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How North Coast Campus pupils are learning in lockdown


By Caroline McMorran

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They may be in lockdown but that doesn’t mean their education has been forgotten.

Teachers are setting a range of exciting and challenging activities weekly for primary pupils at the North Coast Campus, which comprises Melvich, Farr and Tongue primary schools.

The tasks are set via a ‘family learning grid’ and each week there is a ‘Big Challenge’ with pupils asked to help in the home or contribute to the happiness and wellbeing of someone else. Needless to say, this has gone down well with parents.

Primary deputy head teachers June MacKintosh and Veronica Nicol carefully plan the activities, with input from all teachers, to cover all curricuar areas.

She said: “We feel we have struck a great balance with the family learning grids and with focussed work set for individuals, groups and classes through additional paperwork and online learning which, for older pupils, includes catching up with peers and staff on Google classrooms and hangouts.”

Letters written by pupils about their days in lockdown are being passed on to local residents via their grocery shopping deliveries with the aim of brightening their day.

Parent councils at the three schools have praised the educational structure put in place. Farr Parent Council said it was “achievable and flexible with plenty scope for practical and theoretical based learning”.

Melvich Parent Council said it was delighted at the efforts made by the campus teachers and Tongue Council said teachers had prioritised the wellbeing of all family members.

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