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St Mary & St John Church of England V.A. Primary School

North Luffenham, Rutland

Class Pages

Welcome to our class pages.

As we have another national lockdown and the school only remains open for the emergency childcare of vulnerable children and those of critical workers at this time,  teaching and learning has moved online and can be accessed from the safety of your home. Pupils will have a full daily timetable of live lessons via  MICROSOFT TEAMS, as well as follow up activities and challenges.

Whole School Collective Worship will continue daily as will weekly Celebration Assemblies via TEAMS too.


Remote education provision: information for parents

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?

  • Having communicated timetables with parents and set up all current pupils with Microsoft Teams in anticipated readiness, we should be ready to launch straight into daily live online teaching and learning each day.
  • Books, equipment and paper packs can be collected from school (outside the main entrance) following communication with your child’s class teacher.
  • New pupils joining the school will be able to access the live learning via their parents email address until their Microsoft Teams account is set up. The class teacher will communicate with the family.

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, PE challenges are set weekly, however outdoor learning is planned in as well. French and DT as discrete subjects at this time have been suspended and will be taught as blocks on return to school.

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 the following number of hours each day:

Early Years/Key Stage 1 8.45am – 3.15pm            5 hours 15 minutes

Key Stage 2                          8.45am – 3.20pm            5 hours 30 minutes

Accessing remote education

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

  • Live teaching, breakout rooms/small group work, recorded lessons and Collective Worship are all delivered via Microsoft Teams.
  • Microsoft Teams folders will be used for older pupils.
  • Class Dojo is used as a communication tool and for pupils (and parents) to upload work and receive feedback from teachers.

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:

  • Parents should contact the Headteacher immediately for support.
  • All parents have been asked if they have the devices for their children to access the online learning.
  • All parents have been asked whether they have sufficient data and internet access. If not, dongles and data packages have been offered.
  • We will lend pupils a tablet or laptop if they do not have a device. We will ensure they can access the internet (with security set up in place)
  • All printed work can be requested from the teacher to be hard copies and can be collected from school.
  • Equally all work can be submitted as hard copy if it cannot be uploaded to the pupil’s portfolio on Class Dojo.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • live teaching (online lessons) as a whole class and in breakout rooms for small groups and focus work
  • recorded teaching by teachers with links to other material e.g. music, storytime
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers if they cannot be accessed electronically
  • reading books pupils have at home and electronic texts
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • internet research activities if required during independent study.

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?

  • We expect pupils to engage daily with online lessons as they would at school unless they are ill (and the teacher is informed)
  • We would ask parents to provide a quiet space for their child to work. Additionally, monitor time online and ensure your child takes proper breaks away from their screen and has sufficient water available whilst working.
  • We would ask parents to encourage and support their child to be prepared for the day having checked the timetable, as well as ready on time to join at the start of lessons.
  • We would ask parents to monitor your child’s engagement from a distance and engage with them after the live teaching, asking them about the independent task they need to complete to make sure they have understood this. Then, to support them to start the independent tasks and finally help them to upload any work onto Class Dojo.

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

  • The teacher will take the register or capture the attendance list on Teams.
  • The teacher and TA will interact with pupils during the live sessions. Pupils will have their cameras on. The staff will note non attendees or those children not fully engaging.
  • The teacher will monitor and give feedback on the work being uploaded to Class Dojo.
  • TAs will regularly contact key children to ‘check in’ with them.
  • The teacher will contact the parent via Class Dojo with any concerns.
  • The teachers will report to the Headteacher any concerns. These will be followed up.

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:

  • Work that has been requested to be submitted on Class Dojo by the class teacher will be acknowledged and feedback given, as appropriate.
  • Online platforms that we use such as My Maths, Spelling Frame, TT Rockstars, SirLinkalot spelling and Letterjoin handwriting are all interactive and provide feedback

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:

  • Teachers and TAs who work 1:1 will contact and work with you and your child either in breakout rooms online or via individual video calls.
  • Pupils with EHC Plans will be able to come into school if that is the best option for them.

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?

  • If your child has to self isolate for 10 days and the rest of the class is back at school, we will use the same system of live teaching via Teams to enable your child to access the lessons remotely from home. This will be set up with your child’s class teacher.

Below, there is a children's book that helps explain all about the Coronavirus - COVID-19.

The government has commissioned the BBC to provide home learning resources. This can be accessed through BBCBItesize, on TV, through the Red Button and on iplayer. Additionally, the new  are providing online lessons and learning resources for you, should you need further resources.


Bedtime stories once or twice a week read by Alex from 'Roots and Branch Out' outdoor learning

Easy play dough recipe below. Get modelling!


There are also some generic things to try This  suggestion is from Mr Kirkland. There are lots of fun ways to create music. I love this! This ia also great for KS2 pupils


Here are some great science activities  for families at home

WWF has also launched a new #LearnToLoveNature hub, which includes a suite of educational activities and ideas for pupils and their families.


I know you can't go out and about beyond the garden or locality for exercise, but there are some fun things to try in the National Trust's '50 things to do before high school'    How about a day camp in the garden if the weather is fine?