St William's Catholic Primary School

Christ at Our Heart

St William's Catholic Primary School
Young Street
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD8 9RG

01274 545743

office@wil.bcwcat.co.uk

Remote Learning

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

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

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

Class Dojo is the online platform which the school uses to provide home/remote learning for children (Years R - 6). All children have been given a Class Dojo log in, since September 2021. Parents have been given usernames and passwords to access this. 

If you require further support or your child has forgotten/misplaced their log in details, please contact school on 01274 545743

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 children may not have suitable online access at home. If your child does not have internet or access to a device on which they can access Class Dojo, please contact school on 01274 545743

We take the following approaches to support those children to access remote education:

  • Provide the loan of a device/ mobile internet (these are limited) 
  • During the current lockdown in January and February, any child who has no internet or no device on which they can access remote learning is classed as 'vulnerable' and is invited to attend school (unless your child is self-isolating themselves). 

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

We have the resources in place to implement home learning instantaneously – these have been in place since September.

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?

Teachers are keeping to their usual timetables and putting the work on for children to complete during the time they would normally have those lessons in school and it is essential that your child completes it in the order that it is put on. They must also complete ALL the work and not just one subject or part of the work. All work is on Class Story and the completed work must be uploaded on to Portfolio of Class Dojo.

We are following our Medium Term and Long Term Planning where possible.

Work is put onto the classroom from 9.00am. Typically there will be a Maths lesson, an English lesson then another lesson such as RE, topic and Science.

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

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take children approximately three hours each day for Early Years and Key Stage 1 and four hours for key stage 2.

How will my child be taught remotely?

Schools must provide daily remote learning for all pupils during this school closure time. However, the staff and I are fully aware that this is not at all like the learning experience pupils usually have in their class, with their peers and the adults who teach them. We also understand that this can be a significant pressure on parents/carers, particularly if you have more than one child in different year groups or school phases. Class teachers, here, continue to telephone you and your child weekly about remote learning. If you struggle to access this work in any way or have any questions about this learning, please contact your child’s class teacher and arrange a time when they can show you (when you are able to visit school) or talk you through this on the telephone. Remember you can directly message the teacher via Class Dojo and there is also a translation service to help those parents/carers that may need this.

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

  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, White Rose videos, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • reading books children have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • occasional internet research activities

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

  • We expect all children to engage daily with remote education online, where practically possible. The exception to this is if your child is too unwell to engage.
  • We expect that as parents/carers, you fully support the remote education by making sure your child is in a routine similar to a normal school day, up early and engaging with their education. Children in Early Years will require adult support to access the lessons. If your child has access to Class Dojo, ensure they are attending the sessions in a quiet environment with no distractions. Also, support and ensure they are carrying out the activities set daily.

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

  • Staff will keep a daily register for which children are engaging with and are submitting work through the Class Dojo portfolio section and on their points. 
  • If engagement is a concern, school will initially contact parents via a direct message or phone call. If the concern continues over time, school will ring to inform parents and carers and discuss how we can work together to enable your child to continue their learning at home. 

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

Completed work must be uploaded on to Portfolio on Class Dojo so the teacher can feedback to the pupil. Please be aware that teachers will offer feedback during the school working hours and any work that is uploaded onto ClassDojo after these hours will be marked on the next working day - it is part of our safety measures to reduce the risk of transmission of covid-19 not to use books/papers. Where there are misunderstandings and errors these will be recorded by the class teacher, and the teacher will plan future work to address these when there is an opportunity for face-to-face teaching. The Dojo points awarded to your child for their effort and work will help you and your child to know how well they are doing. The teachers will be assessing using the learning objectives for each lesson and updating the school assessment tool.

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

Children with Educational Health Care Plans will be offered a place in school during school closure, and all pupils with SEND and have an Individual Educational Plan will receive work that is planned by their class teacher.

Remote education for children who are self-isolating

Where individual children need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, the provision on Class Dojo is the same, teachers will allocate work specifically to that child.