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Remote Education

In line with official guidance, we provide remote education for children who are isolating following a positive PCR test result or who are displaying covid symptoms and awaiting test results. The learning provided consists of an English, reading, maths and foundation subject lesson each day. As all children at Stepney Park have received their own personal chromebook or ipad, our remote education provision is provided through Google Classroom for Y1 - 6 and Tapestry for EYFS.

These lessons are planned for by the class teacher and are designed to match the lessons being taught in the classroom so children who need to isolate are able to keep up with their class’s learning. Teachers ensure the lessons are accessible and appropriate for each child. We use the materials from the White Rose website to support the maths lessons and the Department for Education recommended Oak National Academy lessons for other subjects. We believe that these interactive and expertly created videos provide excellent learning opportunities that can be accessed easily and effectively by children at home. 

In years 1 - 6, children need to complete their daily lessons (at least 3 hours a day) in their Remote Learning exercise book, which children already have and should be kept at home. To ensure the children receive feedback, we provide children with a weekly online Meet with their teacher. If your child needs daily support, they can speak to Shipa (a member of our Pastoral Care Team) or their class teacher through Google Classroom or on Google Hangouts. If a parent needs advice, please contact the school office. Once the child is able to return to school, the exercise book is brought back to school so the class teacher can assess the child’s learning while they have been learning remotely.

If your child is in Reception, please upload images of their work daily to Tapestry using the ipad provided. The class teacher will give feedback and answer any questions through this platform. Reception children will have a weekly phone call with their teacher instead of an online Meet: this will give the child and their parents the opportunity to ask questions about their learning and to keep in contact with the school.

Remote Education: Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if my child has symptoms of covid-19?

If your child has a persistent cough, a temperature or a loss or change in taste or smell, they should not come into school until they have received a negative PCR test result. If your child has any of these symptoms, you should: 

  • Take them for a PCR test immediately. The nearest test site to school is at the Watney Market Idea Store.

  • Keep your child away from school while you are waiting for the test results. If your child is well enough, remote education will be provided during this time.

  • Call the office when you receive the test results. If the result is negative, the child can return to school. If the result is positive, your child must isolate for 10 days. If your child is well enough to complete it, remote education will be provided during this time.

How can my child access remote education?

If your child is in years 1-6, remote education will be provided through Google Classroom, which your child has been shown how to use in school using their Chromebook. If your child is in reception, remote education will be provided through Tapestry, which can be accessed using your child's iPad.

When you and your child log in to Google Classroom or Tapestry, you will find a weekly sheet of links to video lessons for your child to follow. Your child will need to complete the following each day:

  • 1 maths lesson
  • 1 English lesson
  • 1 other subject (this will be indicated on the weekly remote education sheet)
  • 20 minutes' reading time on Bug Club.

The weekly remote education sheet also includes the date and time for an online Meet or phone call with your child's class teacher. This is an opportunity for you and your child to ask questions and for teachers to assess your child's learning at home in preparation for their return to school.

If you have any further questions while your child is isolating, contact Shipa, a member of our Pastoral Care Team, via the school office. Your child an also ask for help and support through Google Classroom or Google Hangouts.

How can I support my child at home?

Learning remotely can be difficult for some children. To support them, we would recommend the following:

  • Keep a regular routine, similar to the school day. Start learning at 9:00am and have regular, scheduled breaks through the day.
  • Have all resources (Chromebook, exercise book, a black pen or pencil) ready for the start of the day of remote learning.
  • Check regularly through the day that your child is completing their online lessons: ask them questions about what they have learnt.
  • Help your child understand what they are learning if you can. If you need help from school, contact Shipa through Google Classroom or Google Hangouts.
  • At the end of the day, check that your child has completed 3 lessons and at least 20 minutes of reading of Bug Club.
  • Make a note of the date and time of the Meet or phone call with the class teacher. This will be an important way of staying in touch with the school.
  • Make sure your child brings their remote learning exercise book into school when they return. This will help the teacher to ensure their return to school is smooth.

Is there anything additional my child can do to learn at home?

If you would like your child to benefit from additional learning activities at home, the school has subscribed to a number of different apps and websites that we believe to be effective. If your child is in reception, these apps will already be loaded onto their iPad for them to use. If your child is in years 1-6, the relevant websites are saved in the 'favourites' tab on their Chromebook.

In particular, we would recommend the following because they are monitored by staff, which means the activities your child completes will be shared with their class teacher:

  • Bug Club: this has a range of reading activities for all year groups in the school
  • Times Tables Rock Stars: this website gives children practice with their times tables. This is particularly important for children in years 3 - 6.
  • Sumdog: this has a range of maths activities for children in years 1 - 6
  • Busy Things: this includes a range of activities in different subjects for children from reception to year 2.

What can I do to keep my child safe online?

If your child is learning remotely, it is likely that they will be spending relatively long periods of time using a device connected to the Internet. As always, it is important to take steps to make sure children are using the Internet safely.

In school, we teach children about online safety, what to do if they come across anything on the Internet that worries them and appropriate behaviour online. We also strongly recommend that parents speak to their children regularly about staying safe online and encourage them to speak their parents if they are worried about anything they have seen online. Childnet have produced helpful guidance for parents to start these conversations with their children.