Remote Learning

This FAQ page is intended to provide clarity and transparency to parents or carers and pupils about what to expect from remote education (home learning) if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

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 at Newquay Primary Academy, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

How will my child be taught remotely?

Newquay Primary Academy will use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  1. a daily live session between 9-9.30am for each class to register, check on pupils’ mental health and well-being, address misconceptions from the previous day’s learning and introduce that day’s learning
  2. printed paper and digital worksheets produced by teachers and shared via Teams or Tapestry
  3. reading books pupils have at home
  4. commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.

Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

Newquay Primary Academy will, where possible, teach the same curriculum remotely as it does at the academy.

Home learning resources will be shared via class Teams groups and Tapestry.

Video Learning: The teacher will give a short introduction to the week’s work on the Monday’s daily live, this will include:

  1. A home learning activities timetable with a suggested daily curriculum timetable
  2. Daily maths exercises that will also be shared via worksheets on Teams or Tapestry
  3. Daily English writing exercises that will also be shared via worksheets on Teams or Tapestry
  4. Oxford Owl will be signposted as a resource for Read, Write, Inc reading books. The class teacher will advise what book your child should be reading. In addition, the teacher will share a daily video recorded reading of the class book on Tapestry.
  5. A series of activities in line with the term topic will be shared with parents. The lessons will focus on all areas of the curriculum and will encompass physical education, where relevant.

Phone Calls: A weekly phone call from your child’s class teacher to check on your child’s health and well-being and answer any questions. Please be aware that this may be from a withheld number.

We would also like to make our parents and pupils aware of the following apps and websites which can be used in conjunction with our home learning provision:
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including pre-recorded teaching and independent work) will take our EYFS pupils 2 hours per day.

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

All home learning will be shared via class Teams groups and/or Tapestry.

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:

In agreement with Newquay Primary Academy staff, parents and pupils can collect a paper version of the worksheets from the academy office. These will be available from 9am every Monday morning

Parents and pupils can submit work to their teachers by returning completed worksheets to the academy office. Parent and pupils can re-collect the marked work from the academy office when collecting the following week’s worksheets

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

Our expectations at Newquay Primary Academy are that EYFS pupils will engage daily, for two hours per day, in home learning.

Our expectation is that pupils will participate in daily live sessions between 9-9.30am with their child’s class teacher

Even if your child will not be attending Newquay Primary Academy, it is a government and academy expectation for your child to access home learning

We appreciate that some parents may need to juggle their own work commitments, as well as several children’s home learning and therefore, may choose to complete home learning at different times. However, there is an expectation for home learning to be completed by Friday 1:00pm as far as possible (although we know that sometimes learning has to be done at the weekend to accommodate your own working obligations).  

We ask parents and pupils to focus first on reading, writing and maths and complete other subjects if you have time. Remember also that time spent cooking with your child, going for a walk and exploring, building things, playing a board game, sharing a book together etc are all classed as learning opportunities too and these are just as important.  

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

We will check pupils’ engagement with home learning on a daily basis by registering pupils during daily live sessions between 9-9.30am with their child’s class teacher and checking the submission of completed work to Tapestry

Parents and carers will be contacted by telephone when engagement in home learning is a concern through our weekly telephone calls to families. Please be aware that calls may be from a withheld number

If we continue to have concerns about engagement in home learning and have been unsuccessful in contacting families by telephone, then a member of the pastoral team will visit the home.

If home learning engagement continues to be a concern, following a pastoral visit to the home, then it will be escalated to our Education Welfare Officer and/or Social Care

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

Completed work submitted to Tapestry will allow academy staff to interact with your child, mark their learning, as well as set appropriate next steps and address any misconceptions. There is a team of staff working behind the scenes to facilitate this. They are on hand to answer questions and provide support for you or your child throughout the week. If you feel that you require further support, then please contact your child’s class teacher.

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:

  1. Where possible, we will offer pupils identified by the academy as vulnerable, a place at our learning hub provision. The number of placement days will be varied, according to need, as agreed with the SENCO
  2. Teachers will give differentiated and tailored work to identified parents and pupils. This will be emailed or collected from the academy office
  3. Our pastoral team will contact identified parents and pupils weekly to ascertain how well home learning is being accessed and to offer further tailored provision.

Our named senior leader who has overarching responsibility for the quality and delivery of remote education is Craig Hayes, Executive Headteacher.

You can download the Cornwall Education Learning Trust’s Remote Learning Policy below.