The school day now consists of periods of synchronous learning, when children and teachers participate at the same time, and asynchronous learning when children undertake learning without the teacher. Any lessons highlighted in green (Lower School) on the timetable are synchronous and will start with ‘live’ teaching, although children may be asked to work independently (as would happen in a normal classroom situation) at times. This ‘live’ teaching will take place via Microsoft Teams, with all work set for the children to access via the VLE. These ‘live’ lessons will be recorded, and the recordings available within the Microsoft Teams group, which can be viewed once the lesson has ended. This will ensure that any children who are not able to attend, can catch up later. Any lessons which are white on the timetable (Lower School), are asynchronous and will not involve ‘live’ teaching, but tasks set on the VLE for the children to undertake independently.
For Upper School (Years 7 – 11)
All lessons are synchronous, with the exception of Private Study (PS) sessions and Passport. These ‘live’ lessons will be recorded and the recordings available within the Microsoft Teams group, which can be viewed once the lesson has ended. This will ensure that any children who are not able to attend can catch up later. Private Study sessions could include catching up on work, completing subject extension work, project work or some reading. There are several well-being sessions in the timetable – you will be allocated a specific group and time in one of these periods.
Synchronous online teaching with the whole class:
This is when a teacher connects online, in real time, with a class group. This could be for form time or a specific class. Teachers may arrange this for certain parts 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.
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 on a 1:1 basis, however to keep within safeguarding guidance, these instances will be rare and parents always informed in advance.
This is when a teacher pre-prepares teaching input, often by a short video or audio file and uploads this for pupils to access in their own time. This is an effective way of delivering short pieces of teaching content to support learning but to avoid prolonged screen time.
Asynchronous learning tasks:
This is when a teacher sets tasks and activities for pupils to access and complete. These usually follow some teaching input. These tasks may reinforce previous learning, apply new learning or address misconceptions.