where the question can be shared with the class using a screen share and the required response modelled. In the event of further support being needed, tailored tasks can be set for individual children using our online learning platform.

 

Supporting Children

All children at Gorsemoor require the support of the members of staff that they work with and this will provided throughout. Those children who would be provided with further support in school will continue to be provided with that support even when working remotely. They may have tailored resources shared for them, daily meetings with their support workers, increased engagement with the class teacher but most importantly a continuous dialogue between school and home to ensure the needs of all are met.

 

If you have any queries regarding the remote learning provision at Gorsemoor please contact Mr Brown directly on nbrown@gorsemoor.staffs.sch.uk

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