At Sir Robert Geffery’s we are using Google Classroom to ensure that our children can access learning on and off the school site. Should a child not be able to attend school either because of isolation or lockdown, we now have enough laptops and chrome books that can be signed out and used at home.
All children have a login to the classroom and will be taught to use it while at school or at home. We encourage all parents to make sure they keep an eye on the classroom as home learning will be published each day to avoid paper and to encourage continued use.
The content of the classroom remains on the classroom and confidentiality is important for the safeguarding of all.
Teachers will set work on this platform and this could be work set on one of the other sites we use. Depending on age these include:
· education city
· Phonics bug
· TT rockstars
· Accelerated Reader
All children have their own logins for these sites and the activity and results are monitored by school staff. Work will often be assigned but also children can use independently to extend or consolidate learning. If there is an issue accessing any of the above at home, an email can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and Izzy will contact you. A message can also be sent to the teacher via the classroom or published email.
Learning during isolation and absence
If a child is not in school, the school must be informed before 8.50am. If they are well enough, work will be set on Google classroom so they do not fall behind on their return.
Some lessons will be filmed and uploaded so there may be a delay. Children may be invited to a google meet so they can discuss learning with the staff and access the lesson live when appropriate. It is really important that they have a computer to use to do this, so let us know if you need to borrow one when you call. If the child signs into google using their login they will have immediate access to the learning on any computer wherever they are.
Teachers will try to make sure that the work can be completed independently and we ask that it is handed in, so the teachers can feed back and it can be printed for inclusion in their books. If a child is away in a block of English lessons, they will need to have completed the lessons in the series eg. planned the piece that they will write on day three when they return etc. Staff will also make a regular call to home to find out whether there is any other support that would be useful.
We will always attempt to provide the same learning that is being undertaken in the classroom. Sometimes teachers will have prepared presentations using video clips or Google loom descriptions. Teaching assistants will often upload information during and after lessons so sometimes lessons may become available after it has been delivered in school. This will often include a screen shot of any follow up textbook work. We already have some great teaching sessions recorded and these are used for booster and support in school. Phonics sessions are a good example of this.
With staff delivering lessons in school, immediate feedback will not be possible but it will be given so that there is interaction for our remote learners. Sometimes an equivalent lesson will be uploaded if more appropriate to meet the needs of the child and allow independence at home.
Please request reading books as this is one of the most beneficial things your child can do, with Accelerated Reader available to all from Year 2 upwards reading is a school priority. We will try to get any physical resources to you while your child is off – this could include a copy of the textbook used or more reading books etc.
Please do not leave it until it is needed to check you have the logins and passwords to access all the above sites and that they are at home in a safe place.