We are confident that the transition to online learning this term will build on the educational offering at King’s School and Nursery.
We are not trying to replicate the classroom experience as this would not be possible; but informed by the experience of our peers in Asia, we have designed an evolving programme that will combine synchronous (live) and asynchronous (offline) learning, using a mix of formats, from smaller groups to full-class sessions. We also know that individual dialogue between teacher and pupil is key and giving feedback and tracking progress is just as important as ever. We will ensure there are regular wellbeing check-ins with your child and that the sense of school community is maintained.
Please bear in mind that this is all new territory for our teaching staff too. The teachers have worked incredibly hard to adapt their teaching practice to accommodate this new way of learning and I am very proud of the way they have embraced this challenge. We will build on our professional reflections and experience week by week. We will actively seek your feedback on a regular basis so that we can share best practice across the year groups.
We know that nothing can replace actually being in school, and being taught and cared for by our teachers, teaching assistants, and wider school staff, but we hope that, through our Online Teaching and Learning Programme, our King’s children will continue to love learning and be challenged during this most unusual of times.
These unprecedented times may be extremely unsettling for our children. As well as prioritising their physical health as we remain at home, we also need to be looking after their mental health and wellbeing, keeping a sense of normality and daily routine, whilst providing opportunities for them to flourish.
The coming weeks will undoubtedly contain many new challenges, but we are sure that, by working together as a school community, our children will have structure, as well as the time to be creative and pursue more open-ended activities, maintaining a happy balance between academic work and the continued importance of play and leisure activities.
Despite our best endeavours, I know we will not get everything right, but we will keep improving all the time. This is not a situation we could have anticipated, but by keeping communication open, and keeping the focus on what is best for our children, we hope we can look back at the end of the year and feel we faced the challenge together, in line with our core values.
We aim to minimise the impact on the children who rely on us for their wellbeing and progression by working together. So, although our school is closed, our education and care continue.
I very much hope that you all stay safe and well in the coming weeks – we look forward to the time when we can welcome everyone back into King’s soon. As always please feel free to contact me with your feedback and to raise any concerns you may have.