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Blended Learning Offer: Information for Parents and Carers

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to children and parents/carers about what to expect from our blended learning offer where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

 

The blended learning curriculum: what is taught to children at home

A child’s first day or two of being educated at home might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

 

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

The school and class teachers will signpost parents and children to resources they can access in order to continue their learning for the first day. E.g. a pack of worksheets via the school website https://brookland-infant-and-nursery-school.secureprimarysite.net/corona-virus-information/ or the Oak National Academy https://www.thenational.academy/. From day 2 learning will be accessible on Google Classroom

 

What should my child expect from blended learning in the weeks during school closure?

Teachers will set work on Google Classroom for children in Nursery to Year 2; the children should log on by 9am for the work set for the day and read any messages from their year group teachers. Children will be expected to submit their work which teachers will mark and provide feedback. Children will also take part in two live Google Meet sessions each week: one with their class teacher and one with either the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or Inclusion Leader. Children from Reception to Year 2 will also use Bug Club to access reading books matched by their class teacher to their ability as a resource to support their reading progress.

 

What is Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is one of the main apps from the GSuite for Education - a set of education productivity tools from Google It is more used by tens of millions of students and children and teachers around the world. Children will use their Google Classroom accounts to complete activities, communicate with their teachers and learn 21st century digital citizenship skills. 

Google Classroom provides a secure learning intranet for our children and staff.  Children will use a Gmail login to access our system servers and the intranet and internet in school. With school Gmail, emails cannot be shared with external email accounts, only with others within @brooklandinfantschool.co.uk - the school’s Google domain. Google require basic information to set up these accounts, your child’s year group and name.  

Google Cloud does contain much of the electronic work that your child completes in school. By logging in at home, using the same login as at school, your child can continue working on projects started in school, often using one of the main apps of GSuite, Google Classroom.

Our child accounts will have a particular set of security settings to reflect the fact that the system is being used by a child - they have a much higher security setting than our staff for example. We take advice on these settings from companies that advise us, including LGFL and Google.

On leaving the school, we will transfer your child’s digital learning record to his/her own Gmail account through the Google TakeOut system - the school does not then retain any data. Google accounts will be deleted within a few weeks of a child leaving Brookland Infant and Nursery School.

What is Google Meet?

Google Meet is a video-communication service developed by Google as a way to host video meetings. Google Meet is available on the web, and phones and tablets for Android and iOS.  If using via an Ipad or Iphone, the Google Meet app needs to be downloaded first.

Google Meet sessions are joined by participants through a code that is created by the class teacher. This code is shared via Google Classroom for children to be able to join the meeting. This ensures the meeting is secure for the children and staff. 

If an uninvited guest tries to join a Google Meet video call, they will only be granted entry when the host (school staff) approves the request.

Google’s Privacy Policy for GSuite can be found here:
https://policies.google.com/privacy/update

What is Bug Club?

Bug Club is an online literacy program designed to support the effective and engaging teaching of reading for primary children in Reception to Year 2. Each child is provided with individual logins to ensure children can access reading books securely that are matched (by the class teacher) to their individual ability to support reading progress.

 

Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

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, where practical learning tasks would not be possible at home, or where it is not possible to share resources online.

During the daily teaching videos, via Google Classroom, teachers explain the learning for the day and will have uploaded the follow up activities and/or accompanying documents necessary to complete the tasks. Where we believe that concepts are too complex to be taught remotely, we will rearrange teaching sequences and teach these when children return to school.

 

Blended Learning and learning time for each day:

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

We expect that remote education will take children broadly the following number of hours each day:

  • We will provide 3 hours remote learning a day for Key Stage 1 children - which will include video explanations and independent work, physical activities, learning breaks, assemblies, story time and reading on Bug Club.
  • This will be less for children in EYFS.
  • For SEN children, where the work may be challenging, the expectation may be differentiated and will be discussed with parents by the teacher and Inclusion Leader.

 

Activities during the day and throughout the week:

  • Lessons will be taught using video and/or narrated resources, for example Maths from 'White Rose' and the class teacher for English, Topic, Phonics. The accompanying slides will also be available along with a range of any additional resources that are necessary.
  • Children will also be set various physical activities by their class teacher throughout the week.
  • Pre-recorded video messages from the class teacher every Monday and Friday for the class.
  • Pre-recorded weekly Music lessons by our Music specialist teacher.
  • Daily recoded story sessions by the year group teachers and support staff.
  • A live Google Meet session with the class teacher every week.
  • A live Google Meet session with either the Head teacher, Deputy Head teacher or Inclusion Leader every week.
  • In addition, there will be assemblies each week including ‘Gold Book’ assembly on Fridays.

 

Accessing Online Education

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

We set work using Google Classroom as the main platform. All children in years Nursery to Year 2 have individual logins to this.

Children in Reception to Year 2 also have individual Bug Club login details to access this site to support their reading progress.

This may be supplemented with other links to educational sites - but children will be sign posted to this via their Google Classroom account.

 

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access blended learning?

We recognise that some children may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those children to access blended learning:

  • We will offer support for devices to any disadvantaged child who requires this – during a lockdown or isolation period
  • We ask any other parent to contact the school if this is an issue
  • We have a number of Ipads/laptops that we can loan out to support families.
  • For some children, work online is not appropriate or they are unable to access it. We will provide printed copies to those we believe need them – after identification of lack of involvement on the Google Classroom. These can be dropped into school or posted in if necessary or appropriate for feedback.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach children remotely:

  • Narrated explanation videos - video/audio recordings made by teachers or pre-produced appropriate lessons from BBC Bitesize or White Rose lessons for example.
  • Presentations to read and look through.
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets).
  • Reference to commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas e.g. Oxford Owl, BBC Bitesize and Oak National Academy, including video clips or sequences.
  • Google Classroom feedback on ‘turned-in’ learning.
  • Bug Club to support reading progression.

 

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?

It is expected that all children in Nursery to Year 2 access and undertake all of the tasks provided by the teacher, ensuring that they ‘turn-in’ the required pieces of learning – this is on the basis that home arrangements allow this to be the case.

Work in Google classrooms should be completed by the pupils by 3pm on the day that it is set, e.g; work uploaded 8.45am Monday must be completed by 3pm on Monday.

Children in Nursery and Reception to upload 2-3 examples of their learning each week e.g. photographs of any pictures or models made or writing and mark making completed.

 

We ask parents to support their children by:

  • Providing a quiet place to work
  • Checking what learning they have been asked to do and checking that the child has completed it
  • Supporting the child with learning where they are having any issues.
  • Contacting the teacher for further support where needed.
  • Ensuring children follow the Google Meet guidelines set out in the Home School agreement.

 

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

We ask for all work to be submitted on Google Classroom where appropriate and we will check every week that children have submitted. School will email/phone parents if we notice that work is consistently missing.

 

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.

  • It will be a combination of written comments, voice comments and acknowledgement. 
  • Feedback will be age-appropriate.
  • For some tasks e.g. Maths, answers will be provided for self-marking.

Additional Support for Children 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 children, for example some children 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 children in the following ways:

  • In line with Government guidelines, all children with an EHCP are invited to attend school.
  • Work is provided with appropriate levels of challenge.
  • Where children are unable to access this, they will be provided with an adapted curriculum and activity suggestions. Work for SEN children with ECHPs is overseen by the SENCO. 
  • SENCO, Class Teacher and Learning Support Assistants will contact with parents of SEN children to assess how well the child is getting on, making adjustments where needed.
  • SENCO informs parents of any relevant external support e.g. workshops, helplines and information.
  • During school closure, we continue to work with outside agencies and where possible and appropriate support for the children and families from outside agencies continues online.

 

Blended Learning for Self-Isolating Children

Where individual children need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school blended learning is provided but will differ from the approach for whole groups isolating. This is due to the challenges of teaching children 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?

Work set will be uploaded daily for the children to complete, this will be in line as far a possible with the learning taking place in school. There will be a combination of teaching slides explaining the work and the task expectations and any other necessary paper based resources uploaded. The class teacher will provide daily feedback to the individual children via google classroom. Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children.

  • It will be a combination of written comments, voice comments and acknowledgement. 
  • Feedback will be age-appropriate.
  • For some tasks e.g. Maths, answers will be provided for self-marking.

Blended Learning Policy

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