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Home Learning

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education across The Mead Academy Trust when national or local restrictions require individuals, year group bubbles or the whole school to remain at home. This information does not apply to the children of critical workers or vulnerable children when they attend at this times.

 At The Mead Academy Trust we aim for 100% of pupils in our schools to be engaged in their learning regardless of whether they are learning at home, in school part time or attending full time. We employ a range of strategies or ‘ingredients’ to enable children to engage in their learning and to continue their education at this time.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home?

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

Blended Learning is the provision for all children to be able to continue their education if they or school staff are unable to come into school as a result of isolation. Our offer supports families to be able to isolate when necessary whilst enabling children to continue their learning.

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

In the event of Scenario One described above, children will be provided learning via Seesaw. Class Dojo is currently the preferred platform for providing our Resource Base children with learning. Home learning packs of books and physical resources specific to the age and needs of the child to support learning will be delivered to their home.

In the event of Scenario Three, where a bubble or school is closed, daily learning is provided via our online platforms. This will include an element of live teaching and learning from YR to Y6 and if applicable in Nursery or Resource Base classes. Bespoke learning packs of resources, books etc. will be available for collection from school to support the learning being provided online.

In all scenarios learning will be provided within 24 hours of us notifying families of a closure, or families notifying us of the need to isolate.

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?

The same curriculum that is being taught in school will be provided for children at home, wherever possible and appropriate, and many activities will be the same. However, it may be necessary for some activities to be adapted to suit the home environment but the learning will still be planned to meet the same objectives.

Where children have additional needs, we aim to meet their needs with additional resources and an adapted curriculum. This will be bespoke to the children’s individual needs and may not be provided online for these children. Likewise, some children will have additional learning or resources provided online if this meets their individual needs.

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

Up to four hours a day of learning and activities will be made available, see the table on the right. This includes remote teaching and learning and independent activities. The majority of learning will be provided and submitted through Seesaw, or through Class Dojo for our Resource Base classes. We will also use elements of Google Classroom including Google Meet.

If children are finding that their learning is taking more or less time than this, then we will work with families to support them in structuring their day and adapting learning where necessary.

Early Years

Less than the 3 hours expected in Key Stage 1

Key Stage 1

Approximately 3 hours of learning activities per day

Key Stage 2

Approximately 4 hours of learning activities per day

Accessing remote education

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

The vast majority of blended learning across our schools is provided through Seesaw. This online platform enables us to set learning and to receive completed activities from children. Children accessing our Resource Base provision use Class Dojo in a similar fashion. All children from Nursery to Year Six have access to Seesaw or Class Dojo through an individual login.

These platforms also enable us to use audio and video to explain learning tasks and to respond and provide feedback as live and recorded responses.

 All children from YR to Y6 access a 30-minute live session with a teacher or teaching assistant from their year group bubble. These live sessions take place each day via Google Meet.

In upper Key Stage 2, Google Docs is also being used where appropriate to share and collaborate in learning. This tool also supports children who are accessing provision at school and at home to continue their learning in a blended approach.

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 online access at home. This may be that they do not have reliable internet, a suitable device or access to a device when other family members are working at home.

From school surveys and knowledge from previous remote learning situations, we have a good knowledge of the digital access available at home Each school also has a homelearning@ email address to support families to access remote learning.

Where there may be a lack of appropriate devices at home, we support families by loaning devices. We have obtained chrome books and iPads from The Department for Education, Wiltshire council, Collaborative Schools Ltd. Where necessary we are also able to loan from our own school stock of devices. Device loans are set to be reviewed at the point of any changes to national and local restrictions or lockdown.

To support families with unreliable or limited internet connection, we have data only SIM cards that we can provide to families. These enable them to use a phone or other SIM enabled device as a Wi-Fi hotspot. They can then connect a tablet, laptop or Chromebook to the internet through this. This is free to the user and can be reliable where there is a good phone signal.

 All devices and resources are available for contact free collection from school. Where families are needing to isolate, devices and resources are delivered to homes. If we are unable to support a child to work remotely then we will invite them to attend school.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of approaches to teach pupils remotely and to enable blended learning. These are the ingredients which work together to enable successful engagement in remote and blended learning.

 Children in YR – Y6 who are learning at home take part in a live 30 minute via Google Meet each day. There is an expectation that children will attend these daily meetings. Teachers and TAs are leading these sessions from in school and will use the usual resources and strategies the children are used to using in school.

We use a range of recorded teaching. This is typically audio or video recordings which are made by our own teachers or teaching assistants. These may explain a task, introduce new concepts or provide feedback to individuals or to the bubble group. We may also use other pre recordings where these are appropriate. Among others, these may include White Rose Maths, Oak National Academy, Cornerstones Maestro Curriculum or Times table Rockstars / Numberblocks.

Resource packs are provided by teachers and teaching assistants to support the activities being set via our online platforms. These packs are bespoke to the individual children but examples of what they may include are: exercise books, stationery, class reading book, other reading books, typical class resources such as word mats, online logins, topic maps, curriculum knowledge organisers.

We may also use some aspects of commercially available websites where appropriate to support the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences. These include interactive resources such as Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots.

Where children need support to access the set curriculum, this will be reviewed on an individual basis and the resources and curriculum provided may be adapted to meet their needs.

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?

During a bubble or school closure due to national restrictions or a lockdown, we expect that all children will engage daily with their learning. This may be in school, at home remotely or a blended approach if they are part time in school.

When not on site, children should engage daily with their online learning via Seesaw or Class Dojo and through their daily Google Meet. As we continue to follow our planned curriculum, lessons build upon each other. As skills are built sequentially it is important that children are expected to engage daily in at least English, Maths and phonics as provided by class teachers. If children miss some of the content of the learning sequence it may be difficult for them to access new learning that is introduced.

In order for the children to gain maximum benefit from the breadth and balance of learning we would encourage them to engage with all learning activities provided.

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

Daily monitoring by teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders will check the engagement of all children in their learning and their attendance at the Google Meet. Where children are not engaging as expected we will contact families to discuss and offer the necessary support.

We expect families to contact us where they feel that support is necessary for their child or themselves. This may be by phone or by contacting homelearning@

Online behaviour expectations will be made clear and if this does not meet our expectations then we will contact you directly to discuss.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback can take many different forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. This applies to all learning whether in school or online. Examples of feedback provided for blended learning may include:

  • Written comments, voiceover, or videos from teachers and teaching assistants
  • Whole class feedback via google meet, class announcements or pre-recorded videos
  • Online resources, these may include examples such as padlet, google forms etc.
  • Sharing photos and images of children’s learning and activities
  • Responsive teaching where evidence from learning impacts the following learning
  • Annotations on work submitted by children via any of our online platforms

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 may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. This may include some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, (SEND). 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:

  • Adapting plans to meet the interests and specific needs of children
  • Bespoke packs including sensory resources, physical resources such as materials for art
  • One to one and small group video meetings where appropriate
  • Additional support for families to support them to help their children to the best of their abilities in a range of circumstances including working from home, supporting multiple children etc.
  • Where a child has an EHCP, and is at home, there will be regular communication between home and school.
  • Our remote learning offer to children with additional needs will continue to meet the requirements of their EHCP
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided may differ slightly from the approach for whole groups. This is Scenario 1 as outlined above. This is due to the challenges of teaching both in school and remotely.

The approach taken for individual children isolating at any of The Mead Academy Trust schools is not significantly different. As outlined in Scenario 1 above, in the event of a child, family bubble or small group isolating, learning will still be provided within 24 hours. This includes physical resource packs being delivered by non-contact delivery to the child’s home.

This learning will have many of the same ‘ingredients’ as Scenario 3. However, due to the constraints of the majority of children being in school, we do not expect any live elements of teaching and learning to be undertaken. Learning will still be personalised and responded to.

Home Learning Contacts

If you have any questions regarding any of the ingredients of our blended and remote learning offer, please make contact with the relevant person at each of our three schools.

The Mead Primary School (Hilperton and Wingfield)

Mr Nigel Andrews and Mrs Becs Millard

homelearning@themead.wilts.sch.uk

Castle Mead School

Mrs Emma Larkham, Mrs Emily Young and Mrs Gaby Simons

 homelearning@castlemead.wilts.sch.uk

River Mead School

Miss Lou Harrison, Mrs Kate Miller and Mrs Lisa Penfold

 homelearning@rivermead.wilts.sch.uk