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Teaching and Learning

Posted on: 24/03/2021

The highlight of the Capital Classroom has been, without a doubt, the joy of seeing our students back in our lessons. We are so pleased to have welcomed all Capital students back after lockdown and to be able to return to face-to-face learning.

Teachers at Capital have worked hard to ensure that students settle back into our routines and expectations and that they use their expertise to support them in growing their confidence as learners again. Indeed, it has been brilliant to see that some of our students have never lost their confidence and have actually been thriving in their home learning. However, we have been having lots of conversations with students to explain that whatever way they feel about being back in school is fine and that we are there to support them in this period of transition.

With that aim, we have put in place an extensive Recovery Curriculum. In collaboration with our excellent Art Department, we have adapted our PSHE programme to allow students to explore feelings, discuss mental health and the extensive support available in school, as well as helping them develop a positive outlook on the current situation. In addition, in English, our Year 7 students have been exploring how reading and writing poetry can help us to understand and express our feelings, whilst our Year 8 students have been identifying a range of emotions explored in Shakespeare’s plays.

Above all, our priority has been to provide a safe space for students to use their voice to discuss how lockdown has impacted their lives, and in order to achieve this, we have used a variety of oracy activities. Students have joined in enthusiastically with these! In Years 7 and 8, Learning Advisor time has also been used to discuss belonging, kindness and happiness. 

In addition, we have worked with our Year 11 and C6 students to ensure that they are well-prepared for their Assessment Points, which will be important to determine their final grades this year, and we have been thoroughly impressed with the commitment they have shown to their future and their determination to become the very best version of themselves.

Finally, we want to thank all the parents, who have supported us enormously during this second lockdown as we have implemented our Remote Learning strategy - your perseverance and hard work in ensuring that students have engaged positively with online learning has been crucial to its success. A true effort by all members of the Capital Community! All that's left to say from us is that we hope you all have a lovely, well-deserved Easter break! 

 Ms N Ribas - Vice Principal