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Home Learning Zone

Welcome to our Home Learning Zone. 

 

This is where we will set whole-class activities for you to complete at home, providing the necessary support and guidance you may require.

 

Cool links for extra things to do - on our All Pupils! page 

DSAT Online Learning Strategy

Virtual Learning Information for Parents

          DSAT: Diocese Sheffield Academies Trust

Virtual Learning Strategy

 

 

 

DSAT’s vision for the effective provision of virtual learning

In response to the ongoing challenges facing our schools as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, DSAT continues to be committed to ensuring that all children within our trust have equality of access to high quality education regardless of their location: home (self-isolating) or at school.

 

DAST is a team of committed school leaders, teachers and support staff who are all determined that every DSAT child will have access to daily teaching despite our current challenges. All DSAT schools have designed detailed plans to ensure children recover missed learning due to the summer 2020 lockdown. We recognise that one of the main barriers to ensuring our recovery plans are effective is the need for children and staff to self-isolate.

 

Therefore, we strive earnestly to put consistent, robust procedures in place in all of our schools to ensure that virtual, online learning is effective and excellent.

 

All school leaders within DSAT are united in this commitment and work together tirelessly to refine good practice in this area of provision.

 

When is virtual teaching appropriate?

We have identified five main scenarios which impact upon ‘typical’ lessons and for which we need to put procedures in place to overcome any barriers to progress:

1/ Pupils/ parents develop possible symptoms of Covid-19 and self-isolate for two or three days while they await results of a test.

 

2/ Pupils and staff are required to self-isolate following a positive Covid-19 test within their class bubble (at the recommendation of PHE).

 

3/ Pupils are required to self -isolate for a longer period, typically 14 days, following a positive Covid-19 test of a contact in the home/family support bubble.

 

4/ Teachers develop possible symptoms of Covid-19 and self-isolate for two or three days while they await results of a test, OR they are requested to self-isolate for up to 14 days by track and trace.

 

5/ School is closed to pupils other than key workers and vulnerable pupils due to lockdown as directed by the government.

 

Below, we list the procedures we have put in place to ensure learning continues to take place in each of the scenarios listed above.

 

 

The detailed picture: Strategy 1

1/ Pupils/ parents develop possible symptoms of Covid-19 and self-isolate for two or three days while they await results of a test.

 

On day 1 and upon hearing that the child is self-isolating, teachers message the child’s parent on Class dojo or similar platform, giving details of additional learning tasks being provided alongside making sure that they read and practice their spellings.

 

On day 2 and day 3, teachers will need to provide more structured activities, such as sending worksheets being used in class that day and any notes to support parents.

 

 

 The detailed picture:

Strategy 2

2/ Pupils and staff are required to self-isolate following a positive Covid-19 test within their class bubble (at the recommendation of PHE).

 

Before children are sent home, the class teacher will need to provide them with a ‘to go pack.’ This needs to be prepared in advance of the event.

 

In this wallet, provide children with:

Pencil cases

A couple of reading books

Workbooks – either the pupil English or maths books OR put a spare exercise book in the pack for all the work to be recorded in.

Any worksheets to be used for the next fortnight. Do not assume parents can print.

Any spelling books/ spelling programme workbooks.

 

Staff from within the bubble need similar access to a pack of teaching materials/ worksheets being used by the children.

 

During the two-week period, the class teacher and teaching assistants will be delivering zoom or TEAMS lessons. This will include individual virtual tutor lessons for pupils with SEND who have 1-1 adult support or specific SEMH need.

 

Example of good practice when this happens:

To maintain as much normality as possible during the period of closure, we would recommend the following or similar structure for the virtual teaching day:

 

                1 hour Lesson and independent work via Zoom

             20 minutes -Game with family member inside/outside

                1 hour lesson and independent work via Zoom

                1 hour of active play- inside or outside (if possible)

                30 minutes lunch together as a family.

                1 hour lesson and independent work via Zoom

                10 minute break.

                1 hour of reading or revision.

                Access to any zoom collective worship sessions being viewed in school that day.

 

 

The detailed picture:

Strategy 3

3/ Pupils are required to self -isolate for a longer period, typically 14 days, following a positive Covid-19 test of a contact in the home/family support bubble or if they need to quarantine following a holiday.

 

DSAT has set up a Virtual Teaching Programme to remove any barriers to progress caused by this scenario, as we recognise that the class teacher cannot teach the child virtually while also teaching full time in the classroom. A Virtual Teacher has been employed by DSAT and with the full support and commissioning from trust Headteachers. A system for referring a pupil to the VTP (Virtual Teacher Programme) is in place, and online lessons are delivered to all pupils referred in year group classes via Zoom or TEAMS.

 

The Virtual Teacher is an experienced practitioner who is able to deliver high quality lessons for pupils of all ages.

 

This strategy is deployed as soon as a pupil is identified as having to self-isolate for up to 14 days, and typically starts on the 3rd day of self-isolating when a positive Covid-19 has confirmed that absence will be longer than 2/3 days.

 

 

  The detailed picture:

Strategy 4

4/ Teachers develop possible symptoms of Covid-19 and self-isolate for two or three days while they await results of a test, OR they are requested to self-isolate for up to 14 days by track and trace.

 

The school considers using the following model where appropriate:

 

Other teaching assistants where appropriate have oversight of the class to minimise bringing other adults to the bubble, therefore keeping the school community safer (this is not always possible).

 

The class teacher delivers online lessons (zooms/TEAMS) live into the class throughout the school day, teaching discreet lessons in short sections, with other adults in class supporting children to complete related activities.

 

Other children in the class who are self-isolating at the time join the class for the zoom lessons from home.

 

 

The detailed picture:

Strategy 5

5/ School closes to all pupils other than key workers and vulnerable pupils at the request of the government due to lockdown.

 

 

Where possible, children are provided with a pack for home to include basic stationary materials and any curriculum resources appropriate to year group.

 

During the period of closure, the class teacher will be delivering Zoom or TEAMS lessons. Where possible, children in key worker provision will also access the teacher live lessons, with teaching assistants or other staff where available running the key worker provision and supporting children to access the same learning activities as those at home.

To maintain as much normality as possible during the period of closure, we would recommend following a similar structure to the usual teaching day online, with teachers teaching remotely throughout the day, allowing for breaks and lunch.

 

As a minimum, children should have access to live lessons with the teacher for at least 3 hours a day and up to 5 hours a day. Younger children may need shorter sessions than older children.

 

Lessons should include opportunity for interaction with the teacher, feedback and support for those times that children are ‘stuck’. Lessons should include core subjects plus lessons linked to the wider curriculum.

 

Good practice allows for children to be ‘present’ in lessons throughout the day so that parents are able to continue to work at home safe in the knowledge that children are accessing lessons throughout the day and getting the support they need from the teacher. It is important that printing is kept to a minimum or not needed at all at home.

 

 Example of good practice when this happens:

 

(example taken from a Y6 online day of lessons)

9am - Register, Morning Maths followed by quiet reading
9:30am Cracking Comprehension "Dare to Dance"
10:15am English - Room 13 - Dracula
11am Break
11:15am Maths - Money Calculations
12:15pm Lunch
1:15pm Quiet reading time
1:30pm Spellings - Suffixes (1)
1:45pm Geography - Location and Countries of South America
2:45pm Assembly

 

 

How will we ensure virtual learning is effective?

Each school in the trust plans systematic monitoring of virtual learning, focusing on monitoring the effectiveness of provision strategy 1-5 above.

 

Each school know their children well and are able to identify who needs additional support to access virtual learning at home (for example, through provision of laptops).

 

The Head of School Improvement for DSAT has oversight of the Virtual Teaching Programme and works with the Virtual Teacher to ensure provision is of a high standard.

 

All teachers and leadership within DSAT have appraisal targets linked to the delivery of high-quality virtual learning.

 

 

   
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