In the current period of National Lockdown, we completely understand that for some parents, the thought of home education for a second time may be incredibly daunting, especially if you are managing your own work, have a number of children home learning, or are facing pressure on technology devices. Be kind to yourself and know that you are doing your best, acknowledge some days will go better than others, and you must be realistic in your aims. Do keep in touch with teachers through either Tapestry or the year group leader email accounts, particularly if you need support or reassurance. These are being manned daily. You can also share your home learning via our Twitter account @FairandCol to help our school community remain connected in this difficult time.
From week commencing 18th January, a home learning pack consisting of exercise books, pens/pencils, year group specific resources and well-being support has been provided for every child.
This is the overview of our offer. Our more detailed Remote Learning Policy is found under Risk Assessment and Operating Procedures, and the specific year group offers are in the relevant Year Group page.
Curriculum – We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, for some computing objectives these will be modified so that they can be achieved at home without accessing the specialist software that can be provided in school.
Study time – The work set for home (including instructional videos and independent work) will broadly take 3 hours per day for EYFS and KS1 and 4 hours per day for KS2. However, each family circumstance and each day is different so please do not put yourselves under any pressure.
Accessing remote learning – The school website is the ‘hub’ from which we deliver our remote learning and it links directly to our G-Suite drive. This means that it is accessible with any internet connected device that has a web browser, including desktop PC’s, laptops, tablets, smart phones and games consoles. From January 22nd to access the home learning in year group pages, you will need to input the password that has been supplied to you and ensure that the device you are using is logged in to a Google account.
For those families that do not have digital or online access we provide the option of printed work packs delivered to the home each week. The Dfe will also provide us with a limited number of devices that can be lent to homes; when these are available we will communicate directly with those parents.
Teaching remotely – We aim to replicate our school curriculum as much as possible in our remote learning offer. Each week an overview of the learning objectives for each curriculum area is shared, along with the supporting resources. Teachers will record a range of video and audio teaching each week, and these are available on an ‘on-demand’ basis to be as flexible as possible for parents. In addition, the learning overviews will direct parents to a range of other resources as appropriate.
We provide subscriptions to the following sites:
- Oxford Reading Buddy (https://www.oxfordreadingbuddy.com/uk) for all children to develop both decoding and comprehension skills.
- Children in KS1 and KS2 also have access to MyMaths (https://www.mymaths.co.uk/) to support mathematical development.
- Year group access has been made available to Education City (https://www.educationcity.com/) which provides engaging, educational resources and games for all children across the curriculum.
Please see your child’s class teacher if you have not received your log in information to these sites.
In addition to these subscription sites, we use a number of additional resources including:
WhiteRose Maths hub whiterosemaths.com/homelearning
Influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading maths researchers and practitioners across the world, White Rose Maths brings together a team of highly experienced and passionate maths teaching experts to train, guide, help and support teachers in delivery maths teaching.
BBC Bitesize bbc.co.uk/bitesize is an excellent resource that has undergone a huge programme of development due to the pandemic and now provides access to thousands of online lessons and learning resources across the curriculum. In addition, during the current National Lockdown, 3 hours of primary school programming will be available every day on CBBC.
The Oak National Academy thenational.academy is a Government backed initiative to provide high-quality video lessons and learning resources. These cover a range of subjects including maths, English, art and languages. Every lesson is completely free to use.
To support early literacy parents may also find our KS1 Parent Guidance and Phonics Information Leaflet useful. A range of support materials for well-being and other activities are also posted in our Thrive section of the website.
Engagement, feedback and assessment – In the weekly home learning, direction is provided to parents around routines and timetabling. Email accounts are monitored daily and parents are encouraged to communicate with teachers to answer any queries. Year groups will give direction to the work they would like to be shared with them on a weekly basis, and this can be done either through email or via the button provided on the year group page. Feedback will be provided for each piece of work submitted. Teachers are also able to monitor the children’s progress on Oxford Reading Buddy and through tasks set on MyMaths. For any child that is not attending school, parents will receive a phone call at least every 2-3 weeks to discuss their child’s engagement, progress, successes and any concerns they may have.
Additional support – we will work in partnership with any parents whose child needs additional support to access remote education, including with SEND. This may include specific resources and curriculum adaptations and enhanced access to teachers and professionals.Phonics-Parent-Information-leaflet