Remote Home Learning
This page outlines our remote home learning plans for children having to self–isolate because they have come in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus. This could be an entire class bubble or where a child has come into contact with an infected person not from the school.
If this happens, we would like the children to continue learning at home and we have a revised our home learning arrangements to facilitate this.
Our remote learning plan complies with the expectations and principles outlined in the DFE document Guidance for Full Opening of Schools and builds on and adds to the home learning offer we provided during Summer 2020.
The core elements of our core home learning programme have been enhanced. It will include:
• set learning tasks on a daily basis.
• set different work for different groups of learners so that tasks are more closely matched to
each child’s learning needs (differentiation).
• use a dedicated digital learning platform so that the teacher and child (and parents for
younger children) can interact during the school day.
Although it is important to continue to emphasise the importance of learning, we recognise it is also necessary to be realistic in our expectations of what children are likely to achieve at home. The circumstances of children vary widely, and many children will not have the same opportunities to share ideas and collaborate on work.
For many parents and carers, they face the challenge of managing their children's education whilst trying to maintain their own workload.
There may be several children in a family, each with their own needs, and the family may be sharing space, time and technology.
Expectations must be reasonable in terms of the demands of staff, acknowledging that they themselves may be juggling home schooling their own children and being expected to teach in a way that is unfamiliar and in a way that children do not naturally learn.
The Virtual Classroom and guided home learning
Learning tasks will be set each day (Monday-Friday) in-line with our current curriculum and teachers will be available to interact between the hours of 9am and 3pm.
We have opted for interaction through a designated digital learning platform to create a secure virtual classroom where guided learning can take place.
Classes 2, 3 and 4 will use Class Dojo and Class 1 parents will continue to use Tapesty.
Both platforms will enable teachers to upload learning tasks and interact with children and parents during the school day as well as offering feedback and teaching support through a computer or tablet and an internet connection.
Tasks will be set by teachers using a range of self-made or online resources the school has specifically purchased to support remote home learning. Passwords and login details will be provided to all families free of charge.
Teachers will direct children/parents to specific lessons, activities and teaching videos each day through Class Dojo or Tapestry.
Where a child and parent has no access to the technology required, paper based resources will be sent to the household.
Tapestry (Virtual Classroom)
Tapestry will be used by the teacher in Class 1 to upload activities and monitor children’s progress. It will also form the main means of interaction between the teacher and parents of children in the Reception Class.
Class Dojo (Virtual Classroom)
Class Dojo will be the main portal or virtual classroom for Years 1-6 for interaction and uploading learning tasks, completed work, video demonstrations etc. Activities will be set by the class teacher on a daily basis and will be uploaded and assigned to different groups of children through Class Dojo (Years 1-6).
Class Dojo enables class teachers to group children and easily assign activities that are differentiated (set at an ability level more suited to your child’s learning needs).
The work then forms part of the child’s portfolio.
Teachers and parents will be able to comment on the submitted work and interact through a live messaging service. The teacher can send class messages as well as bespoke messages to individual children as part of their teaching support.
A Class Story page offers the chance for teachers to celebrate children’s work and maintain our school community.
Class Dojo will be available for Years 1- 6.
Purple Mash (teaching and learning resource)
Purple Mash will be available to all children as it can cater for Reception up to Year 6. It is a subscription based online learning resource which offers:
Open ended tools: These are designed so that children can engage with publishing, story creation, game design, concept mapping, collaborative writing and art, to name a few.
Spelling and Grammar: Teachers have the option section of setting weekly self-marking spelling quizzes across the class. There are also a number grammar games for children to practise and reinforce the skills they have been taught.
Maths: This section includes maths-based tools and resources to engage and challenge ranging from spreadsheets to graphing and from times table games to competitive maths racing games.
Cross Curricular project work: Purple Mash can also be used to quickly find resources relating to school topics or navigate the ‘Topics’ area. This section includes themed writing templates, slide shows, stories, quizzes and more.
Oak Academy (teaching and learning resource)
Oak Academy was set up by the Department of Education in response to the closure of schools during lockdown. Lessons produced by Oak Academy encourage the use of retrieval practice, explicit teaching with high quality modelling, and the use of deliberate practice.
Teachers will select the lessons they feel supports their objectives for the day or for a specific group of children.
Oak Academy also provides lessons specifically aimed at children with SEND needs and requiring additional support.
BBC Bitesize (teaching and learning resource)
Similar to Oak Academy, the BBC will continue to provide teaching videos, games and activities for each year group as well as catch up lessons.
Teachers may dip into the resources provided by the BBC that they feel supports the learning they are trying to achieve.
Mathletics (teaching and learning resource)
Mathletics is a subscription based online maths learning that will be used to support our remote home learning. Similar to RM EasiMaths, it uses best-practice theories of gamified learning to keep children engaged with maths with fresh activities, challenges and regularly updated content. It will be available for all year groups.
Similar to Matheletics, RM Easimaths is an online subscription based maths learning tool paid for by the school that has more than 6,000 activities for children of different ages and abilities.
Children are shown key concepts and taken step by step through how to tackle them, and they can get clues from the software where they need a little bit of help. Extra challenges can be given where students do well. This will be available for selected year groups currently using this resource.
SPaG.com provides KS1 and KS2 practice punctuation & grammar tests. It is a subscription based platform that we are extending across the school to support home learning.
Education Quizzes provides children online quizzes that are written by teachers to help children remember and revise what they are learning in class. Teachers may use this resource to enable children to practise, recall and reinforce previously taught knowledge, skills and understanding.
Reading Pro and Reading Pro-Library
Available for Years 3-6, Reading Pro Library supports our reading programme for Years 3-6 by providing real e-books matched to a child’s reading ability and our school library. This will enable children to continue to have access to reading books at home.
Reading Pro Library provides Levelled books across a range of genres, clickable vocabulary definitions with audio support, an audio recorder to practice fluency and pronunciation and Comprehension quizzes to motivate and monitor progress.
Video conferencing/live streaming
Teachers may use pre-recorded videos or live video streaming as a means of interacting with groups of children. Our chosen platform is Zoom.
Zoom is a popular and in our view one of the most user friendly video conferencing apps available. It is a free platform for families to use that and offers enhanced encryption and a secure password protection.
Where live streaming is used parents must be present and adhere to the school’s safeguarding protocols for remote online learning.
Accessing home remote learning
Parents may receive less than 24 hours notice that a class bubble must close because it is dependent on notification of a positive result. Children will need access to either a computer or tablet computer and an internet connection.
In preparation for home-learning, parents and children will need logins and passwords for the following platforms.
We will send you these details in due course.
• Tapestry (Reception)
• Class Dojo (Years 1-6)
• Mathletics (Yr R – Y6)
• Reading Pro and Library Pro (Years 3-6)
• Purple Mash (Yr R- Y6)
• SPAG Online (Years 3-6)
Our primary home learning plan will be triggered in the event of an entire bubble or more than one bubble being sent home and the teacher being well enough and able to continue to work from home.
However, there are some occasions where we will need a secondary plan.
This is where:
It will not be feasible for a class teacher to provide intense interactive home learning whilst managing the class in school at the same. Nor will a class teacher provide home learning if they themselves have contracted coronavirus and are too ill to work.
In these circumstances, we will need to offer remote learning in a different way and direct parents towards the National Oak Academy which offers online lessons for all age groups. This will be our contingency plan.
An outline of the learning intentions for the child will be sent to parents with suggested lessons and activities. Interactive online support will be available from other available members of staff.
What about children isolating due to them waiting for a coronavirus test result?
In most cases, children waiting for a test result should receive them within 24-48 hours. Should the test be negative and no other family member having tested positive, they will be able to return to school as normal.
If the child is well enough, which will depend on the severity of symptoms, we will need to deliver home learning in a different way because the class teacher will be teaching the class.
In these circumstances, we will direct parents and children to the online lessons provided by Oak Academy and provide online support where required.
What about children isolating due to a household family member testing positive?
Similarly, we cannot offer intense interactive home learning in the same way because the class teacher will be teaching the class. Instead, we will direct parents and children to the online lessons provided by Oak Academy and provide interactive online support.
What happens if my child tested positive and can return after 10 days but the rest of the class is still isolating for 14 days?
The bubble will remain closed for 14 days and there will be no class bubble for the child to return to. Even though they could technically return, they will need to stay at home and continue with home learning until the teacher and the bubble returns to school.
Is it possible my child will have to stay at home for up to 24 days?
Yes. If your child is sent home for 14 days because another child in the class tested positive and your child contracts symptoms and/or tests positive, your child will need to stay home for a further 10 days. If symptoms occur on day 14, your child will need to stay at home for a further 10 days.
What about pupils with no access to remote education?
In the event of a disruption to face to face education at schools due to coronavirus parents should contact the school to discuss what options are available if there are no digital devices available in their household or they do not have a fixed broadband connection at home.
We will then establish if any children qualify for free access to a government funded laptop.
Protocols for Online Learning
• Parents will be informed of the school’s home learning plan and will be provided with a list
of subscription and non-subscription based platform with logins and passwords that the
school intends to use.
• It is an expectation that all children will engage in home remote learning if they are well
enough to do so.
• Remote home learning is part of the school day and relevant behaviour and conduct
policies apply to all as if they are in school.
• All interactions should be through the schools chosen platforms in this case Tapestry, Class
Dojo and school based email addresses.
• All interactions between the teacher and child using the schools chosen platforms will be
between the hours of 9am and 3pm.
• Any communication outside of these hours from parents is at the teacher’s discretion to
respond but must be through the school’s approved platforms or school based email.
• Staff will use their best endeavours to differentiate work for different groups of learners and
respond to interactions in a timely way bearing in mind they may have up to 30 children in
• Children, staff and parents supporting children at home should be conscious of the
importance of confidentiality when working online.
• The use of private messaging is allowed and should be used by children, parents or staff if
it relates to a specific child’s needs. Other more general messages may be made by the
class teacher on a feed the whole class will see e.g. greeting the children first thing in the
• Where a teacher feels a video conference is the most effective format to interact, the
children must have an adult with them at all times, the child must wear appropriate clothing
(not pyjamas), and normal school rules still apply.
• Children, parents and staff should not record or take pictures of live video streams.
• Teacher’s using video conferencing must inform parents in advance and, ensure there is an
adult with the child and ensure they are in a location with minimal back ground/objects or
• The safeguarding of pupils and teachers is paramount and these protocols are designed to
protect individuals using the internet for home remote learning and where there are
concerns, this should be raised with the Designated Safeguarding Lead which in this case
is the head teacher.