Elstree School Remote Learning

The Elstree School Remote Learning Programme runs daily across the school from Nursery to Year 8.  The Pre-Prep Department have a task led approach with social interaction times on Zoom through show and tell and Form Times, as well as their one to one meetings. Their curriculum is sequentially planned and posted on Firefly a week in advance.  Support materials have also been sent home for pupils in packs with amazing items for pupils to engage with.  From sun flower seeds to grow to hand held white boards to practice their Maths sums on, we know kinaesthetic learning is so important at this age.  Ensuring that lessons are fun, creative and easy to use for parents have been instrumental in the success of this programme. Teachers provide audible Powerpoints with the teaching all in place so that young pupils can progress at their own speed with their parents working alongside them.  Whole school assemblies with the head, Miss Holifield are always a hit and you can find her latest one here.

The Prep School has been offering a rigorous and creative daily programme of academic lessons until lunch time and with continued academic lessons for Years 7 and 8 through to 3pm. Years 3 – 6 have optional afternoon lessons of PSHE (cooking, guest speaker talks, bushcraft videos etc), Art (live lessons in the afternoon), PE (live lessons in the afternoon), Coding, Drama and DT projects.

Academic progress is very important to us at Elstree and Heads of Department have ensured that tasks are both challenging and progressive in nature. The Year 7 and 8 pupils are striving hard towards their Common Entrance preparation whilst Year 5 and 6 are laying the critical foundations for this in the future. Work is assessed and marked using Firefly and Teams (our two IT platforms).

A school is often defined by its ‘hidden curriculum’ and its values. Elstree has ensured that during this remote learning period whole school prayers has been delivered on fascinating topics that get pupils to question and reflect on their lives. Leadership positions and the House System has continued to thrive through the Headmasters weekly assemblies, and you can see the latest one here. This weeks ‘live’ lecture is from Wellington College by Alex Hibbert an Artic Explorer.  Charity Challenges are taking place each week so that we support the NHS and all the other wonderful charities that the school works hard for normally.

In this busy and extraordinary time, the teachers have collaboratively worked together brilliantly and their creative flare has taken us to new places with technology. When we return, we will be stronger, wiser and more creative with our education than before. Finally no programme or indeed school is any good without recognising the efforts of our incredible pupil body. To get a glimpse of just one weeks progress please do look at our ‘Progress in Pictures’ that have been published weekly since the start of this new remote learning programme. We would like to thank the parents for all of their amazing emails of encouragement to us through this challenging time.

Should you have any questions or you simply wish to get in touch over the phone or by Zoom, please do contact our Director of Learning and Teaching – Mr Andrew Pilkington apilkington@elstreeschool.org.uk