At Dartford Primary Academy we use a combination of Google Classroom, Class Dojo and Tapestry to provide home learning. We have found that this is the most effective way to share tasks with you and your children, but more importantly, it allows your children to share their learning experiences and outcomes to be celebrated and praised by their teachers.
We offer home learning through sharing your children’s ‘Virtual Classroom’ each day. This is a familiar launching point for the children as it is what we use in the classroom on an everyday basis. You will find that links to lessons, video links and resources that you might need can all be accessed from this one starting point. This allows us to make sure that the curriculum that we teach remotely is in line with that taught in school and it also provides support to add structure to your day. Explanatory videos will be linked where required, delivered either by class teachers or through specific external links.
The amount of work set each day is equivalent to the amount of core teaching that your child would receive in school and in line with government guidance this will be an average of three hours per day across the primary age range. Younger year groups will average a little less, older year groups a little more. The first task, each day during any period of home learning, is to sign in via the registration question set in the Google Classroom – this will help us to ensure that there is engagement with learning activities. Alternative arrangements are in place for registering engagement in the EYFS and Nursery. The academy’s inclusion team will telephone families where registration has not taken place over a period of two consecutive days.
We recognise that some of our families may not have suitable online access at home. We will provide year group specific paper based materials, and deliver those where necessary. For some pupils it may be difficult 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 and invite you to a specific virtual classroom.
As parents, you are in the best position to make a judgement on what you consider to be too much or too little school work for your children. Ultimately, it is for you to decide as a family and we understand that some children thrive on being given work at home, whilst for others it may cause undue pressure. Please try not to worry about getting through everything that is set for your children in a day and try not to compare the work that your child completes with the work of others. It is not our aim to cause any undue anxiety at what is already a time of greater stress at home.
The most important thing is that you and your family stay safe, well and happy!