Back To School

For more details on how we are beginning our safe, orderly and effective transition back to school from 1 June, please read our Back to School Guides. Boys School. Girls School.

Academic

Our Online Teaching and Learning Programme is designed around the school’s existing curriculum

Academic

Our Online Teaching and Learning Programme is designed around the school’s existing curriculum

We recognise that learning from home will not always be straightforward, with multiple family members sharing space and parents needing to work and supervise children simultaneously. We therefore trust that the programme outlined in this document 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. There will be a regular questionnaire for pupils and parents to enable us to continuously evaluate our teaching programme.

Our Online Teaching and Learning Programme is designed around the school’s existing curriculum. This is the Cumnor curriculum that your child would be working to when in school. Of course, we will need to make adaptations to take account of delivering via the online platform.

Please see the example timetables below for Pre-Prep and Prep. Each class will receive their own individual timetable with specific subject allocations. These will be adapted at regular intervals to accommodate new approaches to achieve the most positive of outcomes.

Our programme blends a mix of online and offline content and experiences, including:

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. ·

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 4-8 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. These will only take place with parental permission and agreement. For more sensitive discussions of a safeguarding nature, we may ask that two members of staff are present with one child virtually.

 

For Years 3-8, Firefly tasks also allow teachers to provide differentiation of direction and activity in much the same way as at school. Within a single task, it is possible for varied tasks to appear for different pupils without them knowing.

From a social and wellbeing perspective there is no substitute for being able to see someone’s face live when talking with them. That is the very reason business has driven the development of video conferencing. So, there will be times throughout your son’s timetable to engage in synchronous learning activities where the focus is on maintaining community, wellbeing and to support the learner instantaneously.

Reception, Pre-Prep and Prep Overview

Reception lessons will consist of approximately 15-20 minutes of focused activity, dependent on the attention of the individual child. Please be mindful that children have very different concentration spans and focus at this age.

Year 1 and Year 2 lessons will consist of approximately 20-30 minutes of focused activity. It is recommended that short breaks are taken throughout the day. Where possible, and weather and locality permitting, these breaks should be taken outside to give the children the opportunity to exercise and get some fresh air. There will also be plenty of opportunities for physical activity and creative subjects as part of the timetable to provide a balance to the school day.

Tasks will continue to be set using Seesaw and work should be uploaded by pupils in the usual way.

Core Subjects – English/Maths

  • 10min starter – Pupil to look at resources, instructions and whole class introduction to the lesson which is usually a PowerPoint or video.
  • 15min Group A – Live meet with the teacher to discuss learning and independent work to follow (while Group B/C make a start on independent work).
  • 15min Group B – Live meet with the teacher to discuss learning and independent work to follow (while Group A/C make a start on independent work).
  • 15min Group C – Live meet with the teacher to discuss learning and independent work to follow (while Group A/B continue with independent work).
  • Group A, B and C complete the task independently.
  • Group A, B and C will alternate throughout the week to give boys equal chance of support before starting the task and half-way through the task.

Reading Please ensure that you continue to listen to your child read daily for at least 10- 15 minutes, and a bedtime story at the end of the day is always a family treat!

The Prep school timetable will consist of four lessons per day and each of these lessons will be an hour in length. This will be supplemented by the continuation of form times, Wake Up Shake Up, Assemblies (including Headmaster, Heads of Section, Religious, Sport and Music) and Sports Challenges which have proved extremely popular with the boys and allows them the time to refresh ready for the next lesson.

Core Subjects – English/Maths

  • 15min starter – Pupil to look at resources, instructions and whole class introduction to the lesson which is usually a PowerPoint or video.
  • 15min Group A – Live meet with the teacher to discuss learning and independent work to follow (while Group B make a start on independent work).
  • 15min Group B – Live meet with the teacher to discuss learning and independent work to follow (while Group A make a start on independent work).
  • 30min independent task.

Group A and B will alternate throughout the week to give boys an equal chance of support before starting the task and half-way through the task.

For English and Maths, four of the five weekly lessons will be synchronous and the fifth lesson will be a diagnostic/assessment and verbal feedback lesson. These will be clearly labelled in the class timetable so that pupils are aware when the feedback lesson will be.

Science will comprise of one synchronous lesson and one asynchronous lesson per week.

Please also ensure that your child continues to read on a daily basis for at least 20-30 minutes. This could be independently or sharing a book together.

 

Foundation Subjects

There will be an opportunity for some other subjects such as French, Spanish to be synchronous for part of the lesson on a bi-weekly basis this will enable pupils and teachers to focus on oral skills as well as written skills.

All other subjects will continue with asynchronous lessons with the opportunity synchronous sessions for support and feedback as required and requested.

Time will be allocated in the afternoon for catch up work, support and booster sessions as well as extra-curricular activities.

There will be some flexibility on the timings of the lessons to allow for teachers to make professional judgements about how long each part of the lesson will be and how much time is needed for face to face teaching and independent work, depending on age, subject and topic/skills being taught.

Firefly will continue to be the main program in use to access teaching and learning material.

Synchronous Teaching Groups

Classes will be divided into smaller groups (labelled A, B and in some cases C) to enable greater support to be given during live lessons. We are aiming to have between 6-10 pupils per group (depending on class size). This will also give pupils the opportunity to speak to the teacher more frequently. These are equally distributed and differentiated groups and are not to be considered a higher or lower group. Consideration has been given to learning styles and friendship groups when deciding these smaller groupings.

Your form tutor will contact you to provide you with clear instructions as to which teaching group your son is allocated.

Form tutors in partnership with subject teachers will inform each teaching group when they will join live lessons at the beginning of each lesson.

Catching up on live lesson content

We are aware that there will inevitably be occasions when pupils are unwell or otherwise unable to attend their lesson at the allocated time. We ask that parents inform the Form Tutor directly if your son is unwell and will not be taking part in lessons each day.

Pupils are excused from lessons for Instrumental Lessons but they must let the subject teacher know via email.

When this occurs, our asynchronous lessons will remain available for them until they return. In the case of live (synchronous) academic lessons, these will be recorded and added to their tasks on Firefly once the recording has rendered. NB: This will often mean it is only available the next day.

In the case of PSHE lessons, where there is an understanding of confidentiality in place recordings will not be made available.

Should pupils be absent for any reason and are unable to carry out synchronous or asynchronous sessions, please access your son’s Seesaw account or email the class teacher.

020 8660 3445