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Virtual School

Arrangements for self-isolating or in quarantine

We have a small number of pupils who are having to self isolate or quarantine, and are consequently unable to be in school but otherwise are well enough to complete work at home. Form teachers are asked to make daily contact with their pupils via their ‘Daily Work for Virtual School’ Firefly page each day, to encourage a ‘comment’ response from the pupil on each daily page and to provide resources in the core subjects (Mathematics English and Science) from the morning after school notification. Pupils are asked to complete work tasks on paper and collate these in a folder to share with their Form teacher upon their return to school. Form teachers are asked to share concise instructions and resources via Firefly as a means to communicate with their pupils and to ensure that absent pupils have access to the resources from in-school lessons, in the core subjects, as far as possible. This could be:

    • providing the resources for independent study via Firefly or through another pupil
    • encouraging pupils to complete work in their English reading books, Inspire Maths practice books, ReadWriteInc (RWI) books, if resources can be sent home via post

Any pupils consistently failing to leave a ‘comment’ response on their ‘Daily Work for Virtual School’ Firefly page must be highlighted in Key Stage Meetings, and the relevant Form teacher and Head of Key Stage informed. Form teachers and/or Heads Key Stages, as appropriate, are asked to contact parents if there are concerns about engagement on Firefly, or any other related concerns.

Arrangements for Virtual School

In the event that a teacher is able to work, but required to isolate at home for a fixed period of time, all teachers will continue to teach their timetabled lessons remotely using Google Meet. All teachers will provide live introductions to all timetabled lessons, with a teaching assistant or cover teacher supporting pupils in the classroom. All supervision will be in line with guidelines with appropriate ratios. 

Pupils in EY & KS1 will:

    • all have access to iPads throughout each day of their Form teacher’s period of self-isolation
    • be set work tasks primarily using the Virtual Learning Platform, SeeSaw 
    • continue to use their Inspire Maths workbooks/RWI books, as well as to write in their English books
    • be supported in the classroom to capture images of their completed work for feedback on Seesaw

Pupils in KS2 will:

    • all have access all day to chromebooks throughout each day of their Form teacher’s period of self-isolation
    • be set work tasks primarily using the Virtual Learning Platform, Google Classroom
    • continue to use their Inspire Maths workbooks/RWI books (Y3- 4), as well as to write in their English books
    • be supported in the classroom to ‘turn in’ their work and respond to teacher feedback on Google Classroom

In the event that a teacher is not well enough to deliver their live introductions to virtual lessons, the normal school absence procedure will be followed: the Deputy Head will liaise with the relevant teachers and cover work will be set. 

In the event that a whole year group ‘bubble’ is collectively required to isolate at home for a fixed period of time, or indeed in the event that all pupils are unable to attend school due to directives from the Department for Education, Public Health England or the UK Government, we are committed to providing continuity of education and pastoral care for all our pupils. In this event, Virtual School year group timetables will be shared on Firefly. Pupils will complete lessons in core subjects in the mornings and two other subjects each afternoon. 

Teacher instructions and learning objectives for daily lessons will be shared on each Form’s ‘Daily Work for Virtual School’ Firefly page. Pupils will be instructed to complete independent tasks on Seesaw (Reception – Year 2) or Google Classroom (Year 3 – 6) for teacher assessment and feedback. There will be no Computing lessons in the curriculum during Virtual School and no homework tasks will be assigned during a sustained period of Virtual School.

Virtual School start times will be as follows: 

  • Monday Assembly: 8.45am
  • Tuesday Form Time: 8.45am 
  • Monday – Friday: lessons start at 9.00am

On Mondays, all pupils will either be instructed to join a live Assembly at 8:45am via Google Meet, or watch a pre-recorded Assembly video shared by the Head of the Junior School, a Form teacher or Specialist teacher. On Tuesdays, Form teachers will be expected to hold a virtual Form Time via Google Meet, from 8:45am. Pupil attendance will be compulsory. 

Form teachers will be expected to deliver live virtual lessons, using Google Meet, for core subject lessons (all Mathematics and English lessons and one Science lesson per week) as well as for PSHE, according to Virtual School year group timetables. For pupils in Reception to Year 4, all ReadWriteInc, Spelling and Phonics will be taught live via Google Meet. Form teachers will provide a live aspect at the start of every English and every Mathematics lesson to introduce and model the activity. Form teachers will provide a live aspect for one Science lesson per week to introduce and model the activity. At the teacher’s discretion, pupils may be directed to complete work tasks independently, or the Form teacher may remain online to teach/support throughout the lesson. For pupils in Years 3 – 6, the second Science lesson of each week will include a 5 minute explanatory film and a connected activity to follow on. 

Specialist teachers will be expected to provide a film at the start of every lesson to introduce and model the activity for the lesson. Pupils will then be directed to complete work tasks independently, using the Virtual Learning Platforms (Seesaw and Google Classroom). 

Feedback will follow the Junior School Marking Policy. This will include a range of feedback strategies, including verbal, whole class, acknowledgement as well as written marking using Google Classroom and Seesaw. 

Pupils must remember that it is compulsory for them to switch their cameras on for the duration of any Google Meet during a virtual lesson. Attendance at live morning lessons is compulsory, and registers will be taken via Schoolbase first thing in the morning.

Links

Senior school Virtual School section.