Our Lady & St Brendan's Catholic Primary School
Bank
Bradford
BD10 0QA

01274 611992

office@olsb.bradford.sch.uk

Our Lady & St Brendan's Catholic Primary School, A Voluntary Academy

"Help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown"

OLSB Virtual School for remote learning

There are links in the Children's Information section to all of our learning platforms.  Just click the image to be taken directly to the site.

We regularly reflect on the impact of our approach in the continuous improvement of our remote learning offer.

 

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

The majority of pupils’ work will be provided through Google Classroom and this will be the primary portal through which work is set, though it may be completed in a range of online and offline forms and through other websites where appropriate, e.g. Education City, White Rose Maths, Reading Eggs, Maths Seeds, Times Tables Rockstars, etc.

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. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

We will endeavour to make sure that all families have at least one working device on which pupils can access their remote learning. If families do not have a device such as a tablet, laptop, smartphone, etc. school will loan the family a device, which can be kept for the duration of the period of school closure.

If pupils do not have access to the internet, we will work with national and local organisations to try to provide internet access for the family, e.g. through providing a data SIM or 4G router.

If neither of the above options are practical and suitable, as a last resort we will provide paper copies of work set, though this does not provide the instruction and interactivity with teaching staff that support learning best and we would therefore always endeavour to find suitable technology instead. This work would need to be collected from school each Monday and returned each Friday to ensure it can be marked and feedback can be provided.

We survey our families regularly to find about their access to technology so that we can support when necessary. If parents wish to find out about how to borrow devices or gain access to internet support, they should contact the school office on 01274 611992 or email office@olsb.bradford.sch.uk.

All pupils will be provided with reading materials through Reading Express, Reading eggs, Grammarsaurus and Education City and Phonics Play, and, where needed, stationery and writing materials. Again, parents should contact the school office if any resources are needed.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • Live registration daily followed by a minimum of three live sessions delivered by school staff and student teachers.
  • Written instructions accompanying a task on Google Classroom.
  • Recorded video or audio teaching and instructions, made by your child’s class teacher and shared through Google Classroom (this may include links to recordings made on an instructional video creation tool such as Loom or Explain Everything, or made through Google itself)
  • Video or audio teaching and instructions provided by a third party, e.g. White Rose Maths, BBC Bitesize, Oak National, etc.
  • Online tasks to complete through the Google Classroom, such as answer sheets to complete, typed responses and video/audio recorded responses
  • Offline tasks to complete, such as a written piece, practical work, etc. which can then be photographed or videoed and uploaded to Seesaw for feedback
  • Links to activities on other websites, such as Education City, Reading Eggs, Reading Express, White Rose Maths, Math seed, Times Table Rockstars and Numbots, etc. Where pupils need additional log-in details for these websites, these will be provided.
  • Other online activities, such as teacher-led story time, collective worship videos, class blog posts, etc.
  • Other offline activities, such as independent reading, practising spellings or times tables, etc.
  • Our remote education curriculum is aligned to our classroom curriculum as much as possible.

    We aim to keep it simple.

    We will focus on the basics as a priority.

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 expect your child to complete all the tasks set each day to the best of their abilities. We understand that balancing supporting your child’s education with your own work commitments may be difficult, but the more support and encouragement you can provide for your child, the better the quality of their home learning experience will be. The children benefit greatly from structure, so you should aim to get them up and ready to start work at normal school time where possible.  Give them a quiet space to work, regular breaks and support them with any questions they may have. If you have difficulty understanding what to do for a task or finding the best way to support your child, please get in touch with school.

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness, there is no expectation that they attend virtual school. Normal notification of absence procedures will still apply to inform the office of the reason for absence from school or email your class email.

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

Your child’s work will be checked daily by teachers. If pupils are repeatedly failing to engage with online learning, or not completing tasks to the standard expected, school will contact parents by telephone to find out why. We will offer support and encouragement but also communicate our high expectations. 

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

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

Your child’s work will be checked daily by teachers. They will provide feedback through Google Classroom, class emails and Tapestry (either written or verbal) on:

  • Individual tasks where appropriate
  • The class achievement as a whole, through ‘whole class feedback’ (this is a strategy used in school with which the children are familiar)
  • The day’s learning for your child as a whole

Feedback will be provided regularly throughout the school day, providing an ongoing dialogue between your child and their teacher.

However, work that is submitted throughout evenings or weekends will not be responded to until the following working day, as we are conscious of giving our teachers time to prepare for the following day’s learning as well as having time for themselves.

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:

The work set will be tailored to the needs of your child with SEND, so that the explanations given, responses required and resources used are suited to your child specifically.

Sometimes, additional practical resources may be needed to support home learning, such as counting equipment, fine motor resources, etc. and school will endeavour to provide these and get them out to families wherever possible.

For younger pupils, a mixture of online and offline activities will be included in the daily offer, that can allow for both supported and independent learning. For example, some activities may be mainly play-based, some may require watching a story or video on screen, while some may require adult modelling and closer supervision.

Other strategies that may be considered where there is a need is for teachers or support staff to contact parents of pupils with SEND for occasional 1:1 remote sessions with the pupil concerned, either via telephone or online.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school. This is also the case during lockdown scenarios, when some pupils are at home and others are in school because they fall into the ‘vulnerable’ category or their parents are critical workers.

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

We hope parents will understand the challenges faced by teachers in providing lessons for those in school and at home simultaneously. Checking Google Classroom regularly and providing up to the minute feedback is not always possible when a teacher is in the classroom. Therefore, our offer may differ. Teachers will still plan and set the work daily through Google Classroom, but they may only be able to check and respond to the work once or twice each day rather than at more regular intervals. There may be a delay in responding to requests for support or explanation. Furthermore, where more pupils are in school than at home, there may not be as many devices available to borrow from school as they will be required to support the delivery of the curriculum in school.