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Despite the challenges of national lockdown, Bolton School has remained open all along and learning has continued smoothly for the Junior Girls throughout the pandemic. Teachers and pupils have been thinking creatively and imaginatively to stretch girls via remote learning. Every pupil from age 7 upwards has a school-issued iPad, which has helped to make the transition to online and directed learning simple and seamless.
Head of the Junior Girls’ School Mrs Laverick explains: ‘We moved very quickly to directed learning when lockdown began [in March 2020]. Whilst we continued to see the children of key workers, the vast majority of girls transitioned to the new normal very quickly. … Overall, I have been delighted at how well we have adapted to home-working. In many ways lessons have continued as normal, they have just been online. Teachers have used Zoom to talk to pupils and we have used a variety of apps to share and mark work on. For those that need it we also use a variety of e-learning platforms to provide extension work. Parents have been excellent in helping make sure things run smoothly; I think many have enjoyed the insight into how their girls learn and have been hugely appreciative at how little interruption to learning there has been. We are also blessed with lots of space at Bolton School and, for those pupils across the campus that have come in, this has been gratefully utilised. Across the School, pupils have been making excellent progress despite the lockdown.’
The staff have found ingenious ways for the girls to share their work both within their classes and more publicly. Regular updates to the Junior Girls’ Twitter feed @BoltonJnrGirls and the Junior Girls’ Modern Foreign Languages Twitter @BoltonJnrgMFL have shown what girls in all year groups have been up to during lockdown, including writing, artwork, oral presentations, videos and dances. The Year 6 teachers have also been sharing their classes’ schoolwork on Seesaw, which allows the girls to leave comments: recently they have been dropping book reviews and recommendations for one another.
I just wanted to pass on my thanks to you all for keeping us up to date at this very difficult time. The remote learning worked fantastic last time and I’m sure it will again.Year 6 Parent
Brilliant first day! Not a clue how you have all done this with 12 hours notice, especially when 8 of those hours should have been sleep! You’re all stars. The structure and work having to be submitted has been brilliant. Well done all!Year 3 & Year 5 Parent
Can we pass on our thanks to you and all of the team for getting this sorted so fast. It is certainly not an easy situation with it being so fluid but you have handled it excellently.Year 3 Parent
I just wanted to commend you all on how well today has gone with home schooling , I cannot imagine how you even slept last night ! It was a huge shock and blow but please pass on my thanks to all staff and a huge well done from us. Best wishes for brighter days to return soon.Year 6 Parent
Could I please kindly take this opportunity on behalf of our family to thank you all both individually and collectively at Hesketh House; for your incredible dynamism and tenacity in these challenging times. With all the hardships and difficulties we are all facing out here fighting this Virus, I don’t even know how to express the feeling of knowing that at least our daughter is safe, happy, motivated, inspired and feels seen and valued in her learning environment.Year 3 Parent
Thank you for another brilliant round of zoom school. The structure and deadlines for submissions are just what the girls need, especially at the moment ... The standard of learning has been brilliant and the girls have both really enjoyed the learning challenge and science work and I have loved the music quizzes!Year 3 & Year 5 Parent
As we’re coming to the end of home schooling (hopefully for good!) we wanted to message you. Although no-one wanted this to happen, I do think from our point of view there has been some positives. It’s been fantastic to have an insight as to the teaching methods and the interaction between the teachers and the girls on Zoom and how they’ve kept them engaged and spirits up.
Mrs Holt, Marsden and Forshaw really do have a great relationship with all the girls but especially for Tabitha that fun and close bond has really brought the best out of her this year. She enjoys the interaction with her teachers, and it makes her want to learn and work hard. This style works really well for Tabitha and I’m sure the same can be said for a lot of the girls.
We wanted to let you know how impressed we have been with her teachers this year and in this difficult period.Year 5 Parents