Situated in Hong Kong, Mount Kelly is a British International School that has 150 students from year 1 to year 9. The school comprises mainly English language learner (ELL) students and follows the British curriculum.
Mount Kelly was established four years ago, and since that time, they chose Edmentum’s EducationCity to support their teaching and learning needs. Indeed, Nick Rothwell, Deputy Head at the school, says: “from our very first year of setting up the school we took on EducationCity, which was about four years ago. EducationCity was the first online platform we took on.”
Supporting Learning In & Out of the Classroom
Mount Kelly was looking for a platform that their children could access for classwork and homework to support their education. Nick says that: “we wanted to have something which our children could access outside of school and work on more areas of development, particularly with English being one of them but also their Maths so that it would give them an extra layer of education.”
Since the school implemented EducationCity, the product has been meeting many of their needs.
Nathan Beaumont, Key Stage 1 Phase Lead at the school, comments on EducationCity as an educational tool for his students and says that “rather than a book, it’s interactive for the children because the games are only 10 minutes, so they’re perfect in terms of screen time. They can do something related to the learning in the classroom, and all the games are linked to the British curriculum, so it’s backed up what we were doing in school.
“As well as this, we like the fact that it’s not just English and Maths for Key Stage 1, but there are the phonics games as well, and there’s also science resources, and so all of the core subjects are catered for. The children really enjoy completing science games, and it gives them a difference in learning from paper-based instruction.”
Furthermore, the school also comments that the product has been good for their ELL students in learning the language at their pace. Nick says that “even some of our weaker EAL students use it, and it has been helpful for them.”
Aiding a Continuity of Learning
With the current global situation resulting in the migration to distance learning for many schools, Mount Kelly has found it very beneficial to have an education technology product such as EducationCity.
Sophie Jackson, Key Stage 2 Phase Lead, comments that as the teachers already had EducationCity embedded before the move to home learning, their transition was easier. Sophie says that “it was very much embedded with us already, and it was beneficial for us to have EducationCity for our classes while we could work with other students one-to-one online.
“During home learning, we set activities every week in Maths, English, and Science that links to what we are doing, and this is slotted into the timetable within the school day, so it’s become a part of the curriculum. We can see who has or hasn’t completed work too and who needs to catch up, so that’s beneficial.”
Following this, Nick also comments on how teachers were already on board with EducationCity, which made a move to home learning more seamless: “the transition to home learning was natural for teachers as we already had EducationCity on board. Everyone was a bit anxious about teaching live lessons, so we made sure we brought in EducationCity to alleviate this. Actually, in Key Stage 2, EducationCity definitely breaks up the learning for the students because they have a lot of Zoom calls, so they can go away and do these as a different instructional method.”
In Key Stage 1 before the pandemic, teachers would use EducationCity in lesson time as a starter or for assessing understanding during the lesson. Following the migration to online education, Nathan says that “EducationCity was useful to give to students as it was linked to the curriculum. Whatever strand we were doing, we could usually find an activity that would back up the day’s instruction. We used it daily during the pandemic to give a break from worksheets and set structured learning with it where it featured in students’ timetables for all the core subjects, so usage has definitely increased. During online lessons, we would explicitly use EducationCity too. Now we have online and offline learning, the children use it more in the school day.”
Reporting & Differentiation Tools to Support Knowledge Gained & Differing Abilities
To ensure students are gaining the knowledge they need, a product area particularly used by the school are the reporting tools on EducationCity. Nathan says that “during home learning, the tracking tools help us with knowing who has done their activities on the correct day set, and we can see their learning.”
Similarly, in Key Stage 2, teachers can see which activities students have completed during distance learning from the reports generated on EducationCity. Sophie says that “we can see which activities students have completed, so we can set activities for revision and see who has that understanding, and then you can also set something you covered a month ago and review knowledge from this too.
“You can also set different activities for different children, so if a student learns at a different level, you can set work for them easily. As you can personalize learning in this way, it is adaptable and beneficial for all levels. There are also different instructional tools such as ThinkIts and Learn Screens, so there are different variations of content that are useful for many students.
Impact of EducationCity on Learning
For Mount Kelly, the availability of resources in all the core subjects throughout the primary levels found on EducationCity supports students as they have a continuity of learning both inside and outside the classroom. Nathan says that “we like the fact that it is not just English and Maths for Key Stage 1, there are phonics activities too and also Science, so all of the core subjects are catered for.”
Furthermore, the resource has been ideal for reinforcing knowledge, as Nick says:
“EducationCity is powerful for reinforcing knowledge gained in lessons as the teacher can stop what they’re doing and set an activity for children to do to help with their learning.”
Conclusively, Mount Kelly has benefitted from EducationCity for providing students with another method of learning to reinforce knowledge and support instruction in and out of the classroom.
Edmentum will continue to work with Mount Kelly to support the school and its staff during this time and beyond in helping every student achieve their full potential.
Discover the success Mount Kelly has had from using EducationCity, by watching our webinar here.