Just a reminder that, from next week, we will be fine-tuning the work we are setting for Year 7, 8 and 9 students even further. Year 9 students will start their ‘Stepping up to GCSE’ work, including their Options subjects. For all Year 9 subjects, teachers will put a link to a YouTube video lesson each week on Show My Homework. These videos can be watched on a wide range of devices and will take students through their learning step by step. We have already started providing these videos to Year 10 & 12 students to support their learning and they have been received very positively.
For students in Year 7 and 8, we have also rearranged teaching groups in order to provide even more fine-tuned learning for different abilities, and so students will have their work set by different teachers starting next week. Year 8 students will also start their Year 9 Mini Options. From the following week (week beginning 29th June) all students in Year 7 and 8 will also find YouTube video lessons on Show My Homework for all subjects.
Students have responded fantastically to the work we have been setting so far, and we hope that students, parents and carers will find that the changes we’re making from next week will provide them with even more support for their home learning.
We’ve updated the suggested timetables for working from home for students in Years 8 to 10. These new timetables take into account the new options subjects for Years 8 and 9 and for Year 10 take into account the time they are now spending in school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We know that many students have found effective ways of managing their time over the past few months, but some still find it a challenge. The suggested timetables provide a structure for each day and ensure that students are spending appropriate amounts of time on all of their subjects. The timetables can be found on the school website in the ’Work from Home for Students’ section in ‘Find Out More’. We will also be putting these on Show My Homework.
The second set of work packs were posted home to students on Wednesday so hopefully you will have received them by now. These are slightly smaller than the first set of resources as many of the activities in the first pack are still to be covered. Teachers will continue to communicate with students via Show My Homework, explaining to them what work they should be doing each week. Usually the work that is set by the teacher refers to an activity or a resource in one of the packs; sometimes teachers will set work which links to something that isn’t in the packs (eg an online learning platform, a video). By varying the activities, we aim to keep up students’ interest in their work. Please don’t feel, therefore, that we expect students to work their way through the packs from start to finish: their teachers will tell them which activities they need to focus on. As ever, we look forward to receiving pictures of the work that students are completing and look forward to awarding lots of points on Classcharts.
You will be aware that the Government yesterday announced the launch of Oak National Academy: an online classroom and resource hub. The BBC Bitesize education package, aimed at helping to keep children learning from home, was also launched. We are currently reviewing the resources that are provided on both these platforms and will be incorporating the best of them into the home learning activities that your child’s teachers set them to do each week. We know that many parents have appreciated the hard copies of the work packs that we sent home at the start of the school closure and we have plans in place to send home further packs of work in the week beginning 4th May. These, as is the case with the current work packs, will form the basis of your child’s home learning activities. If you have any questions about any aspect of this, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email to email@example.com
After Easter we're offering extra PE for Year 7. If you'd like to join, please go and change in the sports hall after period 5. Please note, there are no school buses when sessions finish at 4:20 so students are responsible for making their own way home. We hope to see you there!