ONLINE Learning 2020-2021
As schools and families were catapulted into home learning at the end of March, a whole range of journeys were experienced by us all – excitement, achievement, bewilderment, frustration and confusion to name a few.
To support children in having successful home learning experiences, teachers shared work consistent with the approaches already firmly established within school, such as using maths mastery White Rose resources and Thrive approach tasks at home. Whenever possible, teachers maintained an online presence throughout the lockdown by sharing videos including messages, instructional teaching videos, the reading of stories, PE challenges etc.
A wide range of the curriculum was covered through a variety of different means to engage the children in learning and provide access to a range of creative, topical and open-ended activities. Although home learning can be more challenging for our youngest children, our Nursery and Reception children continued to use the Tapestry app to evidence and celebrate their learning and development.
In addition to work for year groups and targeted work, we tried to create a sense of belonging to the school community through weekly assemblies with golden round-ups, singing assemblies and through the Quest which was filled with opportunities to be creative, discuss issues of equality, fairness and morality, design and crafts as well as vote in a referendum.
Our Year 5 and 6 children trialled the use of Showbie, on online sharing application, which was very popular with children and their families. The ability for teachers and children to interact through Showbie was a key strength and further developed a sense of connection between children and their teachers. Due to this and its user-friendly interface, we have since purchased Showbie to use across the school.
What can parents and carers expect?
We are always reviewing and refining provision to make improvements whenever possible. This comes with the caveat that we know for some parents and carers there will be too much home learning whereas for others there is not enough. Some of our families also face barriers to online learning such as lack of internet access or suitable devices where we offer bespoke support.
Throughout the school year when the whole school is open
When Showbie is up and running we aim to share homework tasks and carry out in-school learning utilising this tool.
During a period of self-isolation when the class continue in school
Work will be provided when children are self-isolating. When children self-isolate, teachers will share some open-ended tasks linking to current themes and topics being covered in school. This will include consolidation work and other tasks. As the teacher will be in class teaching, there will be limited interaction during this period.
During a period of whole classes or bubbles having to self-isolate
We aim to build on the successes of our lockdown online provision and offer greater interaction with class teachers from Y1 to Y6 using Showbie. This will allow teachers to communicate with children by asking questions and providing feedback. Early year children will continue to stay connected with families through the Tapestry app.
One of our school themes at this time is ‘reconnection’ ensuring children feel safe and secure at school. During any period of future lockdown we hope children can continue to feel a sense of connection and belonging to the whole school community through our online provision.