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St Cuthbert's Catholic School

St Cuthbert's Catholic School

Online Learning

Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

 

We will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school, wherever possible and appropriate. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, it may be more difficult to deliver subjects which require access to certain materials, for example Music, Art of Technology, and where this is the case we will carefully consider how we can adapt our curriculum to enable a modified approach to these subjects.

 

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

 

We will provide an average of 3 hours per day remote learning for Key Stage 1 children (Reception to Year 2), and 4 hours per day for Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to year 6)

 

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

 

The school will use two main platforms for online learning. The first will be SeeSaw, where the majority of tasks will be set, assessed, and given feedback. The second platform is Microsoft Teams, where any live sessions will take place. Children in Nursery and Reception will continue to use Tapestry for uploading information, pictures and tasks. Children have been given to logins to all of these platforms – if you have any difficulty accessing these platforms, please contact the school and we will support.

 

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

 

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home and we will continue to work hard to support these children with their remote learning. This will include:

 

  • Regular survey of all parents to identify device needs
  • Regular register kept of all engagement to identify where children are having difficult logging on and putting in place support
  • Lending of school laptops or Kindles where possible and appropriate
  • Distribution of devices funded through central government or local government schemes
  • Printed materials and work packs distributed to all children
  • Work collection and marking as required where online learning is not possible

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

 

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely. This can include:

 

  • live teaching and feedback sessions (using Microsoft Teams)
  • intervention groups sessions for learning support (using Microsoft Teams)
  • recorded teaching session (for example, Oak National Academy lessons, or video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (for example, workbooks and worksheets)
  • textbooks, workbooks and reading books provided directly to pupils
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities where appreciate and where it supports the learning of the children and the curriculum sequence

 

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

 

We will be checking engagement through a daily register to see who is logging on to their lessons and completing their work.

 

Where we have concerns a child is not engaging with their work, there will be communication from school, either directly from the class teacher or, if required, from the Head of School. This may include a telephone call, an email or, if necessary, a house visit.

 

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

 

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are valid and effective methods, amongst others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work will utilise all these various forms of feedback, in addition to individualised feedback directly to a pupil through SeeSaw or Teams. This will take place on a daily basis, with the most appropriate form of feedback identified by the teacher according to task.

 

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

 

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 in the following ways:

 

  • We will look to deliver individualised one-to-one sessions and support via Microsoft Teams
  • We will deliver small-group interventions sessions to groups of children in need of further learning support
  • We will continue to provide support and feedback to parents as required, keeping regular contact to identify any emerging needs
  • We will liaise with external services, including the local authority SEND team, to identify how needs could further be met
  • For those with an EHCP, we will look – where possible – to ensure a place in school if required
  • Where possible we will provide any materials needed for children to access their learning and meet the objectives on the learning plans

 

What You Can Expect From Us

 

  • A consistent timetable of learning

  • A paper-based work pack to support learning

  • Work to be uploaded on to SeeSaw, with all worksheets available prior to the learning taking place

  • High quality online resources including instructional videos

  • Teachers available for questions and feedback during whole class Teams sessions

  • Teachers available to answer queries and support children throughout the school day

  • Weekly Assembly

  • At least three pieces of work daily – core subjects in the morning and foundation subject in the afternoon

  • Positivity and encouragement!

 

EYFS – Minimum Expectations

 

  • Daily Register
  • Daily Phonics Session
  • Daily storybook read to the children via the school website.
  • Daily Counting / Mental Maths activity
  • Any other activity the teacher deems appropriate

 

KS1 – Minimum Expectations

 

  • Daily Register
  • Daily Phonics sessions – usually teacher-led where possible
  • Daily Maths session including Fast Maths
  • Daily Reading comprehension activities
  • A topic block of foundation curriculum work, following the school curriculum plan
  • Resources from Oak National Academy/BBC Bitesize/other
  • Any other activity the teacher deems appropriate

 

KS2 – Minimum Work Expectations

  • Daily Register
  • Daily SPAG session
  • Daily Reading comprehension
  • Daily Maths session
  • Daily times tables practice
  • English/Writing Activity based around a unit of work
  • A topic block of foundation curriculum work, following the school curriculum plan
  • Resources from Oak National Academy/BBC Bitesize/other
  • Any other activity the teacher deems appropriate

 

What We Would Like From You

 

  • Answer the phone to school staff or return calls, messages or emails. Staff may call from withheld number
  • Keep all communication with the school or staff member polite
  • Do not record any part of a lesson or discussion online – this will be considered a serious breach of safeguarding and data protection policy
  • Know that staff will only be available for communication during normal working hours
  • Supervise your child’s internet use and online learning – make sure you are aware of what they have been asked to do and the websites they need to access.
  • Make sure you know who your child is talking to or messaging.
  • If a member of staff calls to speak to your children – check that you know who they are, speak to the member of staff yourself before your child talks to them, stay in the room while your child is on the phone.
  • Make sure all members of the household are aware when a video call is happening,
  • Know that if your child takes part in a group video conversation, they can be seen by the teacher and other pupils (and members of their household) that are part of the conversation
  • Staff, children and other members of the household must wear suitable clothing
  • Devices used should be in appropriate areas, for example, not in bedrooms; parents should use the background blurring feature on Teams.
  • Language must be professional and appropriate at all times, including from any family members in the background.
  • Any ‘live’ classes may have a second adult in the lesson, usually the TA.
  • If the teacher has any concerns about children (or other members of the household) using unsuitable language, dress, location, the conversation will be ended and concerns will be recorded and passed to the Executive Headteacher or Head of School
  • Live classes will be kept to a reasonable length of time and will take place during normal school hours.
  • Staff will only ever video call an individual pupil with prior agreement from parents and the Head of School. The parent or carer must stay in the room.

General Websites

 

BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Twinkl – www.twinkl.co.uk - FREE ACCESS CODE: PARENTSTWINKLHELPS 

Top Marks - https://www.topmarks.co.uk  

Primary Homework Help - http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/

National Geographic for Kids - https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ and http://bit.ly/SubscribeToNatGeoKids

Dorling Kindersley F-nd Out - https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/ 

E-Learning for Kids - https://en.e-learningforkids.org/

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