Ham Dingle Primary School

Remote Learning FAQs for Parents

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

    On the first day of home learning, your child will receive a pack of work to support them at home. This will include work to complete for maths and English plus links to online resources for the wider curriculum.

    You will also receive information by email, text or phone call about what will be provided after the first couple of days.

    We will contact you to arrange collection or delivery of a Chromebook and additional resources where this is needed.

  • Following the first few days of immediate education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum remotely as they would if they were in school?

    We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make adaptations for some of the practical work in science so that the children can complete tasks using materials and equipment that they will have at home.

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

    We expect that remote education provision (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

    Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 = 3 hours

    Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 = 3-4 hours

  • Accessing remote education

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

    We use Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Sway and Teams to support and deliver online learning. Your child has their own Office 365 account for emails (log in details can be found in their Planner).

    Your child has been shown how to access Teams and will be taught how to use a Chromebook if necessary. You will be emailed a timetable for remote learning that contains links to lessons and resources. Invitations to join live lessons will be sent to you via Parentmail.

    You will receive information to help you support your child with all of this and the homelearning email is checked daily in order for teachers to respond to your questions promptly.

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  • How will my child be taught remotely?

    We use a combination of the following approaches to deliver remote education:

    For year 1 -6

    • Live teaching (online lessons)
    • Pre-recorded lessons and tasks using Microsoft Sway
    • Links to Oak National Academy lessons and White Rose Maths where these match what we are teaching in school.
    • Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets) where pupils cannot access online learning
    • Reading books pupils have at home and Bug Club E-Books
    • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences which are hosted on our school learning platform (RM Unify) e.g., Purple Mash, Accelerated Reader, Busy Things etc.

    For Reception:

    • Live teaching of phonics and small group work
    • Information for parents to support learning at home, including information on Microsoft Sway
  • If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

    You were recently asked to complete a questionnaire regarding the access your child has to the internet and suitable devices for online learning. We will use this information to help support your child if they need to engage in remote education.

    • If your child does not have access to appropriate technology, they will be offered a Chromebook and 4G data dongle if needed.
    • You will be given a time to collect these, or arrangements will be made for delivery to the home.
    • You will be asked to sign for delivery and will be supported in the set up..
    • In the extremely rare occasion where access to technology is still not possible, you will be invited to collect and return paper packs to school. This is only offered as a last resort
  • 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
    • Your child is expected to complete the work set each day.
    • Where your child is invited to a live lesson, they are expected to attend. Where they do not attend, we will make a phone call to you.
    • We expect parents to support their child’s learning, including ensuring that they are available and online for any live teaching.
    • We have a clear code of conduct about what we expect during live teaching which we will communicate to you. Your child will have been told about this at school too. Please ensure that your child is aware of and follows these expectations.
  • How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
    • There will be daily live teaching sessions which will allow teachers to check on your how well your child is doing.
    • We will offer smaller group sessions to support some pupils.
    • If your child is not online when we expect them to be, we will make a phone call home to check.
    • If your child is not completing and submitting work, your child’s classteacher will call you to discuss this. They will talk to you about how you can help.
  • How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

    Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children; for example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms (e.g., Accelerated Reader) are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

    • We might ask your child to send their work back via email. We have a dedicated email account for this - homelearning@hamdingleprimary.co.uk and teachers check the inbox at least once each day. A photograph is a good way to send work via email.
    • We will sometimes use online quizzes or a Microsoft Form to check if your child has understood what they have been learning.
    • Your child will have at least two opportunities during the week to speak to their teacher about their work. This might be during a live streamed lesson, or it might be in a small group or on an individual basis by phone.
  • Additional support for pupils with particular needs

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

    We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with SEND, may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

    • If your child has special educational needs and/ or disabilities, we will speak to you directly about their support. They will continue to be supported by the adults who work with them in school through live teaching or additional recorded information. This work will match what they would access in school as far as is practicable. There might be some circumstances where this is not possible, but we will speak to you directly about this.
    • For younger children in Reception, we will invite them to some live teaching in small groups for phonics and small group work. We will help you to get them online for this. We will also send information about activities you can do at home to support your child. This will include some pre-recorded lessons and stories.
  • Remote provision for self-isolating pupils

  • 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 class remains in school, remote provision is likely to differ from the approach for whole class groups set out above.

    This is due to the challenges of teaching both pupils at home and in school. Your child's classteacher will be in contact with you throughout the period of isolation by email and phone.

    Every effort will be made to enable your child to join live lessons being taught to the rest of their class. Additional remote learning will follow the same approach as that outlined above.

Thank you for your support at this challenging time. We are immensely proud of the response of our school community to these unique circumstances.

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