Remote Learning

In line with the latest Government policy, St Joseph’s has been closed to most children since Tuesday 5th January 2021. We will return pupils to school at the earliest possible convenience in accordance with the Government’s national guidance and advice from the Department for Education and Public Health England.

Google Classroom

Since Tuesday 5th January 2021, children’s learning has continued online using Google Classroom and Google Meet. Each pupil has a username and password for a Google Classroom account. This provides them with access to Google Classroom (GC) for St Joseph’s and also access to Google Drive, where they can use Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides to complete their work and send it back to their class teacher. Before school closure, children used this platform on a weekly basis for homework.

If you have any difficulties logging in, you can contact your class teacher using the appropriate year group email address.

A link to a Google Classroom tutorial is available here: https://youtu.be/eyiMSewoKjA.

Please see our Remote Learning Protocols for information on how teachers will use Google Classroom.

On occasion, children may possibly need to complete work in an exercise book / home learning book / separate paper as well as on Google Classroom. If so, we ask parents and carers to kindly photograph and upload their children’s work to Google Classroom.

Home Learning Routines

Learners are provided with a suggested timetable for the week to ensure that they are given routines in order to learn at home. Children thrive off routine and structure so this may help when learning at home. However, to make things manageable for families and staff alike, teachers emphasise flexibility in home learning routines in order to meet the demands of a family all trying to work from home.

Class teachers make a note in the register of who has logged onto Google Classroom and completed activities. If you require any support with this, please email your child’s class teacher in the first instance (see above for email addresses). The lessons consist of a combination of live and pre-recorded sessions.

The live sessions are recorded so children are able to catch up if they miss them. Please see our Remote Learning Protocols document (link above) for further guidance about the live sessions.

For Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – phonics teaching continues to be tailored to different groups and therefore some children receive live sessions and others, recorded sessions.

For a consistent and manageable feedback / marking routine, teaching staff look at and feedback on work in the following subjects on set days:

  • Monday – English
  • Tuesday – Maths
  • Wednesday – RE
  • Thursday – Other subjects in rotation (Science / History / Geography)
  • Friday – Big Writing

Children need to re-open any submitted work to see any comments that have been left by the class teacher.

Families and children are encouraged to submit evidence for all activities set, but they only receive feedback from their child’s class teacher according to the feedback schedule above. Answers continue to be provided on Google Classroom after some sessions for children or parents and carers to mark themselves (e.g. Maths). Science, History and Geography learning may be more topic project based and RE includes regular creative elements.

All tasks and messages to individual classes are posted on Google Classroom at 8pm the night before. Tasks and messages are dated so parents and carers clearly understand when the learning is scheduled. Friday afternoons are set aside for dedicated staff Planning and Preparation time (PPA) time. Class timetables reflect this with a session included on Fridays for pupil ‘rewind’ / catch up time (finishing off any learning from the day / week).

As a gentle reminder, parents and carers are asked that any of the children’s submitted work is as independent as possible.

If parents or carers experience any technical issues, they can contact their child’s class teacher in the first instance and they will endeavour to signpost to the best support.

Summary of Remote Learning Offer

1. When school is closed to most pupils due to a national / local lockdown:

Within a half-term, staff will make at least 1 wellbeing phone call to families in their class and make follow up calls / interventions as necessary.

Pupils still in school (children of critical workers / vulnerable children) will follow work set by staff members on GC, assisted by staff supervising particular bubbles in school.

This learning may be uploaded to GC or carried out in exercise books in school (and checked by supervising staff).

Nursery

  • Daily message to parents / children detailing GC learning for the day posted at 8p.m. the night before.
  • Weekly timetable provided.
  • Other tasks and activities provided to support ongoing learning in a range of subjects.
  • Music lessons provided and suggested PE activities.
  • Activities for promoting positive mental health provided weekly.
  • Parents can contact staff on the class email address.

Nursery Spring Term 1 Timetable

Reception

  • Daily message to parents / children detailing GC learning for the day posted at 8p.m. the night before.
  • Weekly timetable provided.
  • Live phonics sessions daily.
  • Other tasks and activities provided to support ongoing learning in a range of subjects.
  • Music lessons provided and suggested PE activities.
  • Activities for promoting positive mental health provided weekly.
  • Parents can contact staff on the class email address.

Reception Spring Term 1 Timetable

Key Stage 1

  • Daily message to parents / children detailing GC learning for the day posted at 8p.m. the night before.
  • Weekly timetable provided.
  • 2 live lessons a day (English / Mathematics)
  • Teacher to stay online for 5-10 mins after each live session to answer questions.
  • At least 1 other recorded session per day (either a voiceover or recording of teacher explaining a presentation / flipchart).
  • Other tasks and activities provided to support ongoing learning in a range of subjects.
  • Music lessons provided and suggested PE activities.
  • Activities for promoting positive mental health provided weekly.
  • Daily feedback given on submitted work according to published rota.
  • Parents can contact staff on the class email address.
  • Approximately 3 hours learning provided daily

Year 1 Spring Term 1 Timetable

Year 2 Spring Term 1 Timetable

Key Stage 2

  • Daily message to parents / children detailing GC learning for the day posted at 8p.m. the night before.
  • Weekly timetable provided.
  • 2 live lessons a day (English / Mathematics)
  • Teacher to stay online for 5-10 mins after each live session to answer questions.
  • At least 1 other recorded session per day (either a voiceover or recording of teacher explaining a presentation / flipchart).
  • Other tasks and activities provided to support ongoing learning in a range of subjects.
  • Music lessons provided and suggested PE activities.
  • Activities for promoting positive mental health provided weekly.
  • Daily feedback given on submitted work according to published rota.
  • Parents can contact staff on the class email address.
  • Approximately 4 hours learning provided daily.

Year 3 Spring Term 1 Timetable

Year 4 Spring Term 1 Timetable

Year 5 Spring Term 1 Timetable

Year 6 Spring Term 1 Timetable

2. When a bubble is closed due to children having to self-isolate:

See above for details of appropriate remote provision.

3. When an individual / individuals have to be at home to self-isolate or quarantine:

Children / families will receive a message detailing the learning for the day.

Staff will post slides / flipcharts / PowerPoint presentations of the day’s learning that was covered in school on GC.

Staff will post any sheets / resources / tasks that would have been completed in school on GC for child to complete at home.

4. How remote capability is used in normal course of school week.

Pupils will be set home learning that needs to be completed using GC.

Pupils’ ongoing reading records are online on GC.