Councillor Roz Chadd, the County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “Distance learning has taken on a whole new meaning for me. I have been so impressed with the ingenuity and resourcefulness of schools all over the county in maintaining an interesting curriculum of learning, both at primary and secondary level, for the majority of children and young people who are undertaking their school work at home while we live through lockdown conditions.”
Headteacher, Mark Kingswood, explained: “We do not believe it is critically important or remotely realistic for students to be working at the same pace that’s expected at school, without a trained teacher to guide them in the physical classroom environment. We are looking to achieve quality over quantity for physical and mental health reasons. This is about keeping them ‘ticking over’ and sharp; trying to cover enough content so we are not trying to play too much catch up when schools are open and return to normal.”
Park Gate Primary School in Fareham has set up a daily blog for children in every year group. These are beautifully presented and set out exciting tasks for the children to do at home. The school are keeping in touch with children and have set up a Facebook page where children can share their work with their teachers and classmates.
Headteacher, Lindsay McCarthy commented: “It’s very important to our school that we set tasks that are practical and engage the children in learning activities. We are very keen to make our learning activities enjoyable so that both children and adults look forward to them. We deliberately chose a daily blog so that we keep in touch with our children regularly and that enables us to break down the activities into manageable chunks that don’t overwhelm children or parents."