Remote Learning Timetables
A weekly timetable is shared with parents on Class Charts each Monday. This gives suggested learning activities for the week. 4 and 5 short activities a day are pre-recorded and uploaded to the EYFS tapestry platform where parents can access them. Other activity suggestions are provided. Parents are able to upload evidence of activities undertaken at home using Tapestry.
Key Stage 1
Three hours of live lessons using Microsoft Teams are provided each day alongside a short reflective act of Collective Worship. The lesson activities are also uploaded to Class Charts for those families unable to access Teams or who are organising learning for more than one child.
Key Stage 2
Three hours of live lessons using Microsoft Teams are provided each day alongside a short reflective act of Collective Worship. An additional reading task will complement our live lessons. The lesson activities are also uploaded to Class Charts for those families unable to access Teams or who are organising learning for more than one child.
Key Stages 3 and 4
All students receive 5 hours of Remote Learning every day in accordance with their usual school timetables. Three days per week will start with PAM time, Pause for Thought activities and there will be a weekly assembly.
Our Remote Learning offer comprises:
Students accessing lessons led by their teacher online
Students accessing lessons/learning activities independently with their teacher available online for support
Quality of Learning
The premise of our Remote Learning offer rests on the knowledge that high quality learning happens when:
· explanation/instruction is clear;
· students have the time to really understand and learn new knowledge;
· students have the time to practise and embed skills;
· teachers systematically check understanding;
· teachers give timely and developmental feedback that helps students make progress.
Live lessons are a part of this process, but if all lessons are live, students can be too passive and do not get the opportunity to complete tasks independently, or practise and embed the skills they need to make progress. Different approaches to remote learning also suit different types of content and students’ differing learning preferences. Through our Remote Learning offer, students will experience a range of learning activities best suited to each subject. This may include making use of the SMSJ Learning Journals, online quizzes, video links, guided reading and extended writing. Throughout the week, students will be given structured online assignments supplemented with the teacher’s resources through Teams to complete during the lesson with the teacher present to answer questions. This enables students to work at their own pace whilst allowing staff to give live written and verbal feedback on their work. It is our expectation that all students receive feedback on their work (either verbal or written) every four lessons.
Key Stage 5
Our A Level students will receive their guided learning hours in accordance with their usual school timetables. The Remote Learning provision outlined above applies to students in Years 12 and 13 too, except that they have independent learning time built into their daily routine.
We are conscious of the detrimental effect of hours of screen-time on our students and staff. We will incorporate ‘well-being screen breaks’ every week to support our community’s well-being. We have also considerably reduced home learning for our students from Year 7 to Year 13 to just focus on consolidating work. We survey parents/carers, students and teachers and adapt our Remote Learning provision accordingly to ensure students can access their learning and continue to make progress remotely.