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.
Work will be set each day, but the Online Teaching and Learning Programme is flexible and we understand that there may be times that pupils cannot be online. Please do not hesitate to provide us with feedback as we value your comments.
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 a specific class. Teachers may arrange this for part of a lesson in order to minimise elongated periods of time on the screen.
Synchronous online teaching with a group: This is when a teacher connects online with a smaller group of pupils. This could be for a specific aspect of academic work, e.g. an English teacher working with 4-5 pupils. It could also be for a wellbeing check in when a member of staff checks 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.
In Nursery, we understand the importance of free play and adult-led learning. We have created an engaging timetable to ensure children receive a mix of adult-led learning and time to consolidate this through high-quality play opportunities.
We have also created ‘Free Play Activity Suggestions’ which will cover all 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Curriculum. Play opportunities are essential to children’s development, they allow children to relax and consolidate what they have learnt.
The Free Play Activities we plan are designed to mimic the learning environments and activities the children would access whilst at school. The activity suggestions will be linked to the areas of learning the children are developing or the topic they are focusing on.
We want to ensure the children still have access to their extracurricular learning where possible, so we have timetabled these sessions in across the week. Staff will prerecord lessons and group times, modelling the activity the children can take part in independently. We are very conscious of the amount of screen time children will be accessing. To combat this and to be age-appropriate, the lesson introductions and group times will be a maximum of 10 minutes, the children will then complete an adult-led activity away from the screen where possible.
In Reception, we have created a structured timetable for the children to follow. Lessons include daily Phonics, Topic and Maths lessons, and then throughout the week ICT, PSHE, Music, PE, Spanish and Dance.
Each lesson will have a video uploaded with Mrs Hallett or Mrs Carpenter introducing and modelling the learning intention: these videos will be no longer than 15 minutes to ensure the children are able to focus.
The children will then be required to complete an adult-led activity consolidating what they have learnt from the lesson. The work the children produce can be uploaded onto Tapestry- this will be stated on the daily plans too. Each day will have a written plan for your reference as well as the video lesson, resources and templates.
Free play is also an essential part of Reception children’s learning. We pride ourselves in ensuring the children have high-quality play experiences. We have created ‘Free Play Activity Suggestions’ which will link to the weekly topic, for example, in our first week we are focusing on The Gruffalo.
These activities cover all 7 areas of learning from the Early Years Curriculum. They are designed to mimic the activities your child would access on a daily basis within the learning environments at school. The activities are suggestions to immerse your child in the topic, if they have other play ideas, please encourage them to do that.
In Nursery and Reception learning will be uploaded the day before by 6pm onto Firefly. There will be folders for each week and day with all videos and resources you need. In Reception, there is also a separate Phonics folder specific to your child’s group.
The Prep-School will have 6 lessons per day reflecting the normal timetable. 3 of these lessons will be Synchronous learning.
Short breaks should be taken throughout the day with an additional 30 minutes in the morning and at least an hour at lunchtime. 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 focus on the core subjects of English and Maths but we will also cover the wider curriculum for the breadth of the student experience.
Work will be set either via Firefly or MS Teams depending on the year group. Teachers will inform pupils how work is to be submitted and provide feedback. Timetables will be updated on a fortnightly basis.
Assemblies will be uploaded on Fridays
Senior School will have 5 lessons per day. Each lesson will consist of a 40 minute window of online time for focused activity incorporating asynchronous and synchronous online teaching with the whole class followed up with interaction with a smaller group of pupils. Teaching staff will use this time flexibly.
Independent study lessons have been planned throughout the day during which teachers will set tasks and activities for pupils to complete. Independent study should also be seen as an opportunity for ‘screen-free’ time.
Short breaks should be taken throughout the day with an additional 20 minutes in the morning and at 50 minutes at lunchtime. Where possible and weather permitting these breaks should be taken outside to give the children the opportunity for fresh air and exercise.
PE, Art, Music and Enrichment will be part of the timetable to provide a balance to the school day.
Work will be set and submitted via Microsoft Teams.
There will be two compulsory pastoral class sessions held each day where registration and wellbeing checks will be conducted by Form Tutors. These will be at a fixed time 9.00-9.15am and 1.20-1.30pm.
There will be a window of opportunity at the end of the day between 3.15pm-3.45pm when staff will be available online to answer any questions.