Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

Teaching and Learning

During this unprecedented period, Borlase staff are working hard to provide continuity of teaching and learning for all our students.  We are continuing to follow the school timetable, albeit with slightly shortened lessons.  Our approach is based on the Google Apps for Education tools that our staff and students are familiar with.  In particular, we are using Google Classroom and Google Meet to enable our students to keep in touch with their classmates and teachers and to remain on top of their studies. 

The timings of our Borlase@Home school day are as follows:

8.40 - 9am Tutor time
9 - 9.40am Period 1
9.50 - 10.30am Period 2
10.30 - 11.15am Break (clubs and societies)
11.15 - 11.55am Period 3
12.05 - 12.45pm Period 4
12.45 - 1.30pm Lunch break
1.30 - 2.10pm Period 5

We have made a distinction, during the Borlase@Home period, between active and passive lessons.  In active lessons, students have the opportunity to engage directly with their teacher and, often, their fellow classmates too.  Generally this is through the use of Google Meet.  Passive lessons are set through Google Classroom and do not involve direct teacher contact: they provide students with the chance to explore topics or questions more independently.  Keeping in touch with the classroom experience as much as possible is important.  For that reason, all students should have at least one active engagement with their teachers each week, in every subject.

We just wanted to write to thank you and your staff for the tremendous effort put in to continue to educate the children at Borlase. We are incredibly impressed with the ’Google Meets’, documents, videos and presentations (all to timetable) and our two boys have embraced the new set up.  A huge thank you to all your staff at this incredibly difficult time.