Remote Learning

Dear Parents/Carers, welcome to the new and updated Remote Learning section of our website.

What do we ask of you at home?

In order to maintain the highest possible standard of remote education provision for all Westdale children we kindly request you support your child with accessing and understanding how to use all the resources on this page. We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school and we ask that you support your child to work for at least 4 hours each day, interspersed with those all-important breaks.

Where are all the resources?

If you have a look at the sub-sections on the left of this page, you will find our Learning Projects and these will provide you and your child with a weekly planner that in themselves provide a daily structure of lessons (+ timings) as well as links to online resources, i.e. National Academy online lessons, White Rose Maths online lessons, as well as a variety of online links that will supplement and enrich our curriculum offering, e.g. BBC Class Clips, pobble365.com (English resource), gonoodle.com (PE) etc.

N.B. The accompanying White Rose Maths resources to the videos (in the weekly planners) can be found in the Maths Projects sub-section on the left of this page.

What role does Microsoft Teams and Seesaw play in my child’s remote learning?

Our Remote Learning provision is under constant review and we foresee Microsoft Teams playing an ever bigger part in the delivery of our exciting curriculum. Via Teams, teachers currently meet with the children twice a day. In the morning Teams meeting the day’s lessons and activities are introduced and explained, and the afternoon session is used to reflect on that day’s learning. These meetings also provide and keep alive that essential live, face-to-face interaction between home and school. In time, Teams will facilitate the provision of both live and recorded online lessons.

Currently the children upload / share their work with their teachers on Seesaw and teachers aim to respond to and provide feedback on the children’s work the same day or at least within 24 hours.

What extra support is there?

Children without the necessary means to access our remote education provision have been provided with laptops. We also recognise that some pupils, e.g. pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), or, those children having to self-isolate, 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 with additional needs. If parents/carers do require any further advice and/or support then we urge them to refer to the Contacts section on the left side of this page and make contact with the relevant member of staff.

Well-being phone calls will also be made (at intervals throughout each term) and the issue of children seemingly not engaging with online lessons will also be addressed in these phone calls.

Thank you.

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