Home Learning via Teams

Introduction

 

We have been working hard at establishing a learning platform that will provide high quality remote education, in line with the current government guidance, in the event of children having to isolate. We are delighted to announce that we have completed the set-up of Microsoft Teams for all our children from Years 1 to 6. We will be using MS Teams to provide inputs for lessons, provide work and offer feedback. The Nursery and Reception will continue to use Tapestry as this has proven to be an effective learning platform for our younger children. We have created this page to support our children and parents in their journey with MS Teams.

 

MS Teams can be accessed on smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. We recommend downloading the MS Teams app for ease of use and we have sent home your child’s login details and passwords – please contact your child’s class teacher via the year group email if you do not have these details.

Keeping Children Safe Online

 

We strongly advise that parents supervise their children when they are accessing the internet and be on hand to support them.  Teach your child to turn the screen off and tell you immediately if they access something that makes them feel worried or uncomfortable.  Should your child access content that upsets them or is inappropriate you should report it to the school and CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) www.ceop.police.uk

Home School Agreement for using Microsoft Teams

Teachers have spoken to the children about class rules relating to MS Teams and shared the pupil user agreement to highlight the importance of appropriate behaviour, expectations for learning and online safety.

 

You can view these documents below:

Reception to Year 3 - CLICK HERE

Year 4 to Year 6 - CLICK HERE

You may find your child benefits from using the pictures and symbols guide – CLICK HERE

 

We tell your children that they should not behave any differently when they are out of school or using their own device or home network. What we tell pupils about behaviour and respect applies to all members of the school community, whether they are at home or school: “Treat yourself and others with respect at all times; treat people in the same way when you are online or on a device as you would face to face.”

Parent partnership is essential so please CLICK HERE to sign the Home School Agreement for using MS Teams.

 

Parent Information and Guides

We appreciate that this is new for everyone including us and that there will be some technical issues and adjustments needed. Teachers and pupils practise how to log on and navigate key features of Microsoft Teams as part of their computing lessons in school. We have created some parent videos and information sheets below to help you navigate MS Teams and support your child with accessing the different functions.  The information sheets can be accessed by clicking on the links below and the videos can be accessed by clicking on the video links at the bottom of this page.

What ‘remote learning’ can I expect from Gorse Ride School ?

 

The information below is to be used as a general guide about what to expect from remote learning if a child is individually isolating or if a whole class or lockdown happens from after October half term (please CLICK HERE to see our remote learning policy).

My child (and their siblings if they are also attending Gorse Ride Schools) is absent because they are awaiting test results and our household is required to self-isolate. The rest of their school bubble are attending school and being taught as normal.

  • Maths Learning including White Rose videos linked to maths being covered in the classroom at that time sent via the year group email. Answers will be provided for self-marking at home.

  • English Learning for KS2 sent via year group email uploaded and following the sequence of learning happening in the classroom. The quantity will be dependent on age/stage of your child. If the completed work can be emailed via the year group email that is the preferable option but work can be handed in on return (it will be quarantined before marked).

  • RWI sessions/tasks for KS1 to work on the sounds your child will be missing and read daily using RWI videos/worksheets and Oxford Owl website.

  • Topic task(s) following the lessons being covered in class that week. The resources / worksheets including instruction for practical tasks will be sent via the year group email (if appropriate i.e. if the resources required for the lessons are already at home). If the lessons being taught in class are not able to be delivered remotely (e.g. if it requires additional resources such as art resources e.g. clay or pastels, or geography resources e.g. maps and atlases) then alternative ‘topic’ learning will be sent which may make use of BBC Bitesze and the Government’s ‘Oak Academy’ lessons.

My child’s whole bubble is not permitted to attend school because they, or another member of their bubble, have tested positive for Covid-19.

 

For the first 2 days the offer above will be in place and then learning will be placed on the learning platform of Microsoft Teams

  • Maths Learning uploaded to Microsoft Teams, following on/mirroring the maths being covered in the classroom at that time. This may be a combination of White Rose maths videos or pre-recorded lesson inputs. Resources/worksheets will be uploaded to Microsoft Teams for children to complete and hand in virtually. There will be a combination of teacher feedback and times when the answers will be provided for self-marking at home.

  • English Learning uploaded to Microsoft Teams following the sequence of learning happening in the classroom. The quantity will be dependent on age/stage of your child. Some/all of these will be ‘handed in’ to your child’s class teacher on Microsoft Teams for marking. This will include spelling, grammar, writing and reading. Some children will access RWI – the class teacher will direct your child to this if they need it.

  • Class Check-ins (registration) This will be a short schedule time where children will check in with their class.  This slot will give the teacher a chance to outline the learning tasks or answer the children’s questions about the learning via the chat function. Parents should only use the year group email or contact the school office if they need to contact the school – Not Microsoft Teams.

  • Topic Learning will be uploaded to Microsoft Teams for children to complete and hand in virtually. This will be lessons your child would have had in class this term which can be most easily adapted to remote learning – BBC Bitesize and Oak Academy.

  • 1:1 support if your child receives 1:1 support and they are isolating, a more bespoke programme of support will be set up where necessary. They will usually be expected to still complete the learning set on Microsoft Teams.

  • EYFS (Nursery and Reception) will use Tapestry and the year group email account as their platform for remote learning.

We enter another ‘lockdown’ with total school closure.

If the school is forced to close due to another lockdown, please refer to the information in above section entitled ‘My child’s whole bubble is not permitted to attend school because they, or another member of their bubble, have tested positive for Covid-19’ which will apply in this scenario.

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