Cowick C of E Primary School

Cowick C of E Primary School

Together we shine as one

Snaith Road, Goole, East Yorkshire, DN14 9DG


Learning at Home

Learning at Home

Please note, all home learning will be posted to Class Dojo.

Safeguarding Addendum 

If you require any advice or information, particularly in respect of online safety at this time of increased use to support learning and social interaction, please see the following links. 

  • Internet matters- for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online  
  • London Grid for Learning- for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online  
  • Net-aware- for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC  
  • Parent info- for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online  
  • Thinkuknow- for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online  
  • UK Safer Internet Centre- advice for parents and carers  


Cowick Primary School’s commitment to remote learning

January 2021

 On 4th January 2021 the Government announced a National lock down in the response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please see below our commitment to the work we will set children during this time.

 Where will children be able to find the work?

Class Dojo

All parents have been issued with a log in to Class Dojo. This is an APP that allows teachers to post work to the children and for children to upload and return their work to their teachers. It is a tool for communication and allows interaction throughout the school day.

Teachers and parents can monitor children’s engagement and the quality of work being created. Teachers will provide individual feedback to children and this will include advice on the next steps in learning.

Class Dojo has a number of benefits:

  • Teachers can set daily work on this APP.
  • Children are able to send in daily completed work in the form of task sheet, photos or even short video clips.
  • Children’s work can be responded to individually for each child, allowing staff to regularly respond to children’s work and provide feedback.
  • There is also a messaging service so that parents and teachers can individually message one another if required.

Class Dojo is an online tool enabling staff to interact with children and families remotely on a daily basis. 

Supporting Reading

Oxford Owls

Children in school have access to Oxford Owls which supports our school reading schemes. Children should read and re read books in order to become familiar with them and become fluent.

Reading Challenges

Children will be set reading tasks and challenges which link to our guided reading characters – Pawsome Gang. Children are expected to undertake reading activities for 20 - 30 minutes per day.

 Additional support with Basic Skills

IXL Maths, IXL English (for all years) and Timetable Rockstar (for Y1-6) are additional APPs that children can access daily to develop and maintain competency in the basic skills. Teachers will also direct children to the APPs if specific work has been set via these platforms or to support children to develop specific skills. Children already use these in school, are familiar with them and have personal logins.

What work will be posted on Class Dojo

Each day teachers will post English, Maths and topic work for children to develop their learning in.

Over the course of the week and half term, children can expect to have learning opportunities provided for a range of curriculum subjects (science, RE, history, geography, PSHE, etc.). The learning will be linked to the class topic theme and will follow the school’s medium term plan which sets out the learning objectives for each subject area.  We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects (for example where specialist equipment might be required, substituting resources such as for ‘kitchen sink’ science; using alternatives for manipulatives in Maths).

Learning will be introduced through:

  • Pre-recorded videos by the teaching staff
  • Videos from other professionals – such as White Rose Maths, Oak Academy
  • Links to videos and clips which share information. Eg, how to create a piece of art, information about a time in history or particular place to support children developing their knowledge.
  • Written instruction.
  • Tasks linked to the introduction will then be set up.

For some subjects, and in some instances, teachers will post the answers the following day for children to self-mark.

 How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

In line with Government requirements we will set work that corresponds with the tasks that the children would be expected to undertake in school.

The Government ask that we set work which should engage children in:

KS1 for a minimum of 3 hours per day

KS2 for a minimum of 4 hours per day.

We appreciate that families have busy lives and that many are juggling looking after one or more children, sharing devices and attempting to facilitate support for the learning we provide as well as working from home.

We know this is not easy.  Therefore, we suggest you do as much as you can with priority given to learning basic skills first.

It is for this reason, an acknowledgement that parents have other commitments too, that after careful consideration and following your feedback from the previous lock down, that we have taken the decision not to undertake live learning but instead to post tasks, videos and pre-recorded learning direction from the teachers. This will allow parents and children to access the work for the day at a time which works best for them without the pressure of ensuring that children have to be online at a given time daily. Whilst we appreciate that some may prefer live learning session, we recognise that the vast majority appreciate the flexibility that the approach we have selected brings.

Accessing Technology

As we have shared in our survey and via newsletters and in phone calls home, please do let us know if you have any difficulty of provision with technology or accessing mobile data and we will assist in finding ways of providing your child with the necessary equipment/resources to access learning set on line. In addition, we have sent information from the Snaith, Cowick and Rawcliffe volunteer charity which has offered support for families needing help with technology as well as ‘Ink to help think’

If you have any difficulty logging onto any of our provision please contact the school and we will be happy to help resolve this.

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. Where we have been unable to resolve this, we will provide packs prepared by teachers to use at home.

We have already been able to loan 2 DFE devices and 3 donated tablets. We are awaiting delivery of 4 more devices which will assist our most vulnerable children.

In EYFS, we have provided learning packs for children. Parents are then directed to the correct activity in the packs via Class Dojo.

Motivating Children.

From time to time, children may struggle to engage with learning at home.

To encourage children to engage we will:

  • Provide daily well-being resources to the ‘School Story’
  • Post a range of learning stimuli each day and over the week.
  • Continue to provide learning in all areas of the curriculum
  • Continue to teach with a thematic approach.
  • Provide individual feedback daily, throughout the day in response to the work that the children are doing or to questions they ask.
  • Post videos to encourage and motivate children (these may be teacher led or from other sources such as White Rose Maths).
  • Award Dojo points to children throughout the week.
  • Make phone calls at least fortnightly, to children who are working from home.
  • It can often be helpful for parents to set routines and structures too to help children feel motivated during this time.

What next?

As previously stated, we are not planning on delivering whole class live teaching. However, we are looking into the possibility of some live meetings – either 1:1 or in small groups. These will be to provide interventions and give groups of children within the class a chance to share their experiences, discuss what is working well for them, support we could give and opportunity to interact and motivate each other.

Once we have established the system, we will share this information with parents. 

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

Staff check the responses that children are sending in daily. This includes monitoring activity on IXL.

For vulnerable children and children of critical key workers attending school, their work is overseen by the support staff daily and teachers review this periodically throughout the week.

For children who are not engaging in work, staff will call parents to discuss any issues that may be occurring and to offer support.

Assessing Learning and Progress

Teachers are able to feedback to children at individual level about their attainment and learning following work that is sent in daily. Children are encouraged to use ‘response time’ to improve their work, just as they would in class.

Sometimes classes may also set quizzes to assess learning and provide answers to questions set to enable children and parents to assess their own learning.

Work for Children who have Additional Needs

For some children we realise that they may need more personalised work to support their development, specific to their needs. For children who require this we have had individual conversations with parents and specific work is set via Class Dojo or email. 

Children with specific reading difficulty (year 3-6) receive access to a specialised reading programme, NESSY. The SENDCO and staff in class receive weekly updates about progress and NESSY intuitively adjusts what is set at individual level.

Teaching staff also report to the HT / SENDCO following check in calls to any vulnerable children who are not accessing learning at school. Where necessary, personalised and specific arrangements are then put in place for their support.

Year Group

Work Set


Links to relevant educational video clips and short suggested activities for children to complete relating to the theme of the week.

Links to Read Write Inc. phonics online videos activities relating to the letter/sounds such as tracing

Links to ‘Alpha Blocks’ phonics videos

Links to ‘Number Blocks’ maths videos

Activities for Maths Mastery focused on the number of the week such as finding the correct number of items

Year 1 and Year 2

Daily Maths activities will be set including some of the following:

·         Teacher set activities

·         IXL

·         Links to White Rose Maths

·         Oak Academy Maths

·         Access to Games

Daily Read, Write, Inc phonics online videos

A range of tasks relating to the class learning for the week. These will cover a range of subjects and will include clear instructions. Where relevant, there will be video links provided.

Year 3 and Year 4

Daily Maths activities will be set including some of the   following:

·         Teacher set activities

·         IXL

·         Links to White Rose Maths

·         Oak Academy Maths

·         Access to Games

·         Access to Times Tables Rock Stars online

Daily English activities will be set including some of the following:

·         IXL

·         Teacher set activities

·         Oak Academy English

·         Access to Games

Daily Reading Task

Practise weekly spellings each day.

Year 5 and Year 6

Daily Maths activities will be set including some of the following:

·         Teacher set activities

·         IXL

·         Links to White Rose Maths

·         Oak Academy Maths

·         Access to Games

·         Access to Times Tables Rock Stars online

Daily English activities will be set including some of the following:

·         Teacher set activities

·         IXL

·         Oak Academy English

·         Access to Games

Daily Reading Task

Practise weekly spellings each day

In addition, Year 6 may be set revision from their CPG books.


What happens once schools reopen in the event of my child having to isolate due to COVID19?

Once a child has been confirmed as needing to isolate due to COVID-19, staff will post work via Class Dojo. This will take the form of instructions and tasks and where possible, will be broadly in line with the work that is going on in class.

Children who are well enough, can complete and return their work to the teacher via Class Dojo or email. They can also ask questions and seek support.  It is important to note however, that although staff will respond, this may not be as immediate as during National lock down as staff will be required to teach their class throughout the day.

Children should also continue to undertake regular reading; English tasks via IXL English; Maths via the IXL Maths and for Y1-6 Timestable Rockstars.


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