Home Learning Information (September 2020)
Accessing remote learning at home.
A guide for parents and carers.
WHAT IS ‘REMOTE’ LEARNING?
During the coronavirus (COVID –19) outbreak, schools have been working in new and innovative ways— providing lessons that children can access at home via a computer device (such as a tablet or laptop) and the opportunity to communicate with their teachers via a safe ’discussion’ tool to ensure they continue to be educated and learn. Lessons are closely aligned with termly planning so that children can continue to master the curriculum and make good progress in their learning.
This was a new experience for both staff and pupils. Since March 23rd, staff at Cale Green planned over 1000 online lessons to provide daily opportunities for children to keep in touch with their teacher and learn.
To join in online learning, children need access to internet connection and a laptop, Kindle, IPad or PC.
If your child does not have access to any of these devices
please contact the school office.
Your child can also access online learning from a mobile phone but this is not recommended for the following reasons:
· The majority of mobile phones belong to adults and parental guidance settings may not be activated,
· Children may need to access learning for a few hours each day
· The screen size is very small
· Some documents (such as WORD) do not always open clearly on a mobile phone
When will my child be learning ‘online’ at home?
There are two instances in which children are expected to work online at home. These are:
1. WEEKLY HOMEWORK
From September 2020, all children across the school will be set homework tasks ‘online’. Homework tasks can be found on the class pages of the school website and will link to English, Maths, spelling and theme curriculum areas.
School has provided all children and families with log in details for the websites children will need to access regularly for homework. In their classes, children will regularly log on to their class pages to practise this skill.
2. SCHOOL ABSENCE DUE TO
LOCAL LOCKDOWN / CLASS OR SCHOOL COVID OUTBEAK / SELF-ISOLATION
Where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, school has a clear contingency plan and has the capacity to offer immediate remote education provision to all pupils via the class pages on the school website.
This guidance should not be followed if your child is off school due to sickness, either Covid-19 related or other.
All children have been provided with a ‘home-learning’ book. Lessons will use high-quality online and offline resources and teaching and all children will be able to communicate with staff known to them through the discussion area of the class pages in their phase. This will be how teachers assess progress, check work and provide further challenge or explanations if necessary to ensure children’s understanding.
There is an expectation by school and the government that children will be learning over the equivalent time of a school day with breaks built in at home.
We recognise that younger children and some pupils with SEND may not be able to access remote education without adult support and so we will work with families to deliver a broad and ambitious curriculum for these children.
How can my child access the home-learning?
1. Ensure your child has a device to work from with internet access.
2. Go to the school website: www.calegreen.stockport.sch.uk.
3. Click ‘pupil login’, type in your username and password and click log on.
4. A new tab will open where you will need to enter the verification code: 514087
5. You will find your child’s work under the class discussion and / or homework pages.
6. Work can be set in a variety of ways; you may need to click a link within the class discussion / homework pages that will take you to an external site. These sites are all used in school and are familiar to the children. They have their passwords for these websites. You may also need to download a document. To do this, click download your homework on the right hand side. This will open a download which can then be clicked on to open it. Downloads can be Microsoft, Adobe etc. If the download does not open on your device, please get in touch by leaving a comment using the comment box and we will address your issues as necessary.
School will be offering online training for any parents / carers who need further support accessing the school website and homework content later in the term. Details to follow.
How will the school keep my child safe online?
When lessons are accessed remotely, as the children experienced during the Summer term, staff are expected to maintain professional practice. The school currently uses an online system called ‘School Spider’ which can only be accessed by children from Cale Green via our school website. Lessons may also be shared through ‘Google Suite’ in the future. It would be useful if families could ensure they have a ‘Google’ e-mail address set up.
All content and communications between school and families / children is monitored by the Local Authority and by the administrators in school.
In addition to the above, the following measures are also in place:
· There will always be at least two members of staff from the key stage your child is in delivering online lessons or responding to discussions / questions. These members of staff will be known to your child.
· Children will be taught explicitly and frequently how to access online lessons and the expectations of online behaviour / internet safety
· Children can report any poor online behaviour directly to teachers through the school website—they will be shown how to do this
· The school has a clear policy for internet safety and usage that is understood by all staff
· Lesson content will be selected for variety and be age-appropriate. Clear explanations will be provided for each task.
Where can I find further information about keeping my child safe online?
When children are working remotely it is important for parents and carers to be aware of what they are being asked to do, including the sites they are using and which school staff they are working with.
In addition to the policies and guidance that can be accessed on the school website, here are a few high-quality resources that can be used to support keeping children safe online:
Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
https://parentzone.org.uk/advice/parent-guides Parent guides for the apps and services your child may have access to.
Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
Let’s Talk About It (support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation)
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ UK Safer Internet Centre (tips, advice, guides)
The following guidance has been used to support the school’s approach to remote learning:
DfE ‘Teaching during coronavirus’ 22.5.20
DfE ‘Examples of teaching practice during coronavirus’ 12.6.20
DfE ‘Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus’
DfE ‘Adapting teaching practice for remote education’
NSPCC ‘Guidance undertaking remote learning safely’
EEF ‘Best evidence on supporting students to learn remotely’
EEF ‘Distance learning rapid assessment protocol’
EEF ‘Remote learning rapid evidence’ April 2020
EEF ‘Covid-19 Resources’ 22.8.20
Stockport Local Authority Remote Learning guidance / Health and Safety