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Ongar Primary School

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Remote Learning Provision


   Ongar Primary School

Remote education provision: 

information for parents


This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this document.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

Our remote provision, just as our more usual provision, is always under review as we strive to meet the needs of all our children. In developing our remote education, we endeavour to continue to teach our planned and well sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject so that pupils can continue to progress through the curriculum.

Where possible, our strong offer will include both recorded or live direct teaching time and time for pupils to complete tasks and assignments independently. We aim to set meaningful and ambitious work in a range of subjects, but which does not create undue family stressors by requiring a high level of support for the most part.

The senior leader with overarching responsibility for the quality and delivery of remote education is Mrs Debbie Attridge, the Headteacher

Application of remote learning plan

The Remote Education Plan will be applied where there is a whole school closure (with only vulnerable/critical worker children allocated a place) or a full class (bubble) is required to isolate. In the event of a whole school closure, or reduced staffing capacity, a pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach. This is while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching. This may mean we provide links to external sources, use paper packs or work books.

Remote teaching and study time each day

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

We are following government guidance with regard to quantity of work: Key Stage 1 will be provided with around three hours a day on average across the cohort; less for those in reception. Key Stage 2 will be given around four hours a day.

Accessing remote education

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

All of the work will be available on our website

  • Parents are encouraged to maintain regular contact with the class teacher to encourage communication and work sharing between teacher, parent and child each day, but at least weekly.
  • Class teachers will respond to work sent in from children with comments.

How will my child be taught remotely?

Our wonderful teachers are creating and teaching a large amount of the content themselves, but will draw on other resources where this is appropriate to our offer, or where reduced staffing capacity impacts our usual provision.

We aim to make best use of the technology and digital platforms available, alongside printed resources, such as textbooks and workbooks where this is not accessible.

Reading is prioritised.  Every child has a log in to the online reading book resource; Bug Club  

From Year 1 our children also have a personal log in for Lexia – an online-personalised reading program

EYFS- Year 6

The daily expectation for each class is clearly identified on the class page.

Children will receive a daily English, Maths activity. At EYFS and Year 1 there will be a phonics activity. Year 2 and KS2 will have a spelling activity.

  • Daily maths activities will follow the White Rose Maths scheme online with daily videos and activities. Ongar Primary   have subscribed to White Rose Premium service so that parents can access resources, including videos. Teachers will provide recorded teaching videos to support where necessary.
  • Daily English lessons will be a pre-recorded lesson with specified activities.
  • Phonics delivered daily
  • All children will be encouraged to read at least 5 times a week.
  • All children from year 2 up are encouraged to practice their multiplication skills using their TTRockstars account. 

Foundation Subjects

In response to feedback from our families, we now support the teaching of foundation subjects with an opportunity for ‘family learning.’  Families can choose which subject to complete on which day.  The activities are more practical and have varying levels of challenge to cater for different age groups. They may include links to external sources.  The activities should last about an hour. New activities are added regularly.

What if I cannot access the online learning?

Where IT issues affect your child’s ability to access online learning, please do make contact.  We are able to loan laptops and or dongles to families where we have availability. Where demand exceeds supply need will be prioritised by the head teacher, based on information available.

Engagement and feedback

Parents will be encouraged to share their child’s home learning by photographing and emailing it to the class teacher via the class email account for all children in years 1 to 6 and via Tapestry for early year’s children. Class teachers will respond to these posts/emails to give the children feedback on their learning. Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive      written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback, self-marking or    quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

  • Parents will establish routines that support their child’s learning.
  • Ensure that your child is safe online, reporting any concerns, as appropriate. Further advice is available on our website.
  • Make weekly contact with the school.  Answering any calls from the school.
  • Report any safeguarding concerns to the school.
  • Seek support from the school as required.

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

We will monitor the level of engagement of each child over the week. Class teachers will send emails to parents, when a lack of engagement is noted, to see how we can support. As part of our wellbeing calls we will speak to parents on a regular basis to identify any barriers to engagement and offer additional support.

In school provision for children of critical worker/vulnerable

  • Child care will be provided by support staff/class teachers and children will be allocated a specific bubble to work in
  • Children will complete the same work as those working at home to ensure good curriculum coverage and consistency.

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 also recognise that some pupils with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) may not be able to access remote education without adult support and so are working with families to deliver a curriculum appropriate for their level of need. If your child is finding the work particularly challenging, please do contact your child’s class teacher.

Our SENCo, Mrs Beardsmore, is available to offer practical suggestions and makes regular contact with families of children who may require additional support.  A parent can request SENCO advise by contacting the school admin email or our SENCo

Our staff provide additional learning resources where appropriate, to support one plan targets.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils 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?

In the event of individual children being absent from school due to the need to isolate, parents are sent an email containing links to online resources to support home learning. For those children shielding at home for extensive periods, a weekly phone call will be made between the class teacher and parents to provide support with the home learning plan.  There are class pages on the home learning website – identified as the self-isolation links, which direct families to the specific content.

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