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Remote Learning

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Remote Learning

As a school, we are continuously working to improve and extend our remote learning provision. The curriculum continues as it would do if pupils were in school and teachers are providing work for the same number of timetabled lessons that pupils have each week. Pupils are expected to follow their normal timetable and work is provided for a minimum of five hours per day.

We are expanding the range of resources shared with pupils and are producing recorded sessions that can be viewed on the school YouTube channel. These videos are linked to our ClassCharts remote learning platform where work is set for pupils as it would be if they were in school.

To help you with your remote learning we have provided a range of stationery and resources. Each pack contains:

  •  Highlighters
  • Writing pens
  • Post-it notes
  • Red pens
  • Exercise books
  • Rulers
  • Whiteboards and whiteboard pens
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Erasers
  • Coloured pencils
  • Mechanical pencil

Additional resources:

  • KS3 Creative – coloured paper, white paper and sugar paper, fine liners pens and paintbrushes and sketchbooks
  • All years Science – graph paper
  • Year 8, 9 and 10 – reading book
  • Year 9 Science – periodic tables
  • Year 9 and 10 – scientific calculators
  • Year 10 and 11 – blank revision cards
  • Year 11 – green pens

 

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Our Remote Learning Plan FAQs

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents/carers about what to expect from remote education where national or 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.

 

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home?

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

If a group of pupils (class or year half) is self-isolating, then work will be set by class teachers for each timetabled lesson via ClassCharts. This work will be uploaded onto ClassCharts when the teacher is next due to have a lesson with that class. Pupils have automatic access to MathsWatch and can also use the reading materials and any additional workbooks and revision guides that the school has provided.  Teachers will be preparing video based, recorded resources for our YouTube page. These resources will either contain tasks for pupils to complete or will be linked into PowerPoint based tasks that the teachers have prepared to go with the videos. The use of recorded videos allows pupils to pause and rewind/fast forward up to areas that they need more help with and also allow pupils to learn at their own pace rather than having time limited constraints. 

 

If a single pupil is self-isolating, then pupils will receive a pack of workbooks and instructions on what to complete from their class teachers based on what pupils are currently studying in class. These packs will be delivered to the home within 48 hours of a pupil being sent home from school. Pupils also have automatic access to MathsWatch to continue with their learning on this platform.

 Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

Yes, the curriculum continues as it would if pupils were in school. The pace of the learning is determined by the work submitted and reviewed by the teachers. Teachers will respond to the level of understanding shown in the pupil work before moving on to new learning.

The Pastoral Curriculum is made up of different activities that would normally take place during morning form time. The aim of the Pastoral Curriculum is to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to lead a healthy life and to participate in society as an active and informed citizen.

When the school moves to remote learning, the Pastoral Curriculum continues. Through ClassCharts each week, pupils have access to a Leadership and Pastoral assembly. These assemblies will follow the collective worship calendar which sets the focus for each week. In addition to the assemblies, the ‘British Value, Global Citizen’ form time activities continue. These activities are based on the focus for the week and provide a thought for the week, a short video clip with reflective questions and a weekly challenge that pupils are encouraged to upload.

In addition to the weekly assemblies and the ‘British Values, Global Citizen’ programme, pupils are regularly set Enrichment tasks and Careers activities. At Hodge Hill we adhere to the principles of our CARE brand and believe it is important to nurture the whole student so they are empowered to stay safe and share positive British Values, developing into fully rounded valued people.


 

Remote teaching and study time each day

 How long can I expect the 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. Pupils should aim to follow their school timetable and ensure that all work is completed weekly. This equates to: 

Monday Tuesday - Thursday Friday
6 hours 5 hours (each day) 4 hours

 

Accessing remote education

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

ClassCharts is our primary remote learning platform. It is already used by pupils to complete their homework when in school to prepare them for upcoming assessments.  The pupils are familiar with the platform and know how to use it. If you need a ClassCharts login, please phone the school. If you are having problems with access or technical difficulties, please contact us. Pupils will be directed to view video resources on our school YouTube page and maybe given some tasks to complete on  MathsWatch and MyGCSE Science. All instructions will be sent via ClassCharts.

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:

  • We have chosen to use ClassCharts as our online learning platform because it is accessible using a mobile phone. We are aware that many families have no access to tablets or laptops so we are using the resources given to us by the Department for Education (DfE) and school resources to help as many families as we can by providing loan equipment until the end of the academic year. We have completed an audit on devices and internet availability and found that over 300+ pupils require devices. We have received around 230 laptops/tablets from the Department for Education and have handed out 20 iPads to support pupils with their remote learning. We have made a list of pupils and aim to get help for any pupils that require it.
  • The DfE has given us 23 internet dongles so far and these have been given out. If you require extra data from your mobile network, this is temporarily available if you phone the school and give some specific details.
  • We are trying to get SIM cards with data on to each family that needs it. A guide on how to tether the internet can be found if you click on the relevant links here: Apple, Samsung, Huawei
  • We have also provided pupils with packs of equipment including stationery, paper, exercise books and reading material as well as subject specific equipment such as paintbrushes and fine liners for Art and 3D design lessons. All KS4 pupils have been given revision guides and workbooks for all subjects and a folder of resources for Photography, Art and 3D design. We also have KS3 workbooks available to support pupils who may need physical materials in addition to their online learning. On return to school, pupils can bring in completed work to be marked by their teachers.

 How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • All remote learning will be set through ClassCharts as our main remote learning platform.
  • Teachers will be preparing YouTube sessions, podcasts and recorded PowerPoint sessions and linking them through ClassCharts. PowerPoint based tasks accompany some of the recorded session. These are to be completed and sent back to the teacher as an uploaded document.
  • Some remote learning lessons will include links to third-party specialist education platforms like MyGCSE Science, MathsWatch and BBC Bitesize.
  • Pupils may have work set from the Oak National Academy – where recorded lessons from educators are available.
  • Work will be set in small chunks to allow the teacher to gauge understanding and skill development before moving on. This allows the teacher to respond to and address misconceptions that appear in the pupil work.

 

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? 

Pupils are expected to log into the platform daily and complete all work set for their timetabled day. Pupils should follow their school timetable and complete all work set by the end of the week.

Parents can support this by checking whether the daily tasks have been attempted. If work has been done it will move from the ‘to-do’ list on ClassCharts.

A quiet place to work independently may be needed to boost pupil concentration and focus.

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

When uploaded work is sent back, it is checked within the week and any misconceptions will be commented on so that pupils know how to close the gaps in their learning. Teachers can directly communicate to the pupils through ClassCharts and notify them of any issues, equally, pupils can type messages for teachers to see and provide real time feedback.

Pupil log ins are monitored daily and any pupils who have not logged in during the week will get a phone call from their respective AC/AAC.

Numbers for completion are compiled weekly and parents of pupils who persistently don’t complete work will be informed. If there are any technology issues for non-completion of work, they can be discussed during this call.

 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: 

  • The quality of work requested back will be checked to make sure that it is to the standards expected in class.
  • We are able to award positive referrals for work submitted which is linked to our school’s reward system – “Work Hard, Get Rewarded”.
  • Teachers will view all work submitted to judge understanding and respond to misconceptions before moving on to new learning. This may be through direct feedback with the pupil or by amending the next learning task to address any areas of weakness.
  • Assessed tasks will be given alongside the normal remote learning sessions in a variety of forms such as quizzes and exam questions. These are to be completed by the pupils.

 

 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:

Pupils with SEND will have work set in the same manner as all other pupils with work differentiated to the level required for the class.

Teaching assistants who usually work with specific pupils will be in contact either by phone or via ClassCharts to offer support.


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? 

In the event of a national lockdown, your child will get the same provision as all other pupils with work set through ClassCharts.

If self-isolation occurs during times when other pupils are in school, the relevant AC/AAC will provide the pupil/parent with workbook page numbers and information on when work is required back in for completion checks.

If more work is required, then the class teachers are asked to send more page numbers and the cycle starts again until the pupil returns.

 

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ClassCharts 'How to...' Guide

Click here to see our ‘how to…’ guides on YouTube. We have guides to help pupils upload and submit work here as well as help with using some of the key features that ClassCharts has.

ClassCharts now has a two-way communication function. If pupils want to ask their teacher anything regarding their remote learning work, then they can do so through here. Teachers can also ask pupils to do things from here. All communication through this feature is monitored and usual school safeguarding procedures are adhered to. There is also a video showing you how to use this feature on this section of our YouTube page.

 

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Contact Details

If you have any specific issues which you wish to discuss regarding remote learning, you can email us at these specific email addresses:

We aim to respond to your query as soon as possible.

 

 

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Useful Websites

BBC Bitesize for KS3

BBC Bitesize for KS4

Fuse School - Science

Khan Academy

MathsWatch

My GCSE Science(username: surname.forename-hh password: hhc)

Oak National Academy

  

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Daily Sessions

Pupils must complete their remote learning work for their timetabled lessons on the following days:

Year 7 East

 

Year 7 West 

 


  

Year 8 East

 

 Year 8 West

  


 

Year 9 East

 

 Year 9 West

 


 

Year 10 East

 

 Year 10 West

  


 

 Year 11 East

 

Year 11 West