How will work be set for students?
All work for students will be set through Microsoft TEAMs. The curriculum will be taught through a combination of live lessons, pre-recorded lessons and pre-set work. Details of when live lessons are is detailed below:
Pre-set work and resources to support learning will be stored in the files section of each of the students’ subject class TEAMs page. It is very important that all students attend the live lessons as these will be planned to support independent learning throughout the week. Other scheduled lessons on the timetable for each subject will be in the form of pre-recorded sessions or independent study of pre-set work. Whilst we have scheduled them in to allow all students to complete a five lesson day, we are aware, for a variety of reasons, students may need to complete these sessions outside of the timetable structure.
The government has been clear that, where schools remain open, they are providing a “safe place for those children, it’s not going to be an educational setting”. With that in mind, in order to ensure fairness and parity between students in school and those at home and to reduce the number of staff required in the building, the students in school will follow the same work as those at home via in-school computers. No teaching will take place within the school.
Students in Y11 will follow their timetable as normal. This will generally be through live lessons with their subject teachers, occasionally supplemented with pre-recorded lessons or pre-set work.
The school has drastically increased the connection and memory capacity of our school system to cope with the increased demand that will be required. We are, however, aware that across the country tens of thousands of people will all be using the internet and many of the same subject-based systems such as Mathswatch. This may cause problems for the first couple of days, and we would ask for your patience as the infrastructure copes with this increase in demand.
Students without IT Access
For various reasons some families do not have access to a computer or the internet. If this applies to you, please contact the school by phone 01744 20511.
The DfE has published a document regarding support for parents in keeping children safe online. Please see link below:
The document contains information on the following:
https://www.thenational.academy/ - the DfE's Oak National Academy is an online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize - the BBC has launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach - BBC Teach site with curriculum resources for all subjects and ages.
https://padlet.com/seanjones1/q7yfgbq970v2 - a series of home learning resources, links, apps and live lessons.
https://worksheets.edhelper.com/teacher-education/Daily-Free-Learning-Workbooks-for-Teachers-to-Share-with-Parents-while-Schools-are-Closed-Kids-will-actually-do-these.htm - collection of worksheets and resources for teachers and parents.
The following publication has been released by the DfE. It lists a range of online resources to support home learning:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGuv9wHCWYE - using Assignments in Teams.