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.


Our Online Teaching and Learning Programme is designed around the school’s existing curriculum


Our Online Teaching and Learning Programme is designed around the school’s existing curriculum

We recognise that learning from home will not always be straightforward, with multiple family members sharing devices and parents needing to work and supervise children simultaneously.

As a result, the learning to be shared with pupils in the Summer Term via their platforms will combine live input, pre-recorded video clips, internet links, documents, PowerPoints, direct tasks and timetabled sessions.

Tasks will be set to be completed in a variety of mediums and are designed around the school curriculum that your child would typically be working through when learning on the school site. In doing so, our sessions will blend both synchronous (online) and asynchronous (offline) content and experiences, including:

Synchronous Teaching with the Whole Class
In these instances, the teacher will connect online with a class group, either for form time or for a specific class. A teacher may arrange to do so for part of a lesson in order to mitigate against too much screen time for the children.

Synchronous Teaching with a Small Group
At certain points, and in response to pupils’ learning, specific needs and progress, a teacher will connect online with a smaller group of pupils (e.g. 4-5 students). This may be arranged to address a specific aspect of academic work, or as a ‘wellbeing check-in’ during which a member of our pastoral team may converse with a small group of pupils in response to their pastoral needs.

Synchronous One-to-One Teaching
On some occasions, one-to-one input may be required. This could be, for example, for the delivery of our peripatetic instrumental tuition for individual pupils.

Asynchronous Teaching
At other times, a teacher will set tasks and activities for pupils to complete independently or with parental support following some initial teacher input. This may take place to consolidate prior learning or to apply new learning.

We fully understand that there may sometimes be instances in which your child cannot participate in online sessions and, should this be the case, please email the relevant class teacher who will get in touch with you and your child.

  • Early Years and Pre-Prep pupils will be set five tasks per day via Seesaw, which will vary in the time required for completion in accordance with the ages of the children.
  • In Kindergarten, each task should take 20 minutes of focused activity.
  • From Reception to Year 2, each task will require 40 minutes of focused activity.
  • Across each of these school phases, we would recommend that short breaks should
  • be taken throughout the day, with an additional 30 minutes in the morning and at
  • least one hour at lunchtime.
  • Wherever possible – and weather permitting – we would encourage parents to take
  • these breaks outside in order to give the children an opportunity for fresh air and
  • exercise.
  • Please note that one pastoral session will be held with your child each week via a Microsoft Teams meeting. These weekly sessions will be communicated to parents in advance by the Form Teacher and via email, and will involve a ‘live’ ten-minute call from the class teacher to you and your child to say ‘hello’ and talk to your child about their learning and wellbeing.
  • Show and tell sessions (EYFS) and Reading sessions (Years 1-2) for groups of 4-5 children will be held each week. These weekly sessions will be communicated to parents in advance by the Form Teacher and via email.
  • This term, we will upload Early Years and Pre-Prep Assembly podcasts each Monday morning. Pupils will be expected to listen to these at a time that is convenient for them.

Please note that learning activities for children in Early Years and Pre-Prep will be posted on Seesaw by 6.00pm on the evening preceding each new day of learning. Completed work can then be submitted back to the teacher via Seesaw, following which they will provide feedback on this platform.

  • All pupils will be expected to join their Form Teacher (Prep School) or Form Tutor (Senior School) on Teams each morning at 8.45am. This will enable each child to start their school day abreast of any notifications, as well as providing an opportunity for their Form Teacher/Tutor to greet them warmly and answer any queries that they may have about the day ahead.
  • Pupils will be set work each day as per their revised timetables, with each lesson to be accessed via Teams.
  • These sessions will blend synchronous and asynchronous learning; in some instances, pupils will be invited to join a ‘live’ lesson and, at other points, they will be directed to work to complete offline.
  • The information required for these sessions will be held within the invitation to Teams, which may be found by clicking on the ‘Calendar’ icon in this platform.
  • In accordance with our revised Prep and Senior School Timetables, most learning sessions will be one hour long.
  • The revised Prep and Senior School Timetables include ‘Personal Study Time’, which will provide pupils with an opportunity to complete any unfinished work.
  • Over the term ahead, all pupils will also be contacted once a week by their Form Teacher/Tutor in a small group of 4-5 students. Should pupils wish to discuss a personal issue with their Form Teacher/Tutor, they should be contacted via their work email address and an individual meeting via Teams will be set up. For safeguarding reasons, we will ensure that this meeting is joined by a second member of staff (e.g. the relevant Head of Year for Senior School pupils, etc.)
  • Senior School Assembly podcasts will be uploaded each Monday morning and pupils will be expected to listen to these at a time that is convenient for them.

Now that we have moved closer to ‘typical’ Prep and Senior School days, please be aware that we will be reverting to the Homework Timetables that are normally used in school.

Homework will be set daily and should be returned to the relevant teacher via email. Where appropriate, we would be most grateful if this work could be returned in a format that enables it to be marked, e.g. in Word or PowerPoint.

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