Remote Learning

Remote Learning

At Gurney Pease Academy, we understand that the best place for children to learn is in school. However, due to the current challenges that we face, there are times when individuals, classes or even the majority of pupils will not be able to access onsite learning in school.

The information below outlines what you can expect from Gurney Pease with regards to Remote Learning.

Should you have any questions about our Remote Learning offer, please contact school. You may contact your child's class teacher directly, alternatively you can contact the school office or Mrs Sinclair, the Principal, on the following details:

Telephone: 01325 380790 

Email - asinclair@gurneypease.org.uk

Gurney Pease Academy

Remote Learning 

Remote learning refers to learning that is completed away from the physical school building. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, children may be required to learn remotely during the academic year 2020-21. The overall purpose of remote learning is to minimise the disruption to pupils’ education through providing access to learning that mirrors, where possible, what would have been provided in school.

At Gurney Pease Academy, we understand the need to continually deliver high quality education, including during periods of remote working whether for an individual pupil, a specific bubble or for the whole school due to a local or national lockdown. We recognise the importance of maintaining high expectations in all areas of school life and ensuring that all pupils have access to the learning resources and support they need to succeed.

The Remote Curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

Remote learning will look slightly different depending upon the circumstances of the Covid related absence from school.

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.

What should my child expect from remote education in the case of being symptomatic and awaiting a test result?

What should my child expect from remote education in the case of having to isolate due to a positive case within the household?

What should my child expect from remote education in the event of a bubble closure or partial school closure?

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?

Remote Teaching and Study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

Accessing Remote Education

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

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

We are aware that not all pupils will have ready access to online learning at home and will endeavour to put support in place to enable these pupils to access online remote education. A survey was conducted in the autumn term and this information will be used alongside any individual requests to identify where a device may be required to support learning at home.

        Telephone: 01325 380790

        Email: Mrs Sinclair – asinclair@gurneypease.org.uk

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

As a school we have subscriptions to various websites and apps which will also support your child’s learning in school. All pupils have individual log in details for these which can be found on the individual log in cards which have been emailed home.

There may be occasions where your child’s class teacher directs your child to complete work on one of these sites or apps. Your child can also access them to complete additional work should they wish to.

Engagement and Feedback

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

. Children benefit from routine and having set times to do their work every day - like having a timetable as they would at school which sets out what work to do and when. This may be helpful in setting expectations and supporting your child to complete their work at home. They will need breaks during the morning and the afternoon as well as lunchtime. At school they have access to water to keep them hydrated - it may be beneficial for them to have this available while they work at home, too. 

We very much understand that every family's circumstances are different with some parents working from home or going out to work. Please try to ensure that your child completes all of their remote learning, but please do get in touch with us in school if you are feeling worried or anxious about your child's work.

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

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

Class teachers will provide feedback to children in the following ways:

Feedback will be provided by teachers during school hours.

Online resources such as Accelerated Reader, Lexia and TTRockStars also provide instant feedback to your child which is able to be analysed by your child's class teacher.

Additional support for pupils with specific needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We appreciate 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 recognise the difficulties that this may place on families and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

There may be occasions where your class teacher directs your child to complete an activity on one of the websites or apps listed below.

Online Learning Resources:

Accelerated Reader - Once children have completed the Read write Inc Phonics Programme, they are assigned a log in for Accelerated reader where they can complete quizzes on books that they read in order for their comprehension skills to be monitored.

Epic – Epic provides an online catalogue of reading including fiction books, non-fiction books, comics, audio books and more.

Espresso – All children can access learning on Espresso in a range of curriculum subjects. Children may be directed to learning Espresso or they are able to log on and conduct independent learning should they wish to do so.

LEXIA – Mrs Skilbeck has contacted those pupils with a log in for LEXIA. LEXIA is a programme which supports differentiated reading development. LEXIA targets gaps in skills to enable children to improve their reading.

Manga High – All children from Year 1 to Year 6 have log in details for Manga High. Work is allocated by teachers to classes and individuals. Pupils complete the game-based maths activities linked to different areas of the curriculum.

Maths Shed - Pupils have a log in for Maths Shed (their EdShed log in). Pupils can access differentiated maths activities through this maths platform which helps pupils to retain and recall number facts.

Numbots – All children in Reception and Year 1 have a log in for this – it is the same log in as for TTRockStars. Numbots helps children to become more fluent in their recall of mental addition and subtraction.

Oxford Owl – Through Oxford Owl, children can access a reading library to enable them to continue to practise and develop their reading while not in school.

Spelling Shed – Pupils have a log in for Spelling Shed (their EdShed log in) and can practise their spelling through tasks and games.

Teach Your Monster to Read – Pupils can use this programme to practise their phonics skills.

TTRockstars – All children from Year 2 to Year 6 have a logon for TTRockstars. This is a fantastic website that supports pupils in learning their times tables.Once your child has logged in they should play in Garage mode. This has an automatic training mode which starts with easy times tables and as the children get them correct it adds in more and more times tables. This means that it is pitched at the right level for the children so they’re able to practise getting quicker at tables that they know rather than struggling over many that they don’t know.

Please see the link below for a pdf version of the information above.

Gurney Pease Academy Remote Learning