During the COVID-19 pandemic, St John’s adapted our delivery of the curriculum in order to ensure that our pupils continued to learn remotely.
The Kindergarten and Junior pupils accessed their lessons via Zoom. Each day, they received a full timetable of work which was emailed home. This was supplemented with Zoom sessions delivered by the class teacher. Each session provided the opportunity for the teachers to explain the expectations for the day, and for the children to ask questions. Our specialist teachers of French, Music, Art, PE and Computing also offered remote schooling with some Zoom sessions. Feedback is an essential part of learning and this continued throughout lockdown.
Meanwhile, our Senior School pupils followed their usual timetable using Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams provides the opportunity for learning to continue remotely with the ability for pupils to submit assignments electronically as well as receiving live teaching. Our pupils were even able to compete in a national Maths competitions despite the circumstances. Meanwhile, practical STEM education continued for Upper 4. We strive to offer our pupils a variety of experiences even during lockdown.
This approach ensured that our pupils were able to continue to learn at home whilst also interacting on a daily basis with their teachers. We are pleased that not only did the academic learning continue, but also our emphasis on pastoral support continued such challenging times.
We truly hope that learning will mainly take place in school from now on, however, parents should be reassured that we are fully prepared for any future events that may lead to a return to remote schooling. We will continue to review our approach to remote schooling in order to ensure that we provide the very best for our pupils.