King's Hawford

15 February

Reception Pupils Embrace Remote Learning

Remote Learning has quickly become the norm here at King’s Hawford, with pupils throughout the school continuing with their education and engaging in the wider enrichment activities that make up a Hawford education.

Our pupils have shown such resilience and adapted in ways we could never imagine.  Thanks to our innovative approach they are excited to participate, engaged in their lessons, and ultimately thriving in their academic and co-curricular programmes.

Our Reception children in particular have coped incredibly well with everything being asked of them. At a time when they should be establishing relationships with peers and being introduced to key learning concepts, switching to remote ways of working was a big ask. Fortunately, the children and their families have completely embraced this new approach and continue to enjoy their education.

The Daily Timetable

As talk of Lockdown 3.0 became a distinct possibility we took the bold decision to extend our live lesson provision to include our Reception children. We wanted to recreate the sense of community that they benefit from here in the classroom and we also felt live lessons would help us to adapt the lesson in real time to maintain their focus, answer their questions, and feed their imagination.

As with any learning provision, it was important to provide a routine not only for children, but also for our parents who are busy juggling work and family commitments during a global pandemic!  Our Reception timetable incudes five live lessons each day as follows:

8:30am – Form Time: A chance for the children to come together to play games and share exciting news from home. We have particularly enjoyed I Spy, scavenger hunts, stretching exercises and continuing with our Marvellous Me box, where the children share 5 items from home that are special to them.

9:30am – Phonics: We have continued to follow the Read Write Inc. phonics scheme to help children continue to make progress. They have engaged well and interact during the sessions to demonstrate excellent segmenting and blending skills. So far, we have learnt 11 new sounds!

11am – Maths: We have continued to follow our maths scheme, with lots of practical and fun tasks for the children to complete at home. We have focused on mass, capacity and matching so far. The children absolutely loved exploring capacity with water and loose parts!

1:30pm – Topic Time: Our topics continue to provide a creative way for us to reinforce key learning points and to encourage imaginative play. So far, we have looked at ‘Winter’, ‘Pets and Animals’, ‘People Who Help Us’ and ‘Stick Man’. We have watched videos from firefighters, paramedics and were joined by Reverend Rich Johnson to talk about his job. The children asked him some great questions including ‘Have you seen God?’, ‘Where do you live?’ and ‘What do you eat?’.

3pm – Storytime: We continue to end the school day with a relaxing story. We sometimes have mystery guests and parents to read to the children too.

Children of reception age have a natural curiosity but this is somewhat lost with recorded lessons.  By creating a virtual classroom we can discuss ideas and respond to their questions as we would in a classroom. There’s no doubt that it helps to keep them engaged.

Jodie Howland

Reception Teacher

Our Remote learning Tools

Here at King’s Hawford we have a range of remote learning tools. Some of them are used throughout the school, whilst others have been selected to support specific year groups.  In Reception we use the following:

Zoom – Our virtual classroom. Zoom is where we come together as a class for form time, live lessons and group activities.

Class Dojo– An incredibly intuitive website and app that connects pupils, parents and teachers to facilitate free flowing communication. Each child has their own portfolio where parents can submit work to the teacher. We also manage our house point system through Class Dojo and utilise the newsfeed section to share class wide news and messages.

Padlet Padlet is an online post-it-board that allows teachers to share ideas, suggest additional activities and resources. With everything available to view in one place, it makes it incredibly easy for parents to stay on track.


Remote Learning Highlights

Each and every day has been filled with fun and the children have been an absolute delight to teach. As well as lessons with their class teacher, the children have still benefited from lessons with subject specialists in German.

Some of our highlights so far include:

  • Shake, Rattle and Groove – The children regularly participate in Shake, Rattle and Groove sessions with Mrs Smith, our music partner. The sessions are an excellent way for the children to engage through music and movement, and explore a range of instruments. We’re delighted that we’ve been able to continue with these weekly sessions via Zoom.
  • Virtual Bake-a-long: On Friday afternoons we host a bake-a-long via Zoom to allow the children to get creative and enjoy some social interaction with their peers. The session was initially teacher-led, but has now evolved with the children taking it in turns to pick the recipe and lead the session.
  • German – Our languages programme continues to thrive with regular German lessons delivered via Zoom.
  • Fancy Dress Friday – It’s more important than ever to celebrate the end of the week and give the children an opportunity to have fun with their friends. Each Friday the children look forward to dressing up and surprising their friends with their fancy-dress creations.
  • Our curriculum continues to include a diverse range of subjects to inspire the children and introduce them to a range of topics.


Find Out More

We have Reception places available for September 2021. If you’d like to find out more, please join us for our Virtual Open Morning on February 27th. Alternatively contact our Registrar Mrs Melanie Adams, 01905 451292