For students who are isolating, teachers will continue to set work for lessons based on the normal school curriculum and timetable of five hour-long lessons per day. It is expected that students who are learning remotely will engage with all of their lessons at the usual times as per their timetable.
To support your child with their organisation and work ethic, we recommend that they work through the Working From Home Powerpoint on their first day at home.
To access your work:
Log into Sharepoint through the school website and click on SUBJECTS (the picture of the bookshelves). Click on a subject, then Documents, then on the first folder titled 1. Remote Learning 2020-21. Choose your teacher’s name, then your year group, then your class.
Work will be organised into weekly or daily folders to help you find the right tasks. Some teachers will use a READ ME FIRST document to explain the instructions and which files to open for each task.
Your School Email Account
Log into Sharepoint through the school website and click on WEB MAIL (the picture of the envelopes). You should be checking your emails at least once per day as teachers will send personalised tasks, messages and feedback directly to your email.
You can also use your email account to email your teacher to ask for support or send them your completed work. All teachers’ email addresses follow the same pattern of email@example.com, eg Mrs Torr’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Remote Curriculum:
Lessons will be set and delivered following the same curriculum that students are following in school, with tasks adapted to fit with the remote learning environment.
Each lesson will be broken down into manageable tasks and each task should have a clear time limit stated, with the whole lesson not exceeding one hour.
Increasingly, teachers are working with Microsoft Teams to offer live lessons to students who are working remotely so that they can join the lesson at the same time as the students in school are having their lesson. However, our preferred remote learning model is one of blended learning which will be a combination of pre-recorded and/or live lessons together with written and independent learning opportunities set by teachers. Students will be invited to these live online Teams sessions by their teachers via their school email account. These lessons are only available where prior permission has been given by parents/carers or the child themselves if they are over the age 14.
If any further resources are needed to support your learning, we recommend visiting the websites below. These will be particularly useful on day 1 of remote learning whilst teaching staff prepare specific learning materials to complement the normal curriculum. Search for the subject and then for a topic you have studied for additional tasks and revision activities.
- BBC Bitesize (for Key Stage 3 and 4)
- Oak National Academy (for Key Stage 3 and 4)
- Seneca Learning (for Key Stage 3 and 4)
- GCSEPod (for years 9-11)
There is a further list of suggested websites and supplementary resources here.
Marking and Feedback:
In line with department feedback procedures, teachers will regularly use a wide variety of methods to provide feedback to students to enable them to progress with their understanding and skills development. Not only will this serve to determine progress and developmental steps to improve but also monitor the ‘attendance’ and engagement with the remote learning set. Where there are concerns, individual teachers will contact parents to make them aware.
For example, online quizzes, self-assessed tasks, modelled answers/tasks which demonstrate expectations of quality, content and approach, consolidation tasks, directed questioning and written teacher feedback are all utilised throughout lessons to ensure students understand how they can improve their work.
Teachers will continue to use these methods, tailoring them to the remote learning environment as necessary. Where students are able to take part in live lessons via Microsoft Teams, teachers will be able to respond directly to questions and give feedback on any ideas that are shared as part of the lesson.
Where a class is completing a more formal style of assessment or where a teacher intends to assess the work of the students in the classroom, those students working remotely will be asked to submit their work via email to be assessed in the same way.
We recognise that some students, for example those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those students.
Students on the SEND register will receive a weekly phone call from a member of the SEND team to support their learning. This will be tailored to the student’s individual needs, so could cover wellbeing, organisation, workload and specific discussion of individual subjects and tasks. The SEND team will meet regularly to review these students and plan additional provision where needed.
Online Access at Home:
We have consulted with all of our parents/carers and students on their access to online learning and devices at home. We will endeavour to provide a device and access to the Internet where the need has been identified.
If you need any further support in giving your child access to the online learning resources, please contact the school at email@example.com.