We have produced this rationale based based on the journey we have taken as a school, as practitioners, and how we have built up connection with families and pupils as closure goes on. It also takes into account the models of Distance Learning from ERW, feedback that we have gained from staff, families and governors as well as due consideration for the context of the school and availability of technology. At this time, it is clear that Distance Learning will continue in some form or other in the coming months. For the full details, here is our Policy.
Rationale for Distance Teaching and Learning – the Brynmill Way:
As we move to distance learning, the following represents our Brynmill Way
What we expect teachers to do:
Offer tasks that contain a mixture of Choice activities and focused tasks
Deliver an outline of activities using recorded video and a stimulus so that no learners are disadvantaged.
Provide clarity whether a task needs to be returned or not.
Record video and share stimuli related to focus to provide structure (as the children get older, this will increase)
Provide informal feedback on tasks submitted.
Invite pupils to contribute ideas for tasks
Outline how tasks may be submitted
Post task outlines to parents and pupils using Class Dojo in FP; Class Dojo, J2E and Teams in KS2
Respond to queries through the working day.
What we expect pupils to do:
Circumstances vary from household to household. There is no suggested timetable, therefore, but whilst schools are closed or move towards a situation where some pupils are distancing in school and some are at home, this may change. At present, we suggest the following:
- 1 Literacy and 1 Maths task per day – these are presented as mix of focus tasks and practice activities.
- 3 – 5 Choice activities per week minimum.
We recommend a daily Wellbeing activity and physical activity from the choices or their own.
What we expect parents to do:
To maintain communication with class teacher through Class Dojo or school email
Support pupils with organising the best learning time and access to resources for them
Enable them to access tasks by referring to the planning posted in Dojo, J2E or Teams.
Have realistic expectations of themselves! Home is not school!
Have realistic expectations of staff in terms of hours of communication (school hours) and planning for groups of pupils.