Top teachers from Kettering Buccleuch Academy contribute art and science resources to new online educational platform.
This week, pupils up and down the country are learning from teachers at Kettering Buccleuch Academy, after lessons they helped design went live on the new Oak National Academy website.
The Oak National Academy (ONA) is a government-backed online classroom and resources hub, set up in response to the current pandemic. It seeks to support pupils in Reception through to Year 10 with their learning at home. To create the new educational site, teachers from the nation’s top-performing schools have come together to create special online content that covers a wide range of subjects and is freely accessible to all.
Forming part of this national team of top teachers is art teacher Adriano Di Salvo and Head of Science Sophie Dale, both from Kettering Buccleuch Academy. Alongside delivering online learning for their own pupils, Adriano and Sophie have been volunteering their time and expertise to help create these exciting, educational resources for pupils across the country.
In Adriano’s online art lessons students begin by taking part in a multiple-choice quiz which is followed by a video of Adriano demonstrating that lesson’s activity. They are then encouraged to try the task for themselves before completing a summary quiz to reinforce their learning and understanding.
For Adriano, the main challenge is coming up with activities that pupils can do at home with limited art resources. For example, in one of this week’s Year 7 lessons called ‘Alternative Approaches to Painting’, pupils are encouraged to use household items such as cotton buds or match sticks as painting implements and different strengths of coffee as paint.
Contributing to the platform’s science offering, Head of Science Sophie began the week by delivering an online lesson to Year 8s on plants and photosynthesis, which her own pupils at KBA tuned into.
Speaking about the benefits of the platform, KBA art teacher Adriano Di Salvo, said:
“It’s a good opportunity for pupils to hear and see a teacher rather than receiving a set of instructions to follow through. The response we’ve had on social media from parents has also been great as pupils have been able to access the content on their own. We’re not asking them to print anything – they can just work on paper or use whatever resources they already have a home.”
Head of Science at KBA, Sophie Dale, said of her involvement:
“It’s amazing to see how many pupils are engaging with something we have helped set up. The feedback has been incredible and we will always be looking at how we can improve to better support pupils and teachers who are already doing a fantastic job.”
Principal of Kettering Buccleuch Academy, Dino Di Salvo, said:
“It is fantastic to see two of our teachers contribute to the Oak National Academy and help provide such high-quality educational resources to pupils up and down the country at this unprecedented time.
“All of us are incredibly proud of Adriano and Sophie for the hard work and tireless efforts they have put into this initiative, and to the unwavering commitment they continue to show to our pupils at KBA during this distance learning period. I look forward to continuing to encourage and support them in this endeavour.”