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Here for our girls, no matter what

Our Junior School was in a much stronger position than most when the Government announced, on Friday 20 March, that all schools were to close due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  
 
Here, each pupil has their own personal iPad, and they use it in the classroom everyday as a key learning tool. Even our youngest pupils in Year 3 are adept with ‘Firefly’ – our school’s digital learning platform – so we were able to move seamlessly into virtual learning from our homes during lock-down.   
 
Using Zoom the teaching staff were able to provide the full curriculum using a mixture of live lessons, narrated PowerPoints and pre-recorded video content.   
 
In addition to timetabled lessons, we also enjoyed whole-school assembles, PE challenges and a range of creative arts initiatives. For example, Year 4 took part in the Getty Museum challenge, which invited them to re-create a famous painting – in this, they absolutely excelled themselves!   
 
The lock-down also gave our staff an opportunity to develop their digital skills to ensure the girls continued to make progress and achieve. Equally important, was how this daily contact allowed the teaching team to monitor the girls’ mental and emotional well-being during what was, for some, a challenging time.  
 
With this in mind, and to support the pupils’ well-being, we used remote learning to make things fun! We exploited the lock-down period to do things we wouldn’t normally do – such as ‘bring-your-pet-to-school’ days, online Scratch-coding or rainbow dress-up days.  
 
As Deputy Head Mrs Edbrooke said, “Whether it was murder mysteries in maths, or mirror-mazes in science, it was this kind of creative thinking that kept the girls engaged, stimulated and connected throughout lock-down. 
 
“While we know the girls would always rather be in school, and that nothing can replace the benefit of face-to-face learning, we have fine-tuned our remote learning provision.  We are ready to roll the programme out at a moment’s notice, whether that’s for an individual student or the whole school community, should we need to. 
 
"In these uncertain times, we hope that’s one thing parents can take great comfort from." 

 

“Our online lessons were fun and they felt like we were in a real classroom all the time.” Anna   

“I really liked the Maths Murder Mystery work, it was fun but still challenged you.”  Daisy 

Remote Learning gave me the opportunity to be more creative with my work.” Clemmie 

 

Redmaids' High 
Junior School

juniors@redmaidshigh.co.uk
0117 962 9451

Grange Court Road
Westbury-on-Trym
Bristol BS9 4DP

Company number: 5165135
Registered charity number: 1105017 

Redmaids' High School
Senior & Sixth Form

seniors@redmaidshigh.co.uk 
0117 962 2641

Westbury Road
Westbury-on-Trym
Bristol BS9 3AW                        

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