Covid Strategy

Covid Strategy

COVID strategy 20-21.pdf

Marchbank Catch-up Premium Plan 20-21.pdf

Blended Learning

Our Remote Learning offer

Our primary Remote Learning offer is delivered through TEAMS as well as providing a weekly pack. Paper based work is provided to any pupil accessing remote learning as well as all resources required to enable pupils to access their blended learning e.g. art materials, resources for science experiments as well as practical items. 

Lessons are recorded and uploaded to Teams replicating learning in the classroom environment.  Instructions are then given to pupils to identify the work which will be completed from the packs.

All pupils have an individual username and password which will give access to their class Teams site as well as step by step instructions.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home?

On the initial day of absence all pupils are provided with a first day blended learning pack which has an EHCP outcome focus.  Pupils have these at home to be available for all eventualities.  Contact will be made with parents on the first day of absence to support with remote access for the any subsequent days of absence.

Following the first day of remote education, pupils will be taught the same curriculum as they would if they were in school.

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. In the majority of subjects the curriculum will be virtually identical.  All other subjects will be resourced within learning packs to ensure that all learning can be accessed.  There are some subjects where an alternative offer is required where for example PE and music.

We also recognise the importance of social times for your child.  During these in timetabled session, your child will be offered a live call with pupils in school to continue to provide opportunities to develop friendships with their peers.

What if I can’t access the online learning?

In the event of there being no appropriate device or internet access available, home learning workbooks will either be sent home with your child or personally delivered.

Wherever possible, steps will be taken to provide your child with an appropriate device to use at home and assistance with getting internet access in your home.

To request a device please contact the school on the first day of absence.

Telephone: 01325 254670

Email: Ben Parnaby –

We will aim to loan your child a device to enable them to access FROG.

Remote teaching and study time each day

In line with Department for Education requirements, children in KS1 (Years 1&2) should be working for approximately 3 hours a day.

For children in KS2 (Years 3 – 6) they should be working for approximately 4 hours a day.

Online Platforms

In addition to live lessons and work packs we also use a variety of online learning platforms to support pupil’s education to continue whilst at home. 

We use recorded teaching including Oak National Academy lessons, White Rose Hub lessons and BBC Bitesize videos.

These will be followed up with independent learning activities for the children to work through.

We provide access to electronic reading books across all key stages.

We provide access to online APP resources such as Mathletics, Times Table Rockstars and Teach your Monster to Read for all children in KS1 and KS2.(see below for more information)

Reading books will be delivered to children’s homes weekly whilst children can order books from the Education Village Learning Resource Centre, which will also be delivered to your home.

Your child’s class teacher will provide details of how to login to all online resources as well as your child’s individual login details on the first day of absence.

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?

We expect all children to engage with remote learning every day as long as they are physically well.

Try and provide your child with a quiet place to learn away from distractions such as television or games consoles.

Encourage them to complete their work and talk about what they are learning each day. Offer plenty of praise for their achievement and effort.

We understand that every family’s circumstances are different with some parents either working from home or going out to work. Children benefit from a routine and having set times for doing their work every day, like there would be in school. This may be very helpful in setting expectations for your child at home. They will need breaks during the morning and afternoon as well as at lunchtime. They may also benefit from having their water bottle handy to keep hydrated, as they would in school. Breakfast is also a very important meal to prepare them for their work.

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

Class teachers will monitor your child’s engagement in learning every day. They will record this and feedback to you if there are any concerns via email or telephone. This information will be shared with senior leaders.

How will you 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 marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

We will feedback to your child in various different ways. We will communicate with them on Teams with both verbal and written feedback given. This can include feedback on how to improve their work as well as celebrating on what they have achieved.

Where children share work via Teams, teachers will usually provide immediate feedback during school hours.  In addition to this, if support is required with any work class teachers will quickly provide support to pupils.

Online resources such as Mathletics, Accelerated Reader and Times Table Rockstars also provide instant feedback to your child which is also recorded and analysed by your child’s class teacher.

Remote Learning activities may be differentiated by teachers so that there are activities available and appropriate for all children.

Other Support

The pastoral team are available at all times to support with any issues you may have whilst supporting your child’s blended learning. 

In addition to this our school speech and language therapist and occupational therapist can offer ongoing support at home.  

Please contact school for this support if needed.

“Having to take my son temporarily out of school, the transition to home learning was incredibly easy thanks to the professional, formative and brilliant online learning provided by the school.  His lesson were delivered via pre-recorded video and online interactive forums.  To quote an x-teaching professional, “the dedication of the staff and exceptional teaching skills are some of the best she’s witnessed in a lifetime of teaching”.  Online learning for me was easy, stress free and the teaching input was instrumental in the success of home schooling, overall a truly outstanding experience for both myself and son. Integration back to the classroom was equally as easy with all the staff being so very supportive throughout his absence especially his class teacher, our deepest thanks to all involved". 

(Parent Y6 pupil)