Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
Happy May Day! Usually we should be celebrating the arrival of spring (and International Day of the Worker), but this year will be much more subdued; I have done a little googling and the last time May Day celebrations were cancelled was by Oliver Cromwell in the seventeenth century!
May also brings with it the start of the exam season for our Year 11 and Year 13 students. I am sure that they all have very mixed feelings about the examinations being cancelled – after all, no-one really looks forward to sitting exams, but they do bring with them a sense of satisfaction at having completed the course, and the validation that comes on results day. Our students will still be getting grades; something that teachers are working very hard on at the moment to ensure that their teacher assessed grade is an accurate reflection of how hard they have worked over the last two or three years and the progress that has been made.
As well as teaching some lessons online ourselves, we’ve also been making use of the brilliant online resources produced by a number of different providers; BBC Bitesize has an excellent set of lessons in pretty much every subject, the DfE backed Oak Academy has provided some very good lesson resources for teachers to use, and we have also been making use of the Greenshaw Learning Trust resources, including participating in the GLF Virtual choir, led by Nigel Ipinson-Fleming. We have tried to offer a variety of ways that students can learn at home; some live lessons on line, some tasks set on ClassCharts, printed resource packs as well as opportunities to learn through online sites such as GCSE Pod and Hegarty Maths that we were using well before ‘home school’ was an actual thing!
We are really keen to ensure that we are doing the right things, the right way and with the right amount, so you will find a short survey in #prideinprospect about our remote learning programme; https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8BJYY96 I would be very appreciative if you could fill it in – both parents and students would be really helpful as we plan for the weeks ahead.
I need to reassure parents (and students, and our teachers!) that there really is no right or wrong way to be learning at the moment. We know that these are very difficult times and understand that some families will be finding this more difficult than others. You’ve all had a very crash course in becoming teachers, but have the advantage of knowing your ‘students’ better than anybody. Please be reassured that you ARE getting it right! I’m sure you have particularly enjoyed the delights of ‘wet break’ this week and have realised why this is every teacher’s nemesis!
I hope you enjoy reading #prideinprospect this week;https://prospect.reading.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/prideinprospect-1-May-2020.pdf I love seeing what our students and staff have been up to and it’s a really good way to catch up with the Prospect community. We’ve even created a playlist for you this week – further suggestions gratefully received!
Mr D Littlemore