The following information is a  guide as to what you can expect from Online Learning at Cherry Orchard Primary in the event of a whole school or individual bubble closure.

This information does not apply to individual children who are isolating because they have been  in close contact with somebody who has tested positive for coronavirus or they are waiting for the result of a COVID test. In these circumstances children will access learning through the ‘Home Learning for Children Isolating’ folder on their Google Classroom. 

Logging into Google Classroom

Your child’s work will be set on their year group’s Google Classroom every day by 09:00. They are expected to hand in and upload their work every day. They can also interact with their friends on the ‘Streamabout their learning. Any inappropriate comments will be removed and parents contacted. 

Accessing the Google Classroom

Daily Registration

Each day will begin by children answering a daily question that acts as a register. It is essential this question is responded to as this is one of our safeguarding strategies, indicating to us that children are well, ready to learn and logged onto the classroom. Where children  do not respond to the register this will be treated like an absence and the school office will contact parents to see why they have not engaged that day and ensure  children are safe and able to join in their learning in the classroom.

For children in KS1 and KS2, work is set solely on Google Classroom. The work will be uploaded to Google Classroom by 9:00 at the latest each day. The approximate amount of time allocated for each activity is shown below. It is important that these timings are kept to as much as possible in order to ensure the children  do not feel overworked.

Subject

KS1

Lower KS2

Upper KS2

Reading

25 mins

40 mins

40 mins

English

25 mins

45 mins

1 hour

Maths

40 mins

45 mins

1 hour

Handwriting

Hand-

writing

10 mins

20 mins

20 mins

Spellings / Phonics

20 mins

30 mins

30 mins

IB Learning / Other

1 hour

1 hour

1 hour

Total

3 hour

4 hour

4 hour 30 mins

If you are finding that your child is spending more than these times on their work, please do get in touch with the class teacher via your child’s contact book or private comment section within the assignment. They will be able to offer some tips and hints to motivate and focus your child and clarify their expectations further for you.

Accessing and completing their work 

  • Work can be accessed via the ‘Classwork’ Tab. There will be a folder for each day titled ‘ Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday’.
  • In these folders you will find a powerpoint slide deck with instructions on for each task for the day as well as recorded videos from the Class Teacher. 
  • Tasks / worksheets for each subject will also be in these folders, once the task has been completed this needs to be handed in.
  • Children will have the option to either write answers into their home learning exercise book or type straight onto the Google document. 

Look out for the below symbols to indicate your teacher’s prefered way to present / complete your work:

  • Writing answers into your Home Learning book
  • Typing onto a Google Doc/ Google Slide

Handing In and Uploading Work

We would like your child to virtually hand in their work in the Google Classroom. It gives us the opportunity to track levels of engagement and identify where we may need to contact parents to offer support. This can be done by clicking on the TURN IN / HAND IN button.

Marking Work

Please be mindful that it is going to be challenging for work to be marked or to be given feedback in the same way as a normal classroom situation where adults would provide ongoing verbal feedback and check ins throughout the lesson. This means that it is worth providing timely praise and encouragement to your child to motivate them to continue to engage with their learning. We are mindful that parents may also be required to work from home and therefore we will aim to ensure that the tasks can be completed by children as independently as possible although this is not always possible, particularly with younger children.

Recorded Lessons and Google Meets

As part of our strategy for remote learning, it is important that children also maintain an amount of interaction with, not only their class teacher, but also their peers. In addition to the ‘Stream’, children can write comments about an assignment in the comment section.  

Recorded instructional videos will be given to explain or model a learning activity which the children will be able to watch to support their understanding.

During their period of isolation, opportunities for meeting with the teacher and their peers  in a small group (via Google Meet) will be set up to enable children to have some opportunity for live interaction.

Children are expected to use our Google Meet etiquettes to ensure that the live interactions are high quality for all. (These are in addition to our Annex to Safeguarding Policy v1 COVID-19 April 2020 which you can read here.)

These are as follows: 

  • An adult must be present in the house during the video call and must confirm their presence at the beginning of the video call before leaving their child to engage in the video meet.
  • These video meets have been designed to provide your child with the opportunity to interact with their peers and teacher in a virtual live environment. Adults are reminded, it is not an opportunity for you to engage on the video call and speak with your child’s teacher. As is the protocol, all questions for your child’s teacher must be submitted either through the Google Classroom or by contacting the School Office. 
  • Join the Google Meet at the allocated time only
  • The meets are optional, allowing the children to opt out if they would prefer not to take part. You will be provided with a sign up sheet through your child’s Google Classroom to sign up to one weekly slot that is suitable for you and your child.
  • Your child will also have the option to attend via audio only should they not wish to have their camera on.
  • The door to the room where your child is carrying out the video call must be left open for the duration of the meet.
  • The video call must take place in an appropriate environment which safeguards the child’s privacy, for example; kitchen/ lounge/ dining room with a wall or similar area presented as a background.
  • Your child should be appropriately dressed for the video call as should anyone else in the household
  • Language must be professional and appropriate, including any family members in the background.
  • Once the video call has finished, you must ensure that the camera has been disconnected and covered.
  • During the video call your child may only use the platform that the school provides (Google Meet).
  • It is not permitted to make any recordings or take photos during these video calls. This is the responsibility of both parents and children. However, the video call will be recorded by the teacher in line with our safeguarding policy. Recordings will be retained for 30 days.

Daily Feedback

Teachers will record general feedback on their class’s learning and post this at the end of each school day, between 3 and 5pm. This will be available to view on Tapestry and Google Classrooms.

Learning Codes

To promote independence, we have developed some simple codes to support your child to understand what is expected of them and how they can engage with the learning presented to them.

A stickman reading a book.

This is used when the children need to read an instruction or explanation. It will be located near to the text that they need to read.

A pair of eyes watching a video.

This is used when there is a video that the children need to watch. There will be a link to a video or an embedded video to watch. This might be used instead of written instructions or explanations.

An icon of a computer with a globe behind it.

This is used when there is a website that the children need to visit. This might be for games, explanations/modelled examples or for the task.

A stickman using an object to fix a block.

This is used if there is a practical element to the input (probably in handwriting) or the task (maths or inquiry). It may require your child to use objects.

A clipart for a hand writing on a piece of paper with a pencil.

This is used when there is something that the children need to record in their Home Learning book.

A stickman typing on a keyboard.

This is used when teachers would like children to type their work directly onto the Google Document /Slide.

A clipart of a digital camera

Take a photo of your work and upload

Clipart of a video camera with a flip screen.

Record yourself and upload

An example timetable (based on UKS2) 

Keeping routines will help your child to be successful whilst they are learning at home and it is important that you ensure this supports you and your circumstances. Only you will know how this will work best. We highly recommend putting a timetable in place which finds a balance with structured and unstructured time. Please see below an example timetable you could follow:

08:00 – 08:30

Wake Up

Get ready for the day!

08:30 – 09:00

Breakfast

Get your energy levels up!

9:00 – 9:10

Register

Answer the daily question!

09:10 – 10:10

Learning Time

Choose from the selection of tasks that your teacher has set you

10:10 -10:30

Morning Break

Grab a snack and have a play!

10:30 – 11:30

Learning Time

Choose from the selection of tasks that your teacher has set you

11:30 – 12:00

Chore Time

Help around the house by cleaning surfaces, tidying, dusting or sweeping.

12:00 – 12:30

Get Active!

Indoor/Outdoor Physical Activity

12:30 – 13:00

Lunch Time

Keep those energy levels going!

13:00 – 13:30

Creative Time

Lego, drawing, crafting, playdough, cooking, baking, painting

13:00 – 14:00

Learning Time

Choose from the selection of tasks that your teacher has set you

14:00 – 14:30

Chill Time

Complete the chill out activity or chill in your own way.

14:30 – 15:30

Learning Time

Choose from the selection of tasks that your teacher has set you

15:30 – 16:00

Play / Chill

Indoor / Outdoor Play / Chill activities

Additional Learning Opportunities

Children learn best by having regular breaks and so this is even more important with the change of routine and potentially lack of fresh air. Bearing this in mind, there are a wealth of resources online to provide adequate brain breaks and bouts of regular exercise. Additionally, children require stimulation and interaction in order to support wellbeing so please consider this as some additional learning. 

Exercise

You can access our ‘Virtual Sports Hall’ for weekly workouts and PE lessons set by our PE Lead – Mr. Barnard as well as access Joe Wicks’s 5 Minute Move and his ‘PE with Joe’, which are really useful opportunities to promote exercise if going outside is not an option. There may be other youtube videos that will promote being active without needing to necessarily go outside. ‘Cosmic Kids’  and ‘5 a day’ also have youtube videos that the children can follow such as dance lessons with Oti Mabuse. The children could also make their own games such as throw and catch with socks or make their own circuit – I am sure you will be surprised how creative they can be. Chores are also a great way to encourage your child to engage in mild exercise.

Wellbeing and Mindfulness

Colouring and meditation are also really good strategies to rest the mind and take a break. Adding to this, talking to your child using some of the games below are a great way to aid discussion:

  • Would you rather…? Would you rather be a detective or a pilot?
  • Favourite – what is your favourite food? What is your favourite view?
  • If I were – . If I were an animal I would be….. because?
  • Today I feel….. because

Online Safety 

Parents are invited to join our online safety provider ‘National Online Safety’ by clicking onto the button below.

join National Online Safety See parents guide to signing up here 

National Online Safety provides parents with support, top tips and informative webinars that can be accessed for free. There is also a free app available for parents.

Getting in contact

If you have any learning specific questions, please contact your child’s class teacher through the contact book or your child can message their class teacher directly in the private comments section of an assignment. 

Staff are only required to respond to these queries between the hours of 09:00 and 15:00 during school days. Please do not send emails to the year group email address, as these will not be responded to. All communication must be made via the Google Classroom or by emailing the school office. 

If you are struggling with accessing work in the google classroom, please contact the office on 01322 242011 office@cherryorchardprimary.org.uk  or the FLO sheena.wiliams@cherryorchardprimary.org.uk who will do their best to help you.