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Remote education provision: information for parents

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

What should my child expect from immediate remote education on the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

The school has worked hard to ensure that in the event of any lockdown, the children’s learning will not be impacted. Learning will move to an online platform with immediate effect. Parents will be sent details of how to access the ‘remote learning’, timetable and resources necessary to facilitate ‘online learning’. Teachers will also explain how the day will be organised and expectations will be made as clear as possible.

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 curriculum remotely as we do in school. The teachers will be following the schemes of work and overviews which parents have access to.
The teachers will be providing links for the P.E lessons and will be ensuring and checking that the children are engaged and involved in the weekly P.E lessons.

Remote teaching and study time each day

Reception Class: 8.40am-2.15pm
The focus on the Early Years will be developing strong English and Math skills; in English the focus will be on reading, writing and recall, whilst in Math the children will be following the schemes of work and learning the concepts highlighted in the overviews sent to all parents. They will be having circle time where the teacher will be reading stories and talking to them about the world and PSHE related topics.

We have kept our school timetables the same, as much as possible, to ensure that children  are taught consistency during remote learning. Children will have interaction with the teacher throughout the day, as all lessons are taught ‘live’

Year 1-6: 8.40am-3.00pm
The teachers will be following the Schemes of work and all concepts highlighted in the overviews will be covered. They will be teaching Maths, English, English Lit, Science, Humanities, Islamic Studies, R.E, PSHE, Art, Arabic and Qur’an via zoom live teaching. The teachers will explain the lesson before sending children a link during the P.E lesson where they will follow the instructor and rejoin the lesson after the P.E session has finished. We have kept our school timetables the same, as much as possible, to ensure that children are taught consistency during remote learning. Children will have interaction with the teacher throughout the day, as all lessons are taught ‘live’

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

The school will be using Zoom as the online learning resource. Parents who face any technical issues have direct access to the school I.T. help desk.

Accessing remote education

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to  access remote education?

Parents who do not have devices can borrow an iPad from school. They will be required to come and collect the device from the school office.

Children who do not have any or limited access to the internet have been asked to attend school as defined as ‘vulnerable’, under DFE guidelines.

Parents can also collect all work packs from school if they cannot print out the work at home. Parents will be informed of the time and date for collection. These packs will be emailed to all parents and hard copies made available.

Teachers will be communicating with parents and the children on how they will be expecting the work to be submitted and the feedback that will be provided for the work that is taking place during the remote lessons.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

Some examples of remote teaching approaches:
 live teaching (online lessons)
 printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
 textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
 commercially available websites for P.E

Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

Parents can expect an open and mutually respectful relationship with school and should a concern arise, it will be taken seriously and dealt with in a timely and courteous manner by all and in line with existing school policies. We are proud of the fact that Al Khair Prep staff go ‘above and beyond’ when it comes to supporting our children and families and we operate an ‘open doors’ policy when it comes to working with parents.
Our school ethos promotes kindness and nurturing Everyone expects to be treated with courtesy and not to be subject to the use or threat of:
 Verbal abuse
 Physical abuse
 Not to interrupt the teacher during the online lesson and to email any issues or concerns to the class teacher.
 To be mindful of background conversations and noise which can be a distraction to the lesson
Such actions will not be tolerated and school will respond proactively to support their staff. In cases such as these, sanctions may include restricted contact with school.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

A daily register will be taken of all children by the class teacher. If a parent has not reported an absence to the school office, parents will be contacted if the child is not on-line.
We will treat on-line lessons just as we would if the child were to physically attend school, so any absence has to be reported with an explanation.
Teachers will be sending weekly emails to the parents, updating them on the week’s work.
Teachers will be contacting parents, via email, zoom or phone if there are any specific concerns regarding their child.
Targets will be sent out at the end of each half term as per normal practice

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

The teachers will be marking work as the children complete it during lesson.
Teachers will ask children to upload work that has been completed, this will be  marked and sent back with feedback.
Children will receive feedback daily regarding their work.
Weekly emails will be sent to parents updating them on the week’s work.
Individualized emails and/or phone calls will be sent to parents if the need arises.
Teachers will arrange parent zoom meeting if they feel that this is required to help support the child.
Targets will be sent to parents. These will be emailed half termly. This will highlight areas that need to be worked on and strengths that the children are displaying.

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 some 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 this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

We have identified those children who are struggling with on-line learning and have been able to accommodate them at school.

The class teachers are working from their classes so these children will be with their class teacher and get the support that they need.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

If all children are at school and individual children need to self-isolate at home the teachers will email the work that the child needs to complete each day that they are absence.