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 will be using a range of techniques in order to deliver the Online Teaching and Learning Programme, we have explained these techniques below:

Synchronous online teaching with the whole class: This is when a teacher connects online, in real time, with a class group. This could be for form time or a specific class. Teachers may arrange this for certain parts 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. This will usually take place as a ‘drop-in’.

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, however, to keep within safeguarding guidance, these instances will be rare and parents always informed in advance.

Asynchronous teaching: This is when a teacher pre-prepares teaching input, often by a short video or audio file and uploads this for pupils to access in their own time. This is an effective way of delivering short pieces of teaching content to support learning but to avoid prolonged screen time.

Asynchronous learning tasks:  This is when a teacher sets tasks and activities for pupils to access and complete. These usually follow some teaching input. These tasks may reinforce previous learning, apply new learning or address misconceptions.

An overview of the structure for our Pre Pre students:

First Steps – morning greeting, activity and story daily on Seesaw. Rhymetime on a Monday and Friday at 11.45am for 10-15 minutes. An additional menu of weekly activities to choose from. Weekly specialist music, games and French teaching.

Rising Reception – scheduled, synchronous morning greeting and teaching session lasting approximately 15-20 minutes with follow up activity on Seesaw, additional activity and story on Seesaw daily. An additional menu of weekly activities to choose from. Weekly specialist music, games and French teaching.

Reception – 5-7 scheduled, synchronous taught sessions with follow up activities on Seesaw and 8-10 taught activities on Seesaw each week with a daily story on Seesaw. An additional menu of weekly activities to choose from. Weekly specialist music, games and French teaching.

Year 1 – 8-10 scheduled, synchronous taught sessions with follow up activities on Seesaw and 6-8 taught activities on Seesaw each week with a daily story on Seesaw. An additional menu of weekly activities to choose from. Weekly specialist music, games and French teaching.

The online learning programme is intended to be flexible in order to accommodate the differing needs of our Ashtead families. Although the lessons and activities set by the teachers are designed for the children to work independently, most of our young children will require some adult supervision. All classes will receive focus lessons each day. These are key core curriculum tasks that support your child’s learning development and progress. If you find that some days it is impossible to complete the set tasks, don’t worry as they can be completed later. We would ask that you let the teacher know that this is your intention, as they will be able to alter or differentiate activities accordingly if this lesson is part of a sequence.

Outlined below are the key focused lesson expectations for each year group:

First Steps: One key focus lesson/ activity

Rising Reception: One key focus lesson plus an additional activity

Reception: Two key focus lessons

Year One: Three key focus lessons

In addition to these lessons, the children will receive a daily welcome and a story for the end of the day.

Teachers will continue to plan and deliver the curriculum the children would have been accessing in school. They will, as always, when planning for learning ask the questions:

What do I want students to learn?

What will learning success look like?

What is the best task or experience? (on/offline)

But, in these changed times, we will work with age-appropriate technology platforms to deliver that learning in a way that delivers the best possible experience or your child.

Teachers will continue to plan and deliver the curriculum the children would have been accessing in school. They will, as always, when planning for learning ask the questions:

What do I want students to learn?

What will learning success look like?

What is the best task or experience? (on/off line)

But, in these changed times, we will work with age-appropriate technology platforms to deliver that learning in a way that delivers the best possible experience or your child.

We have factored in your observations on technology, your desire for synchronous (‘live’) and asynchronous (pre-recorded/task set) teaching as well as your preferred timelines for pupil and parent preparation.

We have built in independent Curriculum Enrichment periods to allow your children some flexibility in their days, as well as to alleviate familial pressure on the use of computers.

Curriculum Enrichment sessions are designed to allow flexibility in your child’s day and a choice of activity based on need. There are six possible uses of this time:
Catching up on incomplete work
Catching up on lessons missed by following the recordings
Century Tech for English / Maths / Science
Quizlet / Language Gym for Languages
Cross-curricular STEAM project (which can largely be completed off-line)
Coding projects for Computing

We recognise that you have busy workplace challenges yourself, so have built in support structures for your children via a variety of media: ‘live’ tutor led form registration periods, afternoon group tutorials, an on-call academic support service throughout the day as well as specific academic and pastoral concerns being addressed via the ‘Chat’ function on Microsoft Teams.

We have included the Creative Arts, Drama, Technology, Music and the PE department both in our morning ‘get active’ period between 9-9:30am, as well as in a brilliant afternoon programme, from 3:30pm each day, which will provide timetabled activities in the wider curriculum for those pupils who choose to attend those sessions

If they choose not to and have completed their curriculum studies, pupils will have the additional option to undertake some STEAM based activities that we will set and review periodically over the summer term.

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