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Speenhamland School

Speenhamland School

Remote Education Provision

There may still be occasions when we need to revert to remote learning, this could be for a whole class or cohort or for individual students. We use the Virtual Learning Environment - Firefly to facilitate our remote learning offer. This can be accessed from our website on the homepage by clicking on the mortar board icon. All our students have access to Microsoft Office 365 through Firefly. In addition all parents have a Firefly account which they can access to see their child's homework as well as see letters, reports and communication from school. If you are unsure of how to log on please contact your child's teacher

The Remote Curriculum: What is taught to pupils at home?

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day of self-isolation? 

Within the first day of pupils being sent home, your child's class teacher will email work to be completed at home. This may not be straight away, but will be in time to start remote learning from day two of self-isolation. The timetable will include daily Maths and English tasks as well as other curriculum subjects. If your child is unable to access the work set for them due to limited technology, parents should contact the school for further support.

Will my child be taught the same curriculum as they would if they were in school? 

When students are not in school due to self-isolation, they will follow broadly the same curriculum as students in school. However, there may be occasions where the curriculum is adapted so as best to support the students’ learning or where, due to resource restrictions at home (for instance in art, or D&T etc.), adjustments are made.


Remote Teaching and Learning 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 students broadly the following number of hours each day:

Reception Approx. 2 hours plus additional time to learn through play
Infants Approx. 3 hours – equivalent to their timetabled lessons.
Juniors Approx. 4 hours – equivalent to their timetabled lessons.


Accessing Remote Education

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

For our remote education provision, the weekly timetable of lessons will be emailed together with other useful resources children can access for learning. Within the timetable, staff will provide links to a range of other online sites including, but not limited to: Oak Academy, BBC Bitesize and other subject specific sites such as Purple Mash and Times Tables Rock Stars.

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 students may not have suitable online access at home. We have taken the following approaches to support those students to access remote education.

Speenhamland School previously received an allocation of devices from the DfE to be used to support disadvantaged children who are otherwise unable to access re-mote education; we issue these on a case by case basis. Children are eligible to receive support if –

  • They have no digital devices in their household
  • Their only available device is a smartphone
  • They only have access to a single device in their household that’s being shared with more than one other family member

If your child is experiencing any issue accessing their online learning because of hardware issues, such as those listed above, please contact the school office.

How will my child be taught remotely if they are self-isolating? 

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

  • Asynchronous teaching (pre-recorded materials) using a range of formats, for instance White Rose teaching videos, Oak National Academy lessons and BBC Bitesize videos.
  • Copies of PowerPoints / worksheets with instructions regarding what to complete.
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subject areas (e.g. Purple Mash, Times Tables Rock Stars).



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? 

  • Students are expected to complete the work set each day, as directed by their teachers.
  • The school should be alerted if a student is self-isolating and not well enough to complete work during their absence.
  • If students have difficulty in accessing a task then we would expect them to make contact with their teacher to let them know, so that directed support can be offered. This can be done via the school office.
  • As parents and carers, we would ask that you support your child in organising their time effectively and encouraging a routine throughout the day; we recommend broadly following the structure of the school day.

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

Work can be emailed into the school office for the teacher’s attention. Photos of work can also be sent in. This should be done at the end of each day.

Students will receive feedback from their teachers through:

  • Written feedback, where appropriate and dependent on the length of isolation, via email
  • Verbal feedback, where appropriate and dependent on the length of isolation, via a phone call