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 using a number of online providers.
Find out more about what we offered our pupils below.
Every week, children wereset 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.
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.
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. 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 were 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 prioritised the pastoral element, for which our school is well known. We offered drop-in sessions at the end of every school day for children to share concerns and successes. Additionally, parents could contact teachers with any queries or concerns they may have.
Every fortnight, both Peregrines and Falcons pupils were 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. Two of the major events included VE Day and a Virtual Sports Day, which was in lieu of the annual competitions we hold on site.
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.