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Lathom Junior School

Lathom Junior School

Key Stage 2


Lockdown January 2021 onwards – Remote Learning

At Lathom Junior School we use Google Classroom to deliver our Remote Learning. 

Google Classroom Launch: Monday 20th April 2020 – Rathfern Primary School

Google Classroom has enabled our teachers to create an online classroom area in which they can continue to deliver the curriculum and ensure our pupils remain on track with their learning. 

How do our pupils and families access Google Classroom?

1. Pupils login to their Google account and are taken to the announcements page of the ‘virtual classroom’. This is known as the ‘stream’ and is where the Teacher and pupil can communicate to one another throughout the day.

2. Pupils access their learning for the day in the ‘classwork’ area. The work is organised into subject folders and accessible from 8:30am. At the end of a working week, the week’s learning is placed into an archive area to ensure the classrooms remain organised.

How are we monitoring children’s daily wellbeing during Lockdown?

Every day, the class teacher posts a ‘Good morning’ announcement to the whole class, along with a timetable for that day. This is an opportunity for the class teacher to ‘check in’ on everyone’s wellbeing and have an informal chat with their pupils. Please see example below:

What is on offer to the children at home? 

Teachers continue to plan lessons as they would do if they were in school but adapt these to be taught remotely. Staff meet within their year groups weekly to have a dialogue about the learning of that week. They use the information from this discussion to plan and adapt the next week’s learning.

In reading and writing, lessons are based around a core text; maths is still planned using Maths No Problem and the White Rose Maths scheme; foundation subjects are still taught in line with our school’s Long Term Curriculum Plan and Knowledge and Skills Progression Documents.

In line with DFE guidelines, our pupils are encouraged to participate in planned physical breaks and receive 4 hours of curriculum learning each day. This composes of:

  • Daily Reading lesson
  • Daily Writing lesson
  • Daily Maths lesson
  • Daily Foundation lesson (including RE, Science, History or Geography and PSHCE)

Alongside the statutory guidance, our pupils also participate in:

  • Blended Learning on a Friday (Spanish, PE and music)
  • Intervention Groups to support learning
  • A Weekly Event (an event commemorated in the UK/Globally)
  • Fun activities/competitions
  • Weekly self-reflection (pupils reflect on a piece of learning for that week in the form of a diary entry, audio, video clips, slide show, poster etc)
  • Weekly story time sessions (Assistant Headteachers hold a story time session across three year groups within the school)
  • Weekly assemblies (Head of School holds an assembly for Lower and Upper KS2 pupils)
  • Self-led sessions using their online subscriptions to: Timetables Rockstars, Spelling Shed, My Maths & Bug Club. 

How do the children engage and complete their work?

To support our pupils with managing their day’s learning we have provided them with a remote learning timetable but do recognise that our families may access the learning at different points of the day.

For each subject, pupils are able to watch their teacher model the new skill/concept in a pre-recorded Loom video. The pre-recorded video ensures inclusion of all our pupils because they can access the video at a time that is suitable to them. A pre-recorded video allows pupils to stop and start, rewind and repeat at their own desire, thus supporting their understanding. Example below of a reading lesson recorded on Loom, allowing pupils to follow the text as it is read aloud by the teacher:

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 Pupils are assigned an independent task for each subject which can be completed in a variety of ways, depending on what the activity asks of them. Most tasks are presented in the form of Google Slides which need to be annotated with answers by each pupil or a Google Document. Each pupil is assigned their own copy of the task which they can edit and submit back to the teacher. Some pupils can download the independent task and return it using a PDF document.

What do the independent tasks look like:

​​​​Google Slide 

Google Document                                                                                                                            

How do our pupils gauge how well they are doing in their learning?

When pupils return their independent work, it is acknowledged by the teacher with either a celebratory or a more constructive comment to move the learning forward or to scaffold the learning. This can be either be written or verbal feedback. The teacher comments are returned to each pupil who can then read their feedback and edit where necessary. Work that is submitted after the school day is acknowledged by the Teacher or Teaching Assistant the next morning.

Maths Commentary (both written and verbal) 

Reading Commentary                        

Writing Commentary

Feedback on the ‘Stream’

An example of a class teacher comment on the google classroom is below:

'Well done to everyone in the zoom assembly today! I'm so proud of my fellow scientists and your brilliant ice cream, balloon and liquid lava lamp experiments - we've even had someone tackle the Ear Gongs experiment too!

Why not bring some of the work you are proud of to our class zoom tomorrow? I know some of you are working on the Charles Darwin research project and others have done some amazing pieces of work for Children's Mental Health Week.

I'm so proud of you Aspen, carry on the good work!'

How do we celebrate work?

Pupils work can be shared during weekly assemblies with the Head of School; teacher ‘call outs’ take place on the classroom stream during the closing statement for the day; through weekly pupils reflections; phone calls to parents/carers updating them on successes; virtual certificates and within our Governors’ report.

How do children engage with their peers?

Pupils can engage with their peers through the classroom ‘stream’ which is regularly monitored by the class teacher and management. Weekly assemblies hosted by the Head of School provides an opportunity for pupils to see, hear and engage with one another. Friday story time with the Assistant Heads is another session in which pupils come together in a shared virtual space.

How to support parents?

Many of our parents have taken advantage of the laptop loan scheme in order to help support their child learning remotely. Parents have received a ‘Google Classroom’ support guide to help navigate the virtual classroom as well as an explanation video.