Remote Learning at Nettleworth
Nettleworth Infant School and Nursery
Remote education provision at Nettleworth Infant and Nursery School: Information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to children and parents/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 children are self-isolating, please see the bottom of the document.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home?
What to expect from remote education at Nettleworth?
A parent/carer should be aware that there is a duty placed on schools to provide a home-learning offer for children who cannot attend school. At Nettleworth we absolutely agree with this and will do everything required of us to support our children and families throughout this time. Our school staff will continue to set tasks and activities relating to the planned curriculum on a remote learning planner. These remote learning planners can be found on each remote learning class pages on our school website by following the link: https://www.nettleworth.notts.sch.uk/ . A username and password which the parents have already received will be needed to access each class page. The class teachers will then communicate with parents/carers after checking that all children are accessing these tasks through telephone calls and checking Evidence Me. Pupils at Nettleworth have been set up already with Evidence Me. Parents have been sent an invitation to join Evidence Me either at the end of the previous academic year or at the start of this academic year (September) depending on when they started at Nettleworth. Any parents who have not accepted the invite will have this re-sent and will be contacted by the class teacher. At Nettleworth Evidence Me is used as a communication and assessment tool, parents are able to send the class teacher photographs, videos or comments of their child’s learning. The class teacher can respond back to the evidence sent and also send parents examples of work and what a good one looks like. Staff are continuously monitoring Evidence Me and if parents have not been sending evidence of learning via Evidence Me and accessing the remote learning timetable a member of staff will telephone parents/carers to talk directly with them about any concerns or problems they may have.
As part of remote learning, we also have a weekly ‘meet and greet’ face to face (remotely via MS Teams) with the children and their class teacher and / or Teaching Assistant and some of their friends. This is essential for the social and emotional aspect of learning.
Will the remote education being taught be the same curriculum as they would be accessing if they were in school?
The remote education learning planner will directly mirror the learning taking place in school, therefore your child will be taught the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate.
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long should work set by the school take the children each day?
The guidance we have received regarding remote learning clearly states that Primary schools must ‘provide an average of three hours a day’ of learning. Parents/carers are not expected to replicate the full hours of a school day at home. Remember that school also have playtimes and lunchtimes, so at home the children will need down-time to play and to take regular breaks from learning. Our advice would be to plan a timetable and stick to it so the children know what to expect.
However we expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
The Nursery Expectations:
In Foundation 1 there is a daily phonics, maths and ‘funky fingers’ activity for the children to access. There is also a series of daily tasks to choose from. We expect to receive at least one observation through Evidence Me each week. If the parents/carers are unable to send observations through ‘Evidence Me’ we ask that they use the relevant email mentioned below.
The Foundation 2 Expectations:
In Foundation Stage 2 there is a daily phonics, maths/literacy and topic activity for the children to access and complete. There is also a series of daily tasks to choose from such as reading, spelling, keywords and name writing etc. We expect to receive at least 1 maths, 1 literacy and 1 topic observation of your child’s learning through Evidence Me each week, this may be a photo, video or comment. If the parent/carer are unable to send observations through ‘Evidence Me’ we ask that they use the relevant email mentioned below. The children can also access Numbots, the link for this App can be found below.
The Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) Expectations:
In KS1 there an expectation that your child will access and complete a daily phonics / spelling task, and an English, Maths and topic activity. If the parent/carer are unable to send observations through ‘Evidence Me’ we ask that they use the relevant email mentioned below. In addition to this, we ask the parent/carer to read regularly with the children and to practise spellings with them. The children can also access TT Rockstars and Numbots and the links for these Apps can be found on the weekly remote learning plan or see below.
At Nettleworth the staff ask that the parents/carers do the very best with home-learning and know that the best is good enough!
Accessing remote education
How will the children access any online remote education?
To access the children’s remote learning please visit our Nettleworth School website: https://www.nettleworth.notts.sch.uk/
Then, click on ‘News and Events’ as pictured.
They will then see the child’s class named remote learning page which they can click on.
The parent/carer will then need to enter the username and password which they have been provided with via email. They should enter it in the section as shown below:
All of the children’s remote learning can be accessed that page.
If a parent/carer has more than 1 sibling in school and need access to another remote learning class page they need to ensure they log out of the previous one.
TT Rockstars and Numbots, the children’s logins have previously been sent out to parents/carers. If the parents/carers do not have access to their child’s log in for these Apps, please speak to the child’s class teacher when they make contact.
How will the school support any child who does not have digital or online access at home to support them accessing remote education?
We recognise that some pupils may not have access to suitable online devices at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
At Nettleworth we will endeavor to help parents/carers in any way we can. During weekly phone calls home by the teaching staff we give the parents/carers the opportunity to discuss any concerns, problems or challenges in remote learning they face.
In the Autumn Term during our parents meetings via telephone we surveyed all parents and asked them about access to suitable IT equipment so in the need of a bubble closure due to COVID we could get a laptop/IPad out to the children who needed one quickly. There will be a clear agreement in place for these devices as they are owned by the school and parents will be asked to sign an agreement before they take the device home. An example of an agreement is at the bottom of this page.
We also surveyed the parents during our parents meetings via telephone regarding access to the internet. If a parent/carer does not have internet access or they prefer, they are able to receive a paper copy of the remote learning packs, these will be available from the school office on request. We have previously provided home-learning packs containing basic key equipment and resources for the children to use whilst they are learning at home. We ask the parents/carers to let us know if you need these topping up at any time and we will do our best to support them with this, so that learning is not affected.
It is our aim to ensure that all children who attend our school have some type of device to work on during a national lockdown.
- The remote learning planner which directly mirrors the learning taking place in school.
- Recorded teaching (e.g. recordings made by the class teacher or TA, Oak Academy, White Rose Hub etc)
- Learning challenges in different forms – these include practical activities, written tasks, oral tasks and work that can be completed on IT devices.
- Commercially available websites supporting teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.
- Reading books the pupils may have already at home.
- Evidence Me photo/video examples sent to all parents/carers.
- Printed paper packs produced by the teachers to be collected from the school office.
Engagement and feedback
What are the expectations for a child’s engagement and the support that parents and carers should provide at home?
- We expect all children/parents/carers to access the school website and the relevant class remote learning page for their child/children.
- We expect all children to complete the work that has been set on the remote learning planner if they are working from home.
- We expect families to access the pre-recorded lessons and learning videos at a time during the day that suits them.
- We expect parents/carers to facilitate their child in order for them to have a quiet time and space for part of the day so that they can concentrate with their home learning.
- We expect the parents/carers to support the children’s independence in accessing the learning, giving some time for the child (and them).
- We expect families to follow the E safety guidance when working on any IT device.
- We expect parents/carers to support the children in understanding what is being asked of them in reading the instructions sent by the teacher.
- We expect families to be sending back the work completed by their child on Evidence Me or to the email below.
- We expect parents/carers to answer the weekly phone call by the class teacher or TA.
- We expect the parents/carers to attend with their child to a ‘meet and greet’ face to face (remotely via MS Teams) with their class teacher and / or Teaching Assistant and some of their friends when possible.
- We expect the parents/carers to contact their child’s class teacher if they need any help, support or advice with anything via the school phone number 01623 455940 or the child’s year group emails below.
- We expect constructive feedback from parents/carers as we are constantly adapting and improving our remote learning approach based on feedback from our families. If a parent/carer wants to let us know what is going well or what we could further improve then they can email the child’s year group emails below or the office staff via firstname.lastname@example.org.
A discussion with a parent/carer of a child who is
Each week the parents/carers will receive a telephone call from the child’s class teacher from either the school telephone number or a no caller id number. The parent/carer will then have the opportunity to ask for any support and discuss generally how the child is getting on. We will endeavour to help the parents/carers in any way we can.
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
How will the school work with parents/carers to help the children who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. 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:
At Nettleworth we want to offer all of our families as much support as possible in ensuring all of our children have guidance and provision that they can access. We believe a personal, needs based approach which is tailored to suit the individual families works best for our school. The class teachers will have been in contact with the child’s parents/carers and had a discussion with them to ensure the school is doing all that we can for that child. Each child’s needs may differ and we will endeavor to cater for these as best we can.
Some children are attending school for part/all of the week so that they can access learning in school. We can also supply paper copies of the home learning packs for those learning from home, these may include additional resources if needed and where necessary.
The class teachers will be having regular communication with the parents/carers depending on the needs of the child and the THRIVE action plans can be shared with the parents/carers if they feel it would be beneficial for them at home.
If a parent/carer needs any additional support we encourage them to contact the child’s class teacher via phone call, the child’s year group email or on Evidence Me and we will try to support and help them in any way we can.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, we aim to have the home learning weekly planner available on the school website in the same way as stated above so that the parent/carer can access the week’s work with their child in one go.
We will still be communicating via a weekly telephone call, responses on Evidence Me and the year group email will still be monitored on a daily basis. The class teacher will still be sending feedback to the photographs, videos and comments being made on Evidence Me and they ensure that all learning tasks are responded to within 24 hours. The times in which staff will respond to work for individual children will be between 9.00am and 4.00pm.
Staff at Nettleworth will be available to email or talk
You can contact us via the following:
Telephone: 01623 455940
Email for Nursery: email@example.com
Email for Miss Jones and Mrs Elms: F2homelearning@nettleworth.notts.sch.uk
Email for Miss Chorley and Miss Shaw: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email for Mrs Ripley, Mrs Lee and Miss Tucker: email@example.com