Continuing learning

Last updated: Monday 22nd June, 2020

Our school buildings are open to pupils in priority groups.
Additionally, we continue to operate virtual classrooms.

We would like to reassure you that Elmfield School is closely following the advice issued by the government, the Department for Education, our Local Education Authority and Public Health England about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Details of our phased re-opening plans can be found by clicking here.

In addition to provision provided for those pupils able to return to school as part of our phased re-opening, we continue to offer the curriculum described below through virtual classrooms.

The curriculum is as follows:

Please note: those children with EHCPs are being catered for individually and on a case by case basis via LSAs and class teachers. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Kate Penny on kate.penny@elmfield.com.

Early Years

In the Early Years, the children are having seasonal ring-time songs and rhymes, with pedagogical and seasonal activities added to Google Classroom each week. We are also providing suggested activities and hints and tips to support you as a family. 

Lower School

In Lower School the children are doing main lesson work, English, Maths, Art and Music. Content may include an introductory video once a week, audio content, worksheets and drawings. Staff are setting project-based learning where possible and are endorsing an ethos of as little screen time as possible. Physical exercise activities, language and handwork tasks are provided on Google Classrooms.

Upper School

As well as the subjects listed below, there will be optional extras provided such as cookery, movement and crafts.

  • Class 9: English, Science, Maths, French, Geography, German, Art and Music
  • Class 10: English Literature, Drama, Science, French, Art, Music and History, as well as a personal project
  • Class 11: Project-based activities

Please be aware that not all students will do all of these lessons as some of them are optional subjects chosen.

Google Classrooms

For Upper School, each subject teacher has created their own classroom. This ensures that any work set is easy for pupils to identify, and that messages reach the right teacher in a timely manner. There are also guardian classrooms as a platform for guardians to keep in touch with their classes, and to enable pupils to keep in touch with each other.

Can we respectfully remind pupils and parents that communications must take place in normal working hours only. Furthermore, please note that staff work on a two week marking policy and endeavour to reply to Google Classroom messages within 48 hours.

It is also important to note that Google Classroom is not a form of social media and we would ask pupils to ensure they are mindful of their communications with each other and with staff.

If you have not already used Google Classroom, you will need a Gmail account  if you don’t already have one, and this is free to set up with Google. You can then access Google Classroom via your web browser or via the app which is available to download for free from your usual app store. If you would like guidance on the use of this, please contact Ruth Beachim-Ratcliffe at ruth.beachim@elmfield.com.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child(ren)’s class teacher or guardian. If you have any concerns about a child or a family during this period of isolation, please contact Ruth on 07393 427547.

E-safety

We are in an unprecedented and unknown situation and our priority is to the safety and education of the children. With this in mind, please check our E-safety page where you will find guidance and some advice regarding keeping your children safe online. Please, please take the time to familiarise yourself with this guidance. Our children are vulnerable if they are online without restrictions or age appropriate supervision. We cannot stress how important this is.  

Safeguarding concerns

If you have a safeguarding or welfare concern during this period of social distancing and self-isolation, you should contact Ruth Beachim-Ratcliffe (Designated Safeguarding Lead) on 07731 856326 or Diana Ball (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) on 07528 046949.