Learning in Lockdown

Welcome to our Learning in Lockdown Gallery, showing learning that has been created over the last few weeks!  This page will be updated regularly until we re-open.

Friday 22 May 2020

It has been another hard-working week at Calthorpe Park!  We have been inundated with staff sharing examples of fabulous student learning which demonstrates deep thought, high effort and great ingenuity. It has also been heartening to see many staff and students using the Covid-19 pandemic as a true learning opportunity. 

Mrs Loosemore has been able to give students in Health and Social Care an opportunity to critically evaluate the notion of 'care' and its limitations in our current environment. She has shared some examples of truly thought-provoking work from her students, illustrating their deeply compassionate natures and maturity beyond their years. 

Miss Baggott was also able to adapt her curriculum plans to allow GCSE Food and Nutrition students the opportunity to examine supply chain issues occurring as a result of panic buying and a depletion in agricultural labour.  Her students engaged well with the underlying concepts and many were able to draw on the experience of their own families at this time to substantiate their assertions. 

Meanwhile, staff continue to exploit new technologies and many of our students are engaging in these opportunities. Mrs Stuart has created her own virtual forum and her English students are enjoying participating in a Creative Writing club. She has been incredibly pleased by the quality of the virtual discussion that has taken place and students have enjoyed not only viewing each other's submissions but also setting carefully considered targets for improvement in a mutually supportive environment. 

In addition, we have been enjoying the polished writing skills of our Modern Foreign Languages students whilst students in Design and Technology have created some very sophisticated designs of Gumball Machines! Year 6 transition projects continue to come in and it is a veritable delight to see the enthusiasm that our prospective students are brimming with. 

MFL pics

DT and Boot

Ms Ball has been promoting mental health and well-being in the form of a virtual club. Some of her students have shared beautiful examples of wildlife and nature photography. They have been using this to connect with the outdoors as a mechanism to enhance their own well-being. She has also been able to share some lovely examples of extra-curricular art work that students have been engaging with to promote mindfulness. These students are commended for positively taking responsibility for their mental health at a challenging time. 


It is a pleasure for staff to share and celebrate examples of their students' work, endeavour and participation in learning and we look forward to publishing more examples after the half-term break. 

We finish this week with an update from our hard-working site team.  Since Easter the new “studio” (what used to be the motor mechanics shed) has had a new ceiling installed and new floor laid, creating additional teaching space for drama and dance, as well as a useful space for those wishing to hire somewhere suitable for yoga and aerobics.


The team then moved onto the corridor leading from the staff car park where the old coat hangers were. This area has been refurbished completely including the stairwell leading to the IT department.

They have now finished the food tech corridor, music entrance and more recently work started on the second IT stairwell.


In addition, the site team have been working alongside the landscape team and the memorial garden is looking stunning!



Friday 15 May 2020

Whilst current circumstances have been challenging for everyone in the Calthorpe Community, our staff have been enjoying sharing positive examples of outstanding and often ingenious work that our students are undertaking at home.
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Some of our students have involved their whole family in collective learning. One student led a tapas evening and shared a wonderful menu and some photos with Mr Robins – he was, of course, most disappointed that he didn’t get to participate as the food looked absolutely delicious! Mr Robins has also been busy creating more online videos and has now enjoyed in excess of 6000 views. Mr Margilewski, too, has been busy publishing more videos to aid our Business students and his You Tube channel is proving extremely popular.

The History Department has received the most engaging and beautifully presented Tudor Lifestyle magazines which have showcased students' creativity and technical skills. One could imagine thumbing through them in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace! 
Carrie Mag
Our Maths Department has been delighted by fantastic levels of student participation, particularly in Year 10, while the English Department have been very actively engaging with their students via email. They have received a great selection of positive comments and thanks for their individually-focused support, guidance and feedback. 
Some of our students have chosen to interpret the rainbow challenge by creating culinary masterpieces:


Drama work

Drama staff were very excited to share highly creative set design work whilst they are also working with students interested in producing a 'virtual play'. Two students, sisters, have worked with their cousins in Belgium to produce a mini version of the musical 'Chicago', and they have entertained staff with the video they produced.
Many parents have also highlighted and commended the broader set of life and learning skills that our students are developing at this time of working from home. To quote one:
“Our daughter is learning some valuable skills of time management, organisation of workload, checking the job is done and completed to the best of her ability - these will be skills she needs for later in life!”
Our celebration of super work is not limited to current students. We are delighted that so many Year 6 students are engaging with our ‘Transition Challenges’ and have been sending us digital copies of their fabulous creations. 
And finally, we are immensely proud of all our students and staff who have been busily contributing to broader efforts. We are particularly delighted to commend those who have dedicated time to sewing sets of scrubs for local healthcare workers, and also Miss Baggott who has been crafting rather stylish face masks.