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Learning in Lockdown
Jane Tosetti

Now that we are well into the third week of the remote summer term, you will be interested to hear more about how we have successfully managed to ensure the continuity of teaching, learning and the well-being of all the children during this crisis.

Now that we are well into the third week of the remote summer term, you will be interested to hear more about how we have successfully managed to ensure the continuity of teaching, learning and the well-being of all the children during this crisis.

When the Government announced that there would be an indefinite school site closure in the penultimate week of last term, we were able to respond with the launch our Home Learning Programme within a matter of a few days, owing to our existing and versatile infrastructure and the unique approach to education which is shared by everyone at the school.

 

Through our Home Learning Programme we have helped to ensure that children and families have a sense of routine, maintain familiarity with school life and have a medium for social interaction with classmates and teachers. All factors which have been vitally important for the children’s emotional and education stability during the lockdown.

 

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  • Our existing virtual cloud-based learning platform, Firefly, was already embedded as an effective learning and communication tool. Parents, children and teachers at the school were competent in accessing resources and used to having homework set through this channel so we could quickly make adaptations to the platform to incorporate the delivery of a remote timetable.
  • We began an iPad initiative in 2016 and every child in Year 5 upwards already has a personal school iPad so this group of children were fully conversant with digital learning and were able to quickly adapt to remote, independent learning at home.
  • Our flexible and dedicated teachers quickly embraced a new video conferencing software, Webex which has provided us with our live lesson webinar functionality and works with Firefly in a very complimentary way. In fact, we are incredibly proud to offer the largest school Webex program in the UK.
  • Through these mediums, we were able to create a remote timetable providing a combination of ‘live teaching’ using webinars which are fully supplemented by recorded lessons, resources and activities. These flexible resources have helped parents to balancing working from home whilst looking after their children.
 
  • Staff were able to develop a comprehensive remote timetable using the excellent structure of our existing enriched curriculum and the extensive range of resources which have been extended to include new ideas that particularly lend themselves to remote learning.
  • We have made home learning for our younger pupils accessible and valuable through the introduction of one to one and small group sessions to support them on a more granular basis. Every pupil, including our nursery children, has been able to access the programme and participates on a daily basis providing exceptional learning continuity and maintaining contact and routine.
  • We have remotely hosted school assemblies, complete with singing, entertaining Easter parties, sports challenges, story time and other whole school initiatives such as our Silver Letter campaign where children have written to many vulnerable members within our local community. These initiatives have particularly helped us to maintain a strong sense of community and togetherness.
 
  • Safeguarding the well-being of our children has been critical throughout the lockdown and we have continued to monitor attendance on a daily and lesson by lesson basis to ensure that every pupil is well and is accessing learning.
  • We have used remote form time to bring children together in a remote but familiar environment, celebrating events such as birthdays and giving children an opportunity to share their news or raise any concerns.
  • Our remote timetable integrates learning support for those children who have special learning needs and these children have continued to benefit from the support of their one to one Learning Support Assistants even remotely.
  • From the outset of the lockdown, we have provided comprehensive on-site care, complete with complimentary holiday and after-school provision, for the children of key workers and those children who have defined additional learning needs.

Our Home Learning Programme has really proved an excellent medium to keep children in touch with each other and ensured that they continue to feel very much that they are still attending school and are part of the school community. The programme has been exceptionally well received by parents and we will continue to develop and enrich our offering over the summer term, and for as long as the period of lockdown lasts. We do hope that the school will be open in September so that we can recommence our usual Welcome Mornings where prospective parents have an opportunity to see normal school life at first hand. Until then, you may be interested to join our Virtual Open Event which is being launched later this week so please contact admissions@newlandhouse.net if this is of interest. You can also keep up to date with news and developments on our website (newlandhouse.net) or through our social media news.

 

Supporting Our Frontline Workers
Jane Tosetti

We continue to support some of our pupils in school whose parents are directly involved in the front-line fight against Coronavirus. They have been following our Home Learning programme as well as enjoying some novel art lessons, origami and crafts. Our sincere thanks to their parents for their vital work and all the school's key workers who are in school every day supporting them.

We continue to support some of our pupils in school whose parents are directly involved in the front-line fight against Coronavirus. They have been following our Home Learning programme as well as enjoying some novel art lessons, origami and crafts. Our sincere thanks to their parents for their vital work and all the school's key workers who are in school every day supporting them.

 

 

 

Innovative Home Learning Programme
Jane Tosetti

It's been an incredible week for Home Learning at Newland House. We are so proud to currently have the largest school Webex programme in the UK which is vitally important for the continuity of learning and for providing normality and routine for our pupils during this crisis.

It's been an incredible week for Home Learning at Newland House. We are so proud to currently have the largest school Webex programme in the UK which is vitally important for the continuity of learning and for providing normality and routine for our pupils during this crisis.

It may have been a steep learning curve for everyone but we have all made enormous progress with pupils accessing online webinars and remote learning resources across the full curriculum, and the delivery of more than 2100 live sessions!
With special thanks to all the parents, pupils and staff at the school for demonstrating such great resilience, courage and above all teamwork! 

Just some of the many photos that have been

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