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Remote Learning Strategy

We hope that there will be no further school closures at Fircroft but we are prepared for the possibility of remote learning should this become necessary. If a whole class needs to self-isolate then we will use Google Classroom as our learning platform in Y1 – Y6. This will include a mixture of live and pre-recorded input from Fircroft staff. In Nursery and Reception, we will use Tapestry. Click here to read more about Tapestry.


Our aim is for pupils who are learning remotely to be able to complete their work on Google Classroom electronically or on paper and hand it in (virtually) to the class teacher through Google Classroom. Our teachers will be able to offer regular feedback through Google Classroom and will be available to answer questions and support pupils who are learning remotely. 

We are unable to provide live online lessons whilst the class continues to be taught in school. Please be aware that if pupils are absent because they are unwell themselves then teachers will not upload work for them as we would like them to rest and recover without the additional pressure of schoolwork.

If a small number of children in a class need to self-isolate or quarantine, then the class teacher will provide a simplified weekly timetable with a variety of links, activities, worksheets and resources including Oak Academy video lessons and White Rose maths video lessons. These will be pre-recorded lessons that pupils will be able to watch in their own time at home.

Getting started

Pupils in Y1 – Y6 have been given their user names and passwords. These are stuck in the front of their reading record books.

Parents of pupils in Nursery and Reception have received information regarding Tapestry and how to access this platform.

Completing and submitting learning

You should check the platform regularly to see if any new home learning has been set for your child. Some pieces of learning will have a deadline for handing in; children should be encouraged to complete the learning by the given dates.

Best practice for parents and carers to support your child when remote learning

We’ve compiled these guidelines to help parents and carers be good partners in education:

  • Be mindful that the online classroom is very similar to a real classroom and not the appropriate time to engage or add comments during the teachers’ instructional time with the class
  • Remember that school is a safe space for pupils to demonstrate their understanding so teachers are able to identify areas of weakness in order to differentiate teaching to strengthen pupils' skills
  • Do not interrupt, engage, or interact with the teacher during live instruction. Schedule an appointment to talk to the teacher
  • Recording sessions without permission is not allowed
  • Assist your child with their work as needed, but do not complete or supply answers.
  • Treat teachers with respect, in email, or any other communication 

When sending an email to teachers and school staff: 

  • Use a descriptive subject line
  • Be clear about the issue you'd like addressed and desired outcome 
  • Include your child's full name and your name and contact information
  • Be aware that teachers may only see your email during working hours so please do not expect an immediate response

Technical support

If you require further technical support, then please follow the user guides which are available on our website. Any other Google Classroom or Tapestry questions should be directed (in the first instance) to the class teacher who will be happy to help.

Acceptable use policy

Computing including the internet, e-mail and mobile technologies is an essential part of learning in our school. As part of the computing curriculum, all pupils take part in lessons about online safety. During these lessons, pupils have discussed our school user agreement and agreed to follow it. Copies of the Pupil User Agreements can be found below..

It is important to note that this agreement extends to the use of digital technologies at home; and that you as the parent/carer agree to monitor and be responsible for ensuring safe usage of all digital technologies, including both school provided and personal addresses, devices and logins. If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s class teacher.