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 will help overcome some of these challenges and allow for patterns to be established within each home, fitting in with your individual 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.
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 morning registration, specific class input and also class teacher contact time. Teachers may arrange this for only 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.
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 and allows pupils to work more flexibly and independently.
Asynchronous learning tasks
This is when a teacher sets tasks and activities for pupils to complete. These usually follow some teaching input, usually written instructions. These tasks may reinforce previous learning or apply new learning.
In Kindergarten and Reception, each lesson will consist of a period of perhaps up to 20 minutes focused activity dependent on the attention of individual children. Please remember all children have very different concentration spans and focus at this age.
Year 1 and Year 2 lessons will consist of longer periods, perhaps up to 30 minutes, of focused activity.
It is recommended that short breaks are taken throughout the day with an additional 30 minutes in the morning and at least an hour at lunchtime. Where possible and weather permitting these breaks should be taken outside to give the children the opportunity for fresh air and exercise.
Physical Activities and the Arts will continue to be part of the timetable to provide a balance to the school day.
A copy of the suggested timetable for years R-2 has been sent to parents for the start of term.
Work will be posted on Seesaw in the evening in advance of the next day.
Completed work can then be submitted to teachers via Seesaw.
Our initial aim is for every child to be able to fully access Seesaw. Alongside this, Kingscourt is also introducing Microsoft Teams for the Pre-Prep so that children can have face to face contact with their teachers and their peers. Depending on the success of this, we may develop the educational offering further by adding touch points during the day.
Children in Prep will have 5 lessons per day which will be a mix of online and offline learning.
Short breaks are also recommended throughout the day with additional time allowed for this and at least an hour at lunchtime. Where possible and weather permitting these breaks should be taken outside to give the children the opportunity for fresh air and exercise.
Physical activities and the Arts will continue to be part of the timetable to provide a balance to the school day.
A copy of the suggested ‘weekly timetable’ has been sent to parents. This timetable will indicate where the planned timing of lessons so that families can plan their routine.
Work will be set, downloaded, and if needed printed from Microsoft Teams. Completed work can then be submitted to teachers via the directions given.
Live lessons and catching up on missed lessons
All of our live sessions on Microsoft Teams will be recorded. This is to allow students who are unable to attend an online live lesson or for any students who miss a session due to illness to catch up on learning. These recordings are then available on the class feed. This is also to safeguard our teachers and students.
In light of the transition to online learning, please note we have updated our privacy notices, and these can be found on the school’s website.