Remote Learning

The remote learning platform:

On 18th January 2021 we moved our remote education to our new whole school remote learning platform: Microsoft Teams. Prior to this we used Google Classroom for pupils in Year 1 and Year 2 and Tapestry (Memo function) for pupils in Reception. The new whole school solution will provide consistency across the 3 year groups as well as streamlined communication and collaboration.

Our Approach to Remote Education

We recognise that our pupils are not able to access remote education without adult support. To support our parents in managing the difficult logistics of work commitments and home-schooling one or more children, we provide asynchronous education where the materials are prepared by the teacher and accessed by the pupil at a later date. 

The Key Stage 1 Home Learning comprises of:

  • A home learning map - a weekly overview of the learning planned for the week. We aim to have this available on the Friday before, to allow parents to use the weekend to plan the week ahead if needed.
  • All lessons and resources for the week, available on Monday morning with a due date of Friday and a closing date of Sunday. We provide our online learning as recorded sessions, to be used and re-used at any time during the week. Any videos are made available as soon as possible throughout the week. This will give our parents the flexibility to complete these as and when suits their individual circumstances.
  • A weekly block consisting of 5 Maths, 5 English, 5 Phonics and 5 Topic and Creative tasks. A daily assignment is posted for each area, to be used for uploading completed work.
  • Each week there will be Face-to-Face sessions (subject to staff availability) to promote and support social interaction, emotional wellbeing, motivation and belonging. For example: assemblies, breakfast registrations, story time, circle time, games, revision sessions and challenges.

The Reception (EYFS) Home Learning comprises of:

  • A home learning map - a weekly overview of the learning planned for the week. We aim to have this available on the Friday before, to allow parents to use the weekend to plan the week ahead if needed.
  • All lessons and resources for the week, available on Monday morning with a due date of Friday and a closing date of Sunday. Videos are made available as soon as possible throughout the week.  We provide our online learning as recorded sessions, to be used and re-used at any time during the week. This will give our parents the flexibility to complete these as and when suits their individual circumstances.
  • A weekly block consisting of at least 2 Phonics tasks, 1 English tasks, 2 Maths tasks and a selection of optional weekly Challenges as well as story time related to the theme of the week. A weekly assignment is posted on Monday for each area, to be used for uploading the work for the week once completed.
  • Each week there will be Face-to-Face sessions (subject to staff availability) to promote and support social interaction, emotional wellbeing, motivation and belonging. For example: assemblies, breakfast registrations, story time, circle time, games, revision sessions and challenges.

We also prepare a home learning pack for all 3 year groups, containing reading or library books, a selection of worksheets, maths booklets, blank exercise books and a range of other resources that support home schooling very young children. These are made available with strict time slots for collection.

We pride ourselves in providing a broad and balanced curriculum for our pupils, aligning our remote education curriculum to our classroom curriculum as much as possible. We appreciate that this puts huge pressures on our parents, particularly if they are managing work commitments and home-schooling demands for other children as well. We ask our parents to do as much as they can, prioritising daily reading and Phonics, English, Maths and physical activity.

Access to remote education

We recognise that our pupils are not able to access remote education without adult support and the impact this has on parents. To support parents in managing the difficult logistics of work commitments and home-schooling one or more children, we provide our online learning as recorded sessions to be used and re-used at any time during the week, as suits the individual circumstances.

Microsoft Teams provides a reliable platform for remote education. It is cloud based and can be accessed using any device with internet connection, including: Windows computer, Apple computer, laptop, iPad, android tablet, chrome book and smart phone.

We recognise that some pupils may not have access to a reliable internet connection or have limited or shared device access at home. Through our regular contact with parents we assess any needs and provide support in the form of additional home learning packs, by signposting additional options available to them or by providing a device for use at home.

Engagement and Feedback

At the start of the Lockdown period, classroom staff will send a letter to all parents, outlining the procedures and expectations. Parents can communicate with the class teacher directly via Microsoft Teams, using ‘Posts’. Parents can also email the school using office@dropmore.school or call 01753 - 644403.

The class teacher checks individual pupil engagement with learning throughout the school day using the grades function in Microsoft Teams. Any assignments handed in will be returned with feedback and house points awarded within 2 working days.

The teaching staff will make regular contact with all families to discuss how they are getting on and to ask if there is any other way we can support them.

Further Information

For more information on our remote education provision, please refer to the documents below:

  • Contingency Plan
  • Remote Education Policy.