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Please see below updates from the School
Continuation of Teaching of Learning
We remain committed to providing learning opportunities for our students aimed at reducing any disruption to learning. It is crucial that there is a continuation of learning so that any potential disadvantage is minimised. We ask that parents and students are patient with us as we begin to implement our strategy for continuation of learning.
Learning opportunities will be delivered in the following ways:
Key Stage 3 students (Year 7&8):
- There is now a fortnightly timetable of three sessions per day, each session lasting up to 1½ hours (so maximum 4½ hours total per day). This is to try to help families organise learning times. The timetable contains hyperlinks to the resources in the Office 365 folders that we were using before Easter, but by putting those links into the timetable we hope it makes organising and sequencing learning much more manageable for you.
- We are no longer setting lessons via BROMCOM as this was difficult for sequencing the tasks being set.
- The timetable also allows us to grow some interactivity. Assemblies are in place and selected lessons will, in due course, be broadcast using Microsoft Teams at the allocated times. Students will be emailed a link to follow and can join the lesson online if they like, or watch the lesson at a different time, or simply use the resources to complete the learning without joining the videocall. The online safety of students is very important to us. We are still experimenting with Teams to ensure we can set it up safely and appropriately … we have run some entertaining trials with some students over the break which have unearthed a few issues that need resolving, so please be patient as this method of learning evolves. Also please be aware it will not be possible (or practical) for all lessons to be run this way; many students do not have access to internet devices at home all day and many members of staff have their own young children at home with them. However, we will continue to evaluate the merits of delivering learning this way and aim for a ‘balance’ of independent and interactive learning as we move forward.
- The timetables can be accessed here
- Timetable 18 - 22th May (Year 7)
- Timetable 18 - 22th May (Year 8)
- Timetable 11th - 15th May (Year 7)
- Timetable 11th - 15th May (Year 8)
- Timetable 4th - 8th May (Year 7)
- Timetable 4th - 8th May (Year 8)
- Timetable 27th April - 1st May (Year 7)
- Timetable 27th April - 1st May (Year 8)
- Timetable 20th -24th April
Where appropriate, staff will include links to assessments in the timetable and will feedback to students on their progress accordingly.
- Students who wish to access learning resources in addition to those outlined in the timetable are encouraged to continue to explore the subject folders in the shared libraries via Office 365 to access extension tasks. If you feel the timetable above is not keeping enough learning going for your son or daughter please contact us.
Year 7: Access to Year 7 SharePoint
Year 8: Access to Year 8 SharePoint
These links should work on any device with an internet browser, as long as students are logged into their Office 365 accounts. Where possible, staff have also provided pdf documents which should be more easily viewed on some mobile and tablet devices
Key Stage 5 students (Year 12):
We are able to use Microsoft Teams as a method of communication for sixth form students. All students have access to Teams on their student laptop device. As long as they have an internet connection at home, they will be able to access Teams to stay up to date with their learning. Some staff may look to deliver lesson through Teams using the video conferencing facilities available. This may require students being available at their usual lesson time. Individual teaching staff will confirm this with students.
Students MUST keep a record of activities they have completed. In most cases, they will have their notes files with them and can continue to add to these notes as usual. If this is not the case, they should either complete the work electronically using their Microsoft login details to save work to the cloud, or simply use file paper and store it ready to bring into school once we re-open.
Completed work can be emailed directly to the class teacher, but students should await further instruction on this from the class teacher directly.
What can you do to prepare for the coming weeks?
- Ensure your child knows their password and login details for:
- Microsoft 365
- Doddle Science
- Dr Frost Maths
- Accelerated Reader
- If your child has any difficulty with password/logins, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible to ask for the passwords to be re-set.
- Ensure students have access to learning resources via Bromcom. This will be the primary method for issuing learning activities and requires internet connection only, not a specific device.
- Wherever possible, ensure your child has access to an internet enabled device with the capacity to open Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe PDF documents
- Try to create a distinct area in the house for learning. This should ideally be well lit, well ventilated and with a space to sit and work at a table/desk. The space should be located in a quiet area, away from TV/Gaming devices and other potential distraction
- You may wish to consider removing your child’s mobile device from them when they are learning, just as we do in school. Mobile phones/tablet devices are a potential source of distraction unless being used specifically to access learning resources
- Encourage your child to regularly drink water. 2 litres a day is recommended and will help them to remain focused
- Avoid the temptation to alter the normal routines of bedtimes/mealtimes. Wherever possible, sticking as closely to the family routines as normal is likely to minimise disruption to learning
- Consider talking to your child about avoiding too much exposure to social media. Please encourage them only to get news form reliable, trustworthy sources. This should help to reduce anxiety.
The BBC has some useful advice on protecting your mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799
For information about accessing My Child at School or Bromcom click here