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COVID-19 Remote Learning:

At St Ann’s Church of England Primary School, we know that, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, remote learning is extremely important, as periods of self-isolation and school closures are likely. Delivery of remote education will ensure that students maintain expected levels of attainment and progress, and will also ensure contact with peers and teachers is maintained, so that children continue to feel included in the school community.

Government guidance states that:

“Where a pupil, class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, DfE expects schools to be able to immediately offer them access to remote education. Schools should ensure remote education, where needed, is high-quality and aligns as closely as possible with in-school provision.”

As a school, we use Microsoft Teams as a school-wide remote learning platform, which provides students who are learning from home with a way to access lessons, communicate with teachers and peers, view resources and submit their work.

Here is what some of our parents have had to say about the new MSTeams system:

  • “Very well organised and lots of good communication.”
  • “Children feel like part of a class still.”
  • “[My child] loved his live lessons and I feel this helped him still feel connected with his teacher and class.”
  • “Channels are well laid out and videos easy to find. Videos are excellent and resources are all attached.”
  • “The feedback has been really personal and [my child] has loved having a message from her teacher every day.”
  • “I think overall the home school set up is excellent, very organised and lessons are brilliant. Very easy to use and the right amount of work each day.”
  • “The in-lesson support was exceptional. Immediate feedback and constant challenge.”
  • “The new approach meant the ‘home-schooling’ was completely facilitated by his teacher. I wasn’t needed which was perfect as we were all still working. It was painless!”
  • “The teachers have been brilliant quick to respond emojis to keep the kids smiling and entertained.”

In order to provide the best remote learning system, our remote teaching and learning approach is underpinned by four key principles:

These principles ensure that any student who is remote learning is continuing to receive the same high-quality teaching and learning as those students who are in school. It also allows for every student at St Ann’s to be able to get the support and personalised attention that they need to succeed and progress in school.

Below you will find some links to videos which have been created to assist you in downloading MSTeams to your computer or device, as well as introducing you to some of the key mechanics that your child will need to be familiar with in order to use the system. While in school, students will receive training on the system and homework (including spellings) will be stored on MSTeams to ensure all students have a growing familiarity with the programme should they need to use it for remote learning.

Here is what MSTeams looks like in action:

Your child’s class team main menu

Your child’s page will be updated with a daily or weekly announcement

Lessons for each subject are uploaded to the subject channels

Work can be submitted, and feedback received, in private chats with the class teacher

Below are links to various online learning platforms that will complement your child's remote education.

Don't forget our school subscribes to a number of online learning platforms. Your child's username and password is in the back of their Home-School Diary. If you have any difficulties accessing these, please email school on

Bug Club (all year groups) 

Children should continue to read daily from the books on this site 

TT Rockstars (Y2-Y6) 

Daily practice of times tables is recommended

Numbots (EYs & Y1)

Daily practice will support the development of mathematical fluency.

Spelling Shed (all year groups) 

Spelling Shed contains the children’s weekly spellings