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Knowsley schools sharing learning and keeping in touch ideas

by Gemma Melling

With parents and carers juggling work and home schooling, the borough’s schools have come together to share their innovative and inspiring ways that they are supporting families and pupil learning in Knowsley, as well as ways for pupils to keep in touch.

Schools have been setting work for pupils either via online channels or printed materials which are being posted out or available for collection. In addition, our primary schools have developed school writing competitions, daily reading challenges, story time sessions with teachers sharing videos of them reading books, virtual obstacle course challenges, gardening clubs and talent shows.

A number of secondary schools are sharing tasks for pupils to complete at home, sharing college resources to year 11 students to help them prepare for their transition from secondary education to further education, sharing webinars around further education and careers advice and shared links to careers advisors to help pupils prepare for their next steps.

Pupils are encouraged to keep in touch with one another through a range of ways including sending postcards to their friends, creation of an ‘apart but forever’ video, photos of pupils carrying out various learning activities are being uploaded to the school website for pupils to view, and ‘guess who’ quizzes for children to guess who the staff member is from a baby photo.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “It’s been lovely to hear about how our pupils are continuing to learn each week. I know it is a very busy time for parents and carers as they are trying to juggle and manage the Coronavirus situation. I know from feedback I’ve received that the support our schools are providing, as well as the different ideas being shared on how learning can be incorporated into daily routines, is appreciated. Keep up the good work everyone – you are doing an amazing job!”