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Supporting your child’s online learning

During remote learning students will follow their normal timetable and have live lessons delivered by their class teachers.

As a result of the national lockdown, the academy has moved the curriculum and learning online. Lessons will now be facilitated online via Microsoft Teams.

Key information for parents

How can parents support their child with online learning?

To best support your child’s online learning and progress, we expect all parents to work with the academy by doing the following:

  • Engage with and respond to all communication from the academy. This includes reading all emails and texts that are sent to parents and answering calls from the academy’s staff during the working day.
  • Ensure your child is ready to learn before the start of the school day. This includes making sure your child is awake, has had breakfast and has their exercise book and equipment ready to start learning at 9.00 am
  • Make sure your child has a distraction-free environment to learn in. This can include keeping background noises to a minimum, ensuring your child has turned off their notifications and is not getting distracted by other people.
  • Monitor your child throughout the school day to make sure they are focused and engaged. This will include checking your child is logged into Teams and is completing work set by their teacher.
  • Check your child’s engagement with their learning. Asking your child the following questions will help you connect with their learning online.
    • What lessons do you have today?
    • What have you been learning in your online lesson?
    • What work have you produced?
    • What homework do you need to complete?


How will my child access work remotely?

Microsoft Teams All students have access to a Teams channel for each of their classes. Teachers will post homework tasks and quizzes in Teams for students to access. While absent from school, students will be able to continue accessing from home.

Microsoft SharePoint

Students have access to a SharePoint site. Through this site, students will be able to access learning resources including their 100% book.

Academy website

From the academy website, students and parents will be able to access the continuity of learning documents. For each year group, subjects have produced a document that matches the curriculum with online learning resources. These documents allow students to follow the curriculum and are designed to support students catching up on content they have missed in a lesson.


What if my child cannot connect to online learning?

If your child does not have a working device or internet connection, please contact their Head of Year immediately.

In cases where students cannot access online learning (e.g. through a broken device or issue with WiFi) the academy will provide support. There are a range of options to support students who cannot access online learning. This includes allowing students to access a PC in the school building.

If a student is unable to attend a lesson (e.g. due to technical issue), they can access the continuity of learning to catch up on the key content of the lesson they missed. The class teacher will also post the slides and resources from each lesson on MS Teams, allowing students to cover the content and tasks of the lesson.


What if my child is having technical difficulties?

If your child experiences any technical difficulties they should contact the academy. We will aim to provide guidance or support that will resolve the technical issue.

Students should email studentitsupport@paddington-academy.org if they require any assistance.


What will online lessons consist of?

Teachers will plan and deliver live lessons online via MS Teams. Each lesson will consist of:

  • Teacher explanations and questions
    Teachers will explain the content and ask questions to check for understanding. Students will respond to the teacher’s questions by writing in the chatbox on MS Teams.
  • Classwork 
    Students will be expected to complete several tasks during the lesson. This will include a demonstrate task (independent task) for 10-15 mins.
  • Homework
    Students will be set a weekly homework task by each of their subjects. All homework will be submitted on MS Teams.


What is the structure of the remote school day?

Time Session
P1 9.00 - 10.20 Lesson 1
P2 11.00 - 12.20 Lesson 2
Tutor 12.30 - 13.00 Assembly / PSHE / Reading
P3 13.30 - 14.50 Lesson 3


How many lessons will students have across a fortnight during remote learning?

To ensure students can follow the curriculum with consistency, the allocated number of lessons will remain the same for students during remote learning.

KS3

KS4

Subject:

Number of lessons:

Subject:

Number of lessons:

English

5

English

6

Maths

5

Maths

6

Science

4

Science

6

History

2/3

Religious Studies

2

Geography

2/3

Geography / History

4

MFL

3

MFL

4

Performing Arts (Drama and Music)

2

Option subject(s)

3

Art and Tech

2

Religious Studies

2

Physical Education

2

KS5 students have 7 lessons allocated to each of their chosen subjects.

In addition, students in all year groups will also have weekly assemblies, PSHE and reading sessions.


What resources will students be provided for online learning?

To access remote learning, students will need a device (e.g. laptop, tablet or phone) that can connect to the internet.

Alongside this, students will be able to use their existing resources and equipment for online lessons:

  • Exercise books will be used to make notes and complete tasks set by the class teacher.
  • PA school pencil case (containing all equipment needed for learning)
  • 100% books contain knowledge organisers for each subject. Students will use these to complete their self-quizzing homework.

In addition, the school will make online resources available to students where needed:

  • Class resources (such as information sheets) will be posted as PDFs by the class teacher in MS Teams as and when required.
  • Digital materials (such as online textbooks / revision guides) will be shared with students where appropriate.
  • Online reading books will be shared to help students read for enjoyment.


How will the academy communicate with parents during the lockdown?

The academy will communicate regularly with parents. This will include:

  • Regular emails containing podcasts from the Principals, SLT and/or Heads of Year.

  • Messages via the School Comms app
  • Phone calls to update you on your child’s work / engagement with online learning (when required)


What will the academy do to support students with SEND during online learning?

  • All students will remain in their normal teaching groups and have lessons taught by their class teacher. Teachers will use their knowledge of students and their SEND to ensure differentiation is in place throughout a lesson.

  • LTAs (teaching assistants) will be allocated to specific students and classes. When an LTA is allocated, they will provide individual support over Teams to help students better understand content and / or complete tasks.


How can I help keep my child safe online?

There are several useful websites and resources that provide clear guidance to parents on how to keep their child safe online. Below you can find the link to some of these websites below. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, please contact their Head of Year.

Gov.UK – Practical guidance for parents

UK Safe Internet Centre

NSPCC – internet safety


How can I support my child’s wellbeing during remote learning?

Your child must have regular breaks from the screen on their device(s). You can support your child to have ‘screen breaks’ by asking them to stop using their device after a lesson. It is also important that your child gets daily exercise and eats well. Encouraging your child to read a book is a good way of helping them have a ‘screen break’.


How and when should my child access the Continuity of Learning documents?

The continuity of learning documents can be accessed via the PA website. Once the relevant document has been opened, students simply click on the link to access an online video lesson or complete the specific task.

Your child will be directed to complete the continuity of learning documents by their Head of Year or class teacher.

 


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