This time of year can bring a nervous energy as the allocation of school places is eagerly anticipated but this year there will understandably be further queries and concerns given the Government imposed school shut down.
At Woodbridge School Prep we are in the fortunate position of being able to continue our curriculum provision through our online remote learning platform and our inspirational teachers who have been working so hard to ensure innovative and well-structured lessons are available to all. We understand that there is a balance to be struck between computer-accessed learning and practical activities and also the demands on parents working from home and supervising learning. We need to remember that we are genuinely all in this together!
The occasional interruption from a toddler during a video link or an audio call is to be expected and will probably add to the human connections that we are missing during this time.
Staff at WSP have planned for online interactive lessons, assemblies and live tutor time but, in addition, each lesson also has a clear lesson plan so that those who are unable to access the live timetable can make sure they do not miss anything if they need to access their learning at a later date.
Our usual curriculum, as detailed in our Long Term Plans, will be delivered so that children will be ready for the new academic year having covered the objectives of this year, despite the interruption of normal service. In addition to the core subjects there have been ingenious plans made for the continuation of lessons such as PE, Music, Drama, Spanish, ICT, Science, Food Technology, Engineering, Mindfulness, Forest Schools and House Competitions.
Our brand new, purpose built Pre-Prep Building has now been completed we are all very excited to move in and welcome our new Reception intake in September. New pupils are being assessed remotely for occasional places that are available in some year groups during this time, and we have a fun, remotely-interactive, session planned for Reception assessments that was postponed earlier in the year. As we look forward to welcoming some new students as the Trinity Term begins, should you have any questions about the possibility of a place for your child at Woodbridge School Prep, I would be more than happy to have a conversation with you and take you on a virtual tour.
Our community has been incredibly supportive of each other during this time and we really are working on a ‘business as usual’ format. Routine, focus, positivity, support and expectation all have a part to play in ensuring that our children, parents and staff are able to navigate the next few weeks and months as we prepare for a return to normal as soon as possible. I don’t think we will take the magic of school days for granted again for quite some time!
Head of Woodbridge School Prep