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St Edmund's Catholic Primary School and Nursery

St Edmund's Catholic Primary School and Nursery

Parish, Family, School

Remote Learning Information

What is remote learning and how is it different to what children would normally access in school?

Remote learning is the curriculum that we will be delivering if your child is not at school because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are using Google Classroom as our main platform for remote learning which enables us to deliver our core curriculum using a combination of live, pre-recorded and pre-planned lesson resources. The sessions and tasks on Google Classroom will 'mirror' those that are being delivered in school.  Nursery and Reception children can access their learning by clicking here.

Our expectation is that all children learning from home will join live sessions each day and upload their work for feedback

If you are struggling with a lack of devices at home or if you need support in engaging your child with remote learning please get in touch with us.

Home Learning

All learning will be set by school staff and activities will be posted to Google Classroom as well as a message from the teacher giving a summary of the tasks that are to be completed each day. Some pieces of learning will have a deadline for submission; children should be encouraged to complete the learning by the given dates.  Once uploaded they can be completed and then the teacher can review and feedback directly to the child.  This may take the form of a written comment, voice note to listen to, feedback during a live session or on the class feed.

We understand that parents and carers may be concerned about the amount of screen time children are being exposed to already. Assignments can be completed on paper and then a photo of the learning can be submitted on Google Classroom.  For tips on how to manage screen time, click here.  If you require further support, please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance.

How will children be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • Assignments set for the children on Google Classroom
  • Pre-recorded videos including videos from other websites and resources
  • Live sessions
  • Reading books pupils have at home
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • Internet research activities

How long are children expected to work at home each day?

  • Our remote learning curriculum offer will be a minimum of 3 hours per day for Early Years and KS1 and 4 hours a day for KS2.  Along with daily tasks for the core subjects of reading, writing and maths, there will be additional tasks and activities across other subjects.
  • Each year group will provide a ‘suggested’ daily timetables as keeping a regular routine will help your child when they return to school and so they can access the live lessons that are available.

How will work and progress be assessed?

Children will receive feedback on the work they complete in a variety of ways. This may take the form of a written comment, voice note to listen to, feedback during a live session or on the class feed and will be either an acknowledgement of the work or a more detailed comment addressing misconceptions or advice in next steps of learning.  Adults will be available throughout the school day (9am – 3pm) to support and give feedback.  Please note that this may not be your child’s class teacher.

Logins to online learning resources - The school subscribes to a number of online learning resources which can be accessed at home. It is essential that children and parents have access to the relevant login details from the start of the school year so that they are immediately available in the event of a closure or self-isolation. The login details are recorded in their reading diaries. 

Please click here and select your child’s year group to check the login details that they should have access to.

If you are unsure of a login, please contact the school office for assistance.

Monitoring engagement with remote education

It is important the children engage with the remote learning activities to continue their education during periods of self-isolation and home learning.  We do acknowledge that each family’s home circumstances are unique and there may be factors that affect engagement with home learning. These may include parents working from home or limited access to technology among other factors. Communication is essential and we ask that if parents are finding things difficult to get in touch with their child’s class teacher so we can support and put measures in place to help.

What support will children with SEN receive to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without the support of adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils by staying in regular contact and offering support from the school’s Inclusion Leader. This might include adapted activities online, adapted work packs or providing specific resources. Parents are to contact the school immediately if they need additional support in engaging their child with remote learning. 

Parent Guides

These links take you to a YouTube channel which is filled with videos to help parents get online with google tools for schools:

Google tools help guides 
How to use Google Classroom 

For full details of our Remote Education Policy and how we have organised our offer for different eventualities, please see the document below.  You will also find our Remote Learning Code of Conduct and a further Google Classroom guide.