By Christina Bury, Director of Learning
Over the past two weeks, I have enjoyed visiting lessons and talking to the pupils and teachers about their experiences in the ‘new normal’ classroom. A full pupil and teacher survey is underway to gather thoughts and feedback and I look forward to sharing these results with you. Responses to date point towards a very successful and positive start to the term.
From Reception to Year 8, the classroom layout has been changed and careful thought given to the use of resources to ensure we are following government guidelines. All pupils have been experiencing lessons in their Year Group Base Areas to ensure minimal movement around the school.
Many lessons are being set on Google Classroom and Chromebooks are being used on a regular basis by the older pupils. Pupils are still enjoying a full range of curriculum subjects and teachers are being adaptable and flexible in their approaches to ensure they are delivering exciting but safe lessons.
Our first priority has been to ensure our pupils feel happy and secure returning to school. Academically, the key focus across the school has been to identify any gaps in literacy and numeracy in order that any necessary provision can quickly be put in place. As far as possible, we delivered our usual curriculum during lockdown so we have every confidence that these lessons have kept the pupils firmly on track. The timetable has been adapted to include regular academic study sessions. These are being used to help extend, consolidate or revisit key skills and knowledge as necessary for every pupil.
It's been great to see our friends and teachers again after such a long time. It's a bit different but we are all managing it and getting used to it. We are so excited about the year ahead. I Dixon & T Smith, Year 7
It’s lovely to be able to see the pupils again and to give immediate feedback using Google Classroom both with the pupils in school and at home. Miss Bushby, Assistant Head of Courtauld House.
It is so nice to be back at Felsted to see all my friends. I feel so excited to be a Fantastic Fox and to be back doing all the things I love. Learning is so much fun. A Panrucker, Year 2
It has been a real pleasure being back in class with the children. They have shown great resilience and flexibility. Their learning environment may look and feel a little bit different at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped us from creating some engaging and exciting lessons. It has been an incredible start to the new academic year and I couldn’t be more proud of each and every child. Mrs Irvine-Scott, Fox Class Teacher