Relevant information for parents and pupils about remote learning provision at Moorgate.
- What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
Packs are made available for collection (or dropped off for those who cannot collect) on the first day of school or bubble closures. The packs include resources, exercise books and writing tools to support their learning whilst at home. The packs will include all log in details for all the learning platforms that we use and the children will be accessing from home.
Work will be provided remotely on Seesaw and Dojo from day one of bubble/lockdown closure. Class staff will be in touch within the first two days to support all families and offer support with devices or Wi-Fi if needed. They will also be given support on any and all platforms in order for remote provision to run as smoothly as possible and to ensure children do not miss out on quality first teaching.
- Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school whenever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, Music - we used instruments within school and this has not been possible for those working from home so we have adapted our provision for music so that the curriculum is still taught. For example, in Year 6 we are looking at a range of modern artists through our Artist of the Week work, children comment on the songs from various artists using the appropriate vocabulary.
- How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
EYFS - 4 hours plus continuous provision.
Key Stage 1 - 4+ hours
Year 3 and 4 - 4+ hours
Year 5 and 6 - live lessons from 9am to 3:30pm
- How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Live lessons are provided via Microsoft Teams. Pre-recorded videos and work is provided via Seesaw. Key information and links to all the online learning platforms are on the school website. Online communication with parents and carers is provided via Class Dojo and staff contact families by phone also.
- If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
We ask that where there is no suitable access to devices, parents/carers contact the school office by phone or email. School will arrange the loan of appropriate equipment.
Where there is no appropriate internet connection, school will support parents in applying for an increase in their mobile data allowance or we will supply them with a free sim card that gives them unlimited Wi-Fi for 90 days. If neither of these options are suitable, we will apply for routers or dongles.
Following the offer of loaned equipment and internet support, if parents still require printed materials, then school will arrange for this to be provided. Much like with the packs, parents can collect or we will drop off resources when required.
Work is completed in the exercise books initially sent home. Children then upload their work to Seesaw for marking. Parents have commented on the effectiveness of Seesaw for remote learning in a positive way.
- How will my child be taught remotely?
Live teaching via online lessons for whole groups and/or small groups.
Recorded teaching via videos made by class staff.
Teachers will use commercially available websites to support the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.
At times, where appropriate, longer-term project work and/or internet research activities for particular elements of some subjects.
Printed paper packs produced by teachers - should parents not be able to use loaned equipment.
- What are your expectations for my child's engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
Pupils are expected to complete the tasks set by staff to their best ability and access work daily. Parents/carers are expected to support their children with a routine/schedule for completing work and ensuring work is completed by deadlines. Where further support is needed parents/carers are expected to contact school staff for guidance.
- How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Staff will check in daily with work assignments set for pupils and provide feedback where appropriate. Class staff will also ensure there is weekly contact, via phone, Dojo or Teams. Parents will be contacted daily if their child does not access the live lessons via teams in Year 5 and 6.
Where class staff are unable to make contact with families, or children are not engaging with lessons, then the Senior Leadership will be informed and will try to contact too. Home visits will take place where needed.
- How will you assess my child's work and progress?
Feedback will take many forms at Moorgate: Quizzes (Socrative), teacher comment, verbal comments on Teams or over the phone, follow up small group/one to one live sessions.
Pupils will receive feedback where appropriate within the school week. Most work will be commented on or given verbal feedback daily.
- How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?
Fortnightly check-in meetings are held between class staff and the SENDCO. Staff contact the SENDCO with any concerns outside of the planned meeting times.
Pupils are set age appropriate work/tasks which are supported by teacher/TA recorded/live input. Staff are in contact with parents/carers to support where needed. Tasks using equipment in the home and play activities are also provided.
- If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
For isolating individuals/families, resources will be provided and the work they do will be in line with the work that is being done in class. The child self-isolating will connect to the class via Teams, so effectively they will be 'in' the class.
Within the first two days of notification of isolation by families, class staff will contact families to discuss learning needs/support. Following this, regular communication in the main will be via Class Dojo or Teams. Work can be uploaded via Seesaw for marking.