St Patrick's Catholic Primary School

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Home Learning

Remote education provision at St Patrick’s: 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?

At the beginning of a period of remote learning, a first week’s timetable of learning will be sent home. This will be comprised of relevant units of study from the national oak academy and religious education learning related to the current unit being studied. Please see appendix A for an exemplar.


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, Physical Education will be adapted to suit the home environment. Music will be adapted where the curriculum relied on the children accessing instruments in school. Some of the learning where equipment is required for specific lessons or units e.g. experiments in Science may also be adapted.


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 broadly the following number of hours each day:


Key Stage 1

3 hours per day 

Key Stage 2

4 hours per day 


Accessing remote education


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

EYFS and Year 1 will use Tapestry. 

Years 1 – 6 will use DB Primary. 

All classes will also use Google Classroom for live teaching as part of their school day.

Log-ins for Google Classroom, Oxford Reading Owl, Timetables Tables Rockstars and may still be required. If you have mislaid these, please email the office who can pass these requests on to the class teacher.


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:

  • The school has a limited provision of Government supplied laptops to lend to children who do not have access via another device.
  • School can request 4G wireless routers for disadvantaged pupils and students who are experiencing disruption to face-to-face education and do not have fixed broadband or access to the internet at home.
  • St Patrick’s can request mobile data increases for disadvantaged children and young people in years 3 to 11 who are not able to attend school due to national lockdown restrictions. They must meet all 3 of these criteria:
    • do not have fixed broadband at home
    • cannot afford additional data for their devices
    • are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education
  • We can also make requests for children and young people who meet the criteria above, and are:
    • in any year group and have been advised to shield because they (or someone they live with) are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • Pupils can submit work to their teachers if they do not have online access via the school office.


For any enquiries regarding the above please contact the school office on 01252 542 511 or


How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Online live lessons (Google Meet).
  • Recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers on Oak National Academy or other freely available websites).
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas e.g. Oxford Reading Owl for reading and Timetables Rockstars for times tables

All of the above will be accessed or linked via DB Primary and Tapestry.

  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers for children who cannot access online versions

An exemplar timetable for a week of remote learning is contained in Appendix B.


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?

It is compulsory for children to engage in all of their remote learning.

As parents and carers, please ensure the following:

  • A clear routine is established to support your child/children with their remote learning. This takes in to account the specific needs and context of your family.
  • Ensure your child has regular breaks away from the screen. Maintaining their wellbeing is critical and a mixture of other activities created by you as a family really supported this during the previous national lockdown.
  • Read and agree to the Google Protocol in Appendix C.
  • Discuss regularly the e-safety literature sent home.
  • Learning takes place in a ‘public’ living area e.g. the dining room with an appropriate background.
  • Remain close by to supervise, help and support your child as required. We do appreciate that you may be working at home but your child’s safety online is extremely important.
  • Your child wears suitable clothing especially on the Google Meet lessons.
  • Appropriate language is to be used at all times during the Google Meet lessons.
  • Not to record, store or distribute any of the Google Meet sessions.


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

  • Pupil’s remote learning engagement will be checked daily through the submission of learning and activity during live teaching sessions.  
  • Where engagement is a concern, this will be discussed directly with the parents/carers via a telephone or video conference with the class teacher or SLT (for children with repeated disengagement).

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. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work will include:

  • Individual feedback (dependent on the task and where appropriate)
  • Whole class feedback through live lessons or recorded lessons
  • Responses to questions posed during submission or live feedback lessons

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:

  • Regular (at least weekly) contact with parents/carers and students from their 1:1 LSA (if applicable)
  • Work packs provided and distributed for individuals who require extra support


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?

This will be comprised of relevant units of study from the national oak academy and religious education learning related to the current unit being studied. This will be sent as a weekly timetable of learning. Please see appendix A for an exemplar.

Feedback should be submitted to the class teacher via DB Primary or Tapestry.


Appendix A – example of the first few days of home learning during a prolonged period of remote learning and learning sent to individual pupils who are self-isolating while their bubble is in school.

Appendix B - Exemplar timetable of learning for the week



Learning examples 



1 lesson daily

Arithmetic, reasoning/fluency questions, practical maths

Google classroom with links to:

Input from class teacher, power point and associated tasks


1 lesson daily

Writing tasks including grammar/punctuation

DB Primary or Tapestry with links to:

Modelled input and associated tasks

Guided Reading

3 times a week

Study of a book, extract of a book or stand-alone text with the answering of linked questions

DB Primary or Tapestry with links to:

Input and associated tasks

Daily Reading

20 minutes each day

Building on individual child’s knowledge

Home reading books and books accessed through the Oxford Owl Reading Scheme or the School Library Service


2 hours equivalent each week

Current topic

DB Primary or Tapestry with links to:

Scripture, power point and associated tasks


1 lesson weekly

Current topic

DB Primary or Tapestry with links to:

Input or power point and associated tasks


1 lesson weekly

Current topic

DB Primary or Tapestry with links to:

Input or powerpoint and associated tasks


1 lesson fortnightly

Current topic

DB Primary or Tapestry with links to:

Input or power point and associated tasks


1 lesson weekly

PE with Joe, Weekly challenges set by sports coaches or PE Co-ordinator

PE with Joe – Youtube link

DB Primary or Tapestry with links to:

Input or inspiration and associated tasks.=


Practise 3 times a week

Statutory word lists

DB Primary or Tapestry with links to: word list (10 words each week)

Times tables/ Division facts/ Square numbers

3 times a week

Building on individual child’s knowledge.


Use of subscription based platforms such as TT RockStars or online games such as Hit the Button

Using ‘hit the button’

Gospel Assembly

Once per week

Led by Mrs Dix or Mrs Mulholland

Parentmail with links to recorded assembly

Celebration assembly

Once per week

Led by Mrs Dix or Mrs Mulholland

Parentmail with links to recorded assembly


Google classroom Protocol


St Patrick's preferred method for video conferencing with the children is Google Meet.  This will allow children and staff to make contact with pupils, share information and conduct meetings.  Please read and adhere to the guidelines below: