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3 April 2020

Current Year 8 pupil, Joel, has been writing about his experience of remote learning during this unprecedented time:

On Friday 20 March, Boris Johnson announced that schools will be closing until further notice. Whilst young people across the UK may have been celebrating, parents were grieving. Since then, teachers of all subjects from Westminster City School have been setting tasks on the online programme, Show My Homework.

Pupils of all years have had a variety of different work, from listening to and describing the melody and rhythm of a Bhangra song on Microsoft Forms in Music, to answering comprehension questions from a booklet in English.

I have a specific schedule that I follow every day. I wake up at 6am (the same as when I went to school) and I eat my breakfast at 8am. At 9am, I start my daily exercises using videos from Joe Wicks on his YouTube channel. At 9.35am I start my first task. I have two breaks, one at 10.55am and the other at 2pm. This is a daily routine for me.

I also have my music lessons on Microsoft Teams, as well as our weekly Anti-Bullying Ambassador meetings and Debate Mate meetings every Wednesday. 

Remote learning has been going well as I have been learning to the same degree but at home. I am avoiding any contact with people apart from family members that live in my house, yet I am still learning, like I am at school, and I am not missing half the school year. 

The thing I miss most about Westminster City School is physically talking to my friends. Talking to them virtually is not as half as fun as talking to them in person! 

This article was written by current Year 8 pupil, Joel. He is pictured, above, before our School closure. We would like to thank Joel for taking the time to write about how he has been finding remote learning.

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