Remote Learning

Remote Learning

Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home?

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

All work will be available for children on the Google classroom or via Tapestry for EYFS. This will be planned in accordance with what would be delivered in class and will be available immediately to all those children who can access it.

For those children who are unable to access Google Classroom, paper copies of all work will be provided for them.

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

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, Science lessons may be delivered using high quality video presentations rather that the practical lessons children would have completed in school or will be adapted to paper based lessons for those children who require them. Art, PE and ICT lessons may also be adapted but where possible the key skills and knowledge your child requires will still be covered.

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:


The work planned is in line with that that would be delivered in class so is planned between 9am and 3pm each day.

Key stage 1


At least 3 hours of work will be completed in line with minimum  requirements.

The work planned is in line with that that would be delivered in class  so is planned between 9am and 3pm each day.


Key stage 2

At least 4 hours of work will be completed in line with minimum requirements.

The work planned is in line with that that would be delivered in class so is planned between 9am and 3pm each day.

 Accessing remote education

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

All work can be accessed via Google Classroom using a laptop, tablet, mobile phone, X Box or Playstation. Other learning platforms such as Purple Mash, IXL and TT Rock stars will also be utilised and your child will have been sent passwords for these.

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. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

  • Parents have been contacted to ascertain their ability to access online learning and request paper based resources and learning materials.
  • Laptops (when available) will be issued to those families who are struggling for online access.
  • Printed resources will be delivered to families and completed work will be collected and returned for checking and feedback.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • Detailed lessons and resources shared through Google Classroom.
  • Recorded teaching, using lessons from Oak Academy, BBC Bitesize, Ruth Miskin phonics and more will be used as appropriate.
  • Printed paper packs, produced by teachers and in line with what is being delivered online when appropriate, will be delivered weekly and collected for marking and feedback. (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • Textbooks and reading books will be delivered with paper based home learning packs when needed.
  • Commercially available websites, supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences, will also be utilised.

Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?


We expect you to:

  • Be contactable during the school day (ie) we may need to speak to you about your work.
  • Complete work each day to the deadline set by your teachers.
  • Spend the required amount of time on each subject. This will be highlighted on your Google classroom.
  • Seek help if you need it, from your teacher or teaching assistants
  • Alert teachers if you’re not able to complete your work so that you can receive further help.


Staff can expect parents with children learning remotely to:

  • Make the school aware if their child is sick or otherwise can’t complete work.
  • Support their child/ children and encourage them to complete all the work that is set.
  • Seek help from school if they need it.
  • Be respectful when making any complaints or concerns known to staff.


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

Teachers will monitor who is accessing the work on Google Classroom throughout the day. If there are concerns about how much work is being completed or submitted you will receive a phone call to notify you of this. Children working on paper-based tasks will need to complete all work ready for the next week’s delivery/ collection. A phone call will take place if the work has not been completed.

All children will be encouraged to engage through the use of rewards such as dojos, motivational messages, star of the week certificates etc as they would be in school.

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 also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.

Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

  • Children can submit their work via Google Classroom or by email.
  • They will receive feedback acknowledging their work and will be given advice about checking errors if necessary. This feedback will be given on the same day that the work is received.
  • If children completing paper based work need to repeat tasks these will be delivered again and a phone call or written advice will be provided. 

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

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 by providing differentiated tasks that they are able to access more independently. Please contact us if you feel your child needs extra support or further differentiation.

How will younger pupils be supported with their work?

In Nursery and Reception remote learning tasks are set using Tapestry. All Reception children have been given a home learning pack with number and phonic flashcards that they will need to complete the tasks set. Teachers will upload a video story each day.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Even when the majority of children are in class, the day’s lessons will all be available on the Google classroom for any children whom may be self-isolating. This work is in line with what the children in class will be learning so they will still be taught a well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work. A range of different subjects will be taught and feedback will be provided on submitted work.

If you have any further queries or questions please don’t hesitate to contact school via email or by phone.


Online Safety

An Important Note to Parents and Carers.

Google classroom is a secure platform as are the other learning platforms used (ie) Purplemash, IXL, TT Rock stars etc. Children do not have access to a Gmail account when using Google Classrooms. This prevents contact from strangers and between children to prevent online bullying. Online resources and videos will be checked by staff before being planned into lessons to ensure all content is suitable.

Please contact school immediatley if you have any concerns regarding online safety. 


The following may be useful in ensuring your child/ children are safe whilst online at home: 

  • Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Net-aware - for support for parents and carers from the NSPCC
  • Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
  • UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers

The following videos are a useful guide for anyone who wishes to learn more about the GoogleClassroom features. Depending upon the device you are using, there are videos for a desktop PC and iPhones.  

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