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 below will help to overcome some of these challenges and allow for patterns to be established within each home, fitting in with 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. Please provide us with feedback as we value your comments.
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 form time or a specific class. Teachers may arrange this for 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.
Synchronous one-to-one: There may be instances when 1:1 input is required. This could be, for example, for peripatetic music lessons etc. Individual teachers may also wish to connect with pupils 1:1.
Asynchronous teaching: 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
Asynchronous learning tasks: This is when a teacher sets tasks and activities for pupils to complete. These usually follow some teaching input. These tasks may reinforce previous learning or apply new learning
If your child is unwell and is not able to attend their normal school day, please can you email our Data Manager email@example.com Staff will be made aware of your child’s absence and the teacher will then post work into the assignments section in TEAMS for your child to complete.
In the period of online learning, your child will have the opportunity to follow a more formal timetable. Teachers have been working on devising these timetables and curriculum plans. We have been learning from our colleagues in Cognita schools in Asia who have been working in this way for over three months. Their insight tells us that the online learning experience will develop over time. We know that in the early days, it is important not to overwhelm children as this is a very different way of working.
Specifically, we know that expecting a home-learning timetable to operate in an identical way to a school timetable is neither feasible nor in the best interests of the children, or our educators, as we want to avoid overly long periods of screen time. Teachers will consider this in their planning and, for example, post videos with follow-up learning tasks rather than requiring elongated periods online. One of the benefits of being part of a global family of schools is that we can share and learn from so many people.
We have channels in place for our teachers to share the practice with thousands of other Cognita teachers for as long as the school closure continues (and beyond). This is new territory for all of us and we want to work in partnership with you so that learning for our children is productive and enjoyable. It is important to highlight that, with regular supervision and feedback, the majority of our older pupils will be able to follow the personalised virtual learning in a mainly autonomous way. For our younger pupils, we do ask for your initial support as this will help lay the groundwork for a successful experience over the period of closure.