Dear Parents / Carers

During our regular phone calls and communications home, we are consistently hearing that children are missing their friends and the social interaction.  In response to this, we set up and conducted the first of our weekly check-ins for the children at home with their class teacher this week.  These sessions gave the children a chance to check-in and say hello to their friends, as well as to play games and share experiences.
We will host the second of these sessions when we return and have sessions planned for the following times:

Monday 22nd February

Birch Class – 1:00 – 1:30pm

Maple Class – 1:35 – 2:00pm

Sycamore Class – 2:05 – 2:30pm

Tuesday 23rd February

Elm Class – 1:30 – 1:55pm

Willow Class – 2:00 – 2:30pm

The link will be shared on Purple Mash and in the body of the email that sends out this letter.

We hope as many children as possible can join us for these sessions in order to keep in touch with the other children at home.  Please send any questions about these sessions via email to

As always, the Zoom Room will be open 5 minutes before each sessionand will belocked at the starting time so please if you are going to join us, don’t be late as the session will have started. We will only allow children we recognise via the screen name used on Zoom and their face on camera into the sessions. Anyone not showing a face or not displaying a name we recognise will not be allowed into the sessions.

School is currently closed to the majority of pupils following lockdown restrictions.

Following the government’s announcement tonight the senior leadership team and governors have been discussing what this means for Stansfield Hall. The school is now closed until further notice except for key workers and vulnerable children. We will be posting work on purple mash tomorrow so please log on after 10 am. If you believe you are a key worker and we’re not on our list from last March please email earlyhelp@stansfieldhall.Rochdale.Sch.Uk or you may not be able to send your child into school. Unfortunately, We will not be able to answer any phone calls until after 9 am tomorrow. As we receive further information from the government regarding free school meals etc we will share this with you. In the meantime, any questions must be directed to the earlyhelp email address NOT office or class emails. We will send out further information as soon as we have it.

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 whole class / bubbles or indeed the whole school to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

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.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

If a short notice planned requirement to stay at home means we can send work home for the first day or two then children will take work home on paper.  If no notice is available and the decision for children to have to access remote education is taken when children are not in school then work will be published on Purple Mash by 10am the first day.

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We will aim to offer the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we may needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example PE or in art activities, especially for the youngest children in school where resources may not be readily available at home compared with in school.

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can 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:

Key Stage 1The government have set 3 hours per day and suggested timetables are set each week by the class teacher.
Key Stage 2The government have set 4 hours per day and suggested timetables are set each week by the class teacher.

Accessing remote education

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

We are using Purple Mash for all our online remote education.

Older children will also be able to continue accessing Times Table Rockstars, Accelerated Maths and Accelerated Reader to support their learning.

We hope to keep in touch through our Zoom Assemblies.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

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:

Parents can express concerns during the weekly phone calls with the class teacher, or email the class teacher if they are having difficulties.  They can also contact the senior leadership team at the school (including the Headteacher) via the email address and we will try our very best to address a specific issue.

In the Autumn term we surveyed our parents and many parents stated they would like a mixture of online and paper resources. 

Printed packs of all work are available to collect on request and can be returned for marking.  Paper packs can be used instead or alongside the digital resources.

In the event of a national lockdown some pupils may still be expected to attend school, this will be discussed with parents on an individual basis.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, Read, Write Inc phonics programme, White Rose Maths)
  • online resources produced by teachers (e.g. worksheets)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. worksheets)
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences (e.g. Oxford Owls)
  • commercially available websites and quizzing / testing programmes such as Accelerated Maths, Accelerated Reader and Times Table Rockstars. 

Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We expect all parents to support the children with their remote education completing the work across the week and report any concerns or difficulties to us so that we can do our best to support you.

We expect all pupils to complete the work and will discuss this with them during the weekly phone calls.

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

  • Work on Purple Mash is checked and non engagement will be discussed with pupils and parents via phone calls and emails.
  • Weekly (or daily for some pupils) phone calls will discuss engagement and highlight any issues with parents if they arise.
  • Paper Packs will be returned to school weekly and checked.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback via the learning tasks set for next week 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:

  • Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Maths and Timetable Rockstars provide automatic feedback online.
  • Paper packs will be marked weekly and any comments emailed to parents as required.
  • Work on Purple Mash is marked daily and feedback provided.
  • Work emailed in to school is checked regularly and responses emailed back.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

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 careers to support those pupils in the following ways:

  • Daily phone calls to discuss the learning for all pupils with SEND (as well as a number of other pupils)
  • Paper packs and activities offered with specific support for our youngest pupils with SEND.
  • In the event of a national lockdown some pupils with SEND may still be expected to attend school, this will be discussed with parents on an individual basis.

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.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Purple Mash activities will be made available to pupils self isolating and will follow the curriculum covered in class as closely as possible.

Paper packs can be collected (by a friend or neighbour if the family are isolating) 

Email contact by the class teacher and parents will be maintained during the self-isolation on the class email addresses.

Safeguarding Notice

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have concerns regarding the safeguarding or welfare of any of our pupils, please contact the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

The Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be found here.