Remote Learning Coordinator: Ruth Allen (Deputy Headteacher)
Students Working From Home
Students working from home
What work will my son/daughter be set?
Your son/daughter will be set work according to their timetable. Students should complete the tasks on the set day. All subjects, with the exception of core PE, will set the following via Microsoft Teams:
Task guidance using the ‘home learning sheet’ that details what your son/daughter should do;
A voice over PowerPoint so students can hear the teacher explain and model; and
Off screen tasks that they will complete in their printed booklet or their exercise book.
Core PE will set a voice over PowerPoint and a link to a one hour work out that your son/daughter should complete.
All voice over PowerPoints are quality assured by heads of department to ensure your son/daughter continues to have access to high quality teaching. Having a recorded explanation and modelling allows students to pause and rewind as necessary to aid their understanding. Students continue to have access to the voice over PowerPoints after they have completed the tasks so that they can return to them a later date should they need to. The voice over PowerPoints also ease pressure on access to computers in the household as students can complete them at a time of their choosing.
Students in Years 12 and 13 will receive an invite from their teachers to a live online lesson. The lessons follow their timetable, mirror lessons in school and students will receive the same teaching time as they would do normally. Live online lessons are recorded so should your son/daughter not be able to access them live, they can listen back at another time. Students can also use the recordings to listen back to the teacher explanation and modelling to support their understanding and aid with the completion of tasks.
What homework will my son/daughter receive?
Students in Years 7 to 10:
In order to manage student workload, students will be expected to complete their daily reading and maths homework. Maths homework will be set via Hegarty Maths. Students will not be set subject homework tasks. Daily reading is set via MS Teams as part of the English work along with the weekly schedule as a reminder of where students should read to that week.
Students in Years 11, 12 and 13:
Students will be set homework according to the normal homework policy. Please see our policies page for further information.
How will I know if my son/daughter has completed the work?
Teachers will be checking your son/daughter's work on a daily basis. Data from this checking is collected centrally and will be used to inform your weekly tutor phone call. Your son/daughter's tutor will let you know whether your son/daughter is completing their tasks and uploading the work, only viewing the tasks but not uploading the work or not accessing the work at all. Text messages will also go out to keep you updated.
How will my son/daughter receive feedback?
This may consist of a photograph of their written tasks or an electronic document. It is essential that your son/daughter uploads their work so that their teacher can provide feedback to your son/daughter and ensure that subsequent lessons are amended to meet the needs of the students. Your son/daughter will receive regular feedback via Microsoft Teams from their subject teachers in the following ways:
Personalised feedback using the personal feedback box at the side of their uploaded work;
Whole class feedback via the post section of their class team; and
Whole class feedback via electronic document such as Word or PowerPoint. This will be attached to the class resources as a task to ensure your son/daughter goes back and improves their work.
Year 11 students will have access to a number of drop in sessions per week via Microsoft Teams. These will be provided for each of the examination subjects that your son/daughter sits at the school. For English, mathematics and science students will be able to access one tutorial per week. For all other examination subjects, students will be able to access one tutorial per fortnight. Sessions will provide students with the opportunity to speak to a subject specialist teacher and get support as needed such as explaining a concept or model the working out of a problem. Teachers will also take note of student questions so that they can provide extra support materials where necessary as well as adapt future lessons.
Year 12 and 13 students will receive ongoing feedback from their teachers during their online lessons and via email. Students will also have scheduled 1:1 feedback sessions via Microsoft Teams with teachers.
Guidance for students
Working from home is not ideal and can sometimes feel very frustrating. There are a number of things that you need to do that will help make home learning easier.
Before you start work
Before you start your home learning, make sure you have done the following:
· Eaten your breakfast. Your brain is like an engine. If you don’t feed it, it won’t work properly.
· Found where you are going to work. It is important that you work in a space that does not contain any distractions. The better your focus, the easier work will be.
· Checked your schedule and collected all your equipment and resources that you need.
· Poured yourself a glass of water. Water increases your concentration levels and helps you think more clearly.
· Put your phone in another room. Students who work in rooms with their phones achieve less than those who don’t.
All your tasks for every day will be on Microsoft Teams. You will be able to see your tasks for the day by logging into Microsoft Teams using your school email and clicking on the activity or assignment tab on the left hand side. The link to Microsoft Teams can be found under the ‘school logins’ at the top of the website. Remember you should complete all work according to your timetable and on the day it is set. You should not be leaving work to build up. All resources needs to be uploaded to Microsoft Teams so that teachers can see what you have done and provide you with feedback.
To find out how to access Microsoft Teams watch the video below:
To find out how to access your assignments or upload your work, watch the video here: