Royston Road, Cudworth, Barnsley, S72 8AA

01226 719700

Cherry Dale Primary School

Learn Together, Grow Together, Succeed Together

FAQ's about Remote Learning


Initially we expect that your child is accessing the schools VLE as we want to ensure that their education at home starts straight away. 
Through the VLE we expect that your child can access tasks for all areas of the curriculum and complete these to the best of their ability. 

Your child will require a quiet space to complete their work. 

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. 
Timetables are available for parents on the school website as a suggested way of organising the school day at home and highlighting the the expectations of school. We have worked hard to make sure the work is manageable for both parents, carers and children. 

We expect that remote education provision (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils a minimum of the following number of hours each day:

KS1 - Year 1 and Year 2 = 3 hours

KS2 - Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 = 4 hours

Accessing remote learning 

The different remote learning platforms that we use for remote learning include:

Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Teams to support online learning.
The school jotter (VLE) including: Purple Mash, TT Rockstars, Spelling Frame

Your child has their own Office 365 account for emails.
Your child has been shown how to access Teams and the VLE.

You will have received information to help you support your child with this via the website. For pre-recorded videos, we use Microsoft Teams and upload these to the VLE. 

On the VLE, pupils have access to further resources to support their learning:

Purple Mash 
TT Rockstar
Spelling Frame 

We use a combination of the following approaches to deliver remote education:

For Reception to Year 6:

  • Live teaching for Maths Meetings and Story time via Microsoft Teams. 

  • 5 Pre-recorded English sessions using Microsoft Teams

  • 5 Pre-recorded Reading sessions using Microsoft Teams. 

  • 5 Pre-recording Maths sessions using Microsoft Team. 

  • Pre-recorded videos available for non core subjects.

  • School specific websites such as BBC/Oak National Academy will be signposted to children to provide additional support. 

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:

  • If your child does not have access to appropriate technology, they will be offered a school laptop which they can lend from school.

  • You will be given a time to collect this and sign an acceptable use agreement. 

  • You will be asked to sign for collecting and will have the opportunity to ask for support in setting this up.

  • Where access to technology is still not possible, you will be invited to collect and return paper packs to school or home visits can be arranged. 

Engagement and feedback

  • Your child is expected to complete the work set to the best of their ability.

  • Where your child is invited to a live session, they are expected to attend. Where they do not attend teachers will monitor attendance on Microsoft Teams meetings and follow up any children who do not attend. 

  • We expect parents to support their child with the daily activities set. 

  • We ask parents to please see the school website for the Lockdown Acceptable Use Agreement for remote learning. 

  • Staff will monitor children's work on the VLE and provide feedback. 

  • There will be daily live teaching sessions which will allow teachers to check on your how well your child is doing.

  • Teachers will keep a record each week of attendance and follow up on children who have not attended sessions. 

  • If your child is not completing and submitting work, the parent support worker will call you to discuss what support is required. 

  • School will contact parents with any concerns. 

We expect that all children daily upload their work to the VLE. 

Our approach to feedback is as follows:

  • Staff mark work daily on the VLE.

  • Children are given positive comments and next steps for improvement. 

  • Teachers will check on pupils progress in teams meetings. 

  • Children's work is celebrated on the school Twitter account.

  • Special mention assemblies are held weekly to celebrate pupils achievements. 

  • We will sometimes use online quizzes to check if your child has understood what they have been learning.

Additional support for children with Special Educational Needs (SEND)

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with SEND, may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

  • Children will have access to differentiated learning that is appropriate to their attainment. 

  • The class teacher will liaise with the SENDCO, Mrs Hedley, who will work closely with the parents to remove any barriers to learning that they may experience. 

  • Where a child has an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) is not accessing the school's vulnerable offer, the SENDCO will work closely with the parent/carer, teacher and other outside professionals to ensure the school has used all best endeavours to continue with the support needed to meet the outcomes outlined in the child's EHCP. 

  • Children requiring additional support with have regular well being calls from Mrs Hedley, the SENDCO. 

  • Mrs Hedley will also be available by emails 

Remote provision for self-isolating pupils

If your child is not in school due to self-isolating, whilst the majority of their class is within school, they will still be able to access learning based on an individual basis. This could be via email, on the VLE or a paper copy could be collected from school.