Information for parents and carers

Pupils may need to learn remotely if they are sent home from school to self-isolate, or if there is a full lockdown.

The following information is a brief summary of how your child will learn at home. More detail is included in the school’s Remote Learning Policy.

Expectations of parents for online learning

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

When pupils are sent home to self-isolate, they will be provided with details of how they will be taught.

The arrangements are different according to your child’s age.

Reception pupils are following a flexible schedule with pre-recorded lessons using Tapestry as a medium.  Pupils will also receive a 30-minute LIVE daily morning meeting session at 9.30am from Monday 18th January.    

Pupils in Years 1-6 have been provided with specific information including the MS Teams sites that they will need to use.  In addition, tasks will be set for pupils in Reception, year 1 and year 2 by the class teacher with a weekly work pack available to collect from the school office for the following week.

All pupils will be provided with any materials that they need, including work packs and stationery items.

All pupils will have a personal reading book to continue reading at home. Please continue to listen to your child reading every day and encourage them to talk about their books.  We will also provide parents with useful links to websites which offer reading material and activities which will support and help develop your child’s reading skills.

The expectation is that pupils will start remote learning as soon as their period of self- isolation begins.

Remote teaching and study time each day

As far as possible, we expect that pupils will spend the same amount of time working on a remote education day as they would in school.  This is because they will be following the usual school timetable for their lessons and completing independent learning/homework that arises from them.

In the early years, children’s learning will be more practically based but will follow the same curriculum that is used in face-to-face learning.

Remote learning day for early years:

Reception pupils are following a flexible schedule with pre-recorded lessons using Tapestry as a medium.  The following lessons will be available on the Tapestry online learning journal every day from 9:00am.  The morning sessions will include: Phonics, Literacy, Numeracy (Number) and Story time.  These lessons are recorded, not delivered live, so can be paused and re-visited as necessary to support your child’s learning. 

During the PM session pupils will be working through paper work-packs.  These will contain tasks linked to the weekly focus for Literacy, Numeracy, Phonics and Topic.

Remote Learning day for Years 1-6::

A full remote learning timetable is in place for all pupils and has been delivered by class teachers from Wednesday 6th January 2021 via Microsoft Teams. We have designed the timetable so that pupils have online learning for a full morning session or full afternoon session.  Pupils will be assigned tasks which will form part of their independent learning.  These will need to be completed when the live teaching is not taking place.  Timetables with timings can be found on our website. 

Please follow the relevant link for child’s timetable:

Bierton Road
https://www.starbankschool.co.uk/bierton-road-remote-learning-update/

Hob Moor Road
https://www.starbankschool.co.uk/january-opening-starbank-road-remote-learning/

Starbank Road
https://www.starbankschool.co.uk/january-opening-starbank-road-remote-learning/

In the early years, children’s learning will be more practically based but will follow the same curriculum that is used in face-to-face learning.

Accessing remote education

Remote lessons will be delivered using Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) to pupils in Years R -6 Your son/daughter has been taught how to access the site and how to login for lessons.

We will continue to use learning platforms including, BBC Bitesize, TimesTable Rockstars, SATS Companion, Oxford e-Library (please see the website for others). Pupils have been shown how to access these sites. Materials from Oak National Academy may be used on occasion to support pupils’ learning.

We are very grateful to parents for providing devices on which their children can access lessons and resources. We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home.

Please inform the school office (info@starbank.staracademies.org) if your child does not have a laptop/tablet on which to work, or if you do not have internet access at home. We will do our best to support you.

If pupils do not have online access, we will ensure that the appropriate provision is put in place so your child can access the appropriate, high-quality teaching and learning provision as agreed with a member of the senior leadership team.

Pupils who cannot submit work online will be asked to keep all their work in their exercise books / workbooks and arrangements will be made for this to be submitted to their teachers.

Remote teaching

In years 1-6, remote teaching will be delivered through live lessons in the vast majority of cases. This will involve simultaneous direct teaching by class teachers (who could be teaching from the physical classroom or from home if self-isolating) to their pupils (who could be learning in the physical classroom or at home).

Direct input from the teacher may be supplemented with some recorded material, such as video lessons from Oak National Academy, or videos recorded by class teachers which may be the most appropriate way of teaching particular aspects of work, such as PE, Art and other practical/skills based topics.

Pupils will need to spend some parts of lessons writing in their workbooks or completing activities that involve physical resources. These will be provided by the school. Some activities will involve pupils completing work on their devices and saving or uploading it.

Some subjects, such as PE, do not lend themselves to online learning in the same way as others. Teachers will take into account the difficulties pupils may have in completing physical activity in a confined space and provide alternative suitable home learning such as videoed exercise lessons. Wherever possible, teachers have thought about the what pupils can access at home and practical activities have been adapted to allow access and easy completion of tasks.

Engagement and feedback

We have the same high expectations of pupils’ behaviour when they are learning remotely as we do when they are learning in school. The STAR values should be consistently maintained. All pupils have been taught the protocols for working online and staying safe. Codes of conduct for remote learning have been given to pupils, parents and staff. The school will alert you in the event of poor behaviour or non-attendance.

We value your support for your child’s wellbeing and learning. Please continue to ensure that they follow good routines, including getting enough sleep and time away from screens.

We will keep a careful check on your child’s remote learning. We will inform you through a phone call or by text if your child misses and lessons that they are expected to attend. We will phone your child at least once per week during their time learning remotely to check on their progress and wellbeing. We will inform you if we have concerns about your child’s work.

Assessment and feedback

Your child will work in a variety of ways when they are learning remotely. All pupils will have a secure way of handing in their work for assessment and feedback, this is important as it allows us to continue to support your children.  Sometimes they will submit work and assessments by email or through One Note and Assignments and these will be reviewed by their teacher. Sometimes they will complete work on paper / in exercise books that will be submitted to school in hard copy form.

We offer feedback in several ways. Sometimes your child will receive written, individual feedback. Some feedback will be given on a whole-class basis and sometimes your child may complete quizzes that are marked automatically via digital platforms.  It is important that your child acts on any feedback given in the timeframe given and in the appropriate way shown.  We encourage all pupils and parents to contact the class teacher if they are having trouble submitting work.

We are currently developing an online application to assess pupils in the core subjects for KS1 and KS2.

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 in the following ways:

  • Within each class Team we have set up channels which will allow targeted pupils to receive additional tailored support. Pupils will be asked to join these channels daily or weekly.
  • Interventions (group or 1-1) offering additional support are continuing. Pupils and parents will be notified of the times and pupils will join the Teaching Assistant or the Teacher in receiving these sessions.  Please ensure your child keeps up with these as they are intended to supplement learning and close identified gaps.
  • Our SENDCo, Mrs Perry will continue to work with and support her groups and individuals. We will also continue to offer support through any external agencies, where this provision is necessary (Parents of individuals will be contacted by Mrs Perry about this)
  • Our Pastoral Team will continue to work with pupils who they have identified, these will be weekly or more depending on the individual. These will run through channels set up in their classes, times will be communicated with your child.
  • We will continue to share any tips/guides with pupils and parents on how to understand Teams and any other platform your child will be using.

Remote Learning Policy

All Starbank Schools policies are available to view at https://www.starbankschool.co.uk/information/policies-publications/

Our Primary Remote Learning Policy is available to view here.