Remote Learning

DURING THE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN, OUR OFFER WILL FOLLOW TIER 2 OF THIS POLICY. MORE INFORMATION IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON YOUR CHILD’S GOOGLE CLASSROOM.

Click HERE for a video that gives a tutorial about all of the basics you’ll find on GC.

Whenever children are unable to attend school due to COVID-19, we will be providing remote learning to prevent them from falling behind their class. This guide is split into the following sections to help you:

 

How can our remote learning be accessed?

All of our remote learning will be delivered, returned and assessed via your child’s Google Classroom account. Through this, work will be assigned and can be ‘Handed in’. Children can also use the chat features on each assignment to ask questions, if they need help. They can pose questions to the whole class or privately to their teacher. We would like all children to complete and return each day’s work by the end of the school day so that we can use it to inform the next day’s teaching. Posts will have deadlines of 5pm each day – this is simply so that our teachers are alerted when anything is posted after this time. We do not want parents or children to feel pressured to get all of the work in for this time.

Resources for remote learning will be of high quality and deliver new, meaningful learning in ways that are understandable to the age and stage of the pupils needing to access it. There is no expectation placed upon our staff to undertake any live or pre-recorded teaching. Because of this, online video resources will be selected which are clear and age/stage appropriate. Pupils will have a task to complete for each lesson to evidence learning (for example a worksheet or similar).

Some work will be set as a Google Doc or Sheet. In these cases, children can edit the document directly and the staff will be able to see this. Other tasks may be set on a PDF or image of a worksheet. These can be edited directly (Microsoft Edge can do this easily on a PC and iPhones/iPads have features built in to do this) on the device; we aim to provide information on how to do this as soon as we can. You can also write down your answers separately on a Google Doc or on a piece of paper and simply upload a picture of your work. Printing it out and taking a picture is also fine with us but we don’t want anyone to feel pressured to use their own resources for this. Pictures and videos can be used to hand in more creative tasks too.

We will then assess each day’s work and give feedback as appropriate – normally by following our feedback procedure of a colour and a personal comment, providing specific feedback on the piece of work they have submitted. All work will be acknowledged but there will be a more detailed comment for the two essential pieces for the day. We feel it is really important that the children who are at home at the moment feel that they are properly supported, encouraged and receiving considered feedback.

Reception Classes.

Due to the very different pattern of teaching and learning in Reception classes, work will be set and detailed feedback given weekly, though teaching staff will have daily contact via Google Classroom to check in with any pupil who is isolating. It will take a format that allows parents to work with their children to support learning as children are unlikely to be able to do this independently. This work will follow the same teaching progression as is happening within the classroom and will include additional video resources wherever possible. Any comments from parents about their children’s learning will be responded to on top of this. Children’s progress will be largely monitored by parents letting us know how well the children have done with activities as written responses will be limited.

Tier 1 – What will happen if you are isolating but the bubble remains open?

When will work be set? How much work will there be? How can I contact my teacher? When can I get help?
Work will be set on the first morning after we become aware that you were isolating. (For example, if your child is unable to attend on Wednesday, we will set work from Thursday)

On your first day or part day, you should spend time:
Checking you can log on (feel free to say ‘hello!’)
Times Table Rockstars.
Practising your spellings.
Reading a book.
Completing your homework for the week.

The work set will be the same as what is being completed in school. Generally, this will be at least 3 full lessons plus any other tasks (such as morning work). You can ask for help using the chat feature on each day’s assignment. If you need to speak to someone, you can ask for a phone call. Your teacher (or a member of support staff) will then get back to you as soon as they can. You can call or email the office too. Staff will respond as soon as they can within their working hours but this may not be immediate as they may be in class.

Tier 2 – What will happen if the whole class is learning from home?

When will work be set? How much work will there be? How can I contact my teacher? When can I get help?
Work will be set on the first morning that the bubble is closed and then every day until it opens again. We will be setting the same amount of work that we would have been completing in class. Generally, at least 3 full lessons plus any other tasks (such as morning work). Feedback will be given using the colour coding above. Teachers and support staff will be available at the following times to help you.
9:30 – 10:30
11:00 – 12:00
13:00 – 15:00
If you need it, they will be able to have a ‘Google Meet’ with you to talk about your work or you can ask for help using the chat feature on each day’s assignment.
Staff will respond as soon as they can within the slots mentioned. Any questions posted outside of these times will be responded to in the next available time slot. If you need help but are unable to ‘Meet’ during the time slots, let us know in the chat.

What is ‘Google Meet?’

Google Meet can be accessed using the link in the top bar of the class ‘stream’ page. This should only be used by prior arrangement in a chat – just in case your teacher is in the middle of helping someone else. When on Google Meet, we need you to follow these rules or we will have to end the Meet:

  • Always be supervised by an adult at home.
  • Always have your video turned off. We may share our screen with you or use our camera to show you our work to help you but yours should stay off.
  • Always demonstrate our behaviours for learning – exactly as you would in the classroom.
  • Always remember how to keep yourself safe online and talk to an adult if you are worried.

What if I have a problem?

Depending on the type of problem, you should do the following:

  • For anything to do with passwords or trouble logging on, please call the school office. If they can’t help you, they will pass this on to someone who can. If the whole school is closed, you may need to email this in.
  • For technical problems (finding work, completing assignments, handing in), then please speak to your teacher via chat first of all. If you cannot get on to chat, please contact them via the school office.
  • If you are struggling to complete the work that has been set or if any other circumstances are causing you trouble, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We want to offer as much support as we can to all of our Tranmere families and don’t want anyone to feel under pressure due to our remote learning offer.
  • If you are struggling because you do not have adequate technology/devices, you can send an email to Mr Beech (via the office) who may have some ideas to help you. For example:
    • Have you got an old smartphone in a drawer somewhere that can run Google Classroom? Some families have found that just using this on WiFi (you shouldn’t need a SIM card for this) to watch the video parts of lessons can reduce competition for the family computer.
    • Do you have an old laptop or desktop in a cupboard somewhere that, though not good enough for heavy use, can run Google Chrome and allow you to watch the videos?
    • If you have a really old PC, you might be able to run Linux on it to give it a new lease of life – Mr Beech can help you with this though he is in no way an expert. Even old Windows XP laptops have been known to work pretty well this way.
    • Just get in touch if you are struggling; we will do anything we can to help!

OTHER LEARNING RESOURCES WE LIKE:

Times Table Rockstars – the info’ page link is at the top of this screen.

Jasmine (PE) – In school, we use a scheme called Real PE, created by Create Development. To help with the current situation, they have extended their services so that children can log on at home. When you log in, you will be directed to the dashboard, where there is a 15 day timetable of activities to do. These are split into EYFS/KS1 and KS2 timetables. As well as this, you will also have access to the full catalogue of resources available on Jasmine, including their Real Play activities, specifically for children to do at home.

To access this resource, log on to your child’s Google Classroom and follow the link.

Seneca – this website has many free resources and learning activities for primary children. [Click icon below]

Hour of Code – Offering short computing projects for all pupils. Each project has an estimate of an hour but extension activities are also available. [Click icon below]

Read Theory – A site offering comprehension practice and quizzes. [Click icon below]