St Matthew's Primary School & Nursery

Class Information & Remote Learning

Remote learning for self-isolating pupils

  • Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, children are expected to log on to Google Classroom for pupils in Years 1-6 and Tapestry for Early Years every day.  
  • Pupils can access the learning activities that have been set up by the class teachers on these platforms. 
  • Resources and learning packs can be sent home to support the learning where necessary.  

When should a child be involved in remote learning?

  • If a child is absent because of self-isolation due to Covid-19, they can access Remote Learning via our learning platform (Tapestry or GSuite).
  • If a child is unwell due to Covid-19, they do not have to access Remote Learning work.
  • If a child is unwell with another illness, they do not have to access Remote Learning work.
  • Parents must inform the school office their child is going to be absent from school and give the reason for their child’s absence.
  • If a child’s absence rates cause concern (below 90%) other agency support may be required (eg a referral to Early Help) to support the pupil’s return to school.

EARLY YEARS

Remote Learning for individual pupils who are self-isolating

  • If individual pupils in Nursery and Reception Class are self-isolating but are otherwise fit and well, they can access learning activities set on Tapestry.  
  • These are can be completed independently and parents can upload pupils’ work onto Tapestry.

Remote Learning if the whole class or large majority of the class are not in school 

  • Small groups will meet via the GoogleClassroom link once a day for a phonics, mathematics and PSED activity.
  • A group timetable will be published on Tapestry and GoogleClassroom so that parents know when their child/ren can join the live lessons.
  • A teacher and a TA will be present for live lessons.
  • School uniform should be worn 
  • Independent learning activities will be set on Tapestry.
  • School expectations - in terms of behaviour and attitudes - will remain the same. Online safety rules will also be reinforced. 
  • Hard copies of activities (where needed) and exercise books and pencils can be sent to pupils’ homes.   Parents can request this via the school office (office@stmwschool.org.uk).


YEARS 1-6

Remote Learning for individual pupils who are self-isolating

  • Pupils in Years 1-6 will have learning activities set on GoogleClassroom to complete independently.
  • Pupils can submit their work via their GoogleClassroom link and the teacher will provide feedback via this link.

Remote Learning if the whole class or large majority of the class are not in school 

  • Small groups will meet via the GoogleClassroom link twice a day for registration and a live English lesson and live Maths lesson.
  • A group timetable will be published on GoogleClassroom so that parents know when their child/ren can join the live lessons.
  • A teacher and a TA will be present for live lessons.
  • School uniform should be worn 
  • Independent learning activities for the rest of the day will be set on GoogleClassroom (this may include videos from the teacher and/or TA)
  • School expectations - in terms of behaviour and attitudes - will remain the same. Online safety rules will also be reinforced.
  • Hard copies of activities (where needed) and exercise books and pencils can be sent to pupils’ homes.   Parents can request this via the school office (office@stmwschool.org.uk).

Remote learning and study time each day

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

The remote education we provide will be equivalent in length to the core teaching pupils normally receive in school, including both recorded or live direct teaching time, and time for pupils to complete tasks and assignments independently. 

Early Years

Up to 2.5 hours per day.

A blend of live lessons, activities on Tapestry and independent activities.

Years 1 and 2

Up to 3 hours per day.

A blend of live lessons and independent activities

English and Maths are taught daily. 

Reading and/or phonics are built in to daily planning and taught discreetly where appropriate.

Foundation subject objectives will be covered over the term - not necessarily taught weekly. This will depend on what is considered most effective. 

Years 3, 4, 5, 6

At least 4 hours of learning with less for the younger children in Years 3 and 4.

A blend of live lessons and independent activities

English and Maths are taught daily.

Reading and/or phonics is built into daily planning and taught discreetly where appropriate.

Foundation subject objectives will be covered over the term - not necessarily taught weekly. This will depend on what is considered most effective in each class. 

Accessing remote learning

  • Early Years - use Tapestry with parental support to upload work/videos/photographs
  • Years 1-6 - G Suite and Google Classroom for children to ‘turn in’ or upload their work
  • Live sessions for all pupils via the the GoogleMeet link in GoogleClassroom 

Other programmes used to support remote learning are:

  • Sumdog
  • j2e
  • White Rose Maths
  • Oak National Academy
  • BBC Bitesize
  • Oxford Owl Reading
  • Google online quiz tool
  • The Dough Disco, Squiggle While you Wiggle (Shonette Bason-Wood)
  • Online fitness, dance, yoga sessions eg Joe Wicks, Oti Mabusi 
  • Professional societies linked to the foundation subjects
  • Activities for national days eg National Puzzle Day with Primary Science Teaching Trust

If a child does not have digital or online access at home:

Some pupils may not have suitable online access at home so take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

  • the school maintains an up-to-date record of which pupils and families do not have devices or internet access, and those families where siblings need to share
  • this is used to ensure all online teaching can be accessed with the provision of laptops (and routers) to identified families with any usage or loan agreements necessary 
  • laptops, tablets and any devices that enable internet connection can be loaned to families from school (following safety guidelines and signed loaned agreements)
  • printed materials will be sent or picked up (for local families and following safety guidelines) where needed
  • parents and carers will be kept informed of information regarding online access, the loan of devices, the enabling of internet connection and the access to printed copies by the office staff, including the Home School Coordinator

Checking pupil progress and engagement:

  • where whole classes are being taught remotely, a register is taken at the beginning of the each live learning session (there isn’t a separate registration session)
  • where whole classes are being taught remotely and a pupil is absent, the Home School Coordinator will contact the parent or carer
  • children can use Google Docs/sheets etc. to complete their work and save it in Google Classroom (or Tapestry for Early Years)
  • children can ‘turn in’ or upload their work into Google Classroom (or Tapestry for Early Years)
  • photographs of children’s work can be uploaded to Google Classroom (or Tapestry for Early Years)
  • as in school, some work is marked by the pupils during a live lesson - this could be whole class or small group
  • next steps are given (verbally, written or audio message) and responses from the children expected
  • behaviour, attitudes and well-being are monitored
  • where engagement and/or well-being are a concern, the class teacher will contact the parent or carer
  • support for this may also be offered by the Home School Coordinator
  • support for this may also be offered by the Assistant Headteachers for Inclusion and Curriculum where appropriate
  • where there are safeguarding issues the DSL will be informed and appropriate procedures will be followed

Assessing pupils’ 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:

  • oral feedback during live lessons
  • class discussion
  • small group discussion
  • written feedback on work submitted via Google Docs 
  • documents needing completion
  • audio message
  • phone calls/meetings with parents and carers
  • postcards sent home
  • individual quizzes eg Google quiz tool

Additional support for pupils with additional 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 the Assistant Headteacher, Inclusion and Class Teacher will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

  • when planning for remote learning, we take a pupil centered approach, by taking the individual needs of your child and your home environment into consideration
  • meaningful conversations with parents, pupils and school staff occur daily/weekly 
  • individualised resource packs with visuals, social stories and timetables can be sent home
  • learning may be uploaded before the lesson with short explanations, symbols/pictures and this is supported by the class teacher or teaching assistant in a break out room
  • therapeutic support may still being accessed safely through phone calls, virtual appointments, pre-recorded sessions with parental consent and supervision at home and in school (Speech and Language Therapy, Dramatherapy, Art Therapy, Educational Psychologist) 
  • daily pre-recorded lessons and short stories by the class teacher, teaching assistant may be uploaded to GoogleClassroom
  • high quality resources used  to support the learning
  • regular check in (email/phone call)  with Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion

Please click on the individual class tabs to see termly curriculum overviews plans and any information about remote learning.

If your child needs to use a smartphone or tablet to access Google Classroom, please can they download the: Google Classroom, Google Meet, Google Docs and Google Slides apps.  The username and password remain the same on all of the apps (the one that school has provided).

These resources can be used to support parents and carers to keep their children safe online:

  • support for parents and carers to keep children safe online, which outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to find support and advice
  • guidance on staying safe online which includes information on security and privacy settings
  • Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
  • Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
  • Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
  • Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
  • London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
  • Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
  • Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
  • UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services