I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you back to the start of the Summer Term. We know that nothing can replace the normality of actually being in school, being taught and cared for in person, but we hope that, through our Online Teaching and Learning Programme, our children will continue to develop their skills in original thinking and creativity.
It is also our aim for our students to continue to understand and harness their emotional intelligence, by collaborating and working in teams, through the age-appropriate activities we have planned.
As we know and have said so many times before, these are unusual and unprecedented times, which can be extremely unsettling for our children. We seek to do the best we can. As well as prioritising the physical health of our students during this lockdown, we also need to be looking after their mental health and wellbeing. Keeping a sense of normality and daily routine is paramount, if we are to succeed in this, in addition to keeping lines of communication open between staff and families, such that all the needs of the children may be met.
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 students cannot be online. 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.
The coming weeks will, undoubtedly, contain many new challenges, and our wish is for our students to maintain a happy balance between academic work and play. We are sure that, by working together as a school community, we will achieve the desired structure, whilst maintaining the time to be creative and pursue more open-ended activities.
I continue to thank you for your invaluable support.
With warmest wishes.
Mrs Jo Storey
Quinton House Principal