Back To School

For more details on how we are beginning our safe, orderly and effective transition back to school from 1 June, please read our Back to School Guide.

Academic

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

Academic

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 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 flexible and we understand that there may be times that pupils cannot be online. Please provide us with feedback as we value your comments. Feedback should be sent to Carole.Goodwin@cognita.com

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 teaching with the whole class

This is when a teacher connects online with a class group. This could be for form time or a specific class. 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. an English 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 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.

Assessment and marking will continue with key pieces of work being used to assess knowledge and understanding. Please allow your child to complete the tasks set, as independently as possible. It will be important to ensure your child takes regular breaks and enjoys some physical and mindfulness activities

Our online teaching programme for Nursery pupils will be provided via the learning platform Seesaw.  This platform will provide your child with the opportunity to explore a combination of activities and tasks through weekly topics.

Throughout the online learning phase:

  • the Butterfly children will be assigned a Literacy and Mathematics activity daily, alongside a topic activity, subject-specific lessons and an afternoon story/song time.
  • the Caterpillars will receive two daily activities, subject specific lessons along with their afternoon story/song time.

The activities and tasks will be uploaded each morning.  Please feel free to undertake and explore as many and or as few of the activities as you would like.

Activities will be fun and inspiring and will include:

  • Craft
  • Music and Movement
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Subject-specific lessons in PE, Music, ICT and French

Some activities will be video led with instructions and photographs for you to follow.  We will also include extension tasks to help you to support your child’s learning and development in their home environment.

Activities will explore key experiences that are embedded throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage and include

  • Sensory play to stimulate your child’s senses, facilitate exploration and naturally encourage them to use scientific processes whilst they play, create, investigate and explore
  • Physical skills that promote growth, coordination and movement of the body
  • Outdoor activities to increase your child’s ability to balance, jump, climb, throw, run and skip
  • Music, movement and dance activities to develop motor skills whilst practising self-expression

Time will be allocated to free play as this encourages your child to solve problems and enhances cognitive development.  In contrast, during quiet time, children can participate and listen to story time, take part in child yoga, complete jigsaw puzzles or explore playdough.

Work will be able to be downloaded and printed from Seesaw.

Photographs of completed work can then be submitted to your key worker via Seesaw.

Feedback will be provided via Seesaw.  This may be in the form of written or verbal feedback.

Our online teaching programme for Prep pupils will be provided via the learning platform Seesaw.  This platform will provide your child with the opportunity to explore a combination of activities and tasks.  Activities will be fun and inspiring and will include all the normal curriculum lessons in a structured weekly timetable.

All activities will have a videoed introduction from the teacher.  This will be the teaching element of each activity.  Pupils will then download an activity to be completed independently.

Subjects such as Art, French, PE and Music will be taught by the subject-specific teachers.

All daily activities will be uploaded at the beginning of the day so that you can review the learning for each day.

Work will be able to be downloaded and printed from Seesaw.

Completed work can then be submitted to your Form Teacher via Seesaw.

Feedback will be provided via Seesaw. This may be in the form of written or verbal feedback.

Our online teaching programme for Junior pupils will be provided via Microsoft Teams for all Online Learning.

The Online Learning Programme will follow, as closely as possible, the normal school timetabled lessons, with a combination of ‘live’ lessons and Independent Learning Tasks.  In the most part, teachers will introduce the lesson (approximately 20 minutes) and pupils will be directed to complete an independent task, generally in the form of an assignment task on TEAMs.

In a similar vein, additional subjects such as Art, French, PE and Music will be taught by the subject-specific teachers.

The learning activities will be a mixture of device-based and non-device-based activities to ensure a healthy balance is maintained between a child’s learning and well-being.

Work will be able to be downloaded and printed from TEAMS.  Work will be uploaded during or following a lesson.

Completed work can then be submitted to your teacher via TEAMS

Assessment and marking will continue with key pieces of work being used to assess knowledge and understanding.  Feedback will be provided via TEAMs.  This may be in the form of written or verbal feedback.

Our online teaching programme for Senior School pupils will be provided via Microsoft Teams for all Online Learning.

The Online Learning Programme will follow specially developed new timetables which contain a mix of online (live teaching) and remote (independent) learning.

Teachers will direct students to the format of each lesson and every subject and class is different.

For logistical reasons, some of the classes have been amalgamated with teachers teaching whole year groups.

The learning activities will be a mixture of device-based and non-device-based activities to ensure a healthy balance is maintained between a child’s learning and well-being.

Work will be able to be downloaded and printed from TEAMS.  Work will be uploaded during or following a lesson.  Completed work can then be submitted to the relevant teacher via TEAMS.

Live lessons and catching up on missed lessons

The timetables are a suggested timetable to try to retain some form of routine and resembles the traditional school day, however, families can adapt the timetable to suit their individual needs.  The ‘live’ sessions will always be recorded so that they can be replayed at any time during the day, or later in the week if your child misses a lesson.

In light of the transition to online learning, we have updated our Privacy Notices, these can be found here.

Main Tel:
01206 573389
After School Club:
07505 436582
Early Years Wraparound:
01206 217110