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This information is intended to give our parents and carers a clear view of what to expect from remote learning during periods of self-isolation or during a national lockdown.  For details of self-isolation, please refer to the final section of this page.


What should my child expect in the first one or two days?


A pupil's first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach as we need some time to take all the necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.  In the first one or two days you should expect:


  • Your child to be able to access work and curriculum activities through SeeSaw and Tapestry.  This can take some time for teachers to prepare and upload, and work may not reflect the full academic curriculum, as these activities can also take time to prepare.  However, work and activities will be available for parents and families to access in the first day or two of a lockdown.
  • We can only offer online learning in the first day or two and are not able to offer paper packs of learning.  Once the teachers have had the time to prepare paper packs these will be shared with any family who requests one.


Following the first couple of days, what will my child be learning?


  • At Miriam Lord we teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate.  However, we do need to make some changes in some subject, for example: lessons that require lots of resources may need to be adapted i.e. art work, design technology, science and PE; and some lessons may not be as practical due to limited equipment i.e. measures in maths.


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


We expect remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following amount of time:


  • EYFS and Key Stage One (pupils aged 3 - 7): remote learning will take three hours a day;
  • Key Stage Two (pupils aged 7 - 11): remote learning will take four hours a day.


How will my child access any online learning we are providing?


As a school we use two different online learning platforms to share our remote learning, these are:


  • Tapestry - this is for pupils in EYFS (Nursery and Reception);
  • SeeSaw - this is for all other pupils in school from Year 1 - 6.


How will we support pupils who are struggling to access learning online?


School will be monitoring who is accessing online learning through SeeSaw and Tapestry.  Pupils who are not accessing this work will be offered paper learning packs from school.  These are prepared on a weekly basis and can be collected every Monday from 9.00 a.m.  Work in these packs will match the school curriculum where this is possible and appropriate.  These packs are to be completed and returned the following week.  As well as this, school will be lending laptops to families who cannot access online learning.  Laptops will be issues based on parental need and to families who have no other access to online learning.  


How will my child be taught remotely?


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


  • Record teaching i.e. teachers will record parts of lessons, teaching inputs and key points to be shared on SeeSaw and Tapestry.
  • Activities, lessons and worksheets to be shared on SeeSaw and Tapestry i.e. phonics lessons, maths activities.
  • Printed paper learning packs produced by teachers i.e. activities, lessons and worksheets to be completed on a weekly basis.
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects i.e. BBC, Oak Academy, White Rose Maths.


What are the expectations for my child's engagement and support from parents?


Teachers will be sharing a timetabled plan of the day on SeeSaw.  We think this helps our parents to prepare for the day of learning, and to have an understanding of how long activities may take and when to plan appropriate breaks.  Our expectations are that all pupils in school should continue to learn when school is closed; this is either by engaging with online learning or completing paper packs.


How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work?


School leaders and teachers will be monitoring the engagement with online learning by carrying out daily evaluations of SeeSaw and Tapestry.  This information will be cross-referenced with a checklist of who is collecting and completing a paper learning pack.  As part of our regular phone calls to families, teachers and leaders will be identifying pupils who are not accessing remote learning and look for further ways to provide support in the future.  Expectations are that all pupils access remote learning in the way that is best for them.


How will you assess my child's work and progress?


We will continue to assess learning in the way that we do normally.  This can take the form of: reviewing all work completed in paper learning packs, evaluating work, comments and feedback on SeeSaw and Tapestry or through activities such as tests and quizzes.  Feedback from pupils, during phone calls, is also important as a tool for gathering feedback.  Teachers will provide feedback on an ongoing basis through SeeSaw and Tapestry (though this is not always immediate as teachers may be engaged in face-to-face learning) and one a weekly basis for pupils completing paper packs.


How will school help my child who has additional needs or requires additional support?


We recognise that some pupils, for example pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEBD), may not be able to access remote education without extra support.  We will work with families to support in the following ways:


  • Offer a school place to any child who is identified as having an EHCP.
  • Immediate and regular contact with our Inclusion Leader (Mrs Sarah Jagger) to identify barriers to remote learning and to discuss additional support that can be provided from school i.e. tailored work plan (paper based or online), lending school resources etc.


If my child is self-isolating, how will remote education differ from the approaches described above?


Where pupils need to self-isolate but school is open, remote education will follow the same principles and guidelines as above.  However, due to the challenge of staff teaching pupils both at home and school there will be following differences:


  • Feedback on SeeSaw and Tapestry may not be as immediate as staff will be teaching.
  • Activities will be uploaded to SeeSaw and Tapestry at the end of every day to be completed the following day.
  • Paper learning packs will be provided on a more regular basis i.e. every two or three days.


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