The school buildings may be temporarily closed, but Peregrines Nursery and Falcons School for Girls remain very much open. While we may not be in the classroom at the moment, we have adapted our provision and made a hugely successful shift to remote education using a number of online providers.
Find out more about what we can offer your child below.
Every week, children are set tasks on our virtual learning platform to complete throughout the week. English and Maths tasks are set daily. The timetable works 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.
Daily live video lessons provide pupils with the opportunity to see and interact with one another and their teachers while continuing to learn. This ensures children can still discuss topics, ask questions and get clarification verbally, as they would in a classroom environment.
In order to equip Year 3 to Year 6 girls with the knowledge and skills to excel in verbal and non-verbal reasoning, we have enlisted the use of a specialist online platform. For girls in Year 5, we know it is key to get 11+ preparation early so they are both confident and well-prepared for their exams next year.
We have invested in major library resource, which is 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 are able to develop their reading skills in a fun and interactive manner, much like they would face-to-face.
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 prioritises the pastoral element, for which our school is well known. We offer drop-in sessions at the end of every school day for children to share concerns and successes. Additionally, parents can contact teachers with any queries or concerns they may have.
Every fortnight, both Peregrines and Falcons pupils are provided with the opportunity to have a drop-down day. This is an off-timetable day where the focus is primarily on doing a creative, engaging project that relies on little to no technology. The two forthcoming days will focus on VE Day and Sports activities, the latter to mirror our sports day, albeit at home.
Clubs are offered in varying formats – as live sessions, recorded in advance or through accessing a link. Our current extra-curricular activities include touch typing, eco club, Greek, sign language and cooking. Children do not need to sign up in advance and can attend on an ad-hoc basis to learn a new skill or develop an existing one. Additional 11+ sessions are also running for pupils in Year 5.