Frequently Asked Questions
I am struggling to complete all the work which the teachers have set. What do I do?
This questions is being asked by parents, especially those who are working from home and are trying to juggle their work commitments with home learning.
We know that this is a real challenge. Please do not worry.
If you are in the position where you really are finding it hard to fit everything in due to a range of different pressures, then please focus on the English and Maths. English includes reading, writing, phonics, spelling and handwriting. Maths in includes times tables and number bonds.
How much work should we be submitting?
There is no hard and fast rule about this but perhaps ask yourself, “Does the teacher need to see evidence of this?” For example, if a teacher asks children to read for a few minutes in a day is there a need to submit a photo of your child doing so? As with the previous question, focus on the English and Mathematics.
Having said that, as a school we are also monitoring those children / families who are not submitting work as there is an expectation that all children (and parents) will access remote learning and will engage with staff during this lockdown.
Do you know that if you have a Smartphone you can go into Notes scan anything which your child has been doing by clicking on the camera icon? This is a fast and simple way of being able to submit work which your child may have completed on paper.
Is the school going to offer live lessons?
The very simple answer is “no”. There are several reasons for this and for why most primary schools are not offering live lessons.
Live lessons rely on all children in the class being able to access the online lesson at the same time. Many families are relying on just one device which is being shared between brothers and sisters. If learning were to go live we would not be able to guarantee children being there.
In some families we know of, children are using the device which their parents are using to work at home and they are having to work around their parents’ working commitments. Similarly, children (particularly younger ones) will still require parental help to access live lessons.
Many children have older brothers and sisters at secondary school, where there is some element of live learning, and these brothers and sisters are using the family laptop / ipad for a lot of the day.
OfSTED this week published a report, “What's working well in remote education”. This states that “live lessons aren’t always best”. It goes on to say that, “Some think that a live lesson is the ‘gold standard’ of remote education. This isn’t necessarily the case.” What's working well in remote education - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)