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.

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 intended to be flexible as we understand that there may be times that pupils cannot be online.

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 time with the whole class: This is when a teacher connects online with a class group. This could be for registration, class check-in time or a specific lesson. 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. a 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, to provide specific support 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.

Live lessons and catching up on missed lessons

During live lessons and pastoral check-in sessions class teachers will be recording discussions. If pupils miss a session they can catch up with this in their own time, if they wish. In light of the transition to online learning, we have updated our Privacy Notices.

In Nursery, each lesson will consist of 15 – 30 minutes of focused activity.

The activity bank and related resources will be sent out by email and uploaded on Tapestry every Monday before 9am.

Each morning the nursery teacher will post a morning welcome video to Tapestry with a story or additional challenge for the day. Teachers will lead one weekly live circle time session with each child, these will be done in small groups to be more conducive to discussions at Nursery age.

In Reception, each lesson will last for a maximum of 30 minutes per focused activity.

The timetable will include all 7 areas of the EYFS curriculum and will incorporate play, exploring, active learning and critical thinking in the lessons to underpin learning and development and ensure that your child remains an effective and motivated learner.

In Year 1 and Year 2, lessons will consist of 30 minutes of focused activity.

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.

Games, the Arts and Activities, will be part of the timetable to provide a balance to the school day.

An email will be sent to parents on a Friday evening sharing details of the learning for the following week.

Work will be able to be downloaded and printed from Seesaw or can be completed in the Abacus workbook. Pupils in Reception will need to use the resources provided in the home learning pack for every English and Maths lesson to support the correct letter and number formation.

Completed activities can then be submitted to teachers via Seesaw.

There will be up to two interactive wellbeing class sessions held each week through Teams. These will be at a fixed time and the link to join the session will be communicated in advance.

Assembly podcasts will be uploaded on Monday. Pupils are expected to listen to these at a time convenient to them.

Key Stage 2 lessons will consist of 40 – 60 minutes of focused activity.

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.

Games, Music, Drama and Spanish will be part of the timetable to provide a balance to the school day.

An email will be sent to parents on a Friday evening sharing details of the learning for the following week.

Work will be able to be downloaded from or completed on Teams. Completed activities can then be submitted to teachers via this platform.

There will be at least one pastoral class session held every day on Teams. These will be at a fixed time daily and reminders communicated in the Teams calendar.

Assembly podcasts will be uploaded on Monday. Pupils are expected to listen to these at a time convenient to them.

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