We were delighted to be able to welcome back Green Shoots, Kindergarten, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 on 1 June, followed by the remaining year groups a few weeks later.
During lock down, the children’s education continued via our industry leading online learning platforms, Firefly (for Years 1 to 6) and Tapestry (for Early Years).
“The teachers have obviously put a LOT of work, time and thought into the lesson plans and content on Firefly. The range of resources and formats has kept my daughter engaged and stimulated, and we love the content from Music, PE, Spanish and Art as well as the core academic subjects. The eagle-eyed feedback from the teachers is a great incentive. A huge thank you to them.”
Year 4 Parent
Although teachers and support staff missed the children enormously, they adapted quickly and worked hard to ensure the continued delivery of the high-quality education that Reigate St Mary’s is renowned for.
Learning from home was very different from learning at school and so teaching methods were adapted to account for this, especially for the youngest children. Feedback from parents showed us that flexibility was essential, particularly in households with multiple children, and/or where both parents are working, so while some structure was offered, it was very much a guideline.
Wellbeing is always central to everything we do here and became even more important when the children had to remain at home. As well as providing constructive feedback to each task within Firefly, class teachers rang families weekly, and parents were reassured that children’s emotional needs remained paramount, with the importance of taking regular exercise and breaks outdoors emphasised for all ages. A recorded weekly assembly delivered a whole school message to the children and focused on community, kindness and the importance of looking after ourselves and others.
Mr Culverwell reflects on the first half term of remote learning in his latest Headmaster’s Blog