Remote Learning at Holbrook
In September 2021, all our classes returned to full-time education following previous disruption caused by lockdown and bubble closures. Although we hope that the majority of our children will now have an uninterrupted experience, there is the possibility that an individual child, groups or indeed the whole school, will need to self-isolate for a period of time. We have therefore put in place a plan for remote learning so that all children can continue with their education. Remote learning will be shared with families when they are absent due to authorised Covid related absence.
This meets the expectations set out in the DfE guidance ‘Remote Education Support’ found here.
If a child does not have access to a computer/laptop and/or the internet, the school will do all it can to support children and if necessary provide paper packs of learning. Where funding can be accessed, remote devices (eg, laptops) and/or 4G connections will be sought, particularly for disadvantaged children. Parents will be reminded to make the school aware of any barriers to accessing remote learning.
In the first instance, individual children will be sent a learning at home pack that will cover the first 24 hours. After the first day, class teachers will provide two core activities each day; English (either Writing or Spelling based on planning in school, Oak Academy or BBC Bitesize) and Maths (based on the White Rose materials). In addition to this, there will be a foundation subject and children will also be expected to complete reading and number work activities. The school will make a courtesy call to parents after day three to check in to see if further support is required.
The daily timetable may include the following;
Using White Rose maths, children will complete a session which includes a video and subsequent questions.
TT Rockstars and Numbots will help children practise their times tables and number bonds
Children are to read from their own reading book or download and read a free e-book from Oxford Owls.
Writing incl. Spelling/Phonics
Using Talk4Writing materials the children will have the opportunity to practise their writing skills.
Spelling Shed can help children practise their year group spellings.
BBC Bitesize and the Oak Academy contain many foundation subject lessons.
Bitesize Daily has been developed by the BBC to provide new lessons every weekday for pupils in year 1 to year 10. Created in collaboration with teachers and educational experts, its videos and interactive activities cover core subjects and other topics on the school curriculum.
Oak National Academy
The ‘teaching content’ will be provided to children through age appropriate video content from Oak National Academy. A practising teacher, with a pre-recorded video, delivers the sessions. It is all easy to use, there is no login or password, and you can access the lessons on any device.
Pupils or their parents can send any completed work/photographs to teachers via Seesaw. Work will receive an acknowledgement from a teacher or other school staff. This will not aim to replicate feedback on strengths and development in learning that parents might expect when the school is open normally.
Contact with pupils/ parents
Please contact the class teacher in the first instance if there is a concern about a pupil’s learning. Parents are able to contact the school via telephone, the school office and class email addresses. Where a pupil is self-isolating for a significant period of time, contact will be made via telephone on a weekly basis to monitor learning and provide support if needed. The Assistant Headteacher will contact families with vulnerable pupils on a weekly basis and offer support as necessary.
Please refer to Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.
When accessing personal data, all staff members will: only use their official school email account and connect to the school network using their school laptop only.
Sharing personal data
Staff members are unlikely to need to collect and/or share personal data. However, if it does become necessary, staff are reminded to collect and/or share as little personal data as possible online. All data collection will be compliant with GDPR guidelines.
Keeping devices secure
All staff will take appropriate steps to ensure their devices remain secure. Computers should be locked if left inactive for a period of time. Operating systems must be up to date – always install the latest updates.
This policy will be reviewed by the Leadership Team as and when updates to home learning are provided by the government. At present the only ‘live lessons’ will be used via the Oak Academy.
Links with other policies
This policy is linked to our: