Remote and Online Learning
Since March 2020 remote learning has become a greater feature of education across the country. Throughout the March to June Lockdown we provided online learning on our VLE. Since September 2020 we added live classroom learning via Teams for individual children learning from home who were isolating, and live Teams lessons for a whole class when the bubble closes.
In the January to March 2021 Lockdown, the 109 children in school daily were taught in their own class by their own teacher while children at home joined the class learning live from home via MS Teams. There were four live one-hour lessons per day from Year 1 to Year 6, with four slightly shorter lessons in Reception to allow children their own child-led and adult-led learning time at home.
Though a challenge for teachers, this approach minimised lost learning and therefore the required 'catch up'. Teachers rose to the challenge magnificently, supported by our amazing parents. Technology was offered and loaned from school to those in need of additional devices.
The attached Policy and Codes of Conduct for children and parents detail how we manage this and how we keep our children safe.
What our parents say... (Parent Questionnaire April 2021)
My son loves the school. Students individual needs are met well. Teachers and staff have always been wonderful and supportive. I would recommend this school definitely. During pandemic school has supported us very well.
I feel truly blessed that [my child] is able to attend St Michaels. The school ethos is kind and caring and offers a supportive learning environment that feels inclusive to all, with fantastic school leadership which was put to the test hugely during the pandemic. Our son benefits hugely from the care and attention given to him daily; from the teams in before and after school club, to the dinnertime staff and all the teachers and support workers. I would say, we are lucky and want to help the school continue it's long history of delivering such a fantastic primary education for the children who attend.