Home Learning


Statement of intent  

At Wixams Tree Primary School, we understand the need to continually deliver high quality education, including during periods of remote working – whether for an individual pupil or many. We recognise the importance of maintaining high expectations in all areas of school life and ensuring that all pupils have access to the learning resources and support they need to succeed.

Through the implementation of this policy, we aim to:

  • Minimise the disruption to pupils’ education and the delivery of the curriculum.
  • Teach a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject.
  • Set tasks and activities so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects which reflects the curriculum which would be taught in school.
  • Ensure provision is in place so that all pupils have access to high quality learning resources and strategies –which are consistently applied across school.
  • To be responsive to children’s learning to enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments.
  • To adapt learning, wherever possible, to ensure the accessibility for all pupils; especially children with SEND.
  • Provide printed resources, such as workbooks, for pupils who do not have suitable online access.
  • Ensure all pupils have the provision they need to complete their work to the best of their ability, and to remain happy, healthy, and supported during periods of remote learning.
  • Remain in communication with parents using purple mash or email.
  • To set work on the learning platforms purple mash and provide feedback to children around their learning and next steps.
  • It is very important that you are well aware of the expectations and routines, guidance and how the children should be engaging in the learning at home.

As a school, we are also using the online learning platform ‘Purple Mash’ to set tasks for the children, which can be accessed through 2Dos and 2Blogs.

Class teachers will virtually meet, twice a day, with their class at 9.30am and 2.30pm. Information on how to access these sessions can be found on your child/ren’s Purple Mash blog. There will also be a selection of recorded lessons available as the term progresses. Please take a look at the demonstration video below on how to use Purple Mash and how to join the check-in sessions. the virtual sessions will be through Microsoft Teams, which can be accessed through any internet browser or via the Microsoft Teams APP.

Purple Mash Demonstration

Please read our virtual learning letter here

If you have any questions, regarding your child’s Home Learning please contact the school via email (info@wixamstreeprimary.co.uk), via phone (01234 608960) or ask your child to send a message using ‘2Blog’ on Purple Mash.

We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone. NHS Bedfordshire Health Community have produced a list of services that are offered to support with emotional wellbeing. Look after yourselves!

Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

During the first couple of days, pupils will be set an emergency blog setting out details of the current learning including links to White Rose Maths, details of English work and information about the topic for foundation subjects. An explanation of how to access the learning whilst at home is also included.

Remote teaching and study time each day

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

Pre-School (EYFS)2+ hours
Reception (EYFS)2+ hours
Key Stage 13+ hours
Key Stage 24+ hours

Accessing remote education

Purple Mash is used to set all remote learning. Each pupil will have access to a blog with details of the learning that has been set.

Additionally, Spelling Shed, Maths Shed, Oxford Owl, Phonics Play, Topmarks, Times Table Rockstars and White Rose Maths are used to support remote learning.

Quick links to each of these sites can be found on each class home learning page.

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:

In this section, please provide high-level information (where applicable, and ensuring parents know how to contact the school for further details) about:

  • If you do not have access to a laptop/tablet for your child, please contact the school office to discuss your requirements. Laptops/tablets will be issued as required and should be signed out/in at the school office.
  • If you require a device to gain internet access, please contact the school office to discuss your requirements. Devices will be issued as required and should be sign out/in at the school office.
  • Weekly home learning packs are available from the school office. The weeks pack will be available from Monday every week. If you cannot collect a home learning pack, if you are self-isolating/shielding please contact the office and delivery of the pack will be arranged.
  • If you do not have online access, work can be submitted by returning the completed home learning pack to the office, where it will be quarantined for 48 hours, before being given to the class teacher.

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

During periods of lockdown, remote learning approaches include:

  • morning and afternoon live check-ins (daily)
  • live teaching (1 lesson per day)
  • recorded teaching (2-3 sessions per day) (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers, voice-over PowerPoints created by teachers)
  • maximum of 3 2Dos (set on Purple Mash)
  • printed home learning paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • reading books pupils have been given at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences e.g. White Rose Maths, TTR, Spelling Shed, Phonics Play, Maths Shed


During full school opening, remote learning approaches may include:

  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers, voice-over PowerPoints created by teachers)
  • Maximum of 3 2Dos (set on Purple Mash)
  • printed home learning paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • reading books pupils have been given at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences e.g. White Rose Maths, TTR, Spelling Shed, Phonics Play, Maths Shed

Engagement and feedback

In this section, please set out briefly:

  • All children are expected to participate in the remote learning for the number of hours for their key stage., unless they are unwell and unable to
  • expectations of parental support, for example, setting routines to support your child’s education
  • Where a child is unwell and unable to complete the remote learning, they will not be expected to undertake remote learning.
  • Parents/Carers should support their child to engage with the remote learning and set up a routine at home so that they participate in the remote learning, setting an expectation that the remote learning must take place.
  • Older children will be able to access the remote learning independently, whereas the younger children may need more support and guidance with their remote learning.
  • All children have been taught how to use the remote learning platforms in school.
  • If parents/carers require any support in helping their child access the remote learning, please contact the school office.
  • Class teachers will keep a register of those pupils participating in the daily check-ins and engaging with the work throughout the school day.
  • Where pupils are not engaging or there is a lack of engagement, a member of staff will contact the pupil/parents/carers to find out the reasons for the lack of engagement and offer support to the pupil/family to help thema courtesy call to the pupil/parent/carer what action you take where engagement is a concern, including how you will inform parents and carers engage fully (e.g. offering a laptop/tablet/router, setting up drop-ins to support the children with the work)
  • If the lack of engagement continues, the teacher will contact the family again to discuss this further and set up additional support as required. During lockdown periods, the child maybe invited back to school.

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

  • All work will be marked in accordance with our marking policy and the amendments that have been made for remote learning.
  • The online work submitted through Purple Mash will all be marked and indicate if the child is working towards (thumbs up)/meeting(smiley face)/exceeding (Star) the learning objective. A piece of maths and English will be quality marked with a comment to say what went well and a next step.
  • Paper based work handed into school, will be marked using the marking codes set out in the marking policy.
  • Pupils work will be assessed, using professional judgements, taking into consideration the support given with the work. Teacher will update the online assessment program (FFT) against the curriculum tracker and end of half term data will be submitted.
  • The children will be set assessed pieces of work to complete independently as part of the usual assessment procedures in school.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able 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 in the following ways:

  • Pupil with SEND will all receive an additional home learning paper pack with activities against their Individual Pupil Profile (IPP) targets.
  • Lessons will be differentiated as required to ensure all pupils can access the learning.
  • Intervention will be used to support pupils with SEND to support with the IPP targets and ‘blog’ learning.
  • In Reception and Year 1, the children receive live phonics teaching and the activities set on Purple Mash are appropriate to their age. This includes more practical learning where possible.
  • Reception children have a live story time at the end of every day.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

Please see details in this document regarding the difference between remote learning and learning when a child is self-isolating and school is open to all pupils. In addition to this, we are unable to offer live interventions/lessons to those self-isolating however, a personal pupil blog is created to ensure the learning set is specific to their pupils and their needs.