Homework and Independent Learning

Homework tasks are set for pupils with the purpose of supporting ongoing progress and achievement of all pupils. It is intended to:

  • Reinforce the home-school partnership
  • Consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding
  • Exploit resources for learning in the home
  • Develop skills of organisation and self-discipline
  • Prepare pupils for the demands of university or work life
  • Extend school learning

Home Learning support for continuing learning from home

Remote education provision

Information for parents and carers

Pupils can access their remote learning via Microsoft Teams.

Pupils may need to learn remotely if they are sent home from school to self-isolate, or if there is a full lockdown.

The following information is a brief summary of how your child will learn at home. More detail is included in the school’s Remote Learning Policy.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

When pupils are sent home to self-isolate, they will be provided with details of how to access their lessons online. They will also be provided with any materials that they need in addition to those that they will access through MS Teams.

All pupils will have a personal reading book to continue reading at home.

The expectation is that pupils will access remote lessons as soon as their period of self- isolation begins.

Remote teaching and study time each day

We expect that pupils will spend the same amount of time working on a remote education day as they would in school.  This is because they will be following the usual school timetable for their lessons and completing independent learning / homework that arises from them.

Accessing remote education

Remote lessons will be delivered using Microsoft Teams (MS Teams). Your son/daughter has been taught how to access the site and how-to login for lessons.

We will continue to use learning platforms including Hegarty Maths , Tassomai, ActiveLearn and Seneca to support pupils’ independent learning. Pupils have been shown how to access these sites. Materials from Oak National Academy may be used on occasion to support pupils’ learning.

We are very grateful to parents for providing devices on which their children can access lessons and resources. We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home.

Please inform the school office by e-mailing to  info@egslough.staracademies.org  if your child does not have a laptop/tablet on which to work, or if you do not have internet access at home. We will do our best to support you.

If pupils do not have online access, please do communicate with us. Pupils may be provided with hard copy work packs.

Pupils who cannot submit work online will be asked to keep all their work in their exercise books / workbooks and arrangements will be made for this to be delivered to their teachers.

Remote teaching

Remote teaching will be delivered through live lessons in the vast majority of cases. This will involve simultaneous direct teaching by subject teachers (who could be teaching from the physical classroom or from home if self-isolating) to their pupils (who could be learning in the physical classroom or at home).

Direct input from the teacher may be supplemented with some recorded material (such as video lessons from Oak National Academy, or videos recorded  by class teachers which may be the most appropriate way of teaching particular aspects of work, such as practical demonstrations in science).

Pupils will need to spend some parts of lessons writing in their workbooks or completing activities that involve physical resources. These will be provided by the school. Some activities will involve pupils completing work on their devices and saving or uploading it.

Some subjects, such as PE, do not lend themselves to online learning in the same way as others. Teachers will take into account the difficulties pupils may have in completing physical activity in a confined space and provide alternative suitable learning for pupils who are learning online. (You may need to develop this section for other subjects such as art /DT)

Where pupils are expected to use textbooks, the relevant material from them will be made available online.

In some cases, pupils will have textbooks or paper-based resources issued by school to support their learning and they should use these as directed by their teachers.

Engagement and feedback

We have the same high expectations of pupils’ behaviour when they are learning remotely as we do when they are learning in school. The STAR values should be consistently maintained. All pupils have been taught the protocols for working online and staying safe. Codes of conduct for remote learning have been given to pupils, parents and staff. The school will alert you in the event of poor behaviour or non-attendance.

We value your support for your child’s wellbeing and learning. Please continue to ensure that they follow good routines, including getting enough sleep and time away from screens.

We will keep a careful check on your child’s remote learning. We will inform you (by text / email / phone call)  if your child misses and lessons that they are expected to attend. We will phone your child at least once per week during their time learning remotely to check on their progress and wellbeing. We will inform you if we have concerns about your child’s work.

Assessment and feedback

Your child will work in a variety of ways when they are learning remotely. Sometimes they will submit assessments through MS Teams or One Note and these will be reviewed by their teacher. Sometimes they will complete work on paper / in exercise books that will be submitted to school in hard copy form upon return to school.

Feedback can take many forms. Sometimes your child will receive written individual feedback. Some feedback will be given on a whole-class basis and sometimes your child may complete quizzes that are marked automatically via digital platforms.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

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:

  • Where needed pupils will be provided with hard copies of bespoke work to support learning.
  • Breakout rooms on MS Teams will be used to allow for 1:1 support of learners.
  • Work set will be differentiated to suit the needs to the individual pupil, taking into consideration their starting point.
  • Extra sessions on using Microsoft Teams and other online platforms will be put in place to support learners.

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