We are pleased to be keeping school life as near to normal as we possibly can in these challenging times.
We operate in two bubbles to limit children mixing across age groups. With small classes, lots of outdoor space and a creative and inspiring curriculum, Annan is the best place for children to learn safely. Well-being is very important at this time and we nurture this through our caring emotionally intelligent approach and specific mindfulness sessions.
Remote Learning during lockdown
Annan School has an interactive portal for all age groups which operated during lockdown. The portal enabled teachers to deliver a full programme of lessons to all age groups. This included live interactive sessions and a chance for children to see and chat to their friends and teacher online. Young children were supported by teachers setting fun activities to do at home, in the garden or locally. They could upload their pictures and share them with friends. Teachers recorded themselves reading stories which children could watch at any time. The children in Infant classes had weekly maths and literacy sessions in small groups and live chats as a class.
Junior children had work set by their teachers which included live and recorded introductions. They all chose a “passion project” on a subject of their choice which was something they could complete at home with parental support. Each child had a one to one mentoring session with their teacher and time to share their work with the rest of the class. We had a nature channel where children could find ideas for nature activities set by the Forest School teacher and could upload photos of things they found in the outdoors or pictures and writing.
Parents were offered online video meetings one to one with teachers to discuss their child’s progress and ways to support them at home. They also had email contact with the teachers and principals.
Once a week the whole school joined together online for a Gathering run by Mark or Debby Hunter. These included an Easter egg hunt, a Madhatter’s tea party, and Gatherings showcasing children’s work at home. We held a virtual Sports Day for parents to watch at home, recorded our Leavers Patina parade and even set up a whole school camp-out in the garden for The Great British Campout in May!
Re-opening after lockdown
We were pleased to reopen for all age groups from the beginning of June onwards and have kept our online portal at the ready to swing back into action at short notice should there be any further lockdown or children needing to isolate.
Tours of the School
We are able to offer tours of the school however these must be pre-booked and limited to adults only and one family per tour. These can be arranged on our “Visit us” page or by calling the school office.