Live online lessons for primary school pupils?

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Localocal Wed 10-Feb-21 12:58:02

I'm wondering what most families' experience of remote learning is for children in state primary schools - what's "normal" at the moment.

If you have a child in a state primary, can you reply to say

1) how many hours of LIVE online teaching are they getting from their school on an average day?

2) how many hours of RECORDED TEACHING (recorded by the school's own teachers, not outside content) on an average day?

3) how many hours of RECORDED CONTENT from outside sources are they told to access on an average day?

4) is there an online daily registration?

Thank you to anyone who can share their experience.

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Marmite27 Wed 10-Feb-21 13:02:38

All our lessons are live (reception).

There’s no registration as such, but there is a hello and story session first thing. A day looks like this:

9am story time
10am phonics
11am maths
1:15 topic / PE / RE
2:30pm sharing session

Actually, PE is usually not a live lesson, that’s the only one that’s not. Sometimes it’s a work out from YouTube, this week it was an obstacle course.

Lessons are between 10 and 15 minutes. Then there’s a follow up task for 10-20 minutes. It’s bloody exhausting. I’ve got to make a Chinese dragon model this afternoon hmm

SprogletsMum Wed 10-Feb-21 13:04:07

No live lessons here. Amount of recorded lessons varies, today there has been 3 and they're about 3 minutes long. Timetable is given but we do it as and when we want to. Any tasks like making a model are ignored.

TryingNotToPanicOverCovid Wed 10-Feb-21 13:12:35

Gosh thats quite intense ans a lot of screen time for a reception child! Im so glad ours hasnt done that.

We have a 10min zoom first and last thing which may show work or talk about the topics and maybe a pet day or quiz day etc. If we've been out for a walk we've occasionally missed this.

Lessons either 4 or 4 depending on day but these vary by topic. A video which can be 6/7 mins for spag or sometimes maths to 30 mins (reading is often this long as he reads the content) . There is then a task which shouldnt take more than 20mins. All uploaded by the morning into identifiable topic and day folders.

I think this is absolutely perfect. People can access the work when they want to so it works around work. Kids can on the whole watch the video. Its kept them in touch with school.
Tasks haven't been onerous, we can pause or stop and go for a walk or a trampoline break.

Some lessons we can go through faster and some she has taken extra time over (some posters or stories.)

It has been ever so well done and after reading these type of threads Ive emailed on to tell them how perfect they got it!

We've done nearly all the work (often finished by lunch) but it would be easy to focus on just maths and reading/writing if people were time short. Its very clear, and they've enphaised the importance of sequential learning so you could work through the maths and writing/reading in order without sticking to the days if you needed to.

Aroundtheworldin80moves Wed 10-Feb-21 13:22:53

Live- none.
Recorded by teacher... Introduction in the morning, story in the afternoon
Outside sources... White Rose Maths daily. 2-3Oak Academy sessions daily. PE via YouTube once a week. Some stuff by PowerPoints from Twinkl.
Registration... No. They don't even seem to care if you upload work. If you do it's just a thumbs up or a few words comment.

Meanwhile in school... Small groups being taught full curriculum by class teacher, following same topics.

Aroundtheworldin80moves Wed 10-Feb-21 13:24:55

Children in Yr3 and Yr5. We've also been given instructions on how to register for the 11+ exam.

pitterpatterrain Wed 10-Feb-21 13:27:00

For years 2 - 3x 20 min zoom spread out with the intention that you do the work in between

Videos for PE, music, french
Other links to support other curriculum like science, history etc


RaisinforBeing Wed 10-Feb-21 13:28:03

My reception child gets...

A pre-recorded hello video

2 pre-recorded lessons (English / maths) and 1 prerecorded story (5-15 mins each).

A few other ideas of things to do, sometimes with print outs

A 15 min zoom in the afternoon.

That’s it.

noblegiraffe Wed 10-Feb-21 13:35:42

No live lessons or registration. Thank god, we wouldn’t be able to manage it. Y3.

4 tasks a day.
White rose video plus worksheet for maths
1 oak academy lesson
1 English lesson (Pre-recorded or narrated PowerPoint, about 10 minutes then written task)
1 other subject chosen from list of suggested tasks.

There are optional things uploaded like cosmic yoga or the teacher reading a story.

It’s great, we manage to get the set tasks done, any more would be too much, and because it’s not live we can fit it around our work commitments.

Teardrop2021 Wed 10-Feb-21 13:39:14

My reception child had a load of youtube videos plus collect worship which was live which was too much. He ended up going back to school as he is on the spectrum and dh is a key worker I felt it was too much for him and tbh any dc in his year group. Dd is year 3 she has 3 live lessons a day. First lesson is 9.15 English with slides and work is uploaded so can be printed or is displayed. Then maths at 11 again slides and work is displayed and work can be printed and a live lesson at 1.00. This is so much better than last year which was just youtube videos, she was massively disadvantaged. I can see the difference in the quality of her work.

OhTheTastyNuts Wed 10-Feb-21 13:45:16

Two children, yr3 and yr6

No live lessons from school staff.

No registrations.

Occasional lessons recorded by school staff- maybe two or three per week? But these tend to be a PowerPoint with speech added, rather than a video of the teacher talking (if that makes sense?!)

Four lessons per day, usually English and Maths from Oak Accademy (roughly 30 minute video with tasks).

Other lessons are also generally from Oak, but might also be a worksheet to read and answer questions.

Every day the class teacher uploads a video talking about the day's work and giving feedback from the previous day. A couple of times per week they also upload a video of them reading a chapter from the class book.

TryingNotToPanicOverCovid Wed 10-Feb-21 13:51:10

Wow it really has varied hasn't it.

I think our trust has only been able to do all their own videos each day as they have a couple of schools so some teachers have been "in" and the others making the videos.

My child has progressed tons (completely learnt about decimals having never heard of them and can do a lot with them now). I've been impressed at the progression and how the little bit each day has given them the confidence.

Pascha Wed 10-Feb-21 13:54:29

1) None

2) 5-15 minutes to introduce each lesson. Usually English, maths, topic so max 15-45 mins per day.

3) Maybe 10mins per lesson.

4) No. Soft monitoring only. If child does not engage with Google Classroom there is a phone call during the week from school.

This doesn't really reflect the effort put in by school and children though. There are numerous other resources accessed which aren't accounted for here: White Rose maths pdf, usually an English text or documents to work from, another one for comprehension, spelling practice, reading, internet research and linked websites needed for the topic reports etc.

Also the apps. Mathletics, spelling shed, sir linkalot (more spelling), purple mash, literacy shed.

And lots of social and class chitchat on the stream, questions put by teacher and debates started etc.

Mine wouldn't be able to cope with full online lessons and I haven't got either the broadband width or a laptop each for them to be doing everything all at the same time as me while I work.

SillyOldMummy Wed 10-Feb-21 13:56:42

For KS 2 (Y5 and Y6) it is:

1 hour live daily (comprising two lessons: English and maths) - this is lengthened for struggling pupils who stay on for extra help.

Then an additional half hour of lessons which could be either live OR pre recorded by school OR pre recorded external, it varies depending on subject: science and history tend to be live whereas RE and Art are usually pre -recorded and IT is usually from Oak National.

PE and Assembly and PHSE are another half hour or so each but not every day. These are either External pre recorded or School prerecorded so can be slotted in.
Additionally, websites support reading, homework, tables, spelling, extra maths and grammar.

Registration is once a day, 15 mins teacher led chat, if you don't turn up there is no complaint sent home (aim is to have some nice social time with class, do show and tell etc).

This is more than adequate - we don't need any additional teaching time live, school seems to have got the balance just right.

Dnadoon Wed 10-Feb-21 13:59:36

No live lessons, there was one a day for the first couple of weeks but had to be scrapped because more children are in school than not sad
4 tasks set, literacy, numeracy, topic, pe ((you tube)

spanieleyes Wed 10-Feb-21 14:01:27

Register taken at beginning of day and then for each lesson. All lessons taught and Live teaching all day except for PE. All lessons are recorded and parents can ask for any that are missed. All work set is marked and fed back to. Parents chased if children do not attend or upload work. Hard copies of work are provided for children who can't access online lessons. Same expectations,

Dnadoon Wed 10-Feb-21 14:01:45

Also DC are Reception Y2 and Y3

CooDeGrass Wed 10-Feb-21 14:05:27

1) None
2) None

3) 1x White Rose Maths video/day. 1x Oak Academy English/day.
1 (each) of Oak Academy Geography/History/Science/PHSE / week.

So on average, about 45 mins/day.

4) No registration or contact at all.

It’s really poor tbh

CooDeGrass Wed 10-Feb-21 14:07:50

This is Y6.

Very few KW children in school as they’re being very strict. Don’t disagree with their stance (we are KW but able to keep at home) but v pissed off that home provision is so poor).

MillieEpple Wed 10-Feb-21 14:08:05

Year 6 - 3 live lessons -of 1 hour 20, that include a 10 minute break in the middle. It is is the class that is being delivered in the classroom to those in school so the teacher has a laptop facing her whilst she talks, and then shares documents to her screen and whiteboard.

It works well for the bits where the teacher is talking directly, but less well for this bits where they do the independent work as a result of the teacher talking. I can't really see how else they could do it though as the teacher is teaching half the class in person so she can't be simultaneously delivering completely different online lessons that work better with that format.

Mincepiesallyearround Wed 10-Feb-21 14:14:19

No live teaching except a daily call at 11am where they do a different phonics sound each day. My child hates it, noisy and chaotic and we’ve only joined a handful. Plus he’s a fluent reader and finds it boring going over basic sounds.

We usually have 3-4 tasks a day, always English, maths, phonics and one other eg PE, science. A mixture of worksheets and oak academy videos.

They have also given us access to reading eggs and mathletics and some of the maths tasks are set on the latter.

I’ve been pleased with the workload (not too onerous) but would’ve loved small groups for a call once a week.

MrsSchrute Wed 10-Feb-21 14:31:28

Year 4.

Two Google Meets a day, for 15 minutes each. One in the morning for registration and one in the afternoon, usually the teacher reading a story.

Daily white rose maths lesson
Daily English, usually a narrated video made by the teacher.
One other topic again a narrated video, occasionally with links to external sources.

Also daily assemblies, all available via YouTube.

Extras such as doddle maths, spellings, reading etc.

Works brilliantly for us. I really don't think live lessons are the be all and end all of remote learning.

Localocal Wed 10-Feb-21 14:36:40

Thank you to everyone who has replied so far! I really appreciate the information. It sounds like there is wide variation both in what is being provided and in how happy parents are with what their children are getting. Most interesting and useful!

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Gliblet Wed 10-Feb-21 14:44:50

DS is in year 4.

Average day - 1 hour of live teaching. This is usually something like reading a chapter of a book or explaining a concept that there's then going to be some pieces of related work.

Maybe one lesson a day (but not always) that has been recorded by a teacher. More lessons are pulled together as e.g. a powerpoint deck explaining something, a few web links to give further detail or examples, and an exercise to try it out.

In terms of external content it's not so much about hours per day as subjects. Some days it's a case of watch a couple of BBC Bitesize videos and answer questions on a Google form, sometimes it's more of a case of looking at three or four external sources and then doing something creative. Generally speaking they get maths, literacy, science or geography, history, and something pastoral/emotional per day.

No daily registration, the one live lesson a day is usually in the middle of the day. All families get regular welfare check-ins from the school by phone.

This works well for us tbh - if DS was in live lessons all day I'd never get any work done, and he wouldn't have the option of me printing the odd worksheet off to get him off screens for a bit. And yes @Mincepiesallyearround the live lessons can actually be incredibly frustrating for children and it's harder to keep them engaged and focused when they can wander off/get distracted more easily.

GintyMcGinty Wed 10-Feb-21 14:46:48

1) how many hours of LIVE online teaching are they getting from their school on an average day?


2) how many hours of RECORDED TEACHING (recorded by the school's own teachers, not outside content) on an average day?


3) how many hours of RECORDED CONTENT from outside sources are they told to access on an average day?

5-10 minutes

4) is there an online daily registration?


Just powerpoints for us.

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