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 your individual 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.

Our Online Teaching and Learning Programme is designed around the school’s existing curriculum overview for Term 3. This is the curriculum that your child would have been working on in school. Of course, we have adjusted this to take account of delivering the content via online platforms rather than in the classroom. Our programme blends a mix of online and offline content and experiences.

Synchronous online teaching with the whole class

This is when a teacher connects online with a class. This could be for form time or a specific subject. 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, for peripatetic music lessons or ongoing learning support or EAL input.

Asynchronous teaching

This is when a teacher pre-prepares teaching input, often by a short video and uploads this 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. Pupils are able to work independently on their learning.

Any given lesson may well have a mixture of teaching strategies and many will have sections of time away from the screen.

In Preschool and Reception, each lesson will consist of 20 minutes of focused activity dependent on the attention of individual children. Please remember all children have very different concentration spans and focus at this age.

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

It is recommended that short breaks are 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.

Physical activities and the arts will continue to be part of the timetable to provide a balance to the school day.

A copy of the suggested timetable for each year group will be sent to parents at the start of term.

Work will be posted on Seesaw in the evening in advance of the next day.

Completed work can then be submitted to teachers via Seesaw.

Assembly will be uploaded onto Mrs Gorasia’s Head of School Firefly page weekly. Pupils may listen to these at a time convenient to them.

Once every child has been able to fully access Seesaw and all the technology is working for everyone, Hendon will be introducing Microsoft Teams for the Pre-Prep so that we can develop the educational offering further by adding touchpoints during the day when the children can have face to face contact with their teachers and their peers. More details will follow.

The Prep school will have up to 6 lessons per day which will be a mix of online and offline learning.

It is recommended that short breaks are 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.

Physical activities and the Arts will continue to be part of the timetable to provide a balance to the school day.

A copy of the suggested ‘weekly timetable’ will be sent to parents on a Friday evening sharing details for the following week. This timetable will indicate where there will be an element of ‘live’ interaction with teachers so that you can plan accordingly if possible.

Work will be set, downloaded and if needed printed from Firefly or Microsoft Teams.

Completed work can then be submitted to teachers via the directions given.

Assembly will be uploaded onto Mrs Gorasia’s Head of School Firefly page weekly. Pupils may listen to these at a time convenient to them.

Live Lessons and Catching Up On Missed Lessons

All of our live sessions on Microsoft Teams will be recorded. This is to allow students who are unable to attend an online live lesson or for any students who miss a session due to illness to catch up on learning. This is also to safeguard our teachers and students. In light of the transition to online learning, please note we have updated our Privacy Notices, and these can be found on our school’s website.

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