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Remote Learning at Lound

Remote Learning at Lound

 

This section of the website contains information about our school’s remote learning package. You should refer to this during the lockdown period, or if your child needs to self-isolate. 

 

All children are set up with Google Classroom accounts. Switching to remote learning is therefore a straightforward process for children, parents and staff - our Google Classrooms were established prior to the March 2020 lockdown and so our children are well-versed in its functions.

 

We are using Google Classroom as a learning platform and each year group has a virtual classroom which should be accessed daily (Mon-Fri). Teachers are working really hard to provide engaging activities, which match the curriculum that would have been delivered if the children were at school. This is to ensure that children miss as little learning as possible, whilst learning from home.

 

Work set on Google Classrooms is a mixture of pre-recorded instructional videos,  links to learning tasks (and any supporting materials) and even daily live sessions - taught by teachers or teaching assistants via webcam. These live sessions are signposted on Google Classroom pages. You do not need to attend them if the timing isn’t appropriate but the key message will always be for you and your child to access as much learning as you possibly can.

 

We are very proud of our virtual learning offer and have received many positive comments from our parents. Our package goes above and beyond the expectations set by the DfE and this is impacting positively on our children and our parents.

 

This is one of many comments received from parents.

 

We really do appreciate all the time and effort that Lound teachers and all staff are putting into the lessons.  I think from the very first lockdown that Lound have been second to none with the organisation/ planning and communication to parents and I would like to express my thanks to everyone involved.

Y2 Parent

 

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 (Infants)

Up to three hours per day

Key Stage 2 (Juniors)

Approximately four hours per day

 

Accessing remote education

How will children access any online remote education that school are providing?

 

All children have a unique Google Classroom account and password. This is essentially a dummy email account. If you have lost your log in or your password, you should contact your class teacher and/or a member of the admin team.

 

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:

  • We have access to a limited number of laptops from the DfE. If you are unable to access remote education because of problems with a device, you should contact school.

  • We can, at your request create a bespoke package of work which may include paper copies of work. This, however, would not match the multifaceted approach on Google Classrooms which should be the first and foremost platform for remote learning. Please contact school and we will do everything possible to get you online.

 

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?

We expect that all children engage with their Google Classrooms but appreciate the spectrum of experiences and capacity amongst our families - we know that some will simply be able to access more than others. 

 

However, we ask that you help ensure that your child misses as little as possible and that they engage with the tasks posted online - this can be with your direct support, or independently whenever possible (this is why we are offering a range of daily learning tasks which can, more often than not, be accessed at times that suit the family).

 

We recognise the magnitude of the task of providing educational support at home and thank you for your incredible efforts.

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

 

Google Classroom is accessed daily by staff. It is “staffed” between 8:50am and 3:10pm, as a normal school day.

 

Attendance and engagement with activities is monitored and logged. Staff will contact you if they have any concerns about your child’s engagement and work with you to help engage your child.

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:

  • We will try to acknowledge all work posted - this may be in the form of a virtual sticker or a quick thank you/well done comment.

  • We will give more detailed feedback, possibly including corrections, next steps or targets on one piece of work per day. This feedback may be typed or it may be a verbal, voice recording. If there is a next step/correction given, we ask that children do this before moving on to the next task.

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. You should contact Catherine Cotterill or Louise Foster (SEND Coordinators) if you need further support.

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. 

However, Google Classroom remains the primary platform for any work and your class teacher will post daily tasks for your child in the year group virtual classroom.

 

Below are some useful links for troubleshooting with Google Classroom.

 

Thank you for your continued support in difficult times. 

 

“This too will pass”

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