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Balksbury Federation Curriculum Statement

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Remote Education Information


The information below is to provide our federated community with what to expect from our remote education where national or local restrictions require families, cohort bubbles or one or both schools to remain at home.


The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

On the first day of notification of isolation, the federation will prepare and deliver either through Google Classroom, or paper based work for the child/children/bubbles.  This will be 'ready to go'  in the first 24 hours.  Across the first day, we will prepare for a longer period of remote learning. Where a child/children are needing to self isolate but the majority of their peers remain in school, the federation will provide the same work as in class wherever possible or appropriate for a well sequenced curriculum; there are some activities that may need to be adapted for the same outcome



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

Remote education will wherever possible replica the classroom as soon as possible.  It is the federation's key aim to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever is possible and appropriate.  For example, a science investigation may not be possible at home so will be adapted so that the same outcome can be achieved in class, or remotely at home.


How long can I expect work set by the federation to take my child each day?

Infant School: 3-4 hours a day

Junior School: 4-5 hours a day


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

Balksbury Federation uses Google Classroom for their remote education platform.  We have developed using this with our children over the autumn term (2020-2021).  We recognise that some children may not have suitable access at home and the federation is committed to finding solutions.  We have a small supply of laptops that we will lend.  We will also deliver, and collect paper based work.


How will my child be taught remotely?

Our Google Classroom remote learning will include live teaching, recorded videos and worksheets that are interactive.  In some instances we will use extensions such as My Maths to support work, and audio recordings that are not federated based.  


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

The federation will follow government guidance on the quantity of work that should be in place for remote learning. As a federation we have a system in place for checking daily whether our children are engaging.  Teachers, Year Group Leaders and the Leadership Team will work together to ensure that we make contact with families where children are not completing the work so that we can fully support the child's engagement. Where families have concerns, they can phone the class teacher, Year Group Leader, Leadership Team or a Community Support Lead who will be willing to help.


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

Your child's teacher will keep records of how well your child is doing.  This will be through feedback on the work they have submitted, quizzes that may be set, or through answers and work carried out during a live lesson.


How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

Balksbury Federation recognises that some children with special educational needs and disabilities may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home.  In this instance, the class teacher and SENDCo will work with parents to ensure that the right resources are in place to support the work being sent home.



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