remote education

Remote Education

During the coronavirus lockdown, the school buildings may have been temporarily closed, but Peregrines Nursery and Falcons School for Girls remained very much open. While we may not have been in the classroom, we adapted our provision and made a hugely successful shift to remote education. Should this be necessary, we are ready for a smooth transition back to our School In the Cloud.

Find out more about what we offered our pupils below.

Virtual Learning Platform

Every week, children were set tasks on our virtual learning platform to complete throughout the week. English and Maths tasks were set daily. The timetable worked on a Week A and Week B basis to provide variety in the afternoon sessions, with non-core subjects such as Spanish, Drama or History.

Live Video Lessons

Daily live video lessons provided pupils with the opportunity to see and interact with one another and their teachers while continuing to learn. This ensured children could still discuss topics, ask questions and get clarification verbally, as they would in a classroom environment.

11+ Preparation

We know that early 11+ preparation is key. In order to equip Year 3 to Year 6 girls with the knowledge and skills to excel in verbal and non-verbal reasoning, we enlisted the use of a specialist online platform. We also ensured that all our 11+ support clubs for YEAR 5 pupils continued to take place, albeit online.

Reading Sessions

We invested in a major library resource – used from Nursery through to Year 6 – to enable children to enjoy one-to-one reading time with their teachers. This virtual library contains thousands of age-appropriate books for children to choose from, and by reading a book to their teacher over Zoom, pupils were able to develop their reading skills in a fun and interactive manner, much like they would do face-to-face.

Pastoral Care

We know just how much anxiety and confusion the current times may be causing children, as well as their families. This is why our offering ensured that pastoral care, for which our school is well known, was very much at the forefront of all we did. We offered group and individual drop-in sessions at the end of every school day for children to share concerns and successes. Additionally, parents could email teachers with any queries or concerns they had and video calls were arranged on request.

Drop-down Days

A drop-down day was scheduled every fortnight, to provide Peregrines and Falcons pupils – and their parents – with a break from screens. In this off-timetable day, the focus was primarily on doing a creative, engaging project that required no technology. Two of these major events included a celebration of VE Day and a Virtual Sports Day, which replaced our yearly day of sport.

Clubs

Clubs were offered in varying formats – as live sessions, recorded in advance or through accessing a link. Our extra-curricular activities included touch typing, eco club, Greek, sign language and cooking. Children did not need to sign up in advance and could attend on an ad-hoc basis, to learn a new skill or develop an existing one. Additional 11+ prep sessions were also run for pupils in Year 5.

Online Safety

We have a dedicated space on our virtual learning platform for online safety. Parents and children were actively encouraged to explore the resources in order to help pupils stay safe and to respect others while using the internet and social media. Helpful links, posters and presentations continue to be shared regularly for the school community’s benefit.

What did our parents think of our online provision?

Your e-timetable is working very well for us and is pitched and balanced excellently.

Year 4 Parent

She was so excited to see her teacher and her friends [on Zoom], and to have a bit of her normal school routine.

Nursery Parent

Falcons Girls have been superb with the online teaching! I really can’t fault it. From the initial parents briefing, to online classes and the daily checklist, everything has been seamless and my daughter is able to crack on with no intervention from me! Thank-you!

Year 6 Parent

If you’d like to discuss our educational provision further, please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs Chetna Kava:

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Private Tours Available

Come and See Us

We are offering private tours for those who are looking for an occasional place this academic year or entry in September 2021. To arrange your tour and to meet with our Headmistress, Mrs Sara Williams-Ryan, please email admissions@falconsgirls.co.uk or call 020 8992 5189.


Rated ‘Excellent’ by ISI in March 2020

“Pupils display exceptional attitudes towards learning”

“Pupils are highly proficient communicators for their age”

Click here to read the full ISI report