Remote Learning at Tenby Church In Wales Primary School
As you can imagine, providing provision for teaching and learning remotely has presented a certain number of challenges for us and for you, our wonderful families.
As a whole school community, we have worked hard to establish different ways of working to ensure they are successful in achieving our objective – to provide continuity of learning for all pupils.
We are confident that each class now has established routines and procedures in place that allow pupils to access and complete the work that has been set for them.
Based on the evidence already gathered, we know that pupils can view and respond to any feedback that their class teacher has left. Providing the logistics for teachers and pupils to remain in constant contact with one another is vital for us as a school to monitor not just progress in terms of learning but other important factors such as monitoring the well-being of our pupils and families.
Just to remind you, the online learning platforms currently in use are as follows:
Shrimp Class – Microsoft Teams
Coral Class – Microsoft Teams
Pebble Class – J2E and Hwb classes
Tropical Fish Class - J2E and Hwb classes
Pufferfish Class - J2E and Hwb classes
Lifeboat Class - J2E and Hwb classes
Dolphins Class - J2E and Hwb classes
Seashells Class - J2E and Hwb classes
Harbour Class - J2E and Hwb classes
Starfish Class - J2E and Hwb classes
Little Fishes Class - J2E and Hwb classes
Online discussion boards:
During this isolation period, we are more than aware of the impact on pupils not being able to spend time with their friends to develop important social skills has on their mental and social well-being.
We have chosen the above online learning platforms carefully as they provide the opportunity for pupils to communicate with each other for a variety of reasons.
We would expect pupils from year two and up to be able to engage in some form of online communication using the discussion boards available. Each class teacher will guide discussion topics and posts and we would appreciate your help in encouraging and supporting your child to actively engage.
Quantity and Frequency of Work:
After the Easter break, each class teacher will upload the work for the week on a Monday morning. We believe that providing the tasks set for the week offer parents and pupils the opportunity to decide their own schedule.
Every Monday morning, each class teacher will share a ‘weekly overview grid’ to show a brief outline of the week ahead.
Each week, class teachers will set:
4 x mathematics lessons (White Rose Maths – see below),
4 x English / literacy lessons,
3 x open-ended challenges (covering different curriculum areas)
Daily opportunities for reading – own books or use www.oxfordowl.co.uk
1 x Online completion of BigMaths challenges per week
3 x J2Blast or TimesTable Rockstars 20-minute sessions per week
3 x J2SpellBlast 20-minute sessions per week
A minimum of three 30-minute Lexia sessions per week – selected pupils only
All we ask is that you ensure your child does as much as possible in a way that minimises stress for them and for you. We understand that there will be times when you and your child will not be able to complete some tasks. We want to assure you, this is fine.
Completion of Work:
Pupils will have the opportunities to complete work both digitally or by recording it on paper. This will of course, depend on the work that has been set and what the task involves. If work is completed on paper, then pupils will need to provide evidence by uploading photographic or video evidence using the relevant app.
If your child is in a class where J2E and Hwb classes are used, then please download and use the ‘J2Launch’ app from Just2Easy learning.
If your child is in a class where Microsoft Teams is used, then please download and use the Microsoft Teams app from Microsoft.
Pupils will need to use their Hwb username and password for both apps – remember they will need to use that @hwbcymru.net after their Hwb username. For example, JonesA999@hwbcymru.net.
White Rose Mathematics:
The teaching of mathematics has proved the most difficult in terms of providing the correct provision. All too often, mathematics is delivered in a way that’s very much pupil-led.
If for example, a child finds something difficult or too easy, then we as teachers can easily and quickly respond by changing the level of challenge accordingly in the classroom environment. Pupils also rely heavily on being taught procedures in order to move them forward in their learning.
We have decided to use the White Rose Maths home learning provision. Each lesson is accompanied by a short introductory video in addition to questions and answers to test levels of understanding.
White Rose Maths is a scheme we often use in school – it is well designed and places a strong emphasis on problem-solving and offers pupils the ability to develop their reasoning skills.
White Rose Maths is renowned for the high levels of challenge it provides. It is often the case that pupils will use the year below lessons as the level of challenge is great – for example, a year 6 class could complete a White Rose Maths Year 5 lesson.
With this in mind, please choose the level that best suits your child. Obviously, begin with the current year of your child. If the lessons are too difficult, try the year below or if the lessons are too easy, try the year above.
An example might be a year 6 pupil who is struggling a little should try the year 5 lesson. On the other hand, a year 6 child who is getting every question correct and finding it fairly easy should try the year 7 lessons. All we ask is that you follow the ‘week number’ that the class teacher assigns.
When completing the lessons, follow this simple process to ensure success:
1. Parent and child to watch the introductory video – discuss and correct any misconceptions,
2. Child completes the provided questions and complete in a book (exercise books are available for collection from the school if required),
3. Parents to use the provided answers to check the child’s work. Parent and child to discuss any errors made and correct them. Remind children that making mistakes is good, it is learning!
4. Once the child has finished, they should then post a photograph of the completed page using the relevant app (J2Launch or Microsoft Teams),
5. The teacher will review the completed work and respond accordingly.
Whole-School Fortnightly Topics
We have several families with multiple children across our school. To make life a little easier at home, after the Easter break, we will begin by using whole-school topics for a two-week period.
We envisage parents being able to talk about the same topic to multiple children in the home which should help to reduce the workload. On occasions, we will also try to provide opportunities for families to take part in the same activities such as discussing the same artist, baking the same cake recipes from a certain part of the world or listening to the same pieces of music from a certain place or by a certain musician.
Of course, there will be a clear progression of skills which will meet the needs of each pupil.
Each class has an active Class Dojo account set up for families to communicate with individual class teachers. We will use Dojo as the main form of communication with parents. We will also post important updates on our school Facebook page.
If you are not joined to your child’s class Dojo, please contact the school to obtain the join code.
If you or your child has not managed to complete any work that has been set so far, please make every effort to contact your child’s class teacher to discuss as a matter of urgency.