When children are required to be at home, and unable to attend school – the learning does not stop at Hemlington Hall. Since October 2020, schools have been required by law to provide effective education to those children who are unable to access face to face teaching; Hemlington Hall Academy has risen to the challenge! 

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to families about what to expect from us in relation to remote education – if required.

The information is organised by the key questions that families may have regarding our online learning offer.

If a sudden closure is needed, what will the first one or two days look like for us as a family?

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. As such, in the first day or two of a longer period of closure we will:

  • Expect children to read their current reading books, practise their ‘sound book’ and complete any outstanding homework which is currently allocated.
  • Review the ‘links to learning’ document which is sent out for each half termly topic, and complete any tasks which you are able to.

How does the substantive remote curriculum align with the ‘normal’ school curriculum?  

  • The remote curriculum which the children will follow closely mirrors the learning that would have taken place in the classroom. For example, children will still progress through our phonics and maths scheme at the same pace as if they were in school.
  • The remote curriculum will also encompass the vast majority of subjects that the children experience in school. Whilst some learning experiences that would have taken place in school are simply not possible via remote learning (e.g. the more practical aspects of the Design Technology, Science, PE and Computing curricula), teachers will either move this learning to a period when children return to school, or source alternative theoretical learning to mirror the learning intention (e.g. a video of a science experiment, or online simulation).
  • Whilst PE cannot be taught in the same way remotely, we do expect that children take part in physical exercise and challenges as directed through our remote learning tasks.

How are days of remote learning structured? How will you teach my child and what will a day look like?

Each day, we aim to ensure that our children take part in approximately 3 hours of teaching and study time. This is achieved by…

  • Task 1: A class story – pre-recorded by a staff member and containing a welcome and introduction to the day
  • Task 2: A phonics or spelling lesson – with pre-recorded teaching and accompanying tasks
  • Task 3: Reading and Reinforcement:  Children access the Big Cat platform to read their allocated reading book and practise decoding and spelling skills via the online tasks
  • Task 4: A mathematics lesson – with pre-recorded teaching and accompanying tasks
  • Task 5: Another curriculum subject lesson – children will complete a variety of subject learning tasks across the weeks, reflecting the range of subjects taught in school
  • An Open Zoom session – where children and families can touch base with the class teacher and fellow classmates, to discuss their learning and gain additional help, if required

In addition to this, some children and families may also receive a phone call or ‘zoom’, as part of the rolling programme of individual ‘check ins’ or to support learning following a review of work from the class teacher.

Exercise books and workbooks are sent home to support the taught sessions and to facilitate appropriate recording. Photographs of this work can be uploaded to Class Dojo for feedback.

Which tools and platforms do you use in order to deliver the remote learning?

  • Class Dojo – this is the primary hosting platform – where all tasks are ‘housed’ and children can respond to tasks set. This can be accessed via an app or website link.  
  • Purple Mash – an online curriculum platform that children may be directed to, to complete some learning tasks.
  • Some subscription websites, such as Numbots, TTRS and Spelling Frame
  • Zoom – families will follow the allocated daily link to access an open Zoom meeting.
  • Learning videos are uploaded to the school YouTube channel – but only accessible via unlisted link.
  • We do not expect families to have access to any specific software or printing facilities – as all requirements are housed within our platforms.

What if we don’t have the ‘kit’ needed for online learning?

We recognise that for some families, remote education is daunting and may not have the equipment that is required. In order to help, we can:

  • Provide a limited number of iPads/laptops to families for free, through a home-school loan agreement.
  • Source 4G mobile internet for families who do not have internet in the family home.
  • Provide a place in school, where vulnerable children and critical workers are able to attend. Not being able to access any home learning can make a child ‘vulnerable’.  

These discussions will be had with families as soon as closure is announced – if not before. During the first day of school closures, all families at home will be contacted to ensure that they are prepared and able to support the remote education plans at home.

How much do you expect children to engage in the learning and what will happen if you are concerned about levels of engagement? How will you support us as a family?

  • We expect all children at home to engage in the teaching and study activities set each day.
  • If a child does not access home learning for more than one day, a call home is made to see how school can remove any potential barriers so that remote learning can resume. This may include staff providing additional tutorials online to show families how to access specific learning tasks, or staff supporting families to plan effective remote learning routines. If these cannot be embedded or prove unsuccessful, a place may be offered in school, where vulnerable children and critical workers are able to attend. Not accessing any home learning can make a child ‘vulnerable’.  
  • Where possible, we try to ensure that the teaching is pre-recorded to support families who have several children at home (who may share a device), or where adults may be home-working – so that the tasks can be completed as flexibly as possible.
  • The daily ‘open Zoom’ is designed as an opportunity to support children and families each day. Staff also have time built in to the day to phone parents and respond to emails from families who have queries or concerns.   

How will my child receive feedback on their learning? 

  • The Class Dojo platform allows teachers to feedback on all individual pieces of work – through both written and verbal feedback. Teachers have allocated time to provide this feedback each day.
  • The Purple Mash platform provides staff the option to facilitate feedback to children.
  • The rolling programme of phone calls give an opportunity for staff to praise and feedback in more depth, where required.

What will happen if my child has additional needs and requires additional support? 

  • Each day, staff review engagement and achievement of all children in their class. If a child appears to require additional support,1:1 phone calls or a ‘Zoom’ meeting will be arranged.
  • Tasks can be differentiated at individual level via See-Saw and the allocations made through the online platforms.
  • Children who have an EHCP or support plan, who are not in school, will be afforded additional contact via the staff who typically support them in school. This will be additional to the general individual ‘check ins’ that are planned each week.
  • Children with visual problems will be posted reading scheme books, so they spend less time on screen than other children.

This information has been formulated in line with DFE guidance, found here.

The following logos are links to the primary learning platforms which we use. Your children should have their log in details, but if not – simply contact your child’s class teacher. 

For more links to learning websites, visit our Learning Zone