Coronavirus Disruption

Coronavirus Disruption

When the initial lockdown announcement came in March, we were ready, and our on-line learning programme was launched! 

At Fosse Bank we were proud of the home learning platform that was quickly established during the first lockdown.  Once back in school each year group (“pod”) was set up with adherence to social distancing rules and each pod was allocated their individual playing field/ area and facilities – one of the many advantages of having lots of outdoor space! – Outdoor activities were encouraged and increased to achieve the best wellbeing for all.

 

 

On the home learning platform….

  • With Microsoft Teams, Assignments, pre-recorded material on Sway and live teaching on Zoom, year groups were taught maths and English live every morning.
  • Virtual break out rooms enabled additional staff to take small groups out of the main classrooms.
  • Further lessons were taught in the afternoons and parents decided how much afternoon screen time they wanted for their child.
  • Below Year 4 most children needed to be running around outside in the afternoons. Many lessons involved physical activity, pupils baked raspberry buns together online, for instance, made bug hotels, and learned about time by counting how many jumps or trampoline bounces could be made in five minutes.
  • The younger children, while needing more parent time to help them, were also very comfortable with the technology. Daily phonics and maths was interwoven with activities such as ‘Joke Fridays’ and story-telling.
  • The Early Years class had a head start as teachers and parents were used to communicating on Tapestry. Phonics and maths were live every day, but also recorded so parents could access these lessons at convenient times. The children loved having their teachers read stories to them and the most popular activity was Early Years staff dancing!

A sense of community

As a small school we pride ourselves on the sense of community that we impart across the whole school. Despite the difficulties of remote learning, we were able maintain this sense of community by organising a weekly Zoom assembly  for the whole school. The children were able to see everyone and celebrate house points and birthdays.  Whole school activities included den building, designing super- heroes and all manner of activities, adding to a sense of being part of the school.

Our PTA, the Fosse Association, also helped enormously.  The transformation of our annual summer overnight camp-over (which normally takes in the school fields) into a fabulous ‘virtual Camp-over’ was a big success, with many families camping in their gardens or under canvas in their homes.

Comment from Headmistress

Overall, as Headmistress, I am very pleased with the how the school has been able to quickly adapt to this ever-changing environment. With a tremendous effort from both teachers, support staff and parents we were able to continue to provide an education with minimal disruption. Being a small school has been particularly advantageous, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of staff and children as we swiftly installed control measures. Just having the children back in school, happy and so accepting of the ‘new normal’ reminds us all how lucky we are to be part of this community.

Alison Cordingley
Headmistress

Fosse Bank School