Remote Learning at Merrylands

Whilst the school is closed to all expect to those of key workers or who are considered vulnerable, our teachers and support staff are working hard to ensure that high quality lessons and tasks are being set remotely using Tapestry and Google Classroom.

Remote learning in the Early Years and Year 1 will be set on Tapestry and in Year 2-6 the children will be using Google Classroom.

At the beginning of each week a timetable will be shared on Tapestry and Google Classroom for each class of the lessons due to take place across the week. We will be offering a mix of recorded teaching inputs, tasks, online written support as well as live support sessions. 

Children will also have the opportunity to see and hear their teacher with stories being read weekly by the class teacher, or another member of staff within the year group. Work will be marked daily by members of the year group teaching team where possible.

The time being spent online will naturally be increasing with this move to remote learning, and therefore weekly posts, videos and tasks will be shared to raise the profile and teach children about staying safe online.

Live sessions

The live support sessions will look different across the school and will be for different purposes and will be delivered through Zoom.  Once appropriate permissions have been gained, staff will set up the meetings and send the login details for the meetings to parents.  Only children who have written consent will be able to join the live sessions. We have also spread out the sessions so that larger families can try and balance when the laptop/tablet is used to access the available sessions. 

Reception and KS1

The live sessions for these year groups will be to promote social interaction. One teacher from each year will deliver the live session each day to the year group. 

1pm daily Read a story
Share work that has been completed that day
Activity-year group based

Year 3 and 4

The live sessions for these year groups will be to provide support for completing work.  One teacher from each year will deliver the live sessions each day to the year group.  This will ensure we can cover the live sessions and the bubbles being taught in school.

11.00 – 11.30 Support for work
2.00-2.30 Support for work

Year 5 and 6

The live sessions for these year groups will be to provide support for completing work.  One teacher from each year will deliver the live sessions each day to the year group. 

11.30-12.00 Support for work
2.30-3.00 Support for work


There is no expectation to participate in the live support/learning sessions and you may continue using Google Classroom and Tapestry as you have been, and there is also no expectation that you attend every session.

We will continue to review the provision of home learning to ensure that we are providing the best support for the Merrylands community, I am sure you can appreciate the difficulties we face as there is not a ‘one fit for all’.