How are we educating students during the national lockdown period?
All lessons will be set using Google Classroom. Students have been trained to use Google Classroom so they should all know how to log in.
We are making some changes to the way that we deliver online lessons which we feel will be an improvement. Teachers will follow their normal timetables, logging into Google Classroom and teaching their lessons at the same time as these would have been happening in school. This means that students will be able to have ‘live’ contact with teachers during lessons. This ‘live’ contact could be in the following ways, for example:
Teachers may speak to the whole class through the Google Classroom software, starting off the lesson and explaining what the day’s activities will be.
Teachers could ask students to submit a ‘google form’ (or questionnaire) to get feedback about a lesson topic and could then interact live with the whole class or individual students through the Google Classroom software to follow up on students’ responses.
Teachers may present pre-recorded videos for students to watch which explain new content..
The contact teachers have with students and student feedback can take place in various ways, such as via email, through video conferencing google software (which is built into Google Classroom) or through the ‘chat’ facility.
We will be monitoring how well students engage with their learning and teachers will be providing feedback to senior staff about this on a weekly basis. If students are not engaging we will let parents know.
The ‘live’ lessons may be difficult for students to follow as there could be occasions where this interferes with the routines of family life. In these situations, students will still be able to complete the work which has been set as for each lesson, teachers will deliver a presentation which gives students all of the information they need as well as the tasks which students need to complete.
Please see the resources linked further down which give you more information about accessing Google Classroom.
My child has been invited to attend school during the national lockdown period. What are the arrangements for him/her?
Children of key workers and those who may be vulnerable are still able to attend school during the lockdown period. We have written to all families inviting them to take up this place.
Students who are on site will remain in their year group bubbles and we continue to follow our risk assessment procedures. Students will be working on computers in their virtual ‘Google classrooms’ so that they will be completing exactly the same work as their peers.
All students will arrive and depart through Gate B during this period.
If your child is attending school, what do you do if someone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms?
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Remote Learning Resources
Detailed guidance on how parents can support remote student learning can be found here:
There is also some fantastic advice available on how to support your child's mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic. Please click here to go to the parent section of our website for links to external organisations offering advice and support.
If you have any questions about the measures we are taking or our procedures, please contact us by either:
Emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Telephoning the school on 020 8864 8544.
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