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Education in Isolation, Knighton House School

Updated: Jun 14

Charlotte Weatherley, assistant head at Knighton House School, discusses how her school has adapted pupils' learning to fit the changing circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak.

‘So, what will our learning be? It will be a series of tasks clearly linked to how they learn and set against real life assessment; our learning will involve children self-evaluating and parents evaluating too; and our learning will be a little bit competitive – ‘cos that’s fun and motivating. All the tasks are practical and reassuring at a time when no school means gone the routine of daily contact with teachers and friends and the stability of lessons and playtime; however much it may sometimes frustrate and enrage, these challenges remind pupils of all that they love about where they learn.’

Empathy and Personal Organisation

Write to someone every day for the period of the school closure; this could be a different person or the same person. Use a really sharp pencil/ink pen, focusing carefully on your handwriting, particularly the joins of your letters.

Co-operation and Collaboration

For the period of the school closure, work with someone in your family on a shared project – keep a diary together or make a scrapbook of this unusual moment in the world’s history; find something to investigate – take photos or draw, the changes in your garden or the surrounding countryside. Talk to each other about what each of you will do and how you will organise the project.

Responsibility Self-evaluation

From home, do something for your community; for example, ask if you can put messages on your local/village website or put up posters in the village hall, encouraging people to be positive. Think about the skills you learned this term about posters and how to have maximum impact.

Independence and Method

Ask Mummy or Daddy if you can have a section of the garden and plant seeds – do the research yourself on what you should plant and how; ask for seeds from plants you already have in the garden or packets from last year. Think about the classification of your plants and vegetables; design a leaflet that puts them into their correct families and gives the important information about them. The Royal Horticultural Society website might be helpful here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables

Happy DIY Home explain below which vegetables are the easiest to grow, as well as giving out helpful tips and tricks!:


Experimentation Responsibility

Build something out of cardboard – keep loo rolls and make fun animals or make something more complicated. Teach someone else – think about what sort of teacher you are; do you need to improve your instructions?

Experimentation Openness and Resilience

Train your dog some new moves; train yourself to give doggy massages and learn for fun with these training tips: https://tug-e-nuff.co.uk/blogs/news?page=1 https://tug-e-nuff.co.uk/blogs/news/six-reasons-to-give-your-dog-a-massage

Go back to the training and try to improve it – don’t expect it to be perfect – accept small wins and build on them.

Responsibility and Independence

Take on a new responsibility at home – for example, become the person who plans the menus for the family meals; ask Mummy and Daddy what responsibility you can take on to help all the family. Think about your strengths and weaknesses and how you can effectively realise this new responsibility; push yourself when you think you are flagging and want to give up.

Personal Organisation, Resilience and Responsibility

Learn spellings for our Owl Spelling Challenge - Bronze, Silver or Gold. Use the Look, Cover, Write and Check method or try teaching the spellings to someone else so you learn as they do. Sit the challenge online next term; dates coming soon.

Independence, Evaluation and Personal Organisation

Learn the times tables you still find hard; write out the tables on sticky notes and stick them around the house – say them aloud whenever you see them. Test yourself and go back to the beginning if you make a mistake.

Independence, Evaluation and Personal Organisation

Use Atom Learning at least once a week; look at your scores and try to improve on them. Your tutor will also be looking at your scores and encouraging you to go back over the areas where you did not score so well. Try to set targets for yourself.

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