Aims of our Policy
- To ensure consistency of approach to setting home learning throughout the school
- To ensure that parents are clear about what their child is expected to so and to support the parents/caress in knowing how to help their child
- To provide opportunities for parents, pupils and the school to work together in partnership
- To encourage pupils and their parents/carers to share and enjoy learning together
- To improve the quality of the learning experience to give pupils opportunities to practise, consolidate and further develop core skills
- To give opportunities for pupils to apply their thinking skills in a variety of ways so that they develop confidence and the self discipline to study independently
How Parents and Carers can help with Home Learning
- Encourage and support your child and value their efforts and achievements
- Become involved with the task but allow your child to develop independent learning
- Use the link book to give feedback to the Class Teacher on how your child has tackled the activity. For example how long the task took and how enjoyable it was.
What is Home Learning?
Home Learning refers to any work or activity that pupils are asked to do outside lesson time, either on their own or with parents / carers.
On their first day each child will be given a link book. This will be used as a reading record.
Link books should be kept in a professional manner. The book will be looked at daily and comments added. Within the book there is home-school agreement to be signed by parent and pupil.
As we outlined in the previous guidance, work will now be set solely on Google Classroom. The work will be uploaded to Google Classroom by 8:30 at the latest each day and will follow usual teaching timetables as closely as possible. Individual teachers will share expectations regarding submission of work so that work can be handed in by the correct deadlines.
The DfE outlines that for Key Stage 1, three hours of remote education must be provided. The DfE said provision will include “both recorded or live direct teaching time, and time for pupils to complete tasks and assignments independently.”
If you are finding that your child is spending more than this amount of time on their work, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the class teacher via email@example.com. They will be able to offer some tips and hints to motivate and focus your child and clarify their expectations further for you.
At High Halstow Primary Academy teachers and support staff provide a range of remote learning experiences:
- Live lessons(this includes live in the moment lessons by the child’s teacher through Google Meet, pre-recorded lessons by the teachers and recorded lessons from high quality national sources such as Oaks National Academy).
- Interaction via Google Classroom such as commenting on the Class Stream, responding to submitted work and Google Meet sessions including for well-being.
- Uploading independent tasks to be completed
Pupils are expected to register virtually daily by 9am by commenting on the Google Stream.Class adults will check who has registered and inform the office staff in the usual way if children are not present and are not engaging in learning.
Live Lessons and Google Meets
To provide continuity and maintain our high standards throughout lockdown we are going to be continuing with live lessons with the children whenever possible. These will provide the opportunity for your child to communicate and interact with their class teacher and peers in meaningful ways to support their learning. Live lessons are conducted through Google Meet. They may be instructional, discussion based, feedback focused or well being focused. They may also be a follow up to a recorded instructional video to which the children need to respond to and then feedback during the live lesson. The time of these will be communicated with you in good time but attendance is expected. The frequency of these will increase depending on the age of your child and will not be for the same duration as a normal lesson.
Class Duration (minimum)
2 x 15 minutes daily
2 x 20 minutes daily
2 x 20 minutes daily
2 x 20-30 minutes daily
2 x 30 minutes
2/3 x 30 minutes
2/3 x 30 minutes
Online lesson etiquette
Google Meet details will be shared by the class teacher. Pupils are expected to use our Google Meet etiquette to ensure that the live lesson is high quality for all. These include:
- Keeping their microphone off until invited to speak
- Indicate in the chat or by raising their hand (digitally or in person) to show that they have something they would like to share
- Joining the Google Meet at the allocated time only
- Ensuring that they are in a room with an adult and with a plain background, if possible
- Ensure that all in the room are aware that they are taking part in a live lesson so that anyone seen is fully clothed, anyone heard uses appropriate language as expected in the academy and that there are no distractions if possible
- Ensure anyone on the screen is appropriately clothed. Pyjamas are not appropriate for a lesson
- Eating should not take place in a lesson, as would be the expectations in a normal school day
Your child’s work will be set on their Google Classroom every day by 08:30. They are expected to hand in and upload their work every day. They can also interact about their learning with their friends on the Google Stream.
Handing In and Uploading Work
We would like your child to virtually hand in their work in the Google Classroom. It gives us the opportunity to track levels of engagement and identify where we may need to contact parents to offer support. This can
be done by clicking on the MARK AS DONE / HAND IN button before the deadline set by the class teacher.
Please be mindful that it is going to be extremely challenging for work to be marked or to be given feedback to the same level as the normal classroom situation. This means that it is worth providing timely praise and encouragement to your child to motivate them to engage with their learning. We are mindful that you may also be required to work from home and therefore we have aimed to ensure that the tasks are as independent as possible.
Virtual assemblies may be available at different times and will last no longer than 15 minutes. The class teacher will share these details via the Classroom. Pre-recorded assemblies will be shared via the Google Classroom Stream.
The same etiquette described above applies to our virtual assemblies if they are live.
Learner Profile Attributes of the Module will be focused on in some assemblies and celebrations will be shared in Celebration Assemblies
Children work well with structure and a clear timetable. The class teachers will provide a level of structure but we are aware that each family will have unique circumstances so please do establish a structure that works for your family.
Additional Learning Opportunities
Children learn best through regular breaks and so this is even more important with the change of routine and potentially lack of fresh air. Bearing this in mind, there are a wealth of resources online to provide adequate brain breaks and bouts of regular exercise. Additionally, children require stimulation and interaction in order to support wellbeing so please consider this as some additional learning.
Using the Joe Wicks ‘PE with Joe’ sessions are really useful opportunities to promote access if going outside is not an option. There may be other YouTube videos that will promote being active without needing to necessarily go outside. ‘Cosmic Kids’ and ‘5 a day’ also have YouTube videos that the children can follow such as dance lessons with Oti Mabuse. The children could also make their own games such as throw and catch with socks or make their own assault course – I am sure you will be surprised how creative they can be.
Wellbeing and Mindfulness
Colouring and meditation are also really good strategies to rest the mind and take a break. Adding to this, talking to your child using some of the games below are a great way to aid discussion:
- Would you rather…? Would you rather be a detective or a pilot?
- Favourite – what is your favourite food? What is your favourite view?
- If I were – . If I were an animal I would be….. because?
- Today I feel….. because
Teachers and Support Staff will carefully check pupil engagement throughout the day and week, reporting back to school leaders at least weekly. Concerns will be reported as soon as possible to the leadership team regarding individual pupils so that parents can be contacted to see if there are any barriers that staff can support with.
Communication with the class teacher, SENCo, Principal or office staff should be via the office email address in the first instance: firstname.lastname@example.org Parents should avoid contacting teachers via Google Classroom as messages could be missed if delivering lessons for example.
Staff will also make wellbeing calls home during the lockdown period. This may be in response to a lack of engagement and interaction on the Google Classroom for certain children so that we can see if there are any barriers that we may be able to help with.
Provision for Vulnerable Pupils and Pupils with SEND
Pupils with an Educational Health and Care Plan will be invited into school. If a parent or carer does not wish to send their child into school they must communicate this with the Principal. Appropriate work will be provided via Google Classroom and regular check-ins phone calls will be made to provide support as necessary.
For pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their teachers are best-placed to know how the pupil’s needs can be most effectively met to ensure they continue to make progress, even if they are not able to be in school. In the first instance, if you have questions around Remote Learning for a pupil with SEN, please contact the Class Teacher who will be able to provide support and suggested activities. Where possible, SEN assessments will continue to take place with services who are still able to visit schools. If you have any questions about support from external agencies, please contact the SENCo via the office.
Access to Devices
If access to an appropriate device would be a barrier to your child accessing their remote learning please contact the academy to discuss how we may be able to support further. We have some Chromebooks available to loan once an agreement has been signed. We are also able to source dongles to help if access to the internet is a barrier in the home.