We will, as our pupils are growing and learning with us, care for, support and safeguard them whilst striving to encourage them to be responsible citizens and do the same for each other and their wider community.
We will strive to ignite our pupils’ desire and enthusiasm to learn without limits.
We will aim to encourage our pupils and school community to develop academically and socially which will develop their desire to explore the wider world, skilled and equipped to find out even more.
We will foster belief through believing in yourself, taking on challenges and digging deep within yourself to conquer fears.
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. In the event of any form of isolation and loss of learning caused by Coronavirus, parents must understand that engagement in home learning is compulsory.
What should my child expect from remote education?
In the event of any form of isolation and loss of learning caused by Coronavirus, parents must understand that engagement in home learning is compulsory. However, if children themselves are ill then they should not be expected to engage in home learning.
The plan is divided into two 'tiers' of response based on the following scenarios:
Tier1: An child is self isolating because someone in their household is symptomatic or tests positive (the rest of the children are still in school);
Tier 2: A whole pod or cohort is self-isolating because of an outbreak of Coronavirus or there is a national lcokdown and the school is only providing provision to the children of key workers
Day one remote learning
For both tiers, please access the following resources while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote learning -
Your child's class teacher or TA will send some links from the online platforms we have shared below so that on day 1 your child has a specific focus for learning that day.
Some other helpful website links:
Day two of remote learning -
Tier 1: Child needs to isolate because someone in their household is symptomatic or tests positive
|Children||Daily Remote learning|
|Reception, Y1 & Y2||
|Y1 - Y6||
The teachers will be teaching their full class during the day therefore feedback will not be immendiate. It may be later in the day or the following day. A Teaching Assistant may also provide feeback or make a call if needed.
Tier 2: A whole pod or cohort is self-isolating because of an outbreak of Coronavirus or there is a national lockdown and the school is only providing provision to the children of critical key workers
|Children||Daily Remote learning|
|Reception, Y1 & Y2||
|Y1 - Y6||
In tier two teachers may be working from home and will feedback (as explained below) or they may be in school with key worker provision pupils with face to face teaching as well as feeding back to the children receiving remote learning. In the event that your child's class teacher becomes ill, we will endeavour to continue to deliver a programme of home learning led by the year-group's partner teacher or other teachers/teaching assisitants within the Phase.
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 curriuclum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make adaptations in some subjects.
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:
Key Stage 1 (Reception/Y1/Y2) - 3 hours
Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) - 4 hours
Our teachers will use the following methods to teach your child remotely:
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Reception pupils - 'Tapestry' is the online platform we will use for remote education. This is shared with all Reception parents upon enrolment at Parkroyal.
Year 1 - Year 6 pupils - Google Classroom is the online platform we will be using for remote learning. Our 'Step-by-Step guide to Google Classroom for parents' and the videos linked within it will hopefully answer many technology-related questions. Further support with the remote learning activities is via the class teachers either by email or through the private chat function on Google Classroom (Tapestry for Reception pupils).
If my child does not have a 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 learning:
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Engagement and feedback
What are the school's expectations for my child's engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
It is expected that all pupils engage with remote learning, on a regular basis. School expects to see daily engagement, whether through posts online, submission of work or attendance at live sessions unless notified otherwise by parents.
Live sessions - There will be at least one live session a day for your child/ren. The times for these are planned and set ready for the following week so you know when they are happening. We know this may not suit everyone due to work commitments. We would like your children to attend all of the live sessions as it would be really beneficial for your child's connection with their peers and the school staff. These sessions may be a quiz where the children can bridge back and recall their knowledge, a PSHE session or an update about a piece of work or the chance to read a poem or short story.
Reception (using Tapestry only) - All tasks are placed on at the start of each day with a suggested timetable to support the delivery of these tasks. We expect parents and carers to upload photographs of children carrying out these tasks and these will be responded to each day.
Subject windows - Each week's remote learning will be outlined in a weekly timetable which will be available from 4pm every Friday on the online learning platforms. For children in Years 1 - 6, the work is arranged and scheduled into three 'subject windows' for a range of reasons. Firstly, it ensures the teachers can focus their remote support and feedback to children on a specific subject rather than trying to field enquiries from up to 60 children on three different subjects simultaneously. Similarly, the 'subject windows' are intended to provide a sense of routine for the children similar to a school day. Further more, the 'windows' are timed to set an expectation that work should be completed to the best of the child's ability which will take time, and work should not be rushed through to get onto the next task.
We recognise that everyone's households will be different and we know many of you are working from home and managing remote learning, in some cases with multiple siblings from across the primary and secondary range.If a subject task cannot be completed at the time it is placed on Google Classroom, please do not worry. If it is completed a couple of hours later, that is fine and can still be submitted. Many of us are parents and we are working, as you are, from home and providing remote learning to our children at the same time. Please don't hesitate to call us and we will support you with suggestions and ideas.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
We use Google in school and this platform enables us to work remotely very easily. We have a robust safeguarding procedure in school that informs the Safeguarding team with any concerns logged by teachers and teaching assistants. The teaching staff communicate with their Phase leads and the head teacher regularly and will raise any concerns they have with regards any pupil or family. Depending on the concern, contact may be made in the first instance by the class teacher. It may be felt that a member of the Senior Leadership team (SLT) needs to make further contact. In some cases, the teacher may request to talk to your child/ren to support their engagement with remote learning or it may be a phonecall, agreed with yourselves that will support your child's mental well being. Teachers inform SLT where there is little or no engagement and the school will contact those famillies to explore the reasons why this is not happening and to support engagement.
How will you feedback and 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 are amongst many. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
What can I do to support my child's home learning?
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 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 that this may place on famillies, and we will work with parents and carers to support these pupils in the following way:
Safety whilst working remotely
For your child/ren to be able to access the live remote learning sessions, you have agreed to Parkroyal's 'Consent to remote learning via live video'. We proactively share information with you about children safely accessing any online platforms and you can find many useful links to external websites on the Staying Safe Online section of our school website.
How to ... guides for parents and guardians