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Home Work & REMOTE LeARning

Outlined below are our approaches to Homework (traditional model) and Home Learning in the event of class, year group or lockdown as a result of COVID-19.

Homework at Earlsfield

Our homework policy outlines our expectations  with regards to homework

Homework Policy

In Early Years and Key Stage 1  homework is set through Seesaw. Each child is provided with a code.

Find out more via https://web.seesaw.me/platforms-parents 

Earlsfield Seesaw Guide

In Key stage 2 it is a mixture of traditional worksheets and Google Classroom. Each child is provided with a login.

Earlsfield Google Classroom Guide

Remote Learning: Arrangements in the event of a class, year group or lockdown as a result of COVID 19.

Over the summer of 2020 we reflected on the provision the school provided from March 20th to July 17th 2020. 

Key questions we asked were:

  1. What did we learn during that period with regards to home learning?
  2. What kind of learning was needed for children to make progress at home?
  3. How did we ensure equity?
  4. How did we monitor pupil well-being?
  5. How could  we improve our offer?

The guidance issued in July 2020 by the  DfE (Department for Education) stated that:

‘Remote education may need to be an essential component in the delivery of the school curriculum for some pupils, alongside classroom teaching, or in the case of a local lockdown. All schools are therefore expected to plan to ensure any pupils educated at home for some of the time are given the support they need to master the curriculum and so make good progress.’ The guidance issued on Friday 28th August 2020 states similar aims. 

The school has received many complimentary messages regarding the work that was provided and also the quality of the recorded lessons since March 20th . Staff adapted quickly to a new set of circumstances. The guidance was subsequently updated again in January 2021 and schools had to be specific about the amount and type of work they would set.

Who manages remote learning?

The strategic overview is led by Steve Trow (Headteacher) with technical support provided by Andy Allan (Computing Subject Leader.) Planning and delivery will fall in line with normal school routines and be monitored by the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Subject Leaders.

When will remote learning be needed? 

We envisage  remote learning will be used in:

  1. An individual pupil self isolating
  2. A class or year group lockdown where a group of children have to self isolate. 
  3. A local lockdown 
  4. A national lockdown

In the event of an individual child isolating activities will be provided through Seesaw or Google Classroom through Asynchronous Learning(see below)

In the event of a year group, local or national lockdown  the school will extend it’s remote learning offer through a mixture of:

  1. Synchronous Learning  - teaching and learning occurs together , simultaneously.  This is live teaching. This will be implemented from Reception to Year 6 but will vary based on the age of the year group. More guidance will follow. 
  2. Asynchronous Learning - students access learning at different times and work through at their own pace.  This will be a model similar to previous home learning where the children will be set independent tasks.
  3. A weekly  timetable with activities uploaded the night before. It will not be practical to upload activities a week in advance. 

What platforms will we use to upload work to?

  • Seesaw in Early Years and Key Stage 1 and Google Classroom in KS2.
  • User guides for Seesaw and Google Classroom and other documents including protocols around phone calls, video lesson and recorded video can be can be found here https://tinyurl.com/y43qtlh4

How much work will my child receive?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

  • Early Years: No expectation has been set by the DfE for Early Years but we will set a minimum of 2 hours
  • Key Stage (KS) 1: A minimum 3 hours a day on average across the cohort
  • KS2: A minimum 4 hours a day

What form will this work take?

  • Use of recorded or live video for start of day registration, lessons and end of day round up.
  • Independent activities
  • Printed learning packs if required
  • Use of commercial resources such as BBC Bitesize, Oak Academy, Mathletics, Times Table Rockstars
  • We will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, may need to make some adaptations in some subjects such as music.

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 where required with the support of the Inclusion Manager.

How will we prepare the children?

  • Some homework tasks will be set through both platforms on our return to school so children (and parents when needed) are proficient in their use.
  • Children in Key Stage 2 will have a session a week so they are confident in using Google Classroom and different software that they may use at home. 
  • Teachers will rehearse ‘live streaming’ back to their class while in school.
  • We have  60 new Chrome Books through the London Grid For Learning that ensures we have enough devices to meet the needs of our school community.

In the event of a year group lockdown the school will offer a device to those families who require one from Reception to Year 6 where the child does not have access to a device at home. Devices will be distributed initially to

  • Free School Meal children 
  • Pupil Premium children 
  • and then other families where a child does not have device (1 per family) 

Once the above is exhausted additional devices will be offered  to families who need more than one.

What will be expected of parents during a lockdown?

  • Participation in lessons will no longer be optional other than Nursery which is non statutory. If there are any specific family circumstances whereby a child is unable to participate in their learning. Participation and submission of work will be monitored through a whole school register.  Where children do not engage we will contact parents to discuss next steps.
  • From Reception to Year 6 work (where required) will need to be submitted through Seesaw and Google Classroom by the end of the school day so the teacher can respond and comment where appropriate.
  • Children from Year R to 6 will be expected to register at 9.15am via Google Meet so the teacher can outline the day and then join another Google Meet to close the day. We think 9:15am is reasonable because in the event of a year group lockdown parents may still need to get siblings to school . The google meet code will be emailed to you via your parentmail account.

Please take the opportunity to read our Remote Learning Policy that outlines our approach in more detail.

Remote Learning Policy 2020-21

Page last updated January 2021