Virtual Learning

Information about remote education at TGPAH 
 This information shared is to support understanding of what pupils, parents and carers should expect during school closure or pupil isolation relating to coronavirus (COVID-19).  
What should my child expect from immediate remote education on the first day of learning remotely? 
 On the first day of being educated remotely, children will be signposted to their relevant year group’s core learning links summary on the school’s website.  These links are published on our website half termly and are carefully planned to support core learning key skills.  Where relevant, children will be sent home with linked learning materials and any equipment needed to support home learning. They will also be provided with their Grammar booklet and Handwriting booklet to complete daily at home.  
Curriculum 
 We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate.  Our remote curriculum is carefully sequenced and learning goals are explicit.   

 Our priority focus is ensuring the most important knowledge and concepts of the subject are taught and understood well. 

 We make some adaptions in some subjects, for example, in PE and Music where home-learners do not have access to specific resources or larger spaces.  

Remote teaching and study time each day 
 Our remote learning delivery includes remote live-teaching and directed independent work.  The planned timetable for delivery for each year group is published on your child’s class virtual learning page of the school website.  Plans are published in each class Microsoft ‘Team’ which is linked to your child’s school email address.   Scheduled live teaching session times and linked independent tasks can also be viewed here.  Resources for the week are included within the ‘Assignments’ section on Microsoft Teams.  

 We expect that remote education will take pupils broadly this number of hours each day: 

F1 (Nursery) 2 hours 

F2 (Reception) 3 hours 

KS1 3 hours 

KS2 4 hours 

 All children are signposted and supported to complete at least 30 minutes physical activity daily.    

 

Accessing remote education 
 We deliver live learning sessions through Microsoft TEAMS.  Children share their learning through the TEAMS Files/Assignments (Teams) /Purple Mash/Mathletics and Class Dojo.   

 For children who do not have suitable online access at home we endeavour to support their access with loan of devices where possible.  Parents and carers can find out more information about this by emailing school on office@haselor.tgacademy.org.uk  

 If parents or carers do not have sufficient access to the internet we will endeavour to lend devices that enable an internet connection, for example routers or dongles.  Parents and carers can find our more information about this by emailing school: office@haselor.tgacademy.org.uk  

 Where pupils cannot access printed materials due to lack of online access, we provide weekly resource packs linked to the planning. member of the teaching team will call the child at least twice weekly to offer task coaching and general support. 

 Children who cannot submit work due to lack of online access, should deliver their work to school via a quarantine drop box every Friday.  Feedback via telephone will be given the following Tuesday. 

How we teach children remotely 
 We use a combination of approaches to teach children remotely: 

 Live teaching (online lessons) 

  • Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy and PowerPoint recordings made by teachers) 
  • Directed tasks 
  • Printed resource packs 
  • Reading books pupils have at home and access to online reading resources (e.g Oxford Owl, Accelerated Reader) 
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects (e.g MathleticsTimes Table Rockstars, Purple Mash, Phonics Play) 

 Our expectations of remote learning are high and we communicate this clearly to our children by ensuring they know where a lesson sits within a sequence of learning.  Previous learning is referred to regularly and children are directed to regular retrieval tasks which supports them to apply their learning independently. 

 Curriculum content is presented in manageable sessions of direct teaching to support concentration and limit over long periods of screen time. 

 

Engagement expectations 
We expect all children learning at home to engage with remote learning every day.  Parents and carers should contact school if they have difficulty accessing remote learning for any reason so that school can support.  

We expect parents to ensure that children have an established learning routine at home and all the equipment needed to learn remotely.  All children at home are supplied with a stationery bag and exercise books to record their learning in should they need to access remote learning.  

Where further equipment is not available parents and carers should contact school so that resources can be provided.   

Parents must ensure that their child logs in to all live learning on time, appropriately dressed and in an organised workspace.  Parents must confirm that they are custodians of their child’s email address and know how to keep their child safe online.  

Parent and Carer support sheet with guidance for remote learning can be founhere. 

Remote learning engagement monitoring 
We will check pupils engagement with remote learning daily.   

 Where there is no evidence of engagement with remote learning, for example participation in a live teaching session or submission of set work, a school staff member will contact parents and carers to support and encourage. 

Remote learning assessment 
We feedback to children about their work in a variety of ways: 

 Written feedback via the work sharing platform e.g Purple Mash or written response via Assignments in TEAMS 

  • Verbal feedback via TEAMS or a phone call home 
  • Discussion as part of live learning or invited chat bar feed 
  • Whole class quizzes  
  • Acknowledgment through celebration certificates which are shared in our Friday Achievement assembly at 2.00pm on TEAMS and then posted home. 

 Feedback will be provided at least twice per week but we aim for this to be more frequent. 

Additional support for pupils with particular needs 
 We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational need and disabilities (SEND) may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home.  We acknowledge the difficulties that this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways: 

 Teaching Assistant support for parents at least twice weekly via the telephone 

  • Recording and saving live lessons for children to revisit 
  • Targeted Teaching Assistant intervention support for children at least twice weekly via TEAMS or coaching phone call 
  • Differentiated tasks 
  • We have an online Parent Workshop / PowerPoint available on our EYFS section on the Academy website to support families deliver core learning of phonics. 
Remote education for isolating pupils 
 Where individual children need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school their remote education may differ from the approach described above in the following ways: 

  • There may not be as many opportunities for live teaching due to the teacher needing to engage with more children in class and change of location for some lessons e.g PE. 

 Usual curriculum planning and resources will be made available online or via collection/delivery from the school site to ensure children who are self-isolating are taught a planned and well- sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects, including providing feedback. 

 For TGAT Live Online Sessions Parent Help Sheet Click HERE

Further Curriculum support and online learning ideas

Click here for more Reading at Home Support

 

Further Curriculum support and online learning ideas can be found on the Core Curriculum Links sheets that can be found in the year group section of the Virtual Learning area. These sheets provide links appropriate for your child’s year group for each half term in the academic year and will be uploaded onto the website at the start of each half term.

Mathletics– can be used daily to provide practise and consolidation of maths skills for your child. Work is set that is matched to your child’s year group and the class teacher will set work specifically for your child to complete for their year group. The teacher is also able to monitor work completed online and assess progress made. Activities on the site are creative, interesting and fun which encourages pupil to continue to learn at home in an imaginative way. The site can be found at login.mathletics.com and your child should have their username and password already.

TTRockstars is an excellent tool which allows children to practise their Times Table recall in a fun, safe and interactive way. The very clever system is able to tailor the Times Tables each individual is given every time they play to maximise their learning. Children have their own Rockstar identity and avatar and should have a username and password already. Through regularly playing any of the games on the site, they can earn points to buy items for their home page and character.

All children in Year 1-6 have been provided with their username and password to access the site.  For a more detailed explanation of how TT RockStars works and how you can help your child to learn please click HERE

PURPLE MASH is another site that your child will be using and their class teacher may set some work on that site. Your child should already have a username and password for this site. This is also a useful place for your child to keep in touch with their class-mates through a Class Blog and notice board area where they can post work that they have completed at home.

 

 Publications

Families Warwickshire Magazine – January/February 2021 issue

Virtual School Library | Oak Academy (thenational.academy)