Our guide to online learning

How is RST implementing online learning?
Thanks to valuable feedback from the community after remote learning last academic year, we have adapted and updated the programme for the benefit of pupils and parents.
Our current online learning will incorporate:
  • More live lessons across all sections of the school (Pre-Prep, Prep & Senior). This will give pupils the interaction with teachers and classmates that they otherwise lose in remote learning. Our aim is to emulate the normal school timetable as closely as possible.
  • Independent tasks to be done with or without parental input, according to the age of the child.
  • PE & Sport activities offered via the remote learning websites.
  • Co-curricular activities to supplement academic learning.
  • Well-being provision to ensure children cope with the temporary change.
What might your child(ren) be feeling about this temporary shift?
Any change to a child’s usual routine can feel difficult for them. They may feel:
  • Anxious and excited as they begin online learning again.
  • Disappointed not to be seeing their friends.
  • Overwhelmed by the increased reading and writing for independent tasks.
  • Disturbed by the change to school routine.
  • Unmotivated away from the class environment.

How can you help your child(ren) during remote learning?

There are several ways parents can help their children get the best from remote learning. Here are some tools to help you:
  • ROUTINE: Keep this as close as possible to the usual school routine with a regular bed, wake-up and breakfast time. Some children may also find it helps them to get into school uniform to separate the online school day from ‘home’ time.
  • MANAGE EXPECTATIONS: Print a weekly timetable and talk through the day ahead at breakfast.
  • STUDY SPACE: Create a comfortable and inspiring space for your child to do their work during lesson times.
  • MINIMISE DISTRACTIONS: Children will be surrounded by all sorts of distractions at home (a pet, a sibling, toys, computer games etc), so remove these or set up the study space away from them.
  • TALK TO EACH OTHER: Ask open questions about how your child is finding the new situation; ‘What are you working on at the moment?’ / ‘How are you finding it?’ / ‘Is there any area you’d like more help with?’ / ‘How are you feeling today?’ / ‘What’s been the best bit of remote learning today?’ / ‘What are you finding challenging?’.
  • TALK TO FRIENDS: Encourage your child to keep up with their friends!
  • EXERCISE: More than ever, this is a time when children need boosts to keep them focused and happy. Exercise is a brilliant way to do this, so do encourage them to do independent physical activities alongside our school PE and sports tasks. Time away from screens is also very important.
  • ENJOY HOBBIES: Find the things that make your child tick out of school and encourage them to make time for these things.
  • FAMILY TIME: You’ll all be juggling different things at this time, so make time to do enjoyable family activities where you interact, such as family walks, cookery or board games.
What are the positives we can take from this experience?
  • Time together: We have all had more time together than we expected over the past year, and while this may feel testing at times, try to see the positive. How often in life will you have an uninterrupted length of time with your immediate family? This is an opportunity to connect and discover even more about the people you know best.
  • Self-motivation: This is a brilliant time for children to find and develop a strong ability to self-motivate and develop time management skills.
  • Up-skill: For parents, teachers and children, this is once again a time for up-skilling technological ability. Remote learning is all about creating and using effective online resources and digital meetings, and even the most tech-savvy can up-skill!
  • Growth Mindset: As teachers adapt their lessons to work online and develop strategies to keep learners engaged, in turn pupils are being exposed to fresh and exciting ways of learning and new ideas.
  • Celebrate your achievements together… your family collaboration at this time deserves to be rewarded, whatever that may look like!

We realise many of you are balancing work commitments alongside children being at home and that this situation is far from ideal. We are here to support you through this challenging time; please contact your child’s form teacher, tutor or House Dean if needed, or for well-being concerns please contact support@rugbyschool.ac.th

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