Our exciting and engaging Virtual Holistic Curriculum (VHC) is well underway at Dragon School this Summer Term. It is also our great privilege to support the tremendous efforts of Oxford’s Key Workers by continuing to provide on-site care and supervision for their children. In these unusual and challenging times we are continuing to work together as one ‘Dragon community’ to ensure that all our pupils have the very best educational experience possible.

We have developed and continue to enhance our comprehensive Virtual Holistic Curriculum. This offers core academic work, wider curriculum opportunities, enrichment activities and a wellbeing focus. From School assemblies to sport, music lessons and podcasts, access to our unique Dragon Education is via our Parent Portal.

We are using a range of platforms, aiming to make our provision as accessible and interactive as possible for all our young Dragons. We recognise that home working and home learning are new to us all, and help is on hand to ensure all of our pupils can engage fully, embracing this new experience.

“The Year 3 experience has been brilliant. The live lessons work really well, both in terms of learning and the emotional wellbeing/sense of still being part of the class etc. The teacher is very responsive and my child has felt his needs have been addressed as if in class.” Current Year 3 Parent

Class Teachers are interacting with their forms through online video ‘check-in’ sessions, as well as during lessons. We are also ensuring there is plenty of opportunity for staff to give feedback on children’s learning, and our much-loved scheme for ‘pluses’ now takes a ‘virtual’ form, with the opportunity for children to work towards Commendations.

We are also committed to ensuring that we continue to provide excellent pastoral care for all children. Our Tutors continue to provide individual pastoral and academic support to their tutees. The social and emotional learning of all pupils benefit from online ‘Tutor times’ as well as our Personal Social Health Economic and Emotional learning programme.

Importantly, whilst we recognise the many benefits that online learning can bring, an electronic device is not needed for every task in our Virtual Holistic Curriculum. For families with children of multiple ages we have also ensured that some activities and tasks can be shared within families. Our Dragons have already been exploring their ‘growth mindset’ and have been providing very enjoyable regular updates on this topic to me and to their teachers by email.

“The Dragon has done a great job in switching to online learning. The morning form time sessions have been particularly important in helping my child continue to feel connected to school.” Current Parent

Beyond the classroom, please note that all of our administrative departments are open and are very happy to engage with parents and prospective parents, albeit remotely. Dr Kate Heath, and her Admissions team, continue to be contactable to answer any questions you may have, and we warmly welcome you to get in touch. It is also possible for parents to set up a ‘virtual meeting’ to learn more about our School, and all that we can offer. Key contact information can be found on the Contact Us page.

Thank you for your support of our School, and I wish you and your families good health in the weeks ahead.

Crispin Hyde-Dunn

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