Gillingham CofE
Primary Academy

Curriculum

Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

Children will be set tasks to complete for Phonics (if the child is in Reception or Key Stage 1), English, Maths and one other subject every day. We would also ask children to read daily and if the child is in Year 2 or above, complete 15 minutes of mental arithmetic, e.g. Times Table Rock Stars three times a week.

Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

  • We will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school so that all children are receiving the same curriculum.
  • There may be some slight exceptions, for example, PE activities in school may involve different equipment to what the children may have available to them at home.

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education will take pupils in Key stage 1 up three hours each day and up to 4 hours for pupils in Key Stage 2.

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

All of the learning will be set on Google classrooms. Each child has their own log in for this platform.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home.

If this is the case, we will organise home learning packs which will include paper copies of material for the children to complete their work.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

  • Teachers will set work tasks per subject daily via google classroom. Sometimes we will make use of Nationally available schemes such as Oak Academy and BBC to support learning remotely
  • There will be video links sent linked to learning on YouTube – eg. Read, Write, Inc phonics, stories linked to a subject area.
  • Commercially available website supporting the teaching of specific subjects.

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 recognise that every family’s situation is different, but strongly encourage full engagement with remote learning.

With children being at different stages in their education some children may need more support from parents and carers than others. We recognise that circumstances may make this difficult all of the time, so some of the activities we plan, we know that the children can access these independently.

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

With our online platform of Google Classroom the children can upload their work or pictures of their work. There is also an option to make a comment, so if children/parents are having difficulties this can be communicated through this.

Every week the class teachers will make contact with families to check how remote learning is going and to discuss any issues or concerns either from the teacher or the parent. If there are siblings it will be one phone call by one of the teacher’s so you will not be getting more than one phone call in a week unless it is needed.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

With Google Classroom teachers will be able to see work that has been uploaded from the children and comments will be made with regards to their work, if suggestions for improvement are made there is an option for children to edit their work and then resubmit it.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

Teachers will set work that is appropriate for the needs of the child and where needed in consultation with the SENCO.

During the weekly calls home any problems will be discussed but equally there are other means of communication available during the week to the class teacher or the SENCO.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

We will always aim for the curriculum for remote learning to be in line with the learning that is happening in school.


Through a broad and balanced curriculum Kingfisher pupils will be given opportunities to explore their own unique gifts and potential. They will have a thirst for learning and have the confidence to ask questions about the world around them. They will learn to be respectful of their environment and each other. They will understand the importance of inclusivity of all – both in their academy and as a member of a multicultural society. Kingfisher pupils will use the experiences offered to them to become confident, independent learners who will have the skills to not only to overcome challenge but also to seek it. We have written a long-term curriculum plan for each phase of learning, EYFS, Key stage 1, Key Stage 2. The plan is based on a rolling programme to accommodate our mixed aged classes, ensuring all objectives are covered. Subject leaders have reviewed the content of their subjects to ensure progression of skills, where appropriate a bought in scheme has been used. Please click through the links to explore each subject in more detail.

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Personal, Social And Health Education

Religious Education

Science

English

Maths

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