Welcome to Remote Learning at HFHA
Our Remote Learning Offer at Hucknall Flying High Academy
School Closure Spring 2021
At Hucknall Flying High Academy, it is our priority to provide children with a holistic and well-rounded approach to their education and well-being, whether they are learning in school or at home.
How have we developed our remote learning offer?
We have spent time over the past year developing our remote learning offer based on national research, advice and support from the Flying High Trust Education Team, best practice that our teachers have already adopted in school, Government guidelines and importantly suggestions and feedback from parents and children.
With the national situation ever-changing, we are constantly adapting and enhancing our offer, to ensure that we are providing the highest possible quality of learning resources for your children and ensuring that they are as happy and still learning in these challenging times.
How long should you expect learning to take at home each day?
The government guidelines outline approximate timings for the hours of learning that each age group should be taking part in each day. These may vary slightly each day/ week depending on tasks set by the teachers but should not overly exceed the times stated below.
|Age Range||Approximate time spent learning each day|
|Early Years||3 hours|
|Key Stage 1||3 hours|
|Key Stage 2||4 hours|
If you find that learning is taking much less, or much more time than specified, please get in touch with your child’s class teacher.
How do I access my child’s learning tasks?
Each child within the Early Years has a specific online learning journal, which is accessed via an app called Tapestry. If you do not have access to an account, please inform the school office. We are using this app as the platform for our remote learning. Remote Learning is posted daily for Foundation 2 and weekly for Nursery. If you experience any technical difficulties in using this app, all work is additionally posted to our school website. Follow the tabs – Curriculum – HFHA Early Years – (Class Page) – Remote Learning 2020-2021 – (Specific Term)
In Nursery, you will receive a weekly schedule; sent via Tapestry. This planner highlights all of your child’s learning for the week. All resources and uploads can be found on our website. Access to Music sessions, Cookery, Stories and Nursery Rhymes can also be found on HFHA Early Years link. We have worked hard to ensure there are a range of different activities every day for you to complete with your child; these link to learning being delivered in Nursery.
In Foundation 2, your child will be sent via a Tapestry Memo a weekly schedule; which highlights our variety of learning through adult-led activities, pre-recorded ‘Loom Videos’ and aspects of LIVE sessions. Further details for each session will be made clear within the daily ‘Sway’ document posted to Tapestry; this document contains all the learning and the links needed for the day. As a precaution, all learning continues to be posted to the website.
Key Stage 1 & 2
The platform that we use for Key Stage 1 & 2 is called E-schools. Most of you will now be very familiar with the platform. Here you will find all of your child’s learning outlined on a timetable for the week and the children’s assignments for the week along with a variety of resources in various forms (for example; teacher pre-recorded videos, presentations with audio notes, high quality online videos, educational games).
We selected this platform as it is completely secure, child friendly and we can set individual assignments that can be submitted online and marked by class teachers.
To learn more about how to access your child’s learning on E-schools, we have created a ‘Quick Guide to E-schools’ that shows you how to login in and access your child’s learning.
If I don’t have access to an electronic device or printer at home, what support is available from school?
If you don’t have access to a suitable electronic device at home, we can loan out a laptop or I-pad from school. Please get in touch with the office or your child’s class teacher and the loan will be arranged for you.
Paper Packs of resources
From Friday at 12 pm each week, paper packs of resources are available to collect from the school office. This will include a fully decodable or banded book for your child and any additional materials to help with the work that week. Should you not be able to get to school to pick up the packs, staff will arrange a delivery or a socially distanced doorstep drop off of the packs.
Please request any equipment that you may need to support learning at home and school will do their best to provide this for you.
Should you not be able to submit work electronically, you can drop off completed packs for teachers to mark and they will provide feedback each week for your child.
How will my child be taught remotely?
Children within Nursery will be provided with weekly Phonics, Maths, Reading, Music and Enrichment activities all linked to the Early Years Adopter; Development Matter Framework. To support with the delivery of Phonics and Maths, there is a weekly pre-recorded ‘Loom’ video for your child to access, followed by a series of adult-led activities for you to practise with your child. These are short, sharp ideas, which aim to promote fun and engaging learning for your child to access at home. Each week, there are also LIVE sessions, which allow your child to become involved in our ‘Snuggle and a Story’ and ‘Sing-a-long’ virtual meetings. There are also pre-recorded music activities, cookery demonstrations and stories read by members of staff across the school. Live sessions will be arranged by staff and a link sent via Microsoft Teams; all other videos are uploaded on the website.
Children within Foundation 2 will be provided with weekly Phonics, Maths, Reading, Spelling and Handwriting activities all linked to the Early Years Framework, the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme and White Rose Maths. Outlined on the weekly schedule are the details of each lesson. Many provide pre-recorded ‘Loom’ sessions taught by the class teacher, weekly LIVE sessions for Reading and Singing for your child to see and engage with their peers as well as detailed daily plans for you to support your child’s learning at home.
Key Stage 1 & 2
For children in Key Stage 1 & 2, we are continuing to deliver the curriculum that we had planned for this year but we have adapted it to suit both remote learning and key worker provision in school.
Learning is made available on the E-schools learning platform from Monday each week (timetables are available to view on Sunday for parents to get ready in advance too).
Visual timetables, on the home page, outline the learning for the week. The learning for each subject is carefully sequenced for each day to build on previous learning so it is best to work through each day as suggested by the teacher in the timetable.
We offer a blended approach to learning in a variety of ways:
- Pre-recorded teaching (Video/audio recordings made by teachers on Loom, SWAY, Power-Points and our school You Tube channel)
- Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. worksheets and pro-formas)
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences (e.g. White Rose Maths Videos, Purple Mash, Joe Wicks Live PE sessions)
- Live sessions to support well-being.
How will you mark and give feedback for my child’s work?
All remote learning completed for Nursery, should be photographed and posted to Tapestry for feedback and next steps. Engagement with the remote learning will be monitored and discussed during our check-in phone calls every fortnight.
Within Foundation 2 remote learning must be recorded daily on whiteboards, in Literacy and Maths books. All learning must be photographed or videoed and posted to your child’s Tapestry journal. We ask that all learning is documented on one post with the title ‘Home Learning – date’ The class teacher will then comment and provide effective next steps for learning beneath each post.
Key Stage 1 & 2
On E-schools, your child should complete and submit each piece of work that is assigned by the class teacher. Once submitted, your child’s class teacher will mark and feedback on the work. You can check comments and feedback by clicking on ‘completed’ assignments in your E-schools folder.
Once a week in each subject, you will receive a more detailed feedback with NEXT STEPS where appropriate to support your child’s progress.
During the week, teachers may adapt planning based on the work submitted to add additional challenge or re-visit misconceptions in learning as they would in school.
How is school monitoring engagement in remote learning?
As has been previously communicated in letters home, there has been a greater emphasis on keeping up with all of the learning set for your child each day. After two school closures within the space of a year, the expectation is that every child should be engaging in their learning every day.
We will be monitoring engagement in a variety of ways.
Class teachers maintain a daily register of engagement in remote learning. The school staff will be monitoring engagement through the work submitted on Tapestry and E-schools, email communications from parents and phone calls home. If your child is regularly submitting work and you have not expressed any concerns with remote learning or well-being, you will receive check in phone calls from your child’s class teacher every 2/3 weeks. You can call and check in with the class teacher any day of the week should you wish to as well.
Should your child not submit work, in the first instance, your child’s class teacher will send an email to check in and make sure everything is okay and offer support. If there is no reply, or further lack of engagement, you will then receive a phone call to discuss any barriers or issues further and see how we can help. Further to this, we may complete a socially distanced home visit. In the instance of continued lack of engagement, the class teacher will refer this to a member of SLT.
We completely understand that this is a difficult time and we don’t want to put undue pressure on families. We are following government guidelines on engagement and will be seeking to support you and make sure that your child is getting the best education possible whilst they cannot attend school.
How is school supporting children with SEN needs?
We understand that supporting children with additional needs at home can provide extra challenge for families. Our SENCo will be making weekly phone calls home to ensure that the needs of your child are being met and that we are adapting the learning resources according to your child’s needs.
Where needed, your child’s work will be differentiated to support their learning needs. Additional resources will also be provided in the weekly resource packs to ensure that your child will be able to access learning at home.
At any point, if you feel that you or child needs further support, please get in touch with the office or your child’s class teacher as soon as possible.
How will remote learning be different once we return to a full school opening?
When we return to a full school opening, we will continue to provide any child, who needs to self-isolate, with a timetable of learning activities for the week as we have done throughout Autumn Term 2020.
These activities will be in line with what the children in school are learning but will draw on professional online materials to mirror what we are covering in school for example BBC Bitesize, White Rose and Oak Academy.
These materials will be available from E-schools for Key stage 1 & 2. For EYFS the weekly activities will be available on the school website and you will still be able to submit work via Tapestry. You will then be able to submit examples of work completed each day to your child’s class teacher.