During lockdown in the UK, we adapted swiftly to the challenge of home learning. The children enjoyed a varied programme of daily live lessons, which also included live lessons with specialist teachers in sport, music, drama, art and languages.
The children were supplied with packs of printed resources to support their learning, and teachers planned carefully to include opportunities to learn on and off screen.
We continued to provide a holistic education even in lockdown, with some of our afterschool clubs continuing to be offered, including the chance to get creative in a relaxed environment with Art Club and Eco Club.
We were still able to come together for whole school assemblies online as well as for quizzes and discos. Whole-school challenges included virtual travelling from London to Paris, Task Master challenges and competitions for the children to enter.
Merit marks were still awarded which means the children were still able to work towards House Points. Each week children were chosen from every class for Good Work Assembly. A video of the assembly was posted on the school’s sharing platform and the children received a certificate in the post.
Virtual school trips were very successful, including a trip to the British Museum.
A day of activities was planned as part of Children’s Mental Health week. Inside Out Day included sessions on mindfulness and gratitude as well as yoga sessions and time to come together in classes and talk about what mental health means.
World Book day was enthusiastically celebrated remotely, with some amazing costumes and, of course, lots of reading!
In the event that Home Learning becomes a necessity once more, we feel confident that we can ensure outstanding outcomes for all pupils once again.
I wanted to say thanks for how all the teachers are dealing with homeschooling. Really organized packs, lots of enthusiasm and positivity, good combination of classes and teachers to keep “Zoomed out ” minds engaged and little optional fun extras like Taskmaster Eco club, quiz etc. Also finishing earlier is good so gives time to get outside and do follow up work after all the screen time. Thank you; I know it is not at all easy for you all. A very special thank you to Mrs Gane and Ms Hayward for keeping everything running so smoothly.
(Year 3 Parent)
I just would like to thank all the staff at Deepdene for doing an outstanding job for making the transition so smooth and consistent, my daughter is still learning, still enjoying her work and is very busy and very happy too. My compliments to all the staff I think you are all amazing. I feel very lucky that my daughter attends Deepdene, the best decision I ever made to send my daughter to Deepdene. Thank you.
(Year 5 Parent)
We just wanted to say we are absolutely loving the Zoom sports sessions with Mr Adams, Mr Marchant and Mr Ashton – aka ‘the Dream Team’. The way they engage with and motivate the children is just brilliant. We love the creativity and enthusiasm they bring to the lessons and also the motivation they provide to each child with their encouraging ‘shout outs’ during the lessons. They are our stars of Zoom!
(Parent of Year 4 and Year 2)
Having previously homeschooled our two girls, I can’t tell you what a relief it is to have the support Deepdene is offering. From all the art, languages, English, maths to science, history, geography and the infamous and hilarious sports lessons (they still can’t stop talking about Mr Adams dressing up as Spider-Man and climbing across the ceiling!) – all this has helped so much with the stress. Whilst Zoom is challenging for teachers and children alike (and third time is not a charm when it is a lockdown) it is amazing how the teachers keep the girls interested and motivated. And the understanding if they do have an off day is much appreciated. Can’t wait to be back of course but at least we can keep our community going in the meantime.
(Parent of Year 3 and Year 6)