Remote learning update at West Kirby School - January 2021
In September 2020, all our pupils returned to full-time education following the Covid-19 closure in March. Although we hoped that the majority of our children would have an uninterrupted experience, we knew there the possibility that an individual child, a class bubble, or indeed the whole school, will need to self-isolate for a period of time.
We have therefore put in place a plan for remote learning so that all children can continue with their education. This meets the expectations set out in the DfE guidance ‘Remote Education Support’.
We used a variety of resources including Google Classrooms, Oak Academy and Zoom and Google Meet lessons and individual one to one session such as reading and SALT.
Now we are faced with another National lockdown up until at least February half term. As this involves a longer period of time we have made some changes to our remote teaching which we feels will best meet the needs of our pupils, including the move to Microsoft Teams to deliver teaching for our Secondary school aged pupils.
Our aim is to ensure that students are able to continue their learning with as little disruption and as much support from us as possible. We are pleased to be able to offer students and families a range of support, depending on the circumstances and their age group. Our provision for students will be to include remote teaching and access to a range of online resources created by their teachers.
How is remote learning working at WKS this term?
During this period of lockdown we will now be using the following:
In Key Stages 1 and 2 (Primary) – we continue to use blended learning on Google Classroom and Google Meet lessons.
Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 (Years 7 – Post 16) – we have decided to move over to Microsoft Teams.
On-line classes will be similar to class based ones, with a Teaching Assistant/s involved in the online lesson to support pupils.
Key Stage 1 and 2 (Primary)
Pupils will be set work daily by form teachers and continue their blended learning sessions.
Key Stages 3 and 4 (Years 7 - Post 16)
Your ‘Remote form’ teachers will send you the timetables. They will be your point of contact for week commencing 11th January (Week A).
Due to the size of our school (we are a small school in terms of teacher numbers, this affects flexibility), the curriculum subjects will be covered in a two week block – Week A and Week B with the exception of Maths, English and Science.
Post 16 staff have already contacted parents, carers and pupils with details of their remote learning. Pupils have a bespoke timetable and are able to follow their usual subjects.
Microsoft Teams training
Please find more information for parents and pupils on how to use Microsoft Teams here. Alongside this our ICT teacher Mr Macdonald will be offering workshops to train and support the implementation of teams. Parents, Carers and pupils are welcome to attend.
The sessions are
Saturday 9th January – 12pm
Tuesday 12th January – 4pm
Thursday 14th January – 2.30 pm
If you wish to attend any of the session then please contact Mr Macdonald on email@example.com.
If we can help in any other way in accessing and using Microsoft Teams please just get in touch.
What is Microsoft Teams - What does it do? Why use it?
To streamline access to home learning resources provided by your child’s teachers and to maximise meaningful engagement for our young people, we have developed our Remote Learning to introduce Microsoft Teams at West Kirby School and College for our Secondary and Post 16 pupils.
Microsoft Teams is an online platform that incorporates learning resources, interactive teaching and learning (similar to Zoom or Google Meet), calendars for timetables and a range of other features.
• Teachers can use it to set structured tasks while the school is closed (and homework when we re-open)
• Free access to Microsoft educational software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Forms etc)
• Students can discuss classwork with fellow class members, and work together on class projects in a safe and secure platform
• Encourage our students to be more digitally literate – “future proofing”.
• Many places of work, colleges and universities are working with Microsoft Teams or similar products.
We are excited by the future potential of Teams as a sustainable learning platform at West Kirby School that will support and enhance your child’s learning experience.
We hope you find this advice useful. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s form tutor or subject teacher, in the first instance.
Individual pupil requirements
We know that a small number of our pupils prefer to work on paper-based activities. For pupils to remain up to date with learning, we hope they will engage in remote learning. However, some work can be sent electronically or in a work pack, depending upon the pupil preference, please discuss with your child's class teacher.
Phone calls and one to one teaching/ therapy sessions will continue.
Many thanks for your support during this time
Deputy Head – Quality of Education