Forestdale Primary School

Remote Learning Frequently Asked Questions

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent 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.
  • In the first day or two home learning activities will be from DfE approved online providers such as Oak National Academy, BBC Bitesize, Purple Mash, Letters and Sounds or school-based programmes such as TT Rock Stars, White Rose Maths.
  • Communication around these will be on each class specific Google Classroom or Tapestry pages. Teachers / school staff can be contacted via these platforms with queries etc.
  • Weekly timetables set out live lessons, learning activities, timings and Google Meets which can be found on the school website.


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

We teach broadly the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example;

  • PE via online resources or pre-recorded sessions led by school staff which will focus on keeping fit and active rather than for teaching specific skills.
  • It might be necessary to change a topic for foundation subjects if the topic does not lend itself to home learning however the skills taught will be specific to each year group’s curriculum.
  • To support teachers, specialist curriculum staff will support with pre-recorded learning videos.


How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

  • It will take pupils broadly 3 hours dependent on the age of the child.
  • We expect that remote education, which includes remote teaching and independent work to replicate, as much as possible, a day in school.  
  • Additional learning material is available to access via the learning tab under Remote Learning, Apps and Classes on the school website.


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

  • Teachers will contact children / parents via Google Classroom or Tapestry.
  • All children have their username and passwords in the front of their contact books.
  • Learning activities will be delivered predominantly through Google classroom or pre-recorded videos via Tapestry or LIVE teaching.
  • There will be additional links to DfE approved resources, video clips etc.
  • As far as possible teachers will ensure that there is an alternative way to view the learning should a child not be able to attend a live lesson.


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:
  • We have a limited number of devices available if parents have no laptop or device to support home learning.  Please contact school to discuss whether this is a possibility.
  • If internet access is a problem for you, please contact the school. We have a limited number of SIM cards which provide data for 90 days and can send details to the DfE for data allowances from a number of mobile providers.


How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • LIVE/video/audio recordings made by teachers, specialist teachers, support assistants and external professionals,
  • recorded teaching by DfE approved providers e.g. Oak National Academy lessons,
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences eg  BBC Bitesize, TT Rock Stars, White Rose and Purple Mash,
  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities.


What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

  • School expectation for pupils’ engagement with remote education is that each pupil logs into at least one live session in the morning and one live session in the afternoon where possible. Children can complete the work in their own time and upload it when ready. They are expected to complete all the work set by the teacher. Please aim to complete and submit all work by the Sunday of that week.
  • We fully appreciate the difficulty of adults having to do their own work at home while supporting home learning for their children.  We aim to make as much material as possible available on demand.  School staff members, particularly the class teacher are available to discuss any issues you may have and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
  • Class teachers have set out a suggested timetable to help you plan and structure the day however this is flexible depending on your personal circumstances but please let your class teacher know.
  • Pupils behave according to the school’s Behaviour policy.

For live lessons:

  • Pupils keep their camera on (unless they are not allowed to have their image shared publicly).
  • Pupils keep their microphone off unless speaking.
  • Pupils are in a public area of the home where possible.
  • Pupils should be appropriately dressed.


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

  • School will check children’s engagement with remote education daily.  This will be through work posted into the child’s portfolio on Google Classroom/Tapestry and by monitoring participation in live learning experiences.
  • If engagement is a concern parents or carers will be contacted by a member of class staff to discuss this and find a way to help.
  • If the concern remains, a member of SLT will contact the family.  If it is not possible to reach the family by phone or email, then a home visit may be made. 
  • School will contact parents immediately where there is a safeguarding concern.


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:

  • Pupils will receive written feedback on work as it is received via Google Classroom and Tapestry, during normal school hours,
  • Parents can contact the class teacher via Google Classroom or Tapestry, about their child's learning.  Class teachers will aim to respond as promptly as possible within their working day.


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:

  • Children may, if appropriate, be directed to join in the learning activities of other classes.
  • Resources, including online resources and hard copy work sheets, will be linked to the targets on children’s Individual Education Plan.
  • On-going interventions from external providers e.g. Speech or Occupational Therapy plans should have already been shared with home by those therapists and this work can continue at home.
  • Support from the SENDCo / SLT, as and when needed via Google Classroom/Tapestry or phone.
  • Oak National Academy Specialist content for pupils with SEND covers communication and language, numeracy, creative arts, independent living, occupational, physical and speech and language therapy.