We recognise that learning from home will not always be straightforward, with multiple family members sharing devices and space and parents needing to work and supervise children simultaneously. We, therefore, trust that the programme outlined below will help to overcome some of these challenges and allow for patterns to be established within each home, fitting in with work and family schedules.

Work will be set each day, but the Online Teaching and Learning Programme is flexible and we understand that there may be times that pupils cannot be online. Please provide us with feedback as we value your comments. Feedback can be emailed directly to your child’s class teacher or key person or straight to the headteacher at jessica.harris@polamschool.co.uk

Our Online Teaching and Learning Programme is designed around the school’s existing curriculum. This is the curriculum that your child would be working to when in school. Of course, we need to make adaptations to take account of delivering via the online platform. Our programme blends a mix of online and offline content and experiences, including:

Synchronous (LIVE) online teaching with the whole class

This is when a teacher connects online with a class group. This could be for form time or a specific class. Teachers may arrange this for part of a lesson in order to minimise elongated periods of time on the screen. At Polam due to the age of the majority of our children synchronous whole class teaching will be minimal, however, it is important that the children get to spend time together as a class so we will work these special times into our online teaching and learning programme.

Synchronous (LIVE) online teaching with a group

This is when a teacher connects online with a smaller group of pupils. This could be for a specific aspect of academic work, e.g. an English teacher working with 4-5 pupils. It could also be for a wellbeing check-in when a member of staff checks in with a group to discuss how things are going in this new way of working.

Asynchronous teaching

This is when a teacher pre-prepares teaching input, often by a short video and uploads for pupils to view. This is an effective way of delivering short pieces of teaching content to support learning and will be used extensively on Seesaw – our main teaching platform for all children across the age ranges.

Asynchronous learning tasks

This is when a teacher sets tasks and activities for pupils to complete. These usually follow some teaching input. These tasks may reinforce previous learning or apply new learning.

Deputy Headteacher, Teaching and Learning Lead

Dear Parents,

All children will access their learning on the Seesaw platform where a class has been created for them. A login has been emailed to all parents. Their usual class teacher will manage the class schedule and work folder. Some specialist teachers will also add to their tasks weekly.

At scheduled times, children will access their learning in Microsoft TEAMS as LIVE sessions. An email and login password will be sent to all parents via email. Prior to any LIVE Learning sessions, a link will be provided via Seesaw to access the LIVE video. At the scheduled time teachers will be present to deliver the lesson input. English and Maths LIVE learning will be scheduled once per week. In the first instance, while children are becoming familiar with this way of working parental support may be needed to show them how to access this work.

When children have completed a piece of learning they can upload it to Seesaw. This can be in a variety of forms appropriate to the task such as a word document, photograph or recording. The class teacher will explain and outline what will suit the lesson task. Teachers will also be giving individual feedback on some of these tasks.

In addition to the core lessons, all children will be having daily phonics work made available for them. There is an opportunity for them to work on this and any spellings or reading independently before lunch. When supporting them, if you need any further guidance please email their teacher who will be able to give advice.

Although timetables of daily lesson structures have been provided, we imagine that you will create a schedule that will work for your child and family. You will have continuous access to these lessons to be flexible in your approach. We advise that all children try to follow a structure for English and Maths. Tasks will be set for specialist and topic lessons in the afternoons and these will be optional to give families the flexibility they may need.

By 6:00 pm in the evening, in advance of the next day, teachers will email a daily overview to all parents outlining the lesson objectives for the next day. On Mondays, this will include objectives for the week relating to the core subjects.

A short summary of how our LIVE sessions will build up over the weeks will be as follows:

Week 1 – 2x LIVE input sessions, 1x LIVE wellbeing session, 1x LIVE registration

Week 2 – 2x LIVE input sessions, 2x LIVE wellbeing sessions, 3x LIVE registration

Week 3 – 2x LIVE input sessions, 2x LIVE lesson plenary sessions for Year 2+, 2x LIVE wellbeing sessions, 5x LIVE registration, 1x LIVE parent catchup

Lessons / Activities:

  • RDW will have 4 remote learning challenges set on Seesaw each day with child-led topic suggestions sent throughout the week.
  • Each day Maths, Literacy and Phonic learning opportunities will be set on Seesaw.
  • There will also be one other challenge each day which appears after lunch on the timetable alongside topic related activities.
  • Although time is allocated for Topic work on a daily basis, this is not an expectation and participation in the topic learning challenges is optional, as are all other afternoon sessions.
  • Each week all learning challenges will be set via Seesaw.
  • Although the instructions and guidance are on this platform, it does not necessarily mean that the learning will need to take place here too.
  • Teachers will try where possible to limit screen time or provide alternative ways to access learning or record their work that does not require the use of a device.
  • Each learning challenge should take around 15 minutes. If you feel this is too long for your child then we would advise breaking the tasks up into smaller, more manageable chunks with breaks in between.

Breaks / Play breaks:

  • We would encourage plenty of play opportunities throughout the day and following all learning challenges completed, similar to how your child is used to working in school.
  • Play is a huge part of learning and it is important that an emphasis is placed on this when learning remotely.
  • Short breaks should be taken throughout the day with an additional 30 minutes in the morning and at least an hour at lunchtime.
  • Where possible and weather permitting, these breaks should be taken outside to give the children the opportunity for fresh air and exercise.

Where to find lessons and how to access these:

  • An overview of learning tasks will be emailed to parents on a Sunday evening (for Monday and Tuesday) and Tuesday evening (for Wednesday to Friday) with details on where to find each task.
  • The majority of tasks will be set through Seesaw.
  • Each week a suggested timetable will be sent out with details of all live sessions and any changes that have been made to to the week’s events.

How to help your child hand in work:

  • Work will be able to be downloaded and printed from Seesaw.
  • Completed Math and Literacy work will be expected to be submitted to teachers via Seesaw. Topic and Specialist tasks will be optional including submitting through Seesaw.

LIVE (Synchronous) Lessons/opportunities:

  • RDW will use Microsoft Teams for all LIVE sessions. A link to each session will be provided through Seesaw.
  • LIVE registration will happen at 8:45 am each day.
  • There will be one LIVE Maths input lesson and one LIVE literacy input lesson each week.

Wellbeing:

  • There will be one LIVE show and tell activity with Mrs Wharton each week (this is our wellbeing one).
  • There will be one LIVE wellbeing assembly with Mrs Harris each week.
  • There will be one LIVE wellbeing check-in with Mrs Harris every other week

Lessons:

  • Year 1 will have 5 lessons per day.
  • Year 1 lessons will consist of a minimum of 30 minutes of focussed activity.
  • Games, the arts and other activities relating to the humanities and science will be part of the timetable to provide a balance to the school day.

Breaks:

  • Short breaks should be taken throughout the day.
  • At least 30 minutes in the morning.
  • At least 1 hour at lunchtime.
  • Where possible these breaks should be taken outside to give the children the opportunity for fresh air and exercise.

Information for parents:

  • A daily timetable will be emailed to parents by 6 pm each evening in advance of the next day highlighting objectives and where to find tasks.
  • Ms Vecchio is contactable throughout the day via email or Seesaw.

Where to find lessons and how to access these:

  • Lessons and Resources will be emailed to parents.
  • Some activities will be set on Seesaw.
  • Work will be able to be downloaded and printed from Seesaw or via email.
  • Completed Maths and Literacy work will be submitted to teachers via Seesaw.
  • Topic and specialist tasks will be optional and again can be submitted through Seesaw.
  • Year 1 will use Microsoft TEAMS for all LIVE sessions – a link to each session will be provided through Seesaw.

How to help your child hand in work:

  • All work will be uploaded to Seesaw. In the case of a worksheet that has been sent via email, you may take a photo of the work and upload it onto Seesaw.
  • Teachers will give individual feedback on some of these tasks.

LIVE (Synchronous) Lessons/opportunities:

  • LIVE registration is at 9 am every day (from Week 2 – 27/04/20).
  • There will be one LIVE Maths and one LIVE Literacy input lesson each week.
  • There will be one live session for show and tell each week.
  • One LIVE assembly per week (Wednesdays – starting 29th April 2020) led by Mrs Harris.

Wellbeing:

  • One LIVE wellbeing check-in weekly with the class teacher.
  • One LIVE wellbeing check-in alternate Wednesdays with Mrs Harris (small groups of approx 4 children).

Lessons:

  • Year 2 will have 5 lessons per day.
  • Year 2 lessons will consist of a minimum of 30 minutes of focussed activity.
  • Games, the arts and other activities relating to the humanities and science will be part of the timetable to provide a balance to the school day.

Breaks:

  • Short breaks should be taken throughout the day.
  • At least 30 minutes in the morning.
  • At least 1 hour at lunchtime.
  • Where possible these breaks should be taken outside to give the children the opportunity for fresh air and exercise.

Information for parents:

  • A copy of “weekly objectives” will be sent to parents on a Monday morning sharing details of the upcoming week.
  • A daily timetable will be emailed to parents by 6 pm each evening in advance of the next day highlighting objectives and where to find tasks

Where to find lessons and how to access these:

  • The majority of tasks will be set through Seesaw.
  • Work will be able to be downloaded and printed from Seesaw.
  • Completed Maths and Literacy work will be submitted to teachers via Seesaw.
  • Topic and specialist tasks will be optional and again can be submitted through Seesaw.
  • Year 2 will use Microsoft TEAMS for all LIVE sessions – a link to each session will be provided through Seesaw.

How to help your child hand in work:

  • All work will be uploaded to Seesaw.
  • Teachers will give individual feedback on some of these tasks.

LIVE (Synchronous) Lessons/opportunities:

  • LIVE registration is at 9 am every day (from Week 2 – 27/04/20).
  • There will be one LIVE Maths and one LIVE Literacy input lesson each week.
  • There will be one LIVE maths follow up and one LIVE Literacy follow up lesson each week to check progress.
  • One LIVE assembly per week (Wednesdays – starting 29th April 2020) led by Mrs Harris.

Wellbeing:

  • One LIVE wellbeing check-in weekly with the class teacher.
  • One LIVE wellbeing check-in alternate Wednesdays with Mrs Harris (small groups of approx 4 children).

Lessons:

  • KS2 will have 5 lessons per day.
  • Year 2 lessons will consist of a minimum of 30 minutes of focussed activity.
  • Games, the arts and other activities relating to the humanities and science will be part of the timetable to provide a balance to the school day.

Breaks:

  • Short breaks should be taken throughout the day.
  • At least 30 minutes in the morning.
  • At least 1 hour at lunchtime.
  • Where possible these breaks should be taken outside to give the children the opportunity for fresh air and exercise.

Information for parents:

  • A copy of “weekly objectives” will be sent to parents on a Monday morning sharing details of the upcoming week.
  • A daily timetable will be emailed to parents by 6 pm each evening in advance of the next day highlighting objectives and where to find tasks.
  • Please note that In KS2, this involves communication from both Mrs Roy (Mon to Wed Lunchtime) and Mrs Phillips (Wed Lunchtime to Fri).

Where to find lessons and how to access these:

  • The majority of tasks will be set through Seesaw.
  • Currently, Powerpoints cannot be sent via Seesaw, so these will be
    emailed directly to your parent emails.
  • Work will be able to be downloaded and printed from Seesaw.
  • Completed Maths and Literacy work will be submitted to teachers via Seesaw.
  • Topic and specialist tasks will be optional and again can be submitted through Seesaw.
  • KS2 will use Microsoft TEAMS for all LIVE sessions – a link to each session will be provided through Seesaw.

How to help your child hand in work:

  • All work will be uploaded to Seesaw.
  • Teachers will give individual feedback on some of these tasks.

LIVE (Synchronous) Lessons/opportunities:

  • LIVE registration is at 9 am every day (from Week 2 – 27/04/20).
  • There will be one LIVE Maths and one LIVE Literacy input lesson each week from both Mrs Roy and Mrs Phillips.
  • There will be one LIVE maths follow up and one LIVE Literacy follow up lesson each week to check progress.
  • One LIVE assembly per week (Wednesdays – starting 29th April 2020) led by Mrs Harris.

Wellbeing:

  • There will be one LIVE well-being activity with Mrs Phillips on a Friday each week. Wednesday Registrations with Mrs Roy will also be a combined registration and wellbeing session.
  • One LIVE wellbeing check on alternate Wednesdays with Mrs Harris (small groups of approx 4 children).

A short summary of how our LIVE sessions will build up over the weeks will be as follows:

Week 1 – 1 each x LIVE input sessions from Mrs Roy and Mrs Phillips, 1 each x LIVE wellbeing session from Mrs Roy and Mrs Phillips, 1 each x LIVE registration from Mrs Roy and Mrs Phillips.
Week 2 – 2 each x LIVE input sessions from Mrs Roy and Mrs Phillips, 2x LIVE wellbeing sessions (Wed morning and Fri afternoon), 3x LIVE registrations
Week 3 – 2 each x LIVE input sessions from Mrs Roy and Mrs Phillips, 2x LIVE wellbeing sessions (Wed morning and Fri afternoon), 4 x LIVE registrations.

Thanks, Mrs Roy and Mrs Phillips.

Live lessons and catching up on missed lessons

We completely understand that there will be times when your child may not be able to access the live learning sessions or registration times. We will record these sessions and a link will be provided upon request.

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