In line with government guidelines, Coppermill Primary School will be closed to most pupils from Tuesday 5th January 2021. Online remote learning will be facilitated via Google Classroom. Parents and carers can find information about our remote education provision here. This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency about what to expect from remote education and support those accessing the provision from home.
The remote curriculum: What is taught?
We aim to provide a high quality learning provision to all Coppermill pupils regardless of whether they are on site or accessing the online provision. We take the learning of all children very seriously and our staff work passionately to ensure that our curriculum offer is broad, balanced and enables progress in all areas.
Our remote education offer has been set up through Google Classroom which enables a balance of live teaching taking place in the mornings and independent study directed by a teacher in the afternoon. This is constantly reviewed and consulted on with our stakeholders to ensure that our online learning provision is of high quality.
In instances where bubbles are sent home to self-isolate or during partial school closures during national lockdowns, we will aim to provide children with continued learning provision at home. Google Classroom will be set up for your child’s bubble with a blend of live teaching and pre-recorded teacher videos made available using this platform during the morning core lessons. In the afternoon, teachers will direct children towards curriculum-aligned independent activities and studies such as creative art & DT projects, topic-based research tasks, physical exercise or scientific investigations involving widely-available/ common household materials and objects. The online provision will mirror the school timetable as much as possible.
Remote teaching and study time each day
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the same amount of time as they would be in school. Your child’s timetable will be shared with you and your child which indicates the amount of learning time that should be completed a week.
Here are some sample timetables from Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes:
How will my child access the remote learning?
Your child will need a device which is able to connect to the internet and a username and password which has been provided by the school. Please contact the school office if you do not have any of the above. In some instances, where there is availability, we may be in a position to provide your child with a laptop and a data SIM card. Your child will log into Google Classroom (classroom.google.com) and find instructions from their teacher, either asking them to click on a link to take them into a live video-call lesson or a video or written message directing the children to complete an activity such as a topic or craft project (See example below)
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 endeavour to loan a device to pupils, subject to availability, in order for them to fully engage with the learning
- Providing children with a paper pack and resources to enable self-directed learning where appropriate
- Engage with government schemes such as mobile data extension
- Direct pupils to the BBC offer for primary pupils by providing them with a timetable and resources
- Invite children that may be educationally vulnerable to access learning whilst being on site
If families have no access, the family is contacted regularly in order to maintain communication, including with the children.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Daily live lessons: These sessions take the form of a live video-call using Google Meet. The children will join together with their classmates and teacher virtually. The teacher will introduce the new learning and explain the concept being taught, sharing his/her presentation on the screen. The children will be able to ask and answer questions to clarify and extend understanding.
The teacher will model the learning – either on a flipchart easel, large whiteboard or digitally – showing the children how to use the new skill in context. They will use assessment for learning practises such as asking children for feedback (verbally, on mini-whiteboards or in another way) to inform their teaching. Teachers will then ask the children to complete an independent or group task to demonstrate their understanding.
Prerecorded video lessons: In other instances, some lessons may be pre-prepared by the teacher and uploaded onto the Google Classroom in the form of a video or presentation. These lessons will follow the same structure as the live lessons; however, as they are not ‘live’, there is not the same opportunity for the children to ask and answer questions and for the teacher to gather immediate feedback. In these sessions, the teacher will explain the new learning and explain the task for the children to complete independently.
Offline or project based learning: In the afternoons, pupils will be directed towards offline activities such as practising spelling and handwriting in their book or completing tasks in their reading journal. They will have the opportunity develop their creative and research capabilities through project based tasks involving their topic learning and will be directed to online resources to support their health and wellbeing.
Engagement and feedback
If children are not attending the school site, then remote learning is compulsory and children are expected to complete work to the best of their ability as they would do in school.
We are incredibly proud of how many children are accessing the online provision and how enthusiastically they are engaging with remote learning both on and offline.
If your child is unwell, please contact the school to report the absence as you would do if the school was open to all pupils.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
As well as assessing children’s engagement and understanding through asking questions and asking children to share their ideas, teachers will also set work for children to complete and upload digitally onto the Google Classroom platform. The teacher will clearly explain to the children how to find the task and what they should do to complete it. The teacher will use this information to inform their ongoing assessments of how the children are doing. As they would in a school situation, teachers will call to inform parents if they are concerned about a child not engaging or progressing within lessons as she/he would expect.
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. However, all work that is submitted will be looked at by the class teacher and any comments and actions required will be fed back to the child. Our staff love seeing all the fabulous work the children complete at home and have posted step by step guides on their Google Classroom pages to show you how to submit digital work or upload any photos and videos showing the fabulous projects and written work completed offline.
Do you have a remote learning policy and protocols in place that should be followed?
Our remote learning policy can be found be clicking here. In addition, we have put together certain protocols for staff, parents and children to follow to ensure that remote learning is a safe, educational and enjoyable experience for all. These can be found below:
Remote learning protocol for parents, pupils and staff
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
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 by initially offering them a place to be taught on site. If this is not possible, then teachers will be aware of children that have additional learning needs and lessons will be tailored to suit the learning needs of that child. The school pastoral team will continue to keep in touch with children classed as vulnerable during the period of remote learning to ensure that they are able to access the learning and also provide any additional support that may be required.
My child is feeling confused or anxious about the need to stay home. Are there any resources to help explain why they are learning from home?
Not being able to attend school may be confusing and worrying for children. We recommend holding open and honest conversations with your child to prevent them from hearing/ reading inaccurate facts, believing scare stories or simply catastrophising in their heads. Watching CBBC’s Newsround program together and talking about how the news makes them feel may be a good starting point for discussions. Below are some other resources which you may find useful to support your child during this unsure time:
‘Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus’ – a book that aims to give information without fear
Video explaining social distancing to younger children
‘Time to come in, Bear’ – a child-friendly video explaining social distancing
‘Why are we social distancing?’ – a video for children
‘The Calm Zone’ – activities and tools to help young people feel less anxious, scared or sad