Greenhill Primary Remote Teaching Offer, February 2021
(This statement may be updated at short/no notice, as DfE guidance changes)
At Greenhill Primary School, we are committed to teaching all our children both in school and at home. We know children learn best with short bursts of input (a maximum of 3 minutes per year of age, e.g. 10 to 15 minutes of input for a year 1 child up to 20 to 30 minutes maximum for a year 6 child ), practical and active work, repetition, challenge, and feedback. We do not believe children learn best in front of a screen for long sessions and formal schoolwork should be time-limited with regular active breaks between sessions. Class teachers will be speaking to children weekly, and during the first conversations will be ensuring children are able to access the work we have set them. We will include all children, by differentiating the work set and by the SEND team having regular discussions with parents/carers, where our children have additional needs.
We will use Google classroom as a hub to distribute work. Each child working from home will be supported in a virtual class. We will also have an Inclusion class, for children with additional needs. We will meet the DfE guidelines of 1 to 3 hours a day on average across the day for KS1 children (less for younger children, ie Y1) and 2 to 4 hours a day on average across the day for KS2. This will include English work (reading, writing, phonics etc), mathematics work, and other subjects such as PE, reading quietly, listening to music, art work etc. It will not be based entirely around screen time and will include a range of active lessons which use a mix of resources typically available at home. Early Years will continue to use Tapestry and their teaching will include mathematics and phonics.
Our classes in school are at around 50% capacity, with one class at 55%. In order to make teaching manageable for children in school and at home, we will be using the DfE recommended lessons from Oak Academy, White Rose Mathematics, and other high-quality resources. We believe these pre-recorded lessons give children the chance to work at their own pace and in their own time.
In the same way as at school, we will not be giving feedback on every single piece of work. Teachers will provide answers where appropriate, for self- assessment. Children/parents may be asked to upload work and this will be discussed in the phone calls, or notes may be added directly to the work through Google classroom.