Work that is set is expected to be submitted back to teachers, but there is no pressure to do this immediately – all tasks set will have extended deadlines to take into consideration our different families and their needs. Individual teachers will make clear their expectations around submitting work when individual tasks are set and how to submit work for different age groups.
Feedback will be delivered in a variety of age appropriate methods. This may include teachers recording audio, teachers holding small group sessions with 5-6 students, or responding to individual children via Firefly. Marking will also be conducted in a variety of methods as would be the case if children were in the classroom.
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 ongoing summative frameworks, taking into account both effort and attainment. Where there are specific concerns in any areas, our usual school approach will apply; subject teachers will address individual subject concerns, whilst form tutors will manage any broader pastoral issues.
During this time we will not be setting additional ‘homework’ as some children will be completing tasks and children should not be burdened with a weight of additional tasks. The well-being of our children is vital to ensure a continued love of learning.
Reading is the single most important activity with regards to overall academic progress. While establishing a daily reading routine is important, it is also important to focus on exposing your child to different types of literature (poems, non-fiction, classics, magazines, letters, newspaper articles). It is also crucial that the children are given the opportunity to discuss what they have read. There is an expectation that our students continue to read daily, aside from their timetable.
As a guide, we recommend the following as minimum times:
• Y8 – 50 mins daily
• Y5 & Y6 – 50 mins daily
• Y3 & Y4 – 30-40 mins daily
• Y2 – 20 mins daily
• Y1 – 10-15 mins daily
For those pupils in Preschool and Reception who are unable to read independently, teachers will be providing online storytime sessions and we would encourage parents or older siblings to read to our younger children. This is a good online activity for grandparents or other family members where possible.
Common Entrance Examinations
We are keen for our Year 8 students to complete their Common Entrance 13+ Examinations despite the circumstances, in as many subjects as possible. We will continue to keep an eye on Government guidance and if schools do not return after May half term, we will arrange for exam papers to be posted and these exams conducted via online invigilation on Teams.
Next Step Senior Schools
Our current Year 5 parents have had individual consultations with Mrs Gorasia on future Senior schools. Please do not hesitate to contact her via email@example.com for any further support or guidance. We recommend that you check with each individual Senior School website for any updated Admissions information pertaining to September 2021 entry and to ensure the meeting of any registration deadlines, particularly for the State Selective schools.
We continue to work closely with Senior schools where our current Year 6 and Year 8 have offers and will be attending in September 2020.