From 1 June we were delighted to be able to welcome back our children in Green Shoots, Kindergarten, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Although children in other year groups are not yet able to return, their education is continuing 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
Teachers and support staff miss the children enormously but have adapted quickly and are working hard to ensure that they deliver the high-quality education that Reigate St Mary’s is renowned for.
We recognise that learning from home is very different from learning at school and have adapted our teaching methods and objectives to account for this, especially for the youngest children. Feedback from parents has shown us that flexibility is essential, particularly in households with multiple children, and/or where both parents are working, so while some structure is offered, it is very much a guideline.
Wellbeing is always central to everything we do and is even more important in these unprecedented circumstances. As well as providing constructive feedback to each task within Firefly, class teachers have been ringing families weekly, and parents are reassured that children’s emotional needs are paramount, with the importance of taking regular exercise and breaks outdoors emphasised for all ages. A recorded weekly assembly delivers a whole school message to the children and focuses 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