At St Chad’s Patchway CE VC Primary School, we are committed to providing the best possible remote learning opportunities to our children and wellbeing support for families whilst school is postponed during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Although learning at home will look very different to learning within the classroom, all of the teaching staff here are passionate in demonstrating the school’s vision of ‘Learning to love, loving to learn’ through the pre-recorded teaching opportunities and the learning activities that are being provided.
Our Statement of Intent
As previously stated, we understand that it is our responsibility to strive to provide many inspiring, effective and high quality remote learning opportunities for the children of our school. We recognise the importance of maintaining high expectations for all and will strive to ensure that all families have access to the learning resources and support them and their children to succeed.
Through the implementation of this guidance, we aim to:
- Minimise the disruption to children’s education and the delivery of the curriculum.
- Teach a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject.
- Set tasks and activities so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects which reflects the curriculum which would be taught in school.
- Ensure provision is in place so that all pupils have access to high quality learning resources and strategies.
- To adapt learning, wherever possible, to ensure the accessibility for all pupils.
- Provide printed resources, such as workbooks, for children who do not have suitable online access and where possible, liaise th families to support with provision of technology and internet to ensure they can access learning online.
- Support children with the provision they need to complete their work to the best of their ability, and help them to remain happy and healthy during periods of remote learning.
- Remain in communication with parents using Google Classroom, Class Dojo and through email. Each family will also receive a weekly wellbeing phone call home to discuss how their child’s learning is progressing and to provide an opportunity to talk.
- To set work on the learning platform Google Classroom (Year 1 to 6) and to provide daily feedback to children around their learning and next steps.
The government have set out expectations that children will complete 3 hours of learning a day. We are committed to ensuring that children have this opportunity to learn for this amount of time across a variety of different subjects. Teachers will strive to provide as much of the ‘normal’ curriculum as possible whilst children are learning remotely. Therefore, we endeavour to provide the following each week:
- Teachers will deliver a minimum of two pre-recorded lessons per day for children to use to support them on their learning journey. These will be a mixture of maths, English and curriculum lessons.
- Daily maths and English, including phonics for Reception and Key Stage 1 children. Reading will also be expected and each class will have a reading focus at least once per week.
- Curriculum work – this is mainly based on either history or geography depending on the curriculum unit for the term. Throughout the teaching of the unit, there will be opportunities for children to develop their skills within art and DT also.
- Links to PE activities that can be undertaken at any time during the day or weekend.
- The teachers have created a structured timetable for children and families to follow on a daily basis. This is especially key for those children in Reception where much of the learning is based on short, varied activities. Each weekly timetable will include an overview of the work (that will include a mental health focus and physical health focus) and will also include links to online learning. As a school, we understand the difficulties for parents in managing their busy working day alongside supporting their children with their own learning. Therefore, with lessons being recorded, we don’t suggest specific times in which learning takes place on the weekly timetables. We recommend to our families to get in touch with your child’s class teacher if you are struggling to keep up with the workload and we advise you to just do as much as you can.
- All recorded teaching lessons, activities, timetables and knowledge organisers will be posted on Google Classroom for the children to access. If families are struggling to log their child into Google Classroom, we advise you to speak to your child’s class teacher who will be able to provide you with some support.
- We understand some children prefer to learn through the use of paper packs. Therefore, each teacher will ensure that home packs based on the learning that is happening online will be available for collection from the school office or posted to families addresses.
- School staff will arrange a weekly call to each child in the class to discuss things they are unsure about or finding tricky and support with well-being.
Learning and Feedback
As a school, we believe that providing feedback plays a crucial role in celebrating the achievements of children and also identifying any misconceptions and next steps to progress the learning. We encourage children and families to submit home learning into their class teachers to mark and provide daily feedback. When providing feedback on work:
- Children will submit their work on Google Classroom or Class Dojo; this could also be in the form of a photo.
- KS2 teachers will comment on the work direct to individual pupils and where required, direct the teaching assistant to provide additional support or amend the work submitted for the next day.
- Reception and KS1 teachers will comment positively on the work for the child and direct next steps to the parent.
- Feedback may also be provided over the telephone by the teacher or teaching assistant.
How can we help you?
In these difficult and unprecedented times, as a school, we continue to appreciate the challenges that have been put on families to support their children with their learning whilst continuing working within their own professions. We are always here to support you and provide you with the essentials in supporting your child with their remote learning. As previously stated, if you require assistance with paper packs of the learning activities, please let your child’s class teacher know so that these can be created for you in advance.
Children’s remote pre-recorded lessons are being delivered through Google Classroom. Therefore, if you are having trouble connecting due to connectivity to the internet or a lack of devices, please contact the school office to identify ways in which we could possible help and support you. The link below provides further information on how a games console and a mobile phone can be used as devices to access Google Classroom.
If you have any further questions or queries regarding the remote learning offer being provided by St Chad’s Patchway CE VC Primary School, please do not hesitate to get in touch. The school’s contact details can be found underneath the ‘Contact Us’ tab.