Under the current guidance, January 2022, if you, your child or a family member in the household test positive for Covid-19 on a Lateral Flow Test, then they must self-isolate and book a PCR test using the following link: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
If a the PCR test result is positive then all family members must complete daily LFT tests as close contacts. We would also request that the child completes a PCR test.
Once you receive your results, if negative, your child can return to school.
Remote education provision: information for parents – updated January 2022
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home
A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
As a school we have carefully planned our remote learning provision so that your child is able to access immediate education on the first day of isolation/school closure. All work will be sent via the Seesaw app. Your child will have their own individual QR code which will be used in conjunction with the app to receive their personalised tasks.
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?
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects e.g. PE.
Remote teaching and study time each day
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 pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
|Primary school-aged pupils||Approx. 3 hours
Phonics – x20mins
Other links shared via social media e.g. online learning games x25mins+
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Your child will access their remote learning using ‘Seesaw’. The ‘Seesaw Class’ app can also be downloaded from your tablet/smart phone app store. It can also be accessed on a laptop/computer.
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 pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
- Families can request to loan or borrow a school device e.g. Chromebook, Android Tablet. For more information please see Mr Brown.
- School has access to 30GB SIM cards that can be given to families on request. These can be used to tether an electronic device by using a mobile phone or a mobile router.
- Families can request ‘Home Learning Pack’s. Each week’s home learning is printed into the home learning workbook to be completed at home. These are returned weekly to be marked by the class teacher. New home learning packs will be issued weekly to be collected.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Daily differentiated work will be uploaded to Seesaw for English, Maths and x1 further Curriculum area daily
- Personalised daily phonics pre-recorded videos will be uploaded to each child’s Seesaw account each morning
- Pre-recorded story telling will be uploaded daily to your child’s Seesaw account as well as the main school website
- Links will be provided for other recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
- Printed paper packs produced by teachers will be available for parents with limited access to electronic devices or the internet
- Links for a wide range of commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects will be shared on our social media pages
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?
It is an expectation that pupils engage in the remote content daily. Due to the age of the pupils at Horndale, it may be necessary for parents to support their children with their work including uploading each task. It is recommended that parents set clear routines to support their child’s education.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Staff will be available daily via the school phone or their own class teachers’ mobile phone to support parents with their child’s work. Staff will keep a record of who has engaged with each task set and will offer comments and feedback on all work.
Where there are concerns that there has been a lack of engagement the class teacher will initially contact parents to offer support. Should engagement remain a concern then the Headteacher will contact the family and may complete a socially distanced home visit.
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 are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. At Horndale, pupils will receive feedback on all work uploaded to Seesaw during normal school hours. Any work uploaded outside of these times will be commented on the following day.
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
How will you work with me to help my child 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.
All pupils, including those with SEND, have differentiated work uploaded to Seesaw on a daily basis. For those with specific needs, they may have tasks that are appropriate and will support parents with the next steps in their individual learning plans.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
If your child needs to isolate and school is open fully, then they will continue to receive the tasks set in school. These will be uploaded to Seesaw in the usual format.
Year 1/ Year 2
We also have a range of other resources your child can access from home using the following link.
You can also access our online stories read by the staff at school by following this link.
Horndale Online Stories