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What happens if my child is learning at home?

Our approach to remote learning

There should be no interruption to children’s learning.  If your child is self-isolating learning should be continued at home.  We will provide learning at home when pupils are self-isolating at home:

  • your child has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms and/or a positive test result;
  • if we close a class on advise of the local health protection team
  • any local or national 'lockdown'.

Learning at home might be delayed by one day if we need to get things ready (for example if children go home on a Tuesday, we may need to use part of Wednesday to get things ready).

Years 1 to 6

Microsoft Teams is our chosen digital education platform. Teachers will use Microsoft Teams to:

  • set work matched to the learning that is happening in class;
  • receive completed work, handed-in by pupils working at home;
  • mark and give feedback about work completed each day;
  • contact your child by audio or video conference call to check on their learning and give feedback at least 4 times a week.

If a pupil is unable to access the internet or a device, we have a number of devices available for pupils to borrow.  We can also provide learning on paper.

Each class has a ‘team’. Each class member will be able to log-in to this team and will be able to see all ‘posts’ from this team and join their teacher for planned video conferencing calls.


What happens if my child is self-isolating, but the rest of the class is still in school?

If your child is self-isolating due to COVID symptoms or a positive test, and the rest of their class is in school, the class teacher will need to balance teaching in school with preparing and feedback to your child at home. This means that the daily contact will not always be by video call. It could be an audio call, written feedback on work or a text chat in the 'Post' area of the class Team.


Teachers will also set work linked to the Fielding Learning Challenge that the children are working on at the time.


Nursery and Reception

Children in our Nursery and Reception will be set learning activities by their class teachers via Microsoft Teams and our Instagram sites. Links to these will be posted on our year groups noticeboards. There will also be live phonics teaching, Storytime and in Reception weekly group video calls via Microsoft Teams.


Example timetable


What happens in the event of a class or school closure?

In the unlikely event of any closure, your child will be asked to log into Teams to access links to Oak National Academy English and maths video lessons. These will be linked to work set by your child’s class teacher. Your child will complete work set in their own private section of the ‘class notebook’ these will be set in the  ‘assignments’ are of Microsoft Teams. ’The class teacher will assess your child’s work and then invite him or her to live video feedback sessions (if a whole class is closed, these sessions will be with a group of children).

The number of live feedback sessions offered to your child  will vary by age group, with the aim to have one session per day with their teacher, and a timetable to work to when they are not directly involved in a video conference. 


In addition to English and maths pupils will be set work for:

  • Spelling/handwriting activities as needed 

  • work linked to the current FLCC challenge   (history, geography, science, art or DT)

  • Storytime and phonics - live lessons 

  • Online music, French and PE activities (linked to videos pre-recorded by our specialist teachers)

  • Gardening (if it is their turn) linked to a pre-recorded video by our TA gardener, Ellie Lock

  • an optional ‘cook with Phil’ session each week.

  • your child should continue to read daily and add reading reflection tasks to their notebook.

This will be the equivalent for around 3 hours learning per day for pupils in Year 1 and 2 and 4 hours for those in Years 3,4,5 and 6. 

if your child has EMS lessons these will be provided via Zoom.

Example timetable:


SEND pupils and teaching assistants. 

  • Pupils with an EHCP will complete work set by teacher and TA in a separate channel within the team, this is likely to include more live lessons tailored for individual needs in line with the EHCP. Claire Chadwick (SENDCo) will oversee this 

  • Those pupils with a special educational needs without an EHCP will have work set by the class teacher, where needed this will adapted by the HLTA within the teaching phase. 


Disadvantaged pupils 

  • In addition to 'check-ins' from the class teacher, HLTAs will complete a weekly video call with disadvantaged pupils. They will also listen to pupils read,

  • if your child is involved in one of our catch-up programmes (Third Space, Bedrock or reading wise) they will be able to access these from home.

  • Additional learning packs will be provided pupils do not have access to technology. 


Be prepared

Check your child can login to Microsoft Teams, and access their calendar and their Outlook inbox.  Both can be accessed through To do this you should:

  1. Download your child’s Microsoft log in details from MyChildAtSchool (MCAS). Details can found in the ‘report widget’ on MCAS.
  2. Watch our short How to Log on to Microsoft Teams video
  3. Login to Office 365 using your child’s email and password. (Your child’s username is in the format of an email address. For example:
  4. Please add a profile picture to your child’s account, by clicking your initials in the top right-hand corner and then clicking ‘change picture’. 
  5. watch this short video by Mrs Bumby on how your child can access and use the Microsoft Teams tools in video calls: How to Use Microsoft Teams video calls



Expectations for pupils during the video call: 

  • Have your learning, including the questions you were set, in front of your during the call, as well as a pen/pencil and paper. 

  • Ensure that pets and siblings are in another room. 

  • Be ready to start on time. 

  • Do not start the meeting before the teacher has begun the call.  

  • Blur your background. Use this ‘How to’ video for a demonstration of how to do this.  

  • Be on mute when you are not talking so that background noise does not disrupt the session. 
  • Stay in your chair throughout the whole session. 

  • Do not use the chat function unless your teacher specifically asks you to. 

  • Use the ‘Hand up’ emoji if you want to speak and wait for the teacher to ask you to speak, before you unmute yourself. 

  • Speak politely and show Fielding’s values at all times, as if you were in school. 

  • Leave the call when the teacher tells you to.  

I have an iPad, Mac or Chromebook, does Microsoft Teams still work?

Yes, for more information click on one of the links below (Thanks to North Mead Primary Academy) please note these instructions have been written for North Mead. Our 'channels' are organised slightly differently. All of our assignments can be found in the 'general' channel.

Parent and pupil guide, Chromebook.

How to add a picture into an assignment from a Chromebook,

Parent and pupil guide, IPad, using the web browser, 

Parent and pupil guide to using the Team app on an iPad

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