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Remote Learning – Google Classroom

During the school closure, remote learning resources, live teaching and pre-recorded videos will be accessible through Google Classroom – a digital learning platform created by Google. This will ensure that children are given the opportunity to continue learning remotely, at home.

Once a week, printed paper packs (produced by teachers) will be made available at school. Children can then access live teaching on Google Meet (via Google Classroom) which will link to the learning and consolidation tasks in the paper pack. Once they have received input from their class teacher, they can complete the tasks that have been set.

Getting started

The remote learning curriculum

In the first day or two of pupils being sent home, pre-prepared learning will be available on Google Classroom for children to complete.

Rathfern teachers plan lessons according to medium-term plans for all subjects. We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. Maths, English and phonics lessons will take place daily for all children. These will involve new learning and consolidation of learning that has already taken place.

We have had to make adaptations in some subjects, which are dependent on the availability of specific resources that may not be so readily available within the pupil’s home environment.

Live teaching timetable

A weekly timetable of your child’s live sessions will be sent to you and/or made available on Google Classroom. This should provide a suitable structure and routine for your child’s remote learning day. Via the Google Classroom platform, pupils will receive live lessons throughout the day with the whole class or in small groups. We would ask that, as far as possible, children join live lessons on time, appropriately dressed and ready for learning. In addition to this, videos may be used to support the teaching.

EYFS – At least three live Google Meet sessions, providing explicit teaching opportunities for the areas of learning outlined in Development Matters (literacy, mathematics, personal social-emotional development, communication and language, understanding the world, expressive arts and design.) and the Letters and Sounds programme (phonics phase 1-5).

KS1 and KS2 – At least three live Google Meet sessions, providing explicit teaching in Maths and English (including phonics and reading), daily. All other curriculum subjects will be taught as timetabled on a weekly basis.

Year Group Live teaching hours (minimum) Total remote learning (minimum)
EYFS (Nursery/Reception) 1 hour and 30 mins 3 hours
KS1 ( Y 1 & Y2) 1 hour and 30 mins 3 hours
KS2  (Y3 – Y6) 1 hour and 30 mins 4 hours

Pupil expectations

All pupils who are learning remotely will be expected to engage in live sessions and activities that we are providing – this is to ensure continuity and progress in the learning they are undertaking. Children should adhere to behaviour expectations as outlined in the school’s core values, Pupil Acceptable Use Agreement and Video Conferencing Policy. Teachers will remind children of behaviour expectations regularly.

Class teachers will also take daily registers of attendance to monitor pupil engagement and punctuality. If there are any concerns over attendance or completion of learning, your child’s class teacher will get in contact with you.
Of course, under the current circumstances, we understand that there may be times that your child cannot attend a session. Please attempt to notify your child’s class teacher if this is the case.

Parent Support

We understand that supporting children with remote learning can be very challenging and places a tremendous burden on parents and carers, especially in families where there are multiple school-age children. The school intends to support you as much as it can. We will hold weekly catch-ups with parents and make regular phone calls to check-in with children.

To facilitate online learning, we would ask that parents support pupils by:

  • Where possible, providing children with a workspace that is quiet and safe, with an adult nearby to support if necessary. Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils will require additional support to access live teaching sessions on Google Meet
  • Making sure your children are dressed appropriately for live sessions
  • Ensuring face-to-face communication is only between teachers and pupils
  • Communicating with teachers, using their school telephone number or via the school office if required.

Feedback to your child’s learning

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. There are other valid and effective methods, some of which are outlined below:

  • Verbal feedback on learning tasks will normally be given during live teaching sessions. This may be individual feedback or whole-class feedback.
  • Pupils may be required to complete quizzes or short assessments marked automatically on digital platforms.
  • Pupils will also be able to submit pieces of learning on Google Classroom (including pictures of their paper-based learning or digitally created learning) which school staff will provide feedback on (verbal or written).
  • For some learning, pupils will be expected to provide a digital submission of learning. These will have a deadline for submission; children should be encouraged to complete the learning by the given dates.
Completing and submitting learning

Children who may require additional support

For children with additional needs, the closure of school and switch to online learning can be challenging, particularly for those children who rely upon a consistent routine. 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.

Some of these children, including those with Education, Health & Care Plans (EHCP), will have been offered the opportunity to continue learning in school (in a year group bubble). This enables them to continue to access their personalised curriculum with their Learning Support Assistant and other school staff. They are then also able to utilise the sensory resources and facilities at school that are so crucial to their learning and development.

  • In addition to this, to support families to deliver remote education for pupils who may require further adult support, we will:
  • Differentiate learning activities so they are accessible to children’s needs
  • Adjust pace and / or difficulty of sessions as required
  • Provide drop-in sessions where pupils can get additional support from school staff
  • Respond to the needs of children and families on a case-by-case basis
  • Provide resources/visuals to support online learning where possible.

Digital devices and online access

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. The school has access to a limited number of devices for loan to families to support home learning. We have surveyed all families asking them to communicate with the school if they need support with technology provision (devices and internet). Devices will be distributed to every family who request a device. For those who require online access, we will procure enhanced mobile data packages through the Department for Education.

We are continuing to source new devices, through a variety of channels, to allow children to each have their own device so that they can access their live teaching sessions. If you need a device to support your child, please inform your child’s class teacher in the first instance.

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?

  • Class teachers will post daily activities on the Google Classroom for the children self-isolating. These activities will mirror those taking place in school
  • Paper packs may be sent home if necessary
  • iPads and internet access will be provided to children self-isolating if needed
  • Parents will need to take a more active role in supporting the child’s learning throughout the period of isolation.

Further resources

Additional useful documents can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Google Classroom | Getting started

A step-by-step guide of how to use Google Classroom and submit learning.

Google Classroom Pupil Use Agreement

An agreement that outlines the expectations of pupils when using the online learning platform.

Video Conferencing (Google Meet and Zoom) Pupil Acceptable Use Policy

A policy setting out the terms for pupil participation in video calls with peers or school staff.

G Suite for Education Privacy Information

Explains specific privacy policy with regard to G Suite for Education and use by primary and secondary schools.

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