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What happens if my child is learning at home?

Our approach to remote learning, new from January 2022


Learning at home is only for pupils who are self-isolating because they have had a positive COVID-19 test. If your child is at home because they are unwell, they should focus on resting and getting better so that they can return to school.


There should be no interruption to children’s learning.  If your child is self-isolating learning should be continued 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'.

If your child is well enough we expect them to take part in learning from the 2nd day of absence.  If your child is too unwell, then you must let us know via

Isolating pupils will take part in 'hybrid-learning' this will be a mixture of live lessons, with a class and teacher from their year group and some 'off-line' tasks. We will use Microsoft Teams for this.


If a pupil is unable to access the internet or a device, we have a number of devices available for pupils to borrow.  

Each class & year group has a ‘team’. Each class member will be able to log-in to these teams and will be able to see all ‘posts’ from this team and join in with the class. 


Years 1 to 6

One teacher from each year group will provide 'hybrid-teaching', this means they will teach their class and the pupils at home. This teacher will change each week. So if your child is isolating, they may be taught by a different teacher.

Storytime sessions will be broadcast daily by your child's class teacher, this will be in the class team.

Your child can ask questions about learning, by 'raising their hand' in a live lesson or asking a question using the posts section of a Team. The posts section should not be used for anything else.

Your child's class teacher will look at any assignments submitted but will not give written feedback. 

The remote teacher will give feedback within live lessons. 



In Reception one teacher will provide live daily maths/Literacy sessions for the pupils at home via the Reception home learning team. This teacher will change each week. So, if your child is isolating, they may be taught by a different teacher. During these remote sessions the teacher will model the learning for the day that is mapped out on the Reception noticeboard.  There will be opportunities for pupils to develop their skills in maths and literacy so please make sure your child has paper and a pencil to hand. 


Live story time sessions will run each afternoon, this will also be in the Reception home learning team and will be a story from our 40 recommended reading list.  


Pupils will also be allocated two check in sessions a week, these sessions will provide an informal meet for pupils from the same class, parents and the class team teacher.  Pupils are welcome during these sessions to talk about or show what they have been doing at home.  The class team teacher will also talk through play ideas that can extend learning at home.   


In the ‘class notebook’ parents/carers will find links to phonic lessons and weekly home learning along with the Maths and Literacy learning and home ideas for the week.  This information can also be found on the Reception noticeboard.   



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


Expectations for self-isolating pupils during the live teaching, pupils should:

  • have a device, switched on and ready, this can be a laptop, ipad, PC or phone
  • minimise disruptions
  • wear appropriate clothing
  • blur their background


To access learning Self-isolating pupils should: 

  1. Log on to their Microsoft Teams account. 
  2. Locate the Year Group Remote Learning Team (not the Class Team) 
  3. Check the timetable in the 'class notebook' to see what learning will be taking place. 
  4. Check the assignments tab to make sure they have the correct materials available 
  5.  At the time of each lesson look for the 'join now' button in the post sections of the Team to join in with the learning. 

During lessons

  • Be ready to start on time.  

  • 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


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 

  • 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 (Bedrock or reading wise) they will be able to access these from home.


Be prepared

Check your child can login to Microsoft Teams,

  1. Watch our short How to Log on to Microsoft Teams video
  2. 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:
  3. 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’. 
  4. watch this short video  on how your child can access and use the Microsoft Teams tools in video calls: How to Use Microsoft Teams video calls


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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