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Supporting Remote Learning

We appreciate the significant challenges that supporting your child to access Remote Learning can pose. Please be assured that somebody in our school team is available at any time during the school day to answer any question, or help with any difficulties, or lesson that your child may be struggling with. Please contact the school office, or message your child's teacher, teaching assistant or phase leader, if you require any support. 

If you have concerns in regards to IT equipment, or finding a quiet space for your child to learn, then please contact the school office and a member of the senior leadership team will discuss and arrange possible solutions to support you and your child. This includes the possible return to school for your child, or a temporary loan of IT equipment (e.g. laptops). 

Structuring the day

Each day, the class teacher will provide your child with a timetable of how to structure their day.  This timetable may not work for your family and can be adapted. However, you should try to make sure that they:

  • get up and go to bed at the same time each day
  • have regular meal times
  • have regular breaks
  • access a minimum of 3 hours of learning in (EYFS/KS1) and 4 hours of learning in (KS2)
  • make time to be active – children are used to regular play at lunch and break times

Using digital devices

We set work for your child to complete on Class Dojo. This can be completed on digital devices such as a laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone.

However, setting age-appropriate parental controls on any devices your child uses and supervising their use of websites and apps is important. See advice on keeping them safe online and advice about talking to your child about online safety.

Reducing screen time

Accessing learning via Class Dojo is part of how your child can learn, but making sure that the children are responding to the teaching by completing their independent activities in their school exercise books is key to helping your child to develop understanding from the teacher's recorded video.

  • use books and other printed materials that their school has provided - printed learning packs are available for all children, by contacting the school office, or through your discussions with the class teacher.
  • write by hand – try asking them to complete work by hand, write a diary, a summary of things they’ve done each day or ‘to do’ lists
  • be active and get away from the screen regularly – see these physical activity resources for primary school children
  • stop using digital devices at least an hour before bed

Supporting children in nursery and reception, year 1 and year 2 children

The best way to help children aged 3 to 7 learn is to:

  • sit with them as they work
  • do active and practical things, rather than trying to make them sit and listen for long periods
  • try to break down the work into shorter periods, based on how long they can concentrate
  • take frequent breaks
  • praise or reward them when they do well

Talking

Talk with your child throughout the day and explain new words. For example, discuss the things you’re doing and pick out words that might be new to them.

Reading together

When you read with your child try to:

  • express the emotion in the story
  • give colour to the characters using voices, tone and pace
  • discuss the things you’re reading
  • explain any new words and ask your child to say them out loud

You can make a story more interesting and help your child develop their understanding of a book by linking what you’re reading to real life. For example, while reading about Cinderella going to the ball, talk about how a ball is similar to a birthday party.

Ask your child questions about what you’re reading as you go. For example:

  • ask some questions that only need a short answer, such as what colour something is, or the name of a character
  • ask some questions that need a longer answer, such as how a character is feeling
  • ask them to tell you what has happened in the story so far and what might happen next

For more ideas, see 10 top tips to encourage children to read.

Supporting with Phonics

Phonics is the method we use to teach children how to read quickly and skilfully. Each week, we will be focusing on two sounds. 

On a Monday, you will be sent a video introducing the first sound for the children to learn. Try to sit with your child and practise with them. Practise this on Monday and Tuesday. Your child's daily Class Dojo phonics lessons will be about this sound. 

On a Wednesday, you will be sent a video introducing the second sound of the week. Again, the daily phonics lessons will be based about the next sound.

Supporting with Writing

Help your child to practise their writing. For younger children this will include forming letters and being familiar with pens and pencils, while for older children it will include opportunities for writing descriptions and stories. Help your child to sit at a table when they are completing their English lessons.

To help extend your child's writing, you could ask your child to write out their day-to-day experiences of being at home, or to write letters to send to family members.

Supporting with Numbers

Practise counting and numbers with your child. This does not always have to be a planned activity. For example, count things around the house while you’re doing other things like cooking or cleaning.

For older children learning sums, ask your school for help.

See a list of resources to help with maths.

Year 3 to 6 children

The best way to help children aged 7 to 11 learn is to:

  • give them support and direction, but encourage them to do work independently too
  • include active and practical things, rather than trying to make them sit and work for long periods
  • try to break down the work into shorter periods, based on how long they can concentrate
  • take frequent breaks
  • praise or reward them when they do well

To check if they’re learning try to:

  • ask them questions as they go
  • talk about things they learned

Supporting with Reading

Reading lessons and resources are available for your child on Class Dojo. We also have a COVID-secure library, where you can borrow books to support your child at home. 

Talk to your child about what they’re reading. This will help them understand what they’ve read. Try to encourage them to read for fun, as well as reading for school.

Ask your child questions about what they’re reading. For example:

  • ask questions that make them think about the story, such as how a character is feeling
  • ask them to tell you what has happened in the story so far

For more ideas, see 10 top tips to encourage children to read.

Supporting with Writing

Try to help your child practise their writing. They may be set work by their school to do on a digital device, but using pen and paper as well will help them be ready for when they return to the classroom.