Learning At Home

We want children to feel happy and secure, and ultimately safe. Whilst learning from home, our priority is that children feel included and know that they are not missing out, instead they are working towards their best outcomes. 

In the event of a full or partial closure, or if children and/or the 'bubbles' are required to isolate, it is understandable to have concerns about your child's wellbeing and educational progress.We will work with you to support accessing learning and making progress from home.

Children may be eligible for loaned resources from the DfE application rounds, or for additional data. We will ensure this happens. We also ensure that free school meals are organised for families, and where required, we can provide paper learning packs too. 

Remote Learning During Closures

How will it work? 

Learning plans will arrive toyou via ParentMail on a Friday.

From Monday, teachers deliver lessons from their classrooms or from home through Microsoft Teams video. These will be sccessible from home via the Microsoft Teams app. This is installed on their school computer if you have a loan device or on a home device you will need to either download Teams or use the Web App (both available here) They will then be able access the class lesson via an invitation on the class page. 

These lessons are more than just a one-way stream but a collaborative video call and so your child will be able to participate fully and join in with friends they would typically see at school. 

Each day, every year group will have a mixture of live and off-screen learning. We are aware that children need time away from screens, opportunities for open ended activities and that families may not be able to access full live sessions for several children in a day. We provide lessons that can be accessed at differentimes so that working families can adjust to suit. 

A Typical Day

      9.00-9.10                                                                                                           

View your learning for the day and consider anything you wish to raise with your teacher.

Up to 9.30

LIVE ON TEAMS: Your teacher will provide a check in assembly session and register children.It is a session to respond to any queries and provide some input to support the learning for the morning session.

 

LEARNING ACTIVITIES TIME: These will include Oak Academy sessions (available at other times too), open-ended activities, responses to BBC TV programmesor Bitesize, Purple Mash, Oxford Owl and other resources. 

INTERVENTIONS TIMED IN: Teachers and Teaching Support Staff providing small group and individual sessions for targeted support.  

      11.00-12.00 LIVEON TEAMS: Your teacher will provide a morning feedback session with the class and a chance to provide input to support the afternoon session.
13.00-14.30

LEARNING ACTIVITIES TIME: These will include Oak Academy sessions (available at other times too), open-ended activities, responses to BBC TV programmesor Bitesize, Purple Mash, Oxford Owl and other resources. 

INTERVENTIONS TIMED IN: Teachers and Teaching Support Staff providing small group and individual sessions for targeted support.  

14.30-15.00 LIVE ON TEAMS: Your teacher will provide a morning feedback session with the class and a chance to provide input to support the afternoon session.
15.00 Teachers and Teachingsupport are phoning pupils to facilitate participation and engagement with learning from home. 

 

Mentoring

Staff in our learning hub will continue to provide mentorship to children individually, and also family support.

Staff will be arranging video and phone calls throughout the day to chat through your child’s learning and support them individually.

Cherry Class

Our nursery is open fully, and children are attending as normal. If your child is shielding or isolating the activities on Early Excellence, or seen through Facebook and/or Parentmail reflect the ‘learning through play’ approach and adaptations for developmentally appropriate learning.

Reception 

Children in Reception are able to make TEAMs sessions. These will be organised in the same format for the schedule, but the participation will centre on the learning that is developmentally appropriate. Teachers will talk to the children about the practical hands on activities provided, and their reading.

Siblings in Different Year Groups?

We ask that you try to attend one live feedback session each day, and check in with your teacher. By using linked lessons from other platforms, these can be accessed at different times and fit round a work schedule, or altered when sharing devices between siblings at home.

We suggest that, if devices are shared, children alternate between live attendance of sessions and watching catch-up video during gaps in the day. You may choose to do some of the more open-ended activities or can even request a learning pack.

We are also providing topic links on social media for additional ideas you might find more accessible. The important thing is to stay in touch, and continue to generate that love of learning and reading that is so crucial.

Independent Activities

In addition to the direct teaching through Microsoft Teams, teachers will be assigning a range of activities that children can complete in addition to the timetabled sessions – there may be quizzes and fact files for example.

On the page there will be links to access learning materials from other online learning tools, such as Clicker, Oxford Owl, TT Rockstars, Purple Mash and Espresso. Your child’s logins are kept in their communication book.

We highly recommend the audio reading materials – developing a love of reading is the most crucial priority for our age phase of learners.

To see the work that is assigned to your child and when it is due, please choose the ‘Assignments’ icon in Microsoft Teams where your child can find the assignment information and submit their work when it is done.

If they complete their work in an exercise book, they use the web camera built into the Surface device, on an iPad or phone to capture the work and upload it.

If you require a list of your children’s login details, please contact your child’s class teacher or the school office on schooloffice@shefford.cbeds.co.uk

What if I am strugging to access the online resources or my child is stuck with their work? 

Please contact school. We have staff in the learning hub ready to help you. We can make adaptations, find out answers to your queries, support with learning, talk to your child, create work packs and much much more 

I don't have a device - can school provide me with one?

If you have devices at home then you can use Office 365 Microsoft Teams on a Windows PC, an Apple device and Android devices. Children will be able to join calls from laptops, tablets or smartphones, through the app. However, we would suggest that the device that your child uses has a screen that is large enough for them to easily watch the teacher’s presentation or electronic whiteboard notes.

This does not require a high-end device. Teachers will teach in a manner that is straight-forward and does not need any additional offline tools, other than Office 365 and the online resources.

You can access everything through a web browser and all the logons can be found on the Help Guides page of the web site. Please click on the links that will take you to the login pages for Office365 and the other learning resources.

You can also install the Office 365 apps onto your devices at home. Your child is entitled to install the full Office suite from the web site onto a PC and the apps for Teams, OneNote and Office on your different devices. There are also apps for Flipgrid and Clickview.

Safe Online

There are several key guidelines that we will be following, in order to ensure positive online behaviours on the school digital platforms.

  • Children will be expected to behave in a polite and courteous manner with their peers and teachers, while online.
  • Staff will be available at set times within the school day for online support, outside of scheduled lessons. There will, however, be periods of the day when teachers will go offline and will not be accessible by Teams message, such as lunchtimes, outside of normal educational hours and in the evenings.
  • When staff provide one-to-one support the call will also be recorded.
  • We recommend that children have adequate time away from devices and that they have enough opportunity for physical activity.
  • Please set up a working environment where you can both supervise and support children during a school day. Set clear expectations for the sensible use of the device and to ensure that it does not get damaged.
  • Follow our Online Safety Policy and Access to Remote Learning Policy found here.

Keep in Touch

It is important that we keep in touch with you and your children during periods of remote education. Every day we will be registering the children in the morning and recording each live session. We will also be tracking the work completed and participation in learning.

If your child is not online and we do not hear from you then we will be in touch to make sure that you are all OK.

There is no one-size fits all solution to remote teaching and learning. We are keen to work with you to provide the best support that we can. You communication to us helps us achieve this. Our ethos is a listening school adapting to how children learn best.