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Frenchwood Community Primary School

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Remote Learning at Frenchwood

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 if 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.

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, PE sessions do not follow the curriculum, but instead are intended to support pupils in remaining active and healthy during self-isolation or local restrictions.


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:


At least 3 hours

Key Stage 1

At least 3 hours

Key Stage 2

At least 4 hours


Accessing remote education

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


  • Links are made available each day on Class Dojo
  • Links to regularly practise times tables or literacy skills are available on the 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:


  • Supporting families in accessing affordable internet access (please contact the office if you are still having difficulty)
  • Please complete this form if you need access to a laptop for learning, alternatively call the office and they will help you

Request a laptop for home learning

  • For the few pupils requiring paper copies, these can be collected from school daily – appointment must be made to ensure access to the school office
  • If using paper copies, please return daily when collecting the work for the subsequent day.



How will my child be taught remotely?

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


Daily ‘Sway’ documents are published daily on Class Dojo for classes required to work remotely.  These documents link to:

  • recorded teaching (usually video recordings made by teachers, but may also include links to other providers, e.g. The Oak National Academy);
  • instructions for pupils to use exercise books sent home earlier in the term for the purpose of home learning (please request additional books from the class teacher as required);
  • instructions for pupils to use textbooks and reading books that have been sent home previously or collected/delivered as required;
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences;
  • for Key Stage 2 pupils, links to their MS Teams folders.

Occasionally there will be tutor sessions for small groups using MS Teams – KS2 only.


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?


We all want to minimise the impact of not attending school.  We ask that parents and carers:

  • arrange for a quiet, comfortable place where their child can complete their learning each day;
  • support their child to access additional materials – usually available in most homes (particularly in EYFS and KS1 where some practical tasks will be part of the learning)
  • set routines to support their child in completing their learning – start at 8.55am if possible;
  • support the school expectations that learning will take place daily, except for when pupils are ill (please let the school office know if your child is too ill to take part in home learning, as we record all incidences of sickness)
  • contact class teacher with any concerns as soon as possible – most children should be able to complete tasks fairly independently.


During local restrictions (although not whilst self-isolating due to infection or close contact), any families who are unable to provide a quiet learning space, would be able to access a place in school.


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


  • Staff will be in contact via Class Dojo and telephone to check in on all learners.

Please note, if we have not had any response to phone calls or messages, two members of staff will make a home visit to ensure that all is well.  For safeguarding reasons, we will take further steps if we are still unable contact families.


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:


  • approval of all uploads to individual portfolios;
  • additional comments to some portfolio uploads to encourage learners, praise their efforts, extend their responses, clarify misconceptions or ask for clarification;
  • MS Forms – quizzes marked;
  • telephone discussions.


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 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:


  • Parents of pupils with additional needs have access to additional videos and support from our SEN team via Class Dojo - Sparrows
  • Pupils with additional needs in Upper Key Stage 2 access specially created video content via Class Dojo – Secret Squirrels


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?


Your child will always be able to access the regular practice elements of their online offer, e.g. TT Rockstars, Flash Academy, Read Write Inc.  They will also be able to access videos on the school website that pre-recorded by staff. 

The class ‘Sway’ will usually be available the day after lessons in school, so absent pupils will be slightly out-of-sync with the remaining learners.