Back To School

For more details on how we are preparing for a safe return to school this September, read our Back to School Guide.

Work that is set is expected to be submitted back to teachers, but there is no pressure to do this immediately – all tasks set will have extended deadlines to take into consideration our different families and their needs. Individual teachers will make clear their expectations around submitting work when individual tasks are set and how to submit work for different age groups.

Feedback will be delivered in a variety of age appropriate methods. This may include teachers recording audio, teachers holding small group sessions with 5-6 students, or responding to individual children. Marking will also be conducted in a variety of methods as would be the case if children were in the classroom.

Work can be submitted in a variety of formats, through video, an uploaded photo of hard copies of work completed and submitted online work in Seesaw and Teams.

Feedback will be delivered in a timely manner in a variety of ways. These may include annotated feedback using smart-ink, feedback through messages on your child’s platform or indeed through oral feedback via teacher recorded video or live conversations.

Teaching staff will be keeping a close eye on academic work and will be regularly assessing and reviewing pupils’ attainment and progress. This assessment will continue in line with our usual ongoing summative frameworks, taking into account both effort and attainment. Where there are specific concerns in any areas, our usual school approach will apply; subject teachers will address individual subject concerns, whilst class teachers will manage any broader pastoral issues.

Homework and personal study

Initially, the only homework that will be set will be Maths and English. We will review this on a regular basis to ensure we have the necessary stretch but are also not overloading the children.

Reading

There is an expectation that our students continue to read daily, aside from their timetable. As a guide, we recommend the following as minimum times:

Y5 & Y6 – 30 mins daily

Y3 & Y4 – 20 mins daily

Y1 & Y2 – 15 mins daily

For those pupils in Nursery and Reception who are unable to read independently, teachers will be providing online storytime sessions and we would encourage parents or older siblings to read to our younger children.

Next Step Senior Schools

Unfortunately, our current Year 5 parents did not have their parents evening to discuss future schools with teachers and Mr Lewis. If the school re-opens before the end of the summer we intend to re-schedule these appointments, but in the meantime, feedback will be emailed to all Year 5 parents during the next half term. Please do not hesitate to contact him via jlewis@kingscourt.org.uk if you require more immediate support or guidance. We recommend that you check with each individual senior school website for any updated admissions information pertaining to September 2021 entry and to ensure the meeting of any registration deadlines.

We continue to work closely with senior schools where our current Year 6 have offers and will be attending in September 2020. We will endeavour to update you of any relevant information we receive.

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