Crowlees J&I School
Remote Education Provision
Effective remote education is a challenge for schools to provide, and for parents to support. We want to support you and give you the best resources we can. We appreciate every family is different, circumstances vary and resources are not available for everyone. We ask you to do your best, and recognise that this is good enough. We will work with you to do the best we can. We hope this guide provides you with information and reassures you whilst you continue to support the children at home with their learning.
We understand you may need to share computers/ devices as well as other obstacles that may arise! Please contact school if you need to arrange to borrow a device.
Some top tips that may help
Structuring the day
Do not worry about trying to maintain a full routine for your child like they had at school. Children may feel more comfortable and learn better with a predictable routine to the day, even if this is difficult. You know your child best and what works for them, but generally, try to make sure that they:
- Get up and go to bed at the same time each day
- Have regular meal times
- Have regular breaks
- Make time to be active – children are used to regular play at lunch and break times. Consistent routines are important for behaviour and wellbeing – try using the checklist on the next page to support this.
See this short video for advice on establishing a good routine at home
Consistent routines are important for behaviour and wellbeing in school and our routines at home have changed significantly. Routines support behaviour and you will be finding a new rhythm with your family. You could share this checklist with your child. Talk to them to help them plan their new routines.
What will remote learning look like?
Each day, your child’s class teacher, or the other teacher from their year group, will teach ‘live’ Zoom lessons. These will be closely matched to the lessons the children would be receiving in school. They will cover English, maths and most of the other subjects across the primary curriculum. There is a timetable for each year group on our website. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and in years 1 and 2 will have shorter Zoom sessions in smaller groups. Key Stage 2 children, in years 3,4,5 and 6, will have longer sessions but with regular, longer breaks.
How will I know what my child needs to do?
The class teacher will be in touch with you via the class emails already set up. Each week the resources will be uploaded onto Google drive for you to access and print if needed, or use on screen. These resources are also uploaded to the Seesaw App. If you would like paper copies of the resources, you can collect these from school, after 2pm each Friday. You should use this same email to communicate any concerns about home learning to the class teacher.
How will my child’s receive feedback?
Children will be uploading their work onto the Seesaw app, which allows them to share activities, and for the teacher to give feedback via a written, or a spoken comment. Teachers can also suggest improvements and alterations to be made. Parents are able to view their child’s work and progress throughout the term.
Please be mindful that it is going to be challenging for work to be marked or to be given feedback in the same way as a normal classroom situation, where adults would provide ongoing verbal feedback and regular check ins throughout the lesson. This means that it is worth providing timely praise and encouragement to your child to motivate them to continue to engage with their learning. We are mindful that parents may also be required to work from home and therefore we will aim to ensure that the tasks can be completed by children as independently as possible, although this is not always possible.
How will I contact the teacher?
Some class teachers are also teaching the children in school, so although they can still be contacted, they may not be available to respond to questions or feedback during the day. Teachers will be providing regular feedback on your child’s work via Seesaw and if you have any questions concerning your child’s learning, please contact them in the first instance via the year group email.
We understand that this is a challenging time for you and your child, being away from their peers and adapting to ever-changing situations. We want to keep our strong connections between home and school, so will continue to have a class story for children at home to see their friends who are in school and regular assemblies with Mrs Woods and Mrs Corcoran. If you feel that your child finds watching their peers at school emotionally difficult, please consider whether or not to share these with them.
What if my child gets stuck?
You can, of course, help your child if they need it. Use the guidance given by the class teacher to help them to understand what they need to do and encourage them to do their best. If this is unclear, please get in touch with the teacher via the class email or the Zoom chat, if that is enabled.
The best way to help your children learn is to:
- Give them support and direction, but encourage them to do work independently too
- Make sure they have everything they need for their lesson in front of them. (just the current lesson and not everything for the whole week)
- Include active and practical things, rather than trying to make them sit and work for long periods. Try to break down the work into shorter periods, based on how long they can concentrate; take frequent breaks away from their work and any devices.
- Praise or reward them when they do well
- Consider having a daily ‘five-minute plan’ chat with your child before they get started with home learning. This can help establish what order they will tackle their work and whether they have everything they need.
- Consider the ‘Talk with TRUST’ framework to support with conversations about all learning opportunities (a copy of this is on the following page).
Top tips for creating a productive learning environment in the home
- Ensure all distractions are switched off or well out of reach e.g. TV off.
- Quiet, calm music in the background might provide a suitable backdrop to work being completed.
- Provide a table, or suitable flat surface, and a chair for work to be completed on, preferably in a dedicated work area (rather than their bedroom), so children can leave/ move away when they need a break.
- Ensure that children remain hydrated with water and are able to eat in line with a regular routine, though not during live lesson time.
Supportive conversations about learning
The importance of reading
Your child will be allocated reading books that can be collected from the school entrance, and brought back for exchange. We would like children to read everyday, but you can choose whether they read from their school reading book, shared stories, recipes or comics.
Recommended sites to support reading
Keeping children safe online
Online safety: To ensure your child remains safe online during the school closure ‘Think U Know’ have produced home activity packs to support parents.
There is also information if you are concerned about an e-safety incident and a link to report concerns to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection).
National Online Safety also produces guides with information about apps, games and sites your children may access:
In addition, these sites help you to help your child stay safe on-line:
Other things to do at home (on and off screen)
Keeping a healthy body and mind
Final message to parents & carers
You are doing enough.
You are loving your children and supporting them through a difficult time.
Look after yourself.
Minimising stress is absolutely vital in a time like this for mental health.
Don’t let this be something that causes you stress; you are the primary educator and this is all your call.
Well done to everyone for doing your best.
Keep going, we can do this!
Your families need you at this time so please look after yourselves and remember to
message your child’s class teacher if you need any support with anything…