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Remote Education

From Jauary 2022, the guidance regarding self isolation has changed.


If an adult or child develops symptoms of Covid, they should be sent home / remain at home and monitor how they feel. Primary aged pupils should not do an LFD test. They should remain at home all the while they feel unwell.


They should remain at home for 3 days and after that time, if they feel well enough, can return to school.


If a child is required to self-isolate as a result of a positive test, and they feel well enough, work will be set by the class teacher. This could be on Google Classroom, collected from the school office or emailed home.  

The Remote Curriculum: What is Taught to Pupils at Home?


A pupil’s first day of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.


What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

All classes are ready with a bank of resources to draw upon should remote education be needed at short notice. This will involve links to activities on our school website in their class page.


Following the first day of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

After the first day, all work will be uploaded to Google Classroom. This work will follow the school’s curriculum and if there are children in school, they will follow the same work. We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school.


There may be occasions where the order subjects are taught might be altered if it is felt that a particular area of work demands face-to-face with a teacher. This depends on the age of the children concerned.


Remote Teaching and Study Time Each Day


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

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



Approximately 1 and a half hours per day


Approximately 3 hours per day


Approximately 4 hours per day


Accessing Remote Education


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

Years 1 to 6 use Google Classroom as their learning platform. 

All children have been given their user name and password to be able to access Google Classroom.  Tapestry is currently used in Reception; however, if a longer period of remote learning is needed due to a further lockdown, they will have access to Google Classroom.

Teachers will upload activities for Maths, English and foundation subjects daily which children can access in whatever way suits the device they are working on.


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.  Learning packs will be available to those unable to access the remote learning online.  These will contain the work provided on Google Classroom or Tapestry.


How will my child be taught remotely?

Google Classroom is the platform we use to share the activities we want children to complete for their remote learning.

  • In EYFS, it is hoped that children will read with an adult every day, they will do some kind of writing every day and some kind of number work every day. They are not expected to be able to work unsupervised and therefore the times that they work will depend heavily upon other children in the family and parents’ work commitments.
  • In Key Stage 1, there will be English and Maths set daily. These are the most important subjects for home learning. Foundation subjects are also set for those children who are engaging well with their work and motivated to do more. Again it is recognised there will be a limit to what the children can achieve unsupervised, so timings for the day cannot be too rigid.
  • In Key Stage 2, Maths and English tasks will be set daily, with the amount of independent work determined by the child’s ability. The lessons will be linked and follow at set scheme of work. Foundation subjects will be set daily with the expectation that they will be completed across the course of the week.


There will a range of approaches used to teach remotely.

  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • 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


In the event of a further lockdown, recorded sessions could be used to teach children the learning objectives for English, Maths and Science lessons. This will be reliant on availability of staff due to the high number of keyworker children in some year groups and teachers’ own family circumstances.  


During a long term period of lockdown where children cannot see their teachers or their friends, each class will organise daily Zoom meetings for their classes. These could take the form of a starter for a lesson or a well being session to check up on mental health issues. It will depend on the age of the children; younger children might use it for 'Show and Tell' whilst older children would use it for sharing something they had written.


My child has Special Educational Needs, how will they be supported?

In the event of a further lockdown, all class teachers and the Special Needs Co-ordinator, Paul Hazlehurst, will be in close contact with parents of our special needs children to see if they have any particular needs. All children with an EHCP will be offered a place in school if the school is open for some children. 


Teachers and teaching assistants work closely with children on our SEN register, ensuring there is work available which they can access. In the event of a further lockdown, they will arrange one-to-one zoom calls to check in with these children from a well-being point of view and they will work with them on different aspects of their work.


The SENCo works closely with these parents and he monitors children’s engagement and their progress. He is always willing to talk to parents to answer any questions.


My child is the only one in class who has to isolate. Can I expect remote learning?

If your child has received a positive test result, they will need to remain away from school for three days.

In this instance, if your child is well enough to complete it and hand it in, we would use Google Classroom or Tapestry to set work from day 2.  As explained above, on day 1 your child can access the learning links remotely on the website. 

The work would follow the curriculum taught in school but there would not be an opportunity to offer links into the class as the teachers would be teaching full time.