Remote Learning

Our remote learning offer:

What is the school's remote learning offer?

The way we offer remote learning is slightly different depending on which year group your child is in and the circumstances around why they are not in school.

See below for more information about our remote learning offer.

My child is not ill but is required to isolate (not a school class/bubble isolation):

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

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.

In the event of a pupil needing to isolate, initially all families will be signposted to the relevant ‘Work at Home pack’ via email, so that their child's learning can continue immediately. Should families be unable to access this online, physical packs will be available from the school office. Click here to access the 'Work at Home' packs.

Work on Purple Mash (Years 1-6) or Twitter (Reception) will be available from the school day after we have received confirmation that a pupil will be isolating for the required ten-day period due to a positive case in the household.

All pupils are aware of their Purple Mash login details and emails have previously been sent to families. If you need support with logging in, please contact the school office.

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

Teachers will set appropriate work in line with our current curriculum (primarily supplemented by a range of resources provided by Oak Academy) from the school day after we have received confirmation that a pupil will be isolating for the required ten-day period due to a positive case in the household.

Years 1 - 6

All resources will be shared and uploaded to Purple Mash. When your child logs in to their Purple Mash account, they will see the following documents that have been uploaded and set as ‘2Dos’:

  • Suggested daily timetable

  • English lesson overview

  • Maths lesson overview

  • Reading activities

  • ‘Other Subject’ activities pack (this includes Science, YPC, MFL and PE tasks)

  • Wellbeing support and activities

The uploaded documents outline work for 10 school days and is reflective of the learning taking place in school.

Pupils are encouraged to upload work for the tasks outlined above. To share your child’s work and receive feedback from their class teacher, please upload any documents/pictures to Purple Mash (through their ‘my work’ folder) or share it via their class Twitter account. Completed work can also be emailed to 'homelearning@yardleyschool.com' and this will be sent to your child’s class teacher. All feedback will be provided within 24 hours of work being uploaded/shared (excluding weekends).

Reception

Remote learning will be offered through a daily work pack, which can be collected from the school office.

The pack includes daily activities for the following areas of learning:

  • English (Writing/Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS))

  • Phonics

  • Maths

  • Foundation Subjects (e.g. History, Geography, Art)

  • Well-being support

To share your child’s work and receive feedback from their class teacher, please share via their class Twitter account. Completed work can also be emailed to 'homelearning@yardleyschool.com' and this will be sent to your child’s class teacher. All feedback will be provided within 24 hours of work being uploaded/shared (excluding weekends).

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

The following platforms and online tools are used to support our remote learning offer:

  • Purple Mash:

Pupils in Years 1 to 6 will use this platform to access their daily lessons and allocated tasks. Through this platform, they will be able to contact their class teacher and receive feedback on work completed.

Tutorial videos, which support families with the use of Purple Mash, have been created and shared on YouTube. The links to these videos are also shared via emails to parents. Click here to watch the videos.

Login details have previously been shared via email. If you do not know your child's login information, please contact the school office.

  • Twitter:

For pupils in Reception, Twitter can be used to share your child's work. The platform will also provide families/pupils with the opportunity to communicate with teachers through the relevant Twitter account. Completed work can also be emailed to 'homelearning@yardleyschool.com' and this will be sent to your child’s class teacher.

In all other year groups, class Twitter accounts will continue to be used throughout the school day. This provides families/pupils with another way to get in touch with the class teacher and share any work completed.

  • Oak National Academy:

The Government encourages all schools to utilise a digital platform for remote learning and should provide some of their remote learning provision via video lessons, this includes the government funded and endorsed Oak National Academy. The online lessons are free to all and offer a recorded taught session so that the pupils can access physical teaching from a teacher and then access work relating to that lesson within the same website.

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

All children should be engaging with their remote learning each day. However, we know that for some this is not always possible. We understand that this is a difficult time for all families and we appreciate all of the support parents and carers are providing for their child(ren).

Our remote learning offer for all children allows for daily interaction with their class teacher. It also ensures that teachers are able to assess and feedback for any work that has been completed. To support your child's progress during this academic year, it is important children continue to access daily remote learning during their time away from school.

Developing a routine throughout the day can help. You may wish to create a timetable to support your child's learning - be sure to take time to rest and recharge. You are doing a great job!

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

Reception:

Once families have engaged on Twitter, class teachers will be available to offer feedback and further support. Families are encouraged to share work with their class teacher on their Twitter account - this can include images, videos or examples of work completed on a device.

We know that many families like to share their child’s work with us through Twitter but we know for some that this is not possible. Therefore, completed work can also be emailed to 'homelearning@yardleyschool.com' and this will be sent to your child’s class teacher.

Years 1 - 6:

Teachers will provide feedback through Purple Mash each day and pupils/families can also contact teachers through the relevant Twitter accounts. All feedback will be provided within 24 hours of work being uploaded/shared (excluding weekends). Completed work can also be emailed to 'homelearning@yardleyschool.com' and this will be sent to your child’s class teacher.

If class teachers are concerned about any pupils in their class, they will contact a member of SLT who will offer further support to families.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

Pupils in all years groups are encouraged to upload work that they complete. Teachers will provide feedback through Twitter or Purple Mash each day and pupils/families can also contact teachers through the relevant Twitter accounts.

Reception pupils:

We know that many families like to share their child’s work with us through Twitter but we know for some that this is not possible. Therefore, completed work can also be emailed to 'homelearning@yardleyschool.com' and this will be sent to your child’s class teacher.

Please note:

  • All feedback will be provided within 24 hours of work being uploaded/shared.

  • Twitter, class blogs and mailboxes are not monitored 24 hours a day. Please bear this in mind when posting a comment and awaiting a response.

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:

Differentiated work will be set for pupils with additional needs on all platforms that we use. Purple Mash allows for class teachers to assign differentiated tasks to individuals and offer specific feedback and support to each child.

The inclusion team will make regular phone calls to families to discuss how we can offer support for their child, support staff with online learning and create learning packs for those children who require further support with remote learning.

For those pupils with an EHCP, the inclusion team will contact families within the first 3 school days of any period of isolation. These families will be contacted regularly during your child's time away from school to offer targeted support.

Our Speech Language Therapists are also working with families to offer support and guidance.

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:

Loaning of devices

Schools have been provided with a very small number of laptops from the Government, to loan to pupils who are eligible and need them to carry out remote learning.

Priority is given to pupils who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Pupil Premium/Entitlement to Free School Meals (NOT UNIVERSAL FSM)

  • In Year 3-6

  • Have no suitable device to access home learning effectively

Both Twitter and Purple Mash can be accessed on tablets, laptops and desktop computers. They can also be accessed via an internet-connected smart phone. If accessing Purple Mash on a smart phone, you may receive a warning on screen- if this is the case, click the ‘Continue to site’ button. Work handed in can include pictures of the work completed on paper, with any pictures then uploaded to Purple Mash/Twitter (pictures can also be emailed directly to reception teachers or to the school office) so teachers can provide the appropriate feedback.

If you believe you are eligible for a device, and you have not been contacted, please get in touch with the school office.

Paper-based resources

We are able to offer paper-based resources for pupils who are unable to engage online. However, these activities are not always in line with the work that is offered on Purple Mash/Twitter. To access our 'Work at Home' packs please click here. If you would like us to print this pack for you, please contact the school office.

If you need further paper-based work, please get in touch and we can discuss how we can best support you.

Paper-based work can be shared with your child's class teacher by emailing 'homelearning@yardleyschool.com'.

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote learning (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Reception: 3 hours

Year 1 and Year 2 : 3 hours

Years 3 - 6: 4 hours

The daily lesson outlines shared on Purple Mash/Twitter includes resources and activities that reflect a normal school day.

Further daily activities to consider:

  • Reading

  • Handwriting

  • Counting

  • Telling the time

  • Times Tables (use of Numbots or Times Tables Rock Stars)

  • Accessing My Maths

  • Accessing the class blog

How do you advise that we use the Oak National Academy lesson videos?

The Oak National Academy lesson videos are pre-recorded and include support from a qualified teacher who takes pupils through each section of the lesson step-by-step. The level of adult supervision has been designed to be minimal, although that will depend on the age of the child.

It is recommended, that during each lesson, pupils pause at the relevant sections so that they can complete any activities before moving on. Any sections of the videos can be re-watched so that pupils can learn at their own pace.

Before pupils complete any tasks on Purple Mash or Twitter, they must view the lesson first.

Although the videos are shorter than a normal school lesson, if they are used as suggested, the lessons should be similar in length to those that would take place in school.

My child is not ill but their class/bubble is required to isolate (a school class/bubble isolation):

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

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.

In the event of a class needing to isolate, all families will be signposted to the relevant ‘Work at Home pack’ via email, so that their child's learning can continue immediately. Should families be unable to access this online, physical packs will be available from the school office. Click here to access the 'Work at Home' packs.

Purple Mash (Years 1-6) and Twitter (Reception) will be available from the beginning of the first full day of pupils not attending school.

All pupils are aware of their Purple Mash login details and emails have previously been sent to families. If you need support with logging in, please contact the school office.

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

Teachers will set appropriate work in line with our current curriculum, primarily supplemented by a range of resources provided by Oak Academy. Teachers will set lessons each day based on their class timetables, this will ensure a broad curriculum offer and range of subjects are covered each day.

Year 1-6

Each day, the class teacher(s) will set the following as ‘2Dos’ on Purple Mash

  • Lesson outline for the day (this includes lessons and appropriate resources in line with our school timetable)

  • English Task

  • Reading/Phonics Task

  • Maths Task

  • Additional tasks (e.g. Science, Computing, YPC, P.E. , Wellbeing Activities etc.)

Pupils will be encouraged to upload work for the tasks outlined above. Teachers will provide feedback through Purple Mash each day and pupils/families can also contact teachers through the relevant Twitter accounts. For any further work handed in for other subjects, general comments/acknowledgments will be provided by teachers. All feedback will be provided within 24 hours of work being uploaded/shared (excluding weekends).

Reception

Remote learning will be offered through the Twitter platform given the design of their curriculum.

During each day, the following lessons/resources will be shared:

  • English (Writing/Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS))

  • Phonics

  • Maths

  • Foundation Subjects (e.g. History, Geography, Art)

  • Well-being support

The lessons and topic support will include pre-made resources and cover the range of subjects taught during this period in school. The topics will be on a similar theme but may not exactly match the lessons being delivered in class at this period. It will be based on the National Curriculum for the Year group/ Early Learning Goals and cover similar curriculum areas. Video lessons will be pre-made and recorded by Oak Academy or, where appropriate, other online resources will be utilised, e.g. BBC Bitesize, NCETM Maths resources.

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

The following platforms and online tools are used to support our remote learning offer:

  • Purple Mash:

Pupils in Years 1 to 6 will use this platform to access their daily lessons and allocated tasks. Through this platform, they will remain in contact with their class teacher, starting with feedback and marking on work completed. Class blogs have also been set up to allow pupils to interact with their teacher and friends, ask questions and share any any news/work.

Tutorial videos, which support families with the use of Purple Mash, have been created and shared on YouTube. The links to these videos are also shared via emails to parents. Click here to watch the videos.

Login details have previously been shared via email. If you do not know your child's login information, please contact the school office.

  • Twitter:

For pupils in Reception, Twitter will be used to deliver daily lessons. This will also provide families/pupils with the opportunity to communicate with teachers through the relevant Twitter account.

In all other year groups, class Twitter accounts will continue to be used throughout the school day. This provides families/pupils with another way to get in touch with the class teacher and share any work completed.

  • Oak National Academy:

The Government expects all schools to utilise a digital platform for remote learning and should provide some of their remote learning provision via video lessons, this includes the government funded and endorsed Oak National Academy. The online lessons are free to all and offer a recorded taught session so that the pupils can access physical teaching from a teacher and then access work relating to that lesson within the same website.

  • BBC Bitesize:

BBC Bitesize is a resource that pupils are familiar with. The school will use this as a supplementary resource, to provide further support and related activities for a range of different topic areas.

  • NCETM:

The NCETM (National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching of Maths) has lots of informative maths lessons, each complete with its own video and PowerPoint. Teachers may offer Maths lessons from this website as part of their daily lessons.

The following online tools will be used to support the development of key skills outlined in the National Curriculum:

  • Times Table Rockstars

  • MyMaths

  • English Hub (phonics)

  • Phonics Play

  • Linguascope

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

All children should be engaging with our remote learning each day. However, we know that for some this is not always possible. We understand that this is a difficult time for all families and we appreciate all of the support parents and carers are providing for their child(ren).

Our remote learning offer for all children allows for daily interaction with their class teacher. It also ensures that teachers are able to assess and feedback for any work that has been completed. To support your child's progress during this academic year, it is important children continue to access daily remote learning during their time away from school.

In Reception, teachers set a timetable at the beginning of each day via Twitter. The lessons are then shared at specific times. Don't worry - the tweets remain on Twitter (they do not get deleted). Therefore, you can access these sessions at a time that is convenient.

In Years 1 - 6, Purple Mash work is uploaded at the start of each day. This means that pupils can access their lessons when it is most convenient. The Purple Mash platform allows for teachers to set daily, sequenced lessons which they can differentiate depending on pupil ability. The platform also allows for pupils to upload work completed so that teachers can assess and provide specific feedback to individual pupils.

Our remote learning offer for all year groups has been designed so that the lessons can be accessed at any point during the day for example after 3:30pm, during the weekend or at a time when a device is available.

Developing a routine throughout the day can help. You may wish to create a timetable to support your child's learning - be sure to take time to rest and recharge. You are doing a great job!

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

Reception:

Once families have engaged on Twitter, class teachers will be available to offer feedback and further support during the school day. Families are encouraged to share work with their class teacher on their Twitter account - this can include images, videos or examples of work completed on a device.

We know that many families like to share their child’s work with us through Twitter but we know for some that this is not possible. Therefore, we have set up a class email address for each reception class. Families can use this to share work directly with their teacher, to contact them for support or even just to say hello! Details of their class email address have been emailed to you already, but please contact the school office if you need it again. All feedback will be provided within 24 hours of work being uploaded/shared (excluding weekends).

Years 1 - 6:

Teachers will provide feedback through Purple Mash each day and pupils/families can also contact teachers through the relevant Twitter accounts. For any further work handed in for other subjects, general comments/acknowledgments will be provided by teachers. All feedback will be provided within 24 hours of work being uploaded/shared (excluding weekends).

Class blogs for Years 1 - 6:

Class blogs have been created on Purple Mash for all classes in Years 1-6. On the blog, pupils can comment, ask questions, share any work or simply say hello to their teacher. Teachers will be able to interact with all pupils who comment on the blog, offering further encouragement and guidance where needed. The Purple Mash blog is a closed platform, with only teachers and classmates able to see the blog.

If class teachers are concerned about any pupils in their class, they will contact a member of SLT who will offer further support to families.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

Pupils in all years groups are encouraged to upload work that they complete. Teachers will provide feedback through Twitter or Purple Mash each day and pupils/families can also contact teachers through the relevant Twitter accounts and class blogs. For any further work handed in for other subjects, general comments/acknowledgments will be provided by teachers. Teachers will continue to plan subsequent lessons and activities based on their assessment of any work that your child shares.

Reception pupils:

We know that many families like to share their child’s work with us through Twitter but we know for some that this is not possible. Therefore, we have set up a class email address for each reception class. Families can use this to share work directly with their teacher, to contact them for support or even just to say hello! Details of their class email address have been emailed to you already, but please contact the school office if you need it again.

Please note:

  • All feedback will be provided within 24 hours of work being uploaded/shared.

  • Twitter, class blogs and mailboxes are not monitored 24 hours a day. Please bear this in mind when posting a comment and awaiting a response.

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:

Differentiated work will be set for pupils with additional needs on all platforms that we use. Purple Mash allows for class teachers to assign differentiated tasks to individuals and offer specific feedback and support to each child.

The inclusion team will make regular phone calls to families to discuss how we can offer support for their child, support staff with online learning and create learning packs for those children who require further support with remote learning.

For those pupils with an EHCP, the inclusion team will contact families within the first 3 school days of any period of isolation. These families will be contacted regularly during your child's time away from school to offer targeted support.

Our Speech Language Therapists are also working with families to offer support and guidance.

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:

Loaning of devices

Schools have been provided with a very small number of laptops from the Government, to loan to pupils who are eligible and need them to carry out remote learning.

Priority is given to pupils who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Pupil Premium/Entitlement to Free School Meals (NOT UNIVERSAL FSM)

  • In Year 3-6

  • Have no suitable device to access home learning effectively

Both Twitter and Purple Mash can be accessed on tablets, laptops and desktop computers. They can also be accessed via an internet-connected smart phone. If accessing Purple Mash on a smart phone, you may receive a warning on screen- if this is the case, click the ‘Continue to site’ button. Work handed in can include pictures of the work completed on paper, with any pictures then uploaded to Purple Mash/Twitter (pictures can also be emailed directly to reception teachers or to the school office) so teachers can provide the appropriate feedback.

If you believe you are eligible for a device, and you have not been contacted, please get in touch with the school office.

Paper-based resources

We are able to offer paper-based resources for pupils who are unable to engage online. However, these activities are not always in line with the work that is offered on Purple Mash/Twitter. To access our 'Work at Home' packs please click here. If you would like us to print this pack for you, please contact the school office.

If you need further paper-based work, please get in touch and we can discuss how we can best support you.

Paper-based work can be shared with your child's class teacher by emailing 'homelearning@yardleyschool.com'.

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote learning (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Reception: 3 hours

Year 1 and Year 2: 3 hours

Years 3 - 6: 4 hours

The daily lesson outlines shared on Purple Mash/Twitter includes resources and activities that reflect a normal school day.

Further daily activities to consider:

  • Reading

  • Handwriting

  • Counting

  • Telling the time

  • Times Tables (use of Numbots or Times Tables Rock Stars)

  • Accessing My Maths

  • Accessing the class blog

How do you advise that we use the Oak National Academy lesson videos?

The Oak National Academy lesson videos are pre-recorded and include support from a qualified teacher who takes pupils through each section of the lesson step-by-step. The level of adult supervision has been designed to be minimal, although that will depend on the age of the child.

It is recommended, that during each lesson, pupils pause at the relevant sections so that they can complete any activities before moving on. Any sections of the videos can be re-watched so that pupils can learn at their own pace.

Before pupils complete any tasks on Purple Mash or Twitter, they must view the lesson first.

Although the videos are shorter than a normal school lesson, if they are used as suggested, the lessons should be similar in length to those that would take place in school.

My child is ill and is required to isolate:

My child has symptoms and needs to isolate. Will they be given work to do whilst they are at home?

As your child is unwell, we will not be providing work for them to complete during their time away from school. However, if you feel your child is well enough to complete work, please contact the school office and we can arrange the necessary learning tasks for them to complete.

My child has tested positive and needs to isolate. Will they be given work to do whilst they are at home?

As your child is unwell, we will not be providing work for them to complete during their time away from school. However, if you feel your child is well enough to complete work, please contact the school office and we can arrange the necessary learning tasks for them to complete.