OFSTED inspectors have revealed how teaching has changed at a Bracknell Forest primary school.

Holly Spring primary school, on Lily Hill Road, was visited by the education watchdog for a monitoring visit in September.

This means the school, which was rated as ‘good’ last time Ofsted chiefs visited in 2013, was not fully inspected.

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Instead, inspectors spoke to senior teachers about how the school is accommodating pupils following their return to school during the coronavirus pandemic.

Their report, published this week, reveals how teaching has changed for students since the school re-opened on September 3.

  • Currently, students are not studying their usual curriculum with music and computing lessons reduced for some year groups.
  • Some aspects of practical science, art, design technology and PE are also not being taught, but teachers are hoping to teach the full curriculum by summer 2021.

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  • Teachers are tailoring additional help to those who need extra support in reading, with phonics teaching also being adjusted to make sure any gaps in knowledge are filled
  • Staff are adapting their teaching of mathematics using the government’s guidance on this subject in order to make sure pupils have the knowledge they need.
  • With some aspects of subjects across the curriculum having been missed before the summer break, teachers are reconsidering what needs to be taught and in what order to help pupils in these lessons.
  • Pupils who are not able to attend school are provided with learning resources they can use at home.

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  • School leaders are delivering live lessons online with other internet-based resources also available.

The inspector’s report ends with a message of thanks to Holly Spring’s teachers.

It reads: “Thank you again for contributing to this important national work. The views and experiences you have shared will help to inform future policy.”

The visit took place on Tuesday, September 29.