Habsmonmouth Online

Virtual Day

We recognise the importance of retaining a sense of familiarity and structure and, during term-time, we will deliver the curriculum against the existing timetable whenever we can.

Pupils will have online sessions with their tutors, and we are gearing up for online assemblies so the whole school community remains closely connected. Our teachers will continue to deliver lesson plans, set assignments and work, which they will mark and return to pupils promptly with feedback and suggestions. The schools will continue to have a merit scheme and we suggest that pupils try to create a calm and appropriate environment in which to work, one which is free from distraction and noise.

We are fully aware that not every online platform will be as robust as we would have liked due to the unprecedented levels of web traffic from around the world. We don’t expect all our systems to run smoothly all the time and glitches will happen. But it’s something that our pupils and teachers will be able to overcome together. If the technology grinds to a halt or programmes stop working, pupils will be able to take a photograph of their work and send it to their teachers by e-mail or through Teams. The software we are using is robust with built-in parental controls and restrictions, so safeguarding and pastoral care will remain at the centre of our educational offering.

Pupils will need to log-in regularly and check their messages and e-mails throughout the day. It’s important for students to have a school-life balance and, as part of their wellbeing, we would encourage pupils to have screen breaks and take exercise at lunch and break times. We also appreciate our international students might be in a different time-zone and we will be building a video library and a collection of resources so they are not at any disadvantage.

Our online library of books will be wide-ranging and easily accessible and, together with our enrichment programme and life-skills advice, we are confident that our pupils will be able to embrace an outstanding education at Monmouth in its broadest sense.

Friday 8th May is a Bank Holiday so we will not be posting learning activities or hosting a morning registration on that day. Half-term is Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May inclusive.

Daily structure

Pre-Prep:

9am Registration

Children should log-in to their Seesaw account.

Form Teachers will post a morning registration message on to journals, this may be in the form of a pre- recorded video, email or ‘Teams Meeting’. Children should reply to the message so that Form Teachers know that the children are awake, engaged, ready for learning and can be registered.

From 9am

Lessons will appear in journals.

Lessons will have an input, an activity and some form of recording or evidencing for responses. The majority of lessons will not be live. If teachers plan on leading a live session, you will be informed beforehand. Some tasks, particularly those set by a specialist teacher, may have an end date when the work is due in, but children can work on the activities in any order or at any time which suits them and family requirements, access to technology and daily structure.

All activities set will need to be responded to and will remain open on the journal until they are complete. The teacher who set the work will comment on responses and authorise it to be permanently uploaded to their journal. Some pieces of work will be marked more formally and in greater depth.

Preps:

8.30am Registration.

Your child should log-in to their Seesaw account.

Form Tutors will post a morning registration message on to the child’s journal.

All children should reply to it so that their form tutor knows that they are awake and engaged, ready for learning.

Some teachers may use Microsoft Teams for morning registration.

9.00am

Lessons for that day will appear in the child’s journal according to the timetable.

Lessons will have an input, an activity and some form of recording or evidencing for responses. Lessons will not be live. They will all have an end date when the work is due in, but she can work on the activities in any order or at any time which suits her and the family’s requirements, access to technology and daily structure.

We recommend that pupils complete their Maths and English lessons in the morning, wherever possible. All activities set will need to be responded to and will remain open on the journal until they are complete. The teacher who set the work will comment on any responses and authorise work to be permanently uploaded to each child’s journal.

Some pieces of work will be marked more formally and in greater depth. If you do not receive a learning activity from a given subject on the day it is meant to be set (according to your new timetable), please email the subject teacher.

Senior schools:

We advise that, whenever possible, your child should access lessons at home using the normal daily timetable and works using a clear structure.

The day starts at 8.30am and teachers will aim to send work by 9am each day.

Work will be sent via email or Microsoft Teams. Please do not worry if your son or daughter is unable to complete all the work set. We understand that not all students have access to a device for the entire school day.

Your child should contact her subject teacher if they have problems accessing the work.

Year 11 and Year 13 students

We appreciate the difficulties of the situation for students who had been preparing to sit GCSE and A level examinations this summer.

However, students in Year 11 and Year 13 should continue to work on their examination materials, following instructions and advice provided by their teachers.

This is essential so that students are well prepared for any potential exams in the Michaelmas term.

From 1st May (Year 11) and 7th May (Year 13), your child will continue to study the subjects of their choice.

The schools will be preparing regular virtual whole school assemblies this term; staff, senior students and headteachers will be preparing assemblies by video in time for their usual slots.

At Monmouth School for Boys, your son’s tutor and housemaster will be maintaining regular contact to offer support with home learning arrangements, and to offer pastoral care.

They will also discuss academic enrichment opportunities as these are particularly important opportunities for Year 11 and Year 13 students.

At Monmouth School for Girls, your daughter’s Head of Year will maintain weekly contact with the year group, and her tutor will contact the tutor group twice a week.  Students should reply to their tutor and Head of Year at all times.

New Timetables:

Pre-Prep:

Each day, your child will have a daily diet of subjects. These will include English, Maths and Topic related tasks every day and then a selection of other subjects such as PE, Music, ICT and C4L.  Nursery children will be allocated tasks reflecting their areas of learning. 

Boys’ Prep:

We have created a new timetable for each class.

Each day, your son will have a daily diet of subjects. These will include English, Maths and PE every day and then a selection of other subjects. There will be five or six subjects in a day.

Please print out your son’s new timetable, if you are able to do so, and keep it in your designated workspace at home. You will be able to check this timetable against the activities which appear in your Seesaw journal at 9.00am each day.

We will be posting work on weekdays in term time.

Girls’ Prep:

We have created a new timetable for each class.

Each day, your daughter will have a daily diet of subjects. These will include English and Maths every day, and then a selection of other subjects. There will be between four and six subjects set each day.

Please print out your daughter’s new timetable, if you are able to do so, and keep it in your designated workspace at home. You will be able to check this timetable against the activities which appear in your Seesaw journal at 9.00am each day.

We will be posting work on weekdays in term time.