Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.
The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:
• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?
Ledbury Primary School
Remote Learning Information
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.
A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
Depending on how much notice we have been given for remote education to begin, we may need to have the first day to begin organising work. You should expect work to be set on Microsoft Teams or Tapestry from at least the second day.
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.
Teachers are available through email, phone or zoom to offer support where required.
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:
Up to 3 hours, at least 2
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Children will be able to access all work through their Microsoft Teams log in (Y1-6) and Tapestry for Nursery and Reception. This will include links, videos, powerpoints and documents. Where possible, teachers will set work that does not require materials to be printed.
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:
- We will offer loans of spare laptops and ipads to be used at home
- We do not have access to devices that enable an internet connection (for example, routers or dongles), but we would offer support to parents who might need assistance to source a device
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- recorded teaching – Teachers will record some lessons, or use pre-recorded ones from White Rose, Oak National Academy or similar
- lessons may be supported with additional resources such as powerpoints
- twice daily registration using zoom
- open zoom drop in session for anyone who needs support from the class teacher with their work
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 children to log onto zoom for registration in the morning and afternoon. We expect all lessons to be completed and work submitted for at least English and Maths daily (Y1-6) and EYFS children to engage with the daily activities on Tapestry.
- We expect parents to support their children’s lessons where necessary and where possible. If parents are having difficulties we expect them to get in touch so that we can help and support.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- Teachers expect to see children on the morning and afternoon zoom calls
- We require work to be handed in (preferably using Microsoft Teams) at least for English and Maths daily, and also for Topic lessons where appropriate (Y1-6). EYFS staff will check for interactions with activities on Tapestry.
- Teachers will respond with feedback for English and Maths work individually.
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:
- Teachers will offer written or audio recorded feedback on English and Maths work
- Teachers may also ask children to attend a zoom meeting so that they can give more detailed feedback
- Teachers may also use quizzes to assess understanding
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 in the following ways:
- All children with an EHCP will be offered a place in school or Nursery.
- Work will be differentiated for children on the SEND register.
- Any child with a SEND should be able to complete the work set for them independently, or have access to a teacher to support them to complete the work via an online learning platform.
- Where a child with SEND needs to access an external professional that school commission, for example Speech and Language Therapist, Educational Psychologist, this will continue remotely via Zoom.
- Where a child with SEND needs to access an external professional from the NHS or Herefordshire Council, Ledbury Primary School will adhere to the guidelines set by Herefordshire Council.
- Where appropriate, additional resources will be supplied to children with SEND to support their identified need. Eg ipad, visual timetable, enlarged print etc
- Children in EYFS with a SEND will use Tapestry as their online learning platform which will enable their family to have a continued dialogue with their teacher.
- The pastoral team at school will ensure that those children on the SEND register who have not taken a place at school are contacted regularly via phone or home visits to offer support with their learning and emotional well-being.
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?
- Work will still be set on Microsoft Teams or Tapestry that matches the lessons that are taking place in school.
- Teachers will not be available to support using zoom during the school day but could offer support at the end of the day if required.
- Where technology allows, teachers may be able to zoom with children at home so that they can join in directly with lessons.