Remote Learning - December 2020 to March 2021

We're very proud of our Remote Learning offer at Marner.

Between December and March 2021, we lent out more than 300 digital devices to our families enabling children to join their lessons online.

We devised a school-wide timetable for online learning mindful of families and children who would be sharing a single device.

There were twice-daily live registrations and timetabled small group lessons on Google Meet and Zoom. Small group lessons ranged from singing, to phonics, to shared reading and writing, kitchen science lessons, live art lessons, geographical expeditions, number facts practice, maths challenges and more.

Learning was introduced live and modelled, we became Jamboard experts, with follow-up videos on Google Classroom and Class Dojo to support the children through the day’s learning. Teachers, HLTAs and SNAs were on hand to support the children, both at home and in school, finding new ways to be as responsive to the children’s needs as they would be in the classroom. The children shared their work online and feedback was given, ready for the next day’s learning. The children were very proud of their online learning!

Paper packs were made up for each year group full of books to read, work books selected by teachers and resources to keep the learning at home strong. The Children’s Book Project gave each of our children 3 books to read for pleasure at home.

Parents communicated via Class Dojo and teaching teams phoned families once a week. The school made sure that no family went hungry and families were able to turn to us in times of difficulty. Strong relationships were formed between the school, parents and pupils.

Returning back to school in March, we supported the children to reflect on their experiences of remote learning with a focus on mental health, wellbeing and ‘the whole child’.

The children were then supported to reflect on themselves as both learners and remote learners, talking about what helps them to learn best – we’ve taken this learning back into the classroom.