Remote Learning

Statutory Requirements:

The Department for Education requirements for remote education are that it should be:

equivalent in length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school and will include both recorded or live direct teaching time, and time for pupils to complete tasks and assignments independently. The amount of remote education provided should be, as a minimum:

- Key Stage 1: 3 hours a day on average across the cohort, with less for younger children

- Key Stage 2: 4 hours a day

 In providing this provision, schools are expected to:

teach a planned and well-sequenced curriculum

select a digital platform for remote education provision that will be used consistently across the school in order to allow interaction, assessment and feedback

set meaningful and ambitious work each day in an appropriate range of subjects

overcome barriers to digital access for pupils by distributing school-owned laptops accompanied by a user agreement or contract and by providing printed resources

The full DfE guidance is available to view here.

At Gidea Park:

At Gidea Park Primary School, we use Google Classroom to offer remote learning. Staff and children have all been given training in its use and all work will be allocated, submitted and marked via the online platform. Our curriculum will follow as closely as possible that which children would have been accessing at school in order to minimise any potential gaps in their learning.

Our remote learning offer involves live teaching (two sessions a day for Reception, three for Key Stage 1 and four for Key Stage 2) with work set after each session for children to complete independently and submit online to be marked. During independent work, teachers will monitor the Classroom to offer support and respond to queries as required, and will offer short feedback or guidance on all submitted work received by the due date.

The live sessions and independent work for each Phase Group are timetabled as follows (timings are an approximation and live lesson length may vary slightly day-to-day):


09.30-10.00: Phonics - live lesson

10.00-10.30: Phonics - independent work

10.30: Free Play

12:00: Lunch

13.00-13.30: Maths - live lesson

13.30-14.00: Maths - independent work

14.00: Free Play

14.45: Story Time

Year 1-2

09.00-09.30: Busy Book - independent work

09.30-10.00: Writing - live lesson

10.00-10.45: Writing - independent work

10.45: Break

11.00-11.30: Maths - live lesson

11.30-12.00: Maths - independent work

12.00: Lunch

13.00-13.30: Topic / Science / etc - live lesson

13.30-14.15: Topic / Science / etc - independent work

Year 3-4

09.00-09.30: Writing - live lesson

09.30-10.15: Writing - independent work

10.15: Break

10.30-11.00: Maths - live lesson

11.00-11.45: Maths - independent work

11.45: Break

12.00-12.30: Reading - live lesson

12.30-13.00: Reading - independent work

13.00: Lunch

14.00-14.30: Topic / Science / etc - live lesson

14.30-15.30: Topic / Science / etc - independent work

Year 5-6

08.30-09.00: Writing - live lesson

09.00-09.45: Writing - independent work

09.45: Break

10.00-10.30: Maths - live lesson

10.30-11.15: Maths - independent work

11.15: Break

11.30-12.00: Reading - live lesson

12.00-12.30: Reading - independent work

12.30: Lunch

13.30-14.00: Topic / Science / etc - live lesson

14.00-15.00: Topic / Science / etc - independent work


This equates to a day of 4 hours for Key Stage 1 and 5 hours for Key Stage 2.

In response to parent feedback, sessions have been staggered as much as possible to support families who need to share devices; more details of the timings and expectations for each year group can be found via the Letters page of our website by accessing the communications sent out to parents in January.

Friday afternoons are allocated for whole school PE; there will be no live teaching for these sessions, but activities will be uploaded to Google Classroom to be completed independently.


Parents have been offered the opportunity to apply for the loan of a laptop from the school and these have been allocated on the basis of highest need. Work packs are also available from the school office on request, although these will not necessarily follow the same content as the online teaching, the content of which is subject to ongoing review by class teachers.