Welcome to our home learning page. Please find full details regarding our remote teaching and learning below.
As you are aware, we closed to the majority of pupils following the government’s announcement on the evening of Monday 4th January 2021. Due to careful planning during the Autumn term, we were able to commence remote teaching from Wednesday 6th January. However, I am sure you have many questions about remote teaching and learning. The answers below will hopefully go some way towards supporting the journey you are on with your child.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
Children can immediately access teaching via Class Dojo. All passwords have already been sent home.
Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
We are teaching the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. We may need to make adaptations in some subjects such as PE where children may be set physical activities using different resources. Overall, teaching and learning will enable children to respond in a variety of ways, such as through writing and sending photographs of practical work undertaken. Some children with special educational needs will be able to access bespoke teaching via video which enables them to continue to work towards meeting their targets. Children who are currently accessing speech and language interventions may also have these delivered remotely.
How long can I expect work set by the school to take each day?
We expect that remote education (including teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
A series of short activities to be completed throughout the day.
Key Stage 1
3 hours per day
Key Stage 2
4 hours per day
Please note that the class teacher will post a 'Daily Timetable' of learning every morning.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We are using Class Dojo as our primary means of providing remote teaching and this can be accessed on any device including a laptop or tablet. It can also be accessed using the browser facility on an X-Box or PlayStation. Literacy and Maths teaching will take place daily whilst subjects including Science, History and Geography, will be taught each week.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will they be supported to access remote education?
We recognise that not all pupils will have suitable online access at home and that some parents and carers are having to share devices between family members. We appreciate that this is challenging; however, due to the recorded teaching videos, we advise that a timetable is set up so that your child is able to access the videos at some point in the day on the devices that you DO have in your home. Some parents have requested paper packs of work; these will be provided in the very few cases where households DO NOT have any access to devices and/or the internet. It is far more beneficial for your child to access the direct teaching. We have provided laptops to many families who do not have any devices at all, and will continue to do so if further families need this support.
For the very small minority of children who do received printed packs, class teachers will liaise directly with parents and carers regarding the collection of these materials.
How will my child be taught remotely?
The majority of the teaching will take place through the use of pre-recorded videos by each class teacher. These will detail the learning objective and success criteria and provide clear explanations of new content. From these videos, different activities will be set. Children will be able to post their work directly onto Class Dojo for feedback and assessment by the class teacher.
What are the expectations in terms of engagement and feedback?
We expect all children to engage with remote learning on a daily basis. Whilst we acknowledge that this is challenging, the pre-recorded teaching videos allows your child to access the videos at different times of the day if needed. We expect parents and carers to support children in setting routines each day for learning. If parents and carers are struggling to meet these expectations, please make contact with your child’s class teacher so we can identify support that we can offer.
How will you monitor my child’s engagement, work and progress?
Class teachers are keeping a daily record of each child’s engagement with Class Dojo. Where engagement is a concern, we will contact parents and carers either by Class Dojo, telephone or email to identify ways in which this can be improved.
How will my child’s work and progress be assessed?
Your child’s work should be uploaded to Class Dojo so that teachers can provide feedback. Class teachers will be providing feedback on a daily basis via Class Dojo in the form of verbal feedback which will primarily be recorded and/or through written comments on Class Dojo. Teachers may not mark every piece of work in depth, but they will be checking and addressing any errors or misconceptions.
How will you help me to help my child who requires additional support?
Some children with special educational needs may need some extra support to access remote education. We know that this may be challenging and will work with you to support your child in the following ways:
Arrangements for when more children return to school and individuals have to self-isolate:
We do not know when more children will be able to return to school. However, when this does happen, there may still be the requirement for individuals to self-isolate. In the event of this happening, remote teaching will continue to be provided but this will differ from the above due to the challenges of teaching children at home and at school. Children will however receive teaching activities set via Class Dojo in line with the school curriculum.
Thank you once again for the amazing things you have been doing with your children so far to support with their learning. We look forward to the time when every child returns to Southtown Primary and normal teaching resumes.
We now use Class Dojo for our home-school communication.
Class Dojo is a free app that connects teachers with students and parents to build classroom communities.
If your child is isolating due to Covid or if your child's bubble is sent home , we will use Class Dojo as an additional platform in which work can be shared and submitted to your child’s class teacher. There is also a secure messaging system in place where parents can connect teachers privately with work related issues.
Most of our parents have now joined Class Dojo. If you have not yet done so, please contact the office for further details.