Back To School

For more details on how we are preparing for a safe return to school this September, read our Back to School Guide.

Despite the challenges created by the school closure our intent is to ensure that teaching enables students to progress in the curriculum next year. We are aiming to make our teaching as effective as possible, with feedback and assessment remaining a key element of the student experience.

We acknowledge that parents have multiple commitments to manage and we want to be as flexible as possible. Work is expected to be submitted back to teachers, but there is no pressure to do this immediately. Individual teachers will make clear their expectations around submitting work when individual tasks are set.

In Nursery and Reception completed activities can be submitted onto Tapestry. Each activity will state whether we would like it uploaded onto Tapestry by displaying the Tapestry logo. Teachers and Room Leaders will feedback on learning where appropriate. We will discuss your child’s next steps, any challenges and success in the scheduled 1:1 Teams calls.

We will be regularly assessing and reviewing pupils attainment and progress against the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum; this is why it is essential that the children complete activities as independently as possible.

Microsoft Teams will be used as the platform to submit work in Prep and Senior School. Resources, handouts and/or presentations for the lessons will be uploaded and the teacher for that session will also be online at that time to facilitate learning. The teacher may make use of online learning tools such as discussion boards, live video lessons, live chat and quizzes.

Feedback will be delivered in a variety of ways. Teachers will be able to provide verbal feedback during their live online sessions in addition to when they have their small group sessions. Subject/class teachers will provide feedback on work submitted and will continue to mark selected pieces of work in depth, in line with our school policy.

It will not be possible to attempt to reproduce in written form the verbal feedback that pupils would be given during typical classroom teaching.

Teaching staff will be keeping a close eye on academic work and will be regularly assessing and reviewing pupils’ attainment and progress. This assessment will continue in line with our usual framework, taking into account both effort and attainment.

Where there are specific concerns in any of these areas, our usual school approach will apply; subject teachers will address individual concerns, whilst form tutors will manage any broader issues.

 

Clinics/Intervention

We pride ourselves on the individual care and additional support that we provide our pupils. We very much wish this to continue as part of our Online Teaching and Learning Programme. Intervention clinics will be run by subject teachers and will provide opportunities to address any concerns and to go over work. These will be delivered using Teams. Intervention clinics will be delivered individually or in small groups.

 

Homework

Homework will be set but will not follow the usual timetable. Homework will be a combination of additional work, challenge tasks, ongoing project tasks as well as a time for completing unfinished work. Pupils in Prep School and Senior School will receive their curriculum letters which will outline the frequency of homework tasks and provide further details of the expectations.

 

Reading

There is an expectation that all pupils read daily, aside from their timetable. As a guide, we recommend the following as minimum times:

In Nursery and Reception, all of our learning is story-based. Each day there is a daily storytime session for the children where they can listen to one of the Early Years staff reading an age-appropriate book.

In Reception, Phonics will follow the same structure each week: the children will read a Read Write Inc book 3 times in structured lessons. This book is specific to the child’s phonics level and is linked to the sounds they have learnt. The books will be displayed on a PowerPoint presentation for the children to access at home. By reading the book three times, it is proven to increase fluency, confidence and comprehension.

KS1 we recommend the minimum of 20 minutes per day extra reading.

KS2 we recommend the minimum of 30 minutes per day extra reading.

KS3 we recommend the minimum of 60 minutes per day extra reading.

KS4 we recommend the minimum of 120 minutes per day extra reading.

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