With schools shut until further notice, teachers have switched from classroom teaching to online lessons in order to continue teaching their students throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Twenty-six-year-old Naomi Rowe, a reception teacher at Sinai Jewish Primary School in Kenton, North West London, has started to record videos for key subjects so that her four- and five-year-old pupils can watch them from home.
“Every day we’ve done a maths lesson and a phonics lesson, and once a week we’ve done a literacy lesson where the children have been learning about a text or doing some writing linked to a particular story.”
“I DO THINK IT WILL AFFECT THEM ACADEMICALLY. THEY’RE AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE WHERE THEY’RE LEARNING EVERYTHING FROM SCRATCH”
Naomi ROWE, RECEPTION TEACHER
Since moving online, Miss Rowe has also been sending out emails to parents with resources and worksheets for the children to complete, as well as using Google Classroom for the children to access lessons online through PowerPoints.
By using Google Classroom, Miss Rowe has been able to grade students’ work and provide them with feedback on what they have done well and what they can improve on.
“Whenever the children submit a piece of work I’m able to go onto it and I can reply to them. I will tell them what’s good about their work and give them a next step.”
Miss Rowe explains the changes that she has made to her teaching
Although Miss Rowe has found a way to continue teaching her pupils from home, it has not come without a challenge as switching from the classroom to online has caused a number of issues to arise.
“The biggest challenges have been not having the children there, not being able to see who’s not understanding it and not being able to address any misconceptions.”
Miss Rowe also emphasises how important it is for children to have discussions within the classroom, as “children learn a lot from hearing other children’s ideas and suggestions”.
Miss Rowe teaches her pupils a story for them to remember by using actions
With her pupils being at such a young age, a huge concern is if the long period of time away from the classroom will have an impact on the pupils’ social and academic development.
Miss Rowe is hopeful that the time off school will not have too much of an impact on her current students’ social development due to them being “young and resilient”, although she does think that it will impact them academically.
“They’re at such a young age where they’re learning everything from scratch and I think for a lot of them who aren’t doing all the work, they will find that they’ve got quite a few gaps in their learning.”
Learning from home will now mean that parents will be more involved in their children’s education as it is now up to them to ensure that their children do not fall behind.
Miss Rowe believes this is especially important for children who are in reception, due to them being really young and needing the activities to be started for them so that they understand what they have to do. She also thinks that it is really nice that parents will get to see how their children learn at school.
“They’ll be able to see what their children can do and can’t do, as well as being able to help them going forward.”