As with the previous period of remote learning, we plan to deliver our normal curriculum with as few modifications as possible. Our curriculum maps and year group overviews are published on our website.
As always, we value parental cooperation and support in these times. Our experiences over the previous school closure period found that students operated best when they were kept in good routines and had plenty of breaks for exercise and relaxation. When students are online, please ensure that their device has charge and that they are situated in an appropriate area with suitable dress – with all resources and materials nearby.
As a school we put a lot of emphasis on values and wellbeing. The pastoral team will continue to support students remotely through a range of methods such as virtual assemblies, email or video contact with their class/form teacher, teaching assistant or head of year, and online counselling. Students are encouraged to continue the work that we have already introduced to them around the 10 Keys to Happiness.
Staff will always attempt to respond to emails as soon as possible however please bear in mind the changes to staff routines and structures in the working day also. Teaching staff are constantly planning online material, teaching online or providing feedback so may not be able to respond immediately. Please help this by only sending emails that are necessary. Staff will respond to emails during the normal school day, but it is very important that we protect staff wellbeing too so email accounts will not be routinely checked outside of these hours.
Remote learning (sometimes referred to as home or distance learning) will be set via one of our online platforms such as Google Classroom, Tapestry or Go4Schools. Most students and parents are familiar with these from the previous period of remote learning, but if you have any questions please get in contact with us. There is more specific guidance for the primary and secondary phases on the relevant pages.
We recognise that some students, for example our youngest children and some students 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 pupils in the following ways: classroom teachers will ensure that work is accessible to all, which in some cases may mean providing a different activity. Students identified as having additional needs or vulnerabilities will also be assigned a member of staff to act as a regular and consistent point of contact. As specified by the government, a small number of students will be working on site where they will be supported throughout the day.
Occasionally a student may find that they have run out of things to do. Although this shouldn’t happen very often, in this event they should:
- Supplement their learning with the resources available at the Oak National academy and BBC Bitesize
- Use previous feedback to make improvements to work
- Seek extension work: for most subjects this will be identified in the lesson materials or elsewhere on the google classroom, but if in doubt please contact the class teacher
Other resources for parents and carers:
- Guidance and support for parents from the Education Endowment Foundation
- Top Tips for remote learning (for parents)
- Top Tips for remote learning (for students)
How to access Google Classroom from an Xbox or Playstation
Should the need arise, you can also access Google Classroom from a games console.
- Go to ‘Home Menu’ and then ‘My Games and Apps’.
- Select Apps.
- Open Microsoft Edge.
- Search for Google Classroom
- Select ‘Go to classroom’
- Login with your student email and password
- Use your controller to scroll to the far right of the bar with games to ‘Library’.
- Select ‘Library’ application.
- Within the library use the search bar to type in ‘Internet’.
- Select the Internet Browser app.
- Start Internet Browser and press the triangle button on the controller to search.
- Once on the internet, type in the search box ‘Google Classroom’ and select the first link that comes up
- Select ‘Go to Classroom’, then log in with your student email and password.