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Information about remote education at Cherry Fold Community Primary School January 2021

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Information about remote education at

Cherry Fold Community Primary School

January 2021

Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

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.

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

We will send pupils home with their purple homework books with the homework grid activities, work packs or CPG books when appropriate to complete independently in the first well as ensuring all children do have their log ins


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 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, there will be more links to sites such as BBC bitesize or Oak academy for an explanation of a topic such as science as live teaching opportunities are more limited and this also allows children to access the leaning when they can during the day rather than at a prescribed time


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:

Foundation stage

Key Stage 1

3 hours a day on average across the cohort, with less for younger children

Key Stage 2

4 hours a day

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


A range of activities and links can be accessed via

 Class Dojo which is our online platform

Our school website


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:


  • School will lend laptops or tablets to pupils for a fixed period of time and they can request this via their teacher or by phoning school
  • School can issue SIM cards with data to enable an internet connection via hotspots from a phone and they can request this via their teacher or by phoning school
  • There may be occasions where some printed materials may be needed after discussions with the teacher and this will be available to collect from school. This work can be then be returned to school to be marked on a weekly basis if parents have no means of submitting it electronically

How will my child be taught remotely?

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


Children of different ages have varied approaches used and these will link to a timetable on Class Dojo set by teachers to support a structure for learning at home.

  • Class Dojo set activities to include English, Maths and theme as well as spellings and grammar/phonics. Other subject areas will have a timetabled slot
  • live teaching (online lessons)
  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • School links for TT rockstarrs,  IDL and Bug club with log ins provided
  • CPG textbooks (2 every term), homework grids and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences e.g. BBC bitesize
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)



Engagement and feedback

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

  • Teachers are available 8:30-3:30 for feedback and support whilst setting work
  • Teachers will review the children’s work where possible on a daily basis
  • Please bear in mind that some of our staff will be working from home as a result of the National Lockdown (sometimes with their own children) or following a recommendation to self-isolate so be patient and phone school with any urgent problems


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

  • Teachers will make direct contact weekly by phone or Class Dojo message facility but if there is no engagement then they will attempt more calls
  • A weekly register is being kept, tracking remote education and devices loaned
  • Where engagement is a concern the senior leaders and inclusion team will follow up with further phone calls from school and home visits


How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms and will not be extensive written comments for individual children. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

  • Work will be approved on Class Dojo and teachers will be keeping weekly records of progress with online learning activities. Comments may be made
  • Bug club, IDL and TT rockstars will also be monitored to support assessment


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 younger pupils or 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:

  • Younger children in Nursery have packs delivered to support practical activities
  • Reception and some KS1 children have been given activities such as stories to listen to and practical tasks to meet their needs
  • SEND children have work assigned by their teacher at their level in line with their 1-page profile and identified needs


Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

  • If it is an individual child or a few children self-isolating then work will be uploaded on Class Dojo but this may differ slightly from the taught lessons in school due to the teaching requirements in school. Work on Class Dojo will be responded to