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Plaistow Primary School

Remote Education

During times of self-isolation due to self isolation, or in the event of a bubble closure (please see our Outbreak Management Plan), we have put in place systems and structures so that pupils can continue their learning journey, and access our broad and balanced curriculum remotely.

The following information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and their families about what to expect from remote education at Plaistow Primary School. For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

September 2021 Plaistow Remote Education Policy

What should you expect from remote learning?

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. We use the online platform, Seesaw, to plan and teach sequences of learning based on our medium term plans and teaching is, to the best of our ability, closely linked to what would normally be taking place if pupils were physically inside the classroom. 

We follow guidance from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) in our approach to Home Learning and use the following structure based on EEF research: Activate, Explain, Practice, Reflect, Review. Click here for more information.

However, we acknowledge that there may be some adaptations we need to make to some subjects. For example, for subjects such as art and PE we have adapted the activities to enable pupils to learn without teammates, or where homes might not have the same resources available. We will be mindful of these changes when children return to school and we assess our pupil's curricular needs.

Our remote teaching consists of recorded teaching, such as videos and presentations, 'switch-off' activities to take your child away from their screens and weekly live story sessions (via the Zoom video conferencing platform).

How long should 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:

Reception and Nursery There is no minimum requirement
Key Stage 1 3 hours a day on average across the cohort, with less for younger children
Key Stage 2 4 hours a day

We recognise that our pupils need varying levels of adult support to complete their learning, and our teachers differentiate remote learning in a similar way to how they would in class. If your child is struggling to complete their learning tasks each day, or they're finishing it faster than the guide times above, please communicate this to the school either by calling the school office or sending an email.

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

All of our remote education will be delivered using the online platform, Seesaw. If your child does not know their login details, please communicate this to the school either by calling the school office or sending an email.

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We have been allocated a small number of devices by the Department for Education which we are able to lend to families in need, alongside some devices belonging to the school. Please contact the school office or send an email if you would like to request a device. 

We are also able to support families who have difficulties accessing the internet. Please contact the school office and we will either lend a device that enables an internet connect or issue you with a BT Wifi code.


We are also aware that sometimes families may be looking for other resources to support their children at home.

The following are websites and resources we recommend:

Home Learning Resources

Oak National Academy


BBC Education




Times Tables Rockstars


Newham Learning Resources



Please click below to see a copy of our contingency planning and remote education offer from the 2020/2021 academic year: 

Plaistow Contingency Plan 2020 2021