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Newton Burgoland Primary School

Newton Burgoland Primary School

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Remote Learning And Catch up

What will remote learning Look Like?

If you or your child are ill you are not expected to complete work - rest and get well.

In the event of your child being unable to attend school because of covid-19 the following will apply:

You will find further more specific information on individual class pages about remote learning.

To support pupils and parents we use Tapestry in Key Stage 1 (Years Reception to 2)  and Microsoft Teams in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6).

For further information and support please see the downloads below. 

Tapestry Links: -

Microsoft Team Links: -

Oak National Academy Link

Frequently Asked Questions

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home?

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching. However, from the start of this academic year we prepared for the possibility of remote learning so that the work provided was tailored to the needs of your child and ensured continuity of curriculum content.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home and going forward?

All pupils have been sent home with work ready for self-isolation and where this has been used further work has been provided.

In the case of whole class closure work has again, been detailed on the website.

For whole school closure in the event of a National Lockdown information will be posted on the website so that we can continue learning from the point of closure. If there is delay in information being posted pupils should complete the work set for self-isolation and bubble closure first.

Following the first few days of remote education in the event of a National Lockdown, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

In the event of a National Lockdown:

  • We will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school for critical worker’s children.
  • We have made choices about the potential content of learning for a lockdown, at the start of the year, so that learning can be more easily accessed at both home and school by focusing, in-school, on aspects of the curriculum which would be challenging to manage remotely.

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 (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Key Stage 1

Your child will be engaged with learning for the majority of the school day. Some of this time will be spent accessing digital content. Some work will be paper based and the remainder practical and play based as it would be in school. Children should read daily and be read to.

Please ensure that you access, at a minimum, the phonics, English and Maths lessons.

These lessons will explain how to record your learning. Your child may need some help to get started.

Note that, if you choose not to follow the work set by the teacher your child maybe at a disadvantage when we return to school. If you are struggling with home learning because of your own work commitments then just do what you are able to and ask us for help.

Key Stage 2

Your child will be engaged with learning for the majority of the school day. Some of this time will be spent accessing digital content. Some work will be paper based. We have worked hard with the pupils, in school as part of lockdown preparation, to ensure that they are able to access the lessons on Oak Academy independently. These lessons will explain how to record your learning.

Note that, if you choose not to follow the work set by the teacher your child maybe at a disadvantage when we return to school. If you are struggling with home learning because of your own work commitments then just do what you are able to and ask us for help.

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

We are using Oak Academy, selecting the content to meet pupils’ next steps in learning and to ensure that we are delivering a board curriculum. We are asking that, in key stage 1, parents upload pictures of pupil’s work on Tapestry so that class teachers can make assessments and adapt plans accordingly. In key stage 2, pupils can send their work to their teacher via email or they can upload work to TEAMS.

Parents are encouraged to contact the school if they need additional support.

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:

The DFE have given the school 3 laptops and these will be loaned to families where there is a need. However, feedback to date does not indicate that Internet access is a problem.

If printed materials, beyond those already provided, are required parents are encouraged to contact the office.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

We fully recognise that parents are trying to work. We know that all parents want the best for their child and that the best is being in school with their friends and teacher. All we ask is that you do whatever you are able to, to help your child to access the work we have set.

The following may help you:

  • Pupils in key stage 1 and 2 will need help to establish a learning routine which will include fresh air, breaks and non-screen time.
  • All pupils will need support to set time scales for work to be completed in and to motivate them to complete work – when you have completed X and Y we will.
  • We all need something to look forward to
  • We all need our friends – find a way to connect if you can. If a pupil is feeling isolated let us know and we will try to help.
  • It is natural to worry when we are being bombarded with information about the pandemic – take time as a family to be together and enjoy a walk, a movie

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

At the start of a National Lockdown we will telephone all families to provide support for remote learning and well-being.

Please contact us if you are worried about your child’s engagement.

We will continue to contact families on a regular basis during a National Lockdown.

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:

In keystage 1 most families will be sending work to their child’s teacher via Tapestry. The teacher will let you know they have seen the work by adding an emoji. They will then assess and upload any relevant work you have submitted to your child’s learning journey. The assessment process informs teacher planning for subsequent weeks. If a child needs individual feedback for learning, this will be provided.

In key stage 2 most pupils will be sending their work to their teacher via email or TEAMS – it should be noted that TEAMS is a platform for sharing in a group, so work sent can be seen by all. Details of how to submit work privately can be found on our website and has been sent home via email.

In the first couple of weeks of a National Lockdown we are likely to respond individually and in detail to help motivate pupils by giving positive feedback on their early engagement. This will not be sustainable nor does it reflect normal classroom practice therefore, following the initial stages of a National Lockdown, feedback will be at a whole class level. Individual feedback and support will only be given where it is essential to sustain continuity of learning. Submission of work will be acknowledged.

What might feedback look like?

When you visit school for parents evening and look at your child’s books you will see a big difference in the marking in the books between classes because marking is age appropriate. Much feedback is given verbally and to the whole class. The purpose of feedback is to support learning and most of the time we use marking to determine what we teach next. Feedback remotely will also be age appropriate and our assessments will be used to decide which lessons are going to be most appropriate next. You should not expect individual detailed written feedback.

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:

  • Some pupils with SEND will be in school during a National Lockdown as this is the most appropriate provision for them, other may attend on a part time basis
  • Where pupils are at home during a National lockdown of for other covid-19 related reasons appropriate  work will be provided for them

Remote learning - Spring 2020 Evaluation

Our parents have done a fantastic job following the remote learning plans — we are so proud to be part of an amazing community.

Remote learning Class 1



Thank you for working so hard - we have missed you.

Remote Learning Class 2


Great Work! 

Remote Learning class 3





Class 3 pupils worked hard across the curriculum — well done. We missed you, and we are glad to be back in school.

Remote Learning Class 4

Great work class 4!


Our parents and pupils have worked really hard. What we need to do as a school is, enhance the learning completed at home. Parents have told us they are worried about fitness, so we have increased our PE offer this term. 

We know that being a reader is vital for future success, so we have launched our 50 days of reading campaign — we are asking all pupils to read for an hour a day.

This year there will be less French at Key stage 2. Our specialist music provision did not start again until after Easter and some curriculum subjects have been covered in less detail, but we will be offering our pupils a rich curriculum with a strong focus on well-being. 

You told us:

  • You enjoyed the class stories — it would be good to have daily class contact like this if we should close again.
  • Most of you liked the asynchronous learning model enabling you to access lessons at a time suited to you.
  • You liked the variety.
  • You liked the contact with class teachers via phone each fortnight but would have liked the option of an MS Teams call, earlier, to you and your child.

Catch up

Although, there maybe some areas of the curriculum where pupils need to catch up to meet National Expectations by the end of year 6, many pupils will have enhanced knowledge as a result of time spent reading, cooking, observing nature and creating.

Catch-up premium plan 202o-21

Update Summer 2021

For our year 6 pupils, data is strong. Pupils made outstanding progress in reading and at least expected progress in maths and writing.

Across the school we see a need for additional time to be spent on maths and phonics in 2021/22. All pupils in KS2 will be given a doodle account in the autumn term so that teachers can respond to individual need. Additional phonics resources have been purchased and CPD will take place at the start of the autumn term so that we can best support pupils in KS2 who need help with phonics.