Alternative Home Learning
I am writing to update you on our options for learning during this unprecedented time. I am sure that some of your households will be extremely busy at the moment, with parents working from home and children being set work online. Needless to say, you will be doing a great job. If you need anything further from the school, please do contact your child’s tutor in the first instance and they will be happy to help.
We have received some questions regarding different methods of virtual learning. As normal lessons are suspended trying to teach normal lessons under the given circumstances is not possible. We will not live stream lessons as we are aware that not all homes have the same set up; some students do not have a computer, or that computer is shared between other family members. This would make learning inequitable and we do not want to put more pressure on families through this time. You may also be aware that we have recently upgraded our IT facilities and teachers have received new laptops. Live streaming is not something that they will be familiar with and it is unfair to expect them to do this with new and unknown technology.
However, after Easter, some teachers may use voice recordings to talk through their lessons, offer further explanations or details. That way, families can access the lesson and recording at a convenient time, rather than live. We will train teachers how to use this software but please be patient with them!
Attached to this letter is a collection of alternative learning resources (you will need to zoom in!). Our teachers have put together a series of activities that are ways to learn outside of the curriculum. This collection of fiction books, films, documentaries and resources are designed to take learning away from the usual curriculum and the computer and allow you some time either as a family doing something different. This is not an exhaustive list nor is anything compulsory, but options for you to bring variety to your days whilst you are inside.
Thank you for being joint teachers with us. Over Easter, we will not be setting work – your child needs a break to rest and recharge.
We are in the process of putting together a list of something similar focussing solely on mental health and well being, which is always at the top of our priority list.
I hope that you find the attached document helpful as always, are staying safe and well.