At the height of the pandemic when schools were closed for the majority of children, we did our best to deliver high quality teaching and learning to pupils at home.
COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and the imperative to reduce the disruption to children’s education remains. Our priority is now to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils. The evidence is clear that being out of education causes significant harm to educational attainment, life chances, mental and physical health.
This page now summarises what we did provide, and what you can expect from us should it ever be necessary in future to close our building. If we were to be asked by the government to close again, we would very quickly reinstate our remote learning arrangements and publish full details here and on the individual class learning pages. We will provide you with:
- the number of hours a day we expect remote work to take your child
- arrangements to access online live teaching
- how we can help if you do not have an internet connection at home, or do not have a suitable device to access online lessons or material
- the approaches we will use to deliver remote learning
- what we would welcome and expect from you and your child in terms of engagement and support
- how we will assess and give feedback to your child remotely
- how we will give particular support to any child with additional needs
Support for self-isolating pupils
We may continue to have pupils who either have COVID-19 or need to self-isolate because they may have the virus.
Please note that children under 5 years who are identified as close contacts are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily testing of close contacts. They are advised to take a PCR test if the positive case is in their household.
Adults who are fully vaccinated and all children of primary school age identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result.
Pupils should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine).
We will support those who need to self-isolate because they have tested positive so that they can learn from home, if they are well enough to do so. The remote education provided will be equivalent in length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school. We will tailor the support to individual needs, the anticipated length of absence, and the nature of the pupil’s symptoms. Typically we will provide worksheets, links to online learning plaforms, and similar resources related to topics being studied in class at the same time.
What we offered during school closures
Here is an example of the kind of programme you can expect if we ever have to close in future. This is what Class 1 were doing:
9:15am – 9:30am – Morning Meeting. A time to meet online as a class, check in with each other, and discuss the activities for the day ahead.
Throughout the day – Pre-recorded English and Maths videos. Lisa Holliday spoke over her lesson powerpoints as if teaching a normal lesson, allowing for opportunities to pause and complete activities in books at home. There was then a choice of activities, just as pupils would have in class, to complete at home.
Lisa also uploaded a small Guided Reading activity and Handwriting activity, so that the children could keep these up at home.
Tuesday 2:00pm – 2:45pm – Live Lesson for all of Class 1 .
Wednesday 1:30pm – 2:00pm – A weekly Music Zoom slot with Mrs Neilson as Class 1 would normally have in school.
Thursday 2:00pm – 2:45pm – Split Year 1/Year 2 Phonics live online.
2:30pm – 2:45pm – Daily check in. This allowed pupils to reflect on the activities of that day, work could be shown and any misconceptions addressed.
Dr Foster also provided regular ‘vlogs’ and we also provided online collective worship videos. You can look back at these on our school YouTube channel using the link below. Staff really rose to the challenge of a new way of working and provided high quality teaching and learning to pupils at home.
This page was last updated on 25th November 2023