Remote Education Offer
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents about what to expect from remote education if local or national restrictions require entire cohorts or indeed the whole school population to remain at home.
How does St Joseph’s teach remotely?
We use an app called Seesaw to provide remote learning. Seesaw can be accessed on the internet through a number of devices. Every pupil has a login code to Seesaw. Here pupils will find lessons and learning. Teachers will post learning each day to Seesaw. Learning will consist of pre-recorded lesson videos. Once the pupil has viewed the input a task template is uploaded for pupils to respond to. Pupils can submit tasks and teachers are able to mark and review these digitally. All areas of the curriculum are taught remotely.
What will my child be taught?
Teachers will publish a weekly timetable of learning weekly. We will aim to teach a rich curriculum that broadly sits alongside the curriculum a pupil would receive in school. Lessons and learning is developmental. Some subjects have been adapted to suit remote learning. A minimum of 10% RE teaching will remain part of our core offer. Lessons focused on well-being will also be shared.
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child to complete each day?
We are following the guidelines for remote learning set out by the DfE. Primary aged pupils are recommended to receive 3 hours per day of remote learning. At St Joseph’s teachers are focusing on providing 4 learning sessions per day. We label these so parents know what core learning should be prioritised. We asks pupils to try to complete three core-learning tasks a day. The fourth task is optional. At KS1 some times learning is broken down into smaller chunks, so there may be more activities but these are shorter in length, for example a short daily phonics lessons is taught. We understand parents are often juggling working from home with supporting remote learning, we have responded to parental requests for some 'layover' time where pupils have the time to catch-up and pursue their own interests, we have incorporated these into our weekly schedule and we have always championed and celebrated intellectual curiosity and self-directed learning.
How will my child be motivated to engage in their learning?
Lots of praise is given through feedback to pupils. Teachers also organise a weekly merit assembly to celebrate success.
What if I don’t have the technology at home?
Please contact us at school where we will be happy to look into sourcing a laptop/tablet/Chrome book or a wireless router. We also have stock of data SIM cards.
What approaches will St Joseph’s use in remote learning?
Recorded teaching, videos, PowerPoints, website links
Live Zoom lessons- details will be posted via Seesaw in advance
Oak National Academy resources
Using the great outdoors and our fantastic local environment (as restrictions allow)
What if my child gets stuck?
We would encourage parents to use the messaging feature in Seesaw to notify their child’s teacher or LSA. If we can help we will. Parents can also use the weekly welfare telephone call to talk through learning support in more detail.
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement in remote learning?
We would like pupils to complete three core learning tasks a day via Seesaw. If your child is struggling to engage please call Mrs Maguire at school.
How will my child’s work be assessed?
Feedback can take many forms. Written feedback can be given via Seesaw, also verbal feedback and video messaging. Teachers will be applying the same marking and feedback policy that we would use if a child was in school, we comment: fix, practise or extend, or ‘you’ve cracked it’ to indicate how well your child has understood and demonstrated their learning and skills. Tasks can be sent back for editing, improving and correction.
My child has SEND how will you help them?
If your child has additional learning needs you will receive regular welfare calls from our SENCO who can support you, in supporting your child. Your child will receive differentiated work via Seesaw from their class teacher. Pupils with an EHCP can attend provision on site, please discuss with the SENCO.