Information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
- YES, we teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, PE will be appropriate to the space and resources available at home
Remote teaching and study 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 pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Key Stage 1
There is no statutory guidelines however we have planned approximately 3 hours daily
3 hours daily minimum
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All our remote learning is available on the school website www.herne-infant.kent.sch.uk
Each Year Group has its own page with a weekly overview, sections for each subject area and suggested resources and supporting websites
We have directed parents to use a Playstation, Xbox or Amazon Firestick if they do not have access to a computer, tablet or phone.
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:
- If pupils require hard copies of home learning they can collect a weekly pack from the school office.
- Communication with teachers is encouraged and each class has their own individual email address. Identified families also receive telephone calls from the Welfare Team and SENCO
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
- printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- E-books pupils can access at home
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
- For each year group you will find an overview for the week, which will include English, maths, reading and spelling as well as lessons for our wider curriculum, and a suggested timetable to follow but please organise your day so that it suits your own individual situation.
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?
- We would expect that parents will guide and facilitate their child through the remote learning resources. Although we have provided learning across the broader curriculum we would encourage parents to prioritise Reading, Writing, Phonics and Maths.
- Young children need to feel a connection to their teachers and their normal routine therefore we have organised a daily routine which introduces the focus of the learning for the parent to continue with the resources provided.
- Young children require a range of approaches to facilitate their learning including practical activities, language reinforcement and a sense of purpose eg it is not appropriate to expect a child to sit at a desk for 3 hours with an exercise book.
- We encourage our parents to provide “Brain breaks”, physical activity and mindfulness to ensure good wellbeing and readiness to learn.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- There is a class Zoom session once a week for dialogue and discussion to be shared.
- Class emails are available and staff will have dedicated time to check and respond to these. There is an expectation that these emails will be responded to daily.
- If we had concerns about lack of involvement we would contact the parents to arrange a meeting to review barriers to engagement and offer support.
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.
- Our approach at Herne is to feed back in a variety of ways such as
- Listen to parent feedback
- SLT to monitor contact and communications to ensure every child receives an appropriate provision
- Work can be shared via email and may be displayed in school or on the website and Facebook
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
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:
- Our SENCO will continue to work closely with children with SEND
- Weekly checks via phone call or email
- Liaison with Specialist Teaching Service to ensure remote support is available
- Those children with an EHCP are accessing learning in school
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
Individual pupils self-isolating will be taught a planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects.
This will be similar to the above and will be monitored by SLT
Link to BBC Bitesize programs
Click HERE to access the BBC Daily Home Learning Lessons
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The Oak National Academy
The Oak National Academy is an online classroom and resource hub created by teachers.
You will find a bank of high-quality, sequenced video lessons and resources to support children's learning. The lessons cover a range of subjects including maths, English, art and languages.
Some of these may complement the teaching themes set by staff until school re-opens however others may be lessons you would find both interesting and enjoyable. Every lesson is free to use.
Please explore what this site has to offer.
Despite the fact that we are living in very strange and sometimes difficult times we are becoming a part of history. We hope that we will never again live through a time like this and your children will have a range of memories from this time. Please find attached a workbook of a time capsule outline that, if you would like to, you can work through with your children this is completely optional but it might be a way to record feelings, thoughts and memories from this unprecedented time.