We recognise that learning from home will not always be straightforward, with multiple family members sharing devices and space and parents needing to work and supervise children simultaneously. We therefore trust that the programme outlined below will help to overcome some of these challenges and allow for patterns to be established within each home, fitting in with work and family schedules.
I would like to thank all those parents who have given us some very useful feedback about our online learning programme. We have sought to devise a programme which offers a blend of different teaching methods, offers families the flexibility they have been asking for, as well as ensuring we are able to maintain as much academic progress as is possible.
Our Online Teaching and Learning Programme is designed around the school’s existing curriculum. This is the curriculum that your child would be working to when in school. Of course, we need to make adaptations to take account of delivering via the online platform. Our programme blends a mix of online and offline content and experiences, including:
Synchronous online teaching with the whole class: This is when a teacher connects online with a class group. This could be for form time or for a core subject such as Maths or English.
Synchronous wellbeing check-in with a small group: This is when a teacher (usually the form teacher) connects online with a smaller group of pupils. This could be to review their academic work, or it could be to check-in with a group to discuss how things are going in this new way of working.
Synchronous one-to-one: There may be instances when 1:1 input is required. This could be, for example, for peripatetic music lessons etc. Individual teachers may also wish to connect with pupils 1:1.
Asynchronous teaching: This is when a teacher pre-prepares teaching input, often by a short video and uploads for pupils to view. This is an effective way of delivering short pieces of teaching content to support learning
Asynchronous learning tasks: This is when a teacher sets tasks and activities for pupils to complete. These usually follow some teaching input. These tasks may reinforce previous learning or apply new learning.
- Form Time:
Each day will begin with a synchronous form-time session from 08.30 am – 09.00 am. The form-time session will include an element of Physical Education (Wake Up, Shake Up!)
- Maths and English:
In all phases, Maths and English lessons will be synchronous online lessons. For most year groups there will be one hour of Maths and one hour of English each day. These lessons will be recorded should any pupil miss the lesson or should they need to replay the lesson.
- All Other Subjects:
All other lessons (Geography, History, Science, Languages, PRE, Lifeskills, Computing) will be pre-recorded asynchronous lessons). The teacher will have pre-prepared teaching input (often by a short video and uploads for pupils to view) and the learning tasks.
Parents can choose when children do these lessons. However, at our suggested time, the relevant subject teacher will be available in the Teams Chat to answer any questions.
- Critical Thinking
In Year 5, we have increased the number of Critical Thinking lessons that the pupils have each week from one to two. These lessons will be synchronous.
- Wellbeing Check-in (or WBCI): Pupils will have a number of synchronous wellbeing check-ins each week in small groups of 4-5 pupils. Form teachers will distribute the schedules for these.
The format of whole class lessons, synchronous and asynchronous, will have a broad, similar structure:
- 10/15 minute introduction and modelling of learning, with opportunities for practice
- 25/30 minutes of focused activity
- 10/15 minute recap of learning/going over misconceptions/low-stakes quiz
Breaks have been set for the whole school at the same times each day, between each lesson, in order to limit screen time and give time for preparing for the next lesson. Where possible and weather permitting these breaks should be taken outside to give the children the opportunity for fresh air and exercise. There is a ‘Drop Everything and Read’ each afternoon, again to encourage coming away from screens and develop a love of reading.
Work for asynchronous lessons will be posted by 9:00 am each Monday in the relevant class Team. Work will be available to download from Teams, but where possible the need for printing is being limited. Completed work can then be submitted to teachers via Teams.
Assemblies will be uploaded on Teams. Pupils are expected to listen to/watch these at a time convenient to them.
Live lessons and catching up on missed lessons
All English and Maths lessons (plus Science in the Upper School and Critical Thinking in Year 5) will be taught live (synchronous) and all other lessons will be pre-recorded (asynchronous). All lessons have been timetabled into the school day (see above), but this new format does allow some flexibility if required. Pupils can work through pre-recorded lessons in their own time, and can re-visit content if necessary. All live sessions will be recorded and available on the appropriate Teams subject channel, and pre-recorded lessons wil be available under ‘class materials’ within the ‘files’ section of their subject Team.
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