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Snaith Primary School

Learning at Home

Please see below our school offer to support children who may have to work from home due to issues arising from the Pandemic. 

Individual child isolation 

If a child is isolating at home as a result of a positive test or a member of the household testing positive, work for that individual will be posted on Class dojo. In this instance, videos will not be made by the class teacher but links will be used and detailed explanations of the tasks. 

Children, as long as they themselves are well enough, can complete and return their work to the teacher via the same app. They can also ask questions and seek support.  It is important to note however, that although staff will respond, this may not be as immediate as during National lock down as staff will be required to teach their class throughout the day.

This learning offer will include tasks commensurate with those delivered in class. Children should also continue to undertake reading via their reading portal (Bug Club for Reception and KS1 and Reading Plus for KS2), Maths via the Doodle Maths and for Y1-6 Timestable Rockstars.

Whole class bubble closure (or in the event of a National lock down)

In the case of a whole class bubble closure, (and as with National lock down) work will be posted on class Dojo as well as videos, links and detailed explanations of the tasks. All work should be handed in on class dojo and teachers will give feedback through this platform. Children should also continue to undertake reading Via their reading portal, as noted above and Maths via Doodle Maths and for Y1-6 Timestable Rockstars. 

School’s commitment to remote learning. 

Where will children be able to find the work?

Class Dojo

All parents have been issued with a log in to Class Dojo. This is an APP that allows teachers to post work to the children and for children to upload and return their work to the teachers. It is a tool for communication and allows interaction throughout the school day.

Teachers and parents can monitor children’s engagement and the quality of work being created. Teachers will provide individual feedback to children and this will include advice on the next steps in learning.

Class Dojo has a number of benefits:

  • Teachers can set daily work on this APP.
  • Children are able to send in daily completed work in the form of task sheets, photos or even short video clips.
  • Children’s work can be responded to individually for each child, allowing staff to regularly respond to children’s work and provide feedback.
  • There is also a messaging service so that parents and teachers can individually message one another if required.

Class Dojo is an online tool enabling staff to interact with children and families remotely on a daily basis.

Evidence Me

For children in Reception, parents are asked to return work via Evidence Me. In this way teachers can directly upload evidence of children’s achievements and progress to the online Early Years Foundation Stage Online portfolio.

Supporting Reading

Bug Club

Children in Reception and KS1 have access to Bug Club, an online reading scheme, which included phonic based text. Teachers are able to allocate text to individual children at their reading level, monitor access of these and the progress children are making.  It is recommended that children read daily for at least 10 minutes. Children should read and re read books in order to become familiar with them and become fluent.

Reading Plus

Children in KS2 have access to Reading Plus, an online reading scheme which helps to develop their fluency, vocabulary knowledge and some comprehension skills (although additional comprehension challenges will be set on DOJO).  The programme automatically assesses the children’s reading and adjusts texts accessible accordingly to ensure progress and challenge. Teachers are able to use this programme to monitor children engagement and track progress. Teachers can also message children regarding their reading on this APP. Children are expected to undertake work on reading plus for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. This is a tool to support learning that children can use in school and at home.

Additional support with Basic Skills

Doodle Maths, Doodle English (for all years) and Timetable Rockstar (for Y1-6) are additional APPs that children can access daily to maintain competency in the basic skills. Teachers will also direct children to the APP’s if specific work has been set on them or to support children to develop specific skills. Children already use these in school, are familiar with them and have personal logins.

What work will be posted on Class Dojo

If a child is isolating at home as a result of a positive test or a member of the household testing positive, work for that individual will be posted on Class dojo. In this instance, videos will not be made by the class teacher but links will be used and detailed explanations of the tasks. All work should be handed in on class dojo and teachers will give feedback through this platform.

In the case of a whole class bubble closure, work will be posted on class Dojo as well as videos, links and detailed explanations of the tasks. All work should be handed in on class dojo and teachers will give feedback through this platform. In the case of a whole class bubble closure, or in the event of school closure, please see additional details about the work set below:

Learning will be introduced via

  • Pre recorded videos by the teachers (this may not always be their own class teacher but a teacher from their key stage)
  • Videos from other professionals – such as White Rose Maths
  • Links to videos and clips which share information. Eg, how to create a piece of art, information about a time in history or particular place to support children developing their knowledge.
  • Written instruction.
  • Tasks linked to the introduction will then be set up.

For some subject’s, and in some instances, teachers will post the answers the following day for children to self mark.

How much work will the school Set.

In line with Government requirements we will set work commensurate with the tasks that the children would be expected to undertake in school.

The Government ask that we set work which should engage children in:

KS1 for a minimum of 3 hours per day

KS2 for a minimum of 4 hours per day.

We appreciate that families have busy lives and that many are juggling looking after one or more children with facilitating support for the learning we provide and  working from home. No mean feat!

With this in mind – it is important to remember that you are humans too – albeit your superhuman qualities are often called upon.  Therefore, we suggest you do as much as you can with priority given to learning basic skills first.

It is for this reason and as in acknowledgement that parents have other commitments too, that after careful consideration and following your feedback from the previous remote learning, that we have taken the decision not to undertake live learning but to favour posting tasks, videos and pre-recorded learning direction from the teachers. This means that parents can access the work for the day at a time that is appropriate for them without the pressure of ensuring that children have to be online at a given time daily. While we appreciate that some may prefer live learning session, we recognise that the vast majority appreciate the flexibility that the approach we have selected brings.

Accessing Technology

As we have shared on our Friday letters, via the App and in the phone calls we make home, please do let us know if you have any difficultly of provision with technology or accessing mobile data and we will assist in finding ways of providing your child with the necessary equipment/resources to access learning set on line.

If you have any difficulty logging onto any of our provision please contact the school and we will be happy to help resolve this.

Motivating Children.

Like all of us, this time around children are likely to feel a little weary and maybe not always motivated.

To encourage children to engage we will

  • Post a range of learning stimulus each day and over the week.
  • Continue to provide learning in all areas of the curriculum
  • Continue to teach with a thematic approach.
  • Provide individual feedback daily, throughout the day in response to the work that the children are doing or to their queries or questions. (In this way children know we are only one click away!)
  • Post videos to encourage and motivate children.
  • Continue to award weekly superstar awards to different children each week – look out for these on the children’s individual profiles.
  • Make phone calls at least fortnightly, to children who are working from home.
  • It can often be helpful for parents to set routines and structures too to help children feel motivated during this time.

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

Staff check the responses that children are sending in daily. This includes monitoring activity on the reading and maths apps.

Any children who are not engaging in work, staff will call parents to discuss any issues that may be occurring.

Assessing Learning and Progress

Through the work sent in and responded to daily, teachers are able to feedback to children at individual level about their attainment and learning. Children are well versed in using ‘response time’ to improve their work (and we have been delighted to see so many children continuing to do this in light of their teachers’ feedback).

Sometimes classes may also set quizzes to assess learning and provide answers to questions set to enable children and parents to assess their own learning.

Through the Reading App and Maths apps, we are also able to chart pupil’s engagement and progress and adjust what is set at individual level accordingly.

Work for Children who have Additional Needs

For some children we realise that they may need separate work to support their development, specific to their needs. For children who require this we have had individual conversations with parents and will set specific work and post this into the child's private portfolio on Class Dojo. 

The SENDCO also makes weekly check in calls to any vulnerable children who are not in school and accessing learning at school and will make personalised and specific arrangements for their support as required.

Work you can expect to be set in the event of a class bubble or school closure. 

Year Group

Work Set

Location of Work Set

Reception

Pre recoded videos by teachers and/or links to relevant educational video clips to direct learning along with suggested activities for children to complete relating English/Maths and in other subjects linked to the theme for the week.

Class Dojo

Doodle Math

Bug Club (Reading) Children have their own log in details

 

Work is returned via Evidence Me

 

Links to Read Write Inc phonics online videos

Activities relating to the letter/sounds such as tracing

Going forwards – Reading via Bug Club reading APP

Links to ‘Number Blocks’ maths videos

Activities for Maths Mastery focused on the number of the week such as finding the correct number of items

Years One and Two

A range of tasks relating to the class learning for the week. These will cover a range of subjects and will include clear instructions via recorded lesson introductions or PowerPoint and task information. Where relevant, there will be video links provided.

 

Class Dojo

 

Daily White Rose Maths material, as directed by the class teacher. This includes a short instructional video tutorial with follow up activities.

Daily Read, Write, Inc phonics online videos

Going forwards – Reading via Bug Club reading APP

Bug Club

Children have their own log in details

Doodle Maths activities will be set as extras including a mixture of:

  • ‘Added Extra’ activities
  • ‘5/6/7 a Day’ questions (these can be accessed as many times as you wish)

Access to Games  and ‘New This Week’ if you wish

Doodle Maths

(each child has their own individual login for the website or an app can be downloaded)

Years Three and Four

A range of tasks relating to the class learning for the week. These will cover a range of subjects and will include clear instructions via recorded lesson introductions or PowerPoint and task information. Where relevant, there will be video links provided.

Class Dojo

Daily White Rose Maths material, as directed by the class teacher. This includes a short instructional video tutorial with follow up activities.

Practise weekly spellings each day in green ‘Home Spelling Book’

 

Daily access to Reading Plus online portal

(5 times per week for 30 mins each)

login.readingplus.com

 

(each child has their own individual login for the website)

Doodle Maths activities will be available including a mixture of:

  • ‘Added Extra’ activities
  • ‘5/6/7 a Day’ questions (these can be accessed as many times as you wish)

Access to Games  and ‘New This Week’ if you wish

Doodle Maths

(each child has their own individual login for the website or an app can be downloaded)

Doodle English activities will be available including a mixture of:

  • ‘Added Extra’ activities
  • ‘5/6/7 a Day’ questions (these can be accessed as many times as you wish)
  • Access to Games  and ‘New This Week’ if you wish

Doodle English

(each child has their own individual login for the website or an app can be downloaded)

Access to Times Tables Rock Stars online

Ttrockstars.com

 

(each child has their own individual login for the website)

Years Five and Six

A range of tasks relating to the class learning for the week. These will cover a range of subjects and will include clear instructions via recorded lesson introductions or PowerPoint and task information. Where relevant, there will be video links provided.

Class Dojo

Daily White Rose Maths material, as directed by the class teacher. This includes a short instructional video tutorial with follow up activities.

Practise weekly spellings each day

 

Daily access to Reading Plus online portal

(5 times per week for 30 mins each)

login.readingplus.com

 

(each child has their own individual login for the website)

Doodle English activities will available including a mixture of:

  • ‘Added Extra’ activities
  • ‘5/6/7 a Day’ questions (these can be accessed as many times as you wish)

Access to Games  and ‘New This Week’ if you wish

Doodle English

(each child has their own individual login for the website or an app can be downloaded)

Doodle Maths activities will be available including a mixture of:

  • ‘Added Extra’ activities
  • ‘5/6/7 a Day’ questions (these can be accessed as many times as you wish)
  • Access to Games  and ‘New This Week’ if you wish

Doodle Maths

(each child has their own individual login for the website or an app can be downloaded)

Access to Times Tables Rock Stars online

Ttrockstars.com

 

(each child has their own individual login for the website)

For Children in Nursery

In the event of a bubble closure or regional lock down staff will post learning activities on the school website for children in Nursery to access. These tasks, pre recorded videos and links to learning sites will link with thematic learning that the children would undertake in school and provide support and ideas for families to help their children at home.

Safeguarding Addendum 

If you require any advice or information, particularly in respect of online safety at this time of increased use to support learning and social interaction, please see the following links. 

  • Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online  
  • London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online  
  • Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC  
  • Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online  
  • Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online  
  • UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers