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Remote education provision: information for parents and carers at Shakespeare Infant School

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

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.


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


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


Information will be sent to parents and carers regarding specific provision planned, how to access the provision and expectations. In the short term, provision may be provided on the school website, whilst more permanent solutions are set up. Shakespeare Infant School will hold introductions to Google Classroom, Tapestry and other IT programs used in school to support remote home learning, via zoom at convenient times for parents to access.


Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?


We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, our music sessions, taught by a Hampshire Music specialist are recorded to allow children and parents to access the content when appropriate for them.


Remote teaching and study time each day

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

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Early Years and Key Stage 1

We will set work that is of equivalent length to the core teaching that Infant School pupils would receive in school therefore this will equate to up to 3 hours a day in a fun, active way.


Accessing remote education

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


Learning will be set using Google Classroom, or Tapestry in Early Years. This will provide a full digital platform to allow pupils receive and submit bespoke learning. The platform allows teachers to view and respond to the completed learning to allow ongoing assessment. Each morning the class teacher will engage with the pupils learning at home to enable them to interact through a live google meet. These meeting will be recorded to allow pupils to access them at different times. Early years children will also have the opportunity to submit learning through their existing Tapestry accounts. Children at Shakespeare Infant School also have access to additional digital resources such as Purple Mash and TT Rockstars. These are detailed in the learning links section of the website:



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:


  • We will loan school iPads to families who do not have access.
  • Ipads can be tethered to mobile phones if there is not a Wi-Fi connection in the home. The Head teacher is able to apply for additional mobile data for individuals if requested.
  • On request School will provide pupils with access to printed materials needed if they do not have any other means to access it online.
  • Work can be submitted to teachers via photos sent to class emails or via the office if they do not have online access.




How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches in line with government expectations to teach pupils remotely:


  • Shakespeare Infant School will set meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects
  • We will provide frequent, clear explanations of what to do, through a real life online tutorials or through a high quality curriculum video.
  • Teachers will have a system for checking, at least weekly, whether pupils are engaging with their work and will inform parents if lack of engagement becomes a concern.
  • Teachers will be able to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to parent’s questions or teacher assessment
  • In addition to this we will also hold a weekly afternoon session for a review of the week and to ask a question you may have about your child’s educational progress and ways in which you can support with the home learning for the next few weeks.

A typical remote learning daily timetable may look something like this:

Year R

9.30am All Year R class teachers will meet and greet you every week day morning LIVE on line on Google Meet and introduce the tasks for the session.


You’ll then be directed to the tasks that have already been uploaded to Google Classroom.


One of the YR class teachers will then remain online until 10.15am and is available to answer any educational queries about the set tasks. This is also a time when the class teacher will assess who has completed previous activities and who has logged on (for registration purposes)

(Please remember you can post any evidence/information/videos/photographs onto Tapestry)



Key Stage 1 – Years 1 and 2

9.30am One of the Y1 and Y2 class teachers will meet and greet you every week day morning LIVE on line on Google Meet and introduce the tasks for the session.

You’ll then be directed to the tasks that have already been uploaded to Google Classroom.

Each day there will be a phonics, English and Mathematics task. Other curriculum subjects will be included with optional afternoon activities and the teachers will explain what these choices will be.

One of the Y1 and Y2 class teachers will then remain online until 10.30am and is available to answer any educational queries about the set tasks. This is also a time when the class teacher will assess who has completed previous activities and who has logged on (for registration purposes)

Many videos and resources will be recorded so that you can access all information at a time that is convenient to you. We will also upload stories read by different members of staff for your children to listen to and join in with.


Engagement and feedback

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


Shakespeare Infant School appreciate this is a difficult and challenging time, especially if parents and carers are expected to work from home yourselves or have a number of children at home, however parents and carers must be there to support and set routines for children working online for the short sessions. We have high expectations but realistic ones for maintaining concentration and motivation for all and will do the very best we can to engage our home learners. We will aim to pre-record some work so that you can access it at an alternative time of day if required.


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


Teachers will check pupils’ engagement with remote education daily to be able to provide swift and pertinent feedback when needed.

Our Assistant Head will monitor individual engagement, and where this becomes a concern the class teacher will contact parents and carers in the first place, and following this, the Assistant Head will contact parents and carers to see if there are any technical issues affecting the engagement. If lack of engagement continues to be an issue the head teacher will discuss any concerns, with parents and carers.


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

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:


Shakespeare Infant School will look at completed learning submitted on the digital platforms daily, and will feed back on pupils’ work as necessary.

Feedback may be verbal, during the live morning sessions or may be via a written comment which the pupils receive.


Additional support for pupils with particular needs

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:


Children with SEND will be invited into school under the vulnerable category.

We will work with families to deliver remote education for pupils with SEND, through access to additional “live” lessons and bespoke grouped activities delivered by a teacher.

Parents and Carers will be contacted regularly and will be supported by our INCO.


Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.


If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?


Individual pupils self-isolating are taught a planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects, to mirror as much as possible, the learning the rest of their peer group are receiving. This will be delivered using the Google Classroom digital platform or Tapestry, to enable it to be closely monitored by the class teacher.