Posted on: April 8th 2020

Covid 19 - Easter Week1 update

Online Learning – An Easter update

How much work should my child be doing at home?

 

You’ll know by now that learning at home is very different than then education they receive at school!

The teachers have issued work on a variety of different learning platforms, for your child to complete when they are at home.  We are reviewing this constantly to check if we have set too much or not enough work, but without regular feedback you can imagine this is a difficult thing to achieve!  Over the course of a week your child has been issued with at least enough work to complete using the guidance below about how long they should spend on a subject.  If they run out of tasks to complete, then please do contact their teachers and we’ll issue some more.  If, however, they are finding that there are too many tasks to complete, due to their work rate being slower than some other students), please stop your child working after the allotted time as they have done enough work!  We recognise it is really important to get the balance right.

Years 7-9

 

 Subject

Hours of work for 1 week

English

4

Maths

4

Science

4

Geography

3

History

3

Spanish

2

Citizenship

2

Art & Technology

2

RS

1

Every KS3 student also has a reading book to use at home

Year 10

In Year 10, all students should be attending the two online classes that are happening daily, each one hour in length.   The rest of the time should be allocated to the following subjects:

Subject

Online lesson time

Hours of work for 1 week (Outside of the online lessons)

English

2

2

Maths

2

2

Science

2

2

Geography / History

1

2

Option Subject 1

1

2

Option Subject 2

1

2

Option Subject 3

1

2

 

Year 11

Teachers are issuing you with work on Sam Learning and GCSE Pod and we will be issuing you with some transition into college work when this becomes available to us.  We are lucky enough to be given access to Eton College’s online learning platform called EtonX where there is an online virtual course for you to complete called ‘Interview Skills’.  You will be contacted by Mr Jones over the coming weeks about how you enroll and complete this exciting opportunity.

 

What Learning Platforms Should I Use?

We currently use several different online learning tools for your son/daughter to use whilst they are learning at home.

Classcharts – This is mainly used as a communication tool to direct you to whet your teachers have asked you to complete for your learning at home.  Teachers can upload files here for you to print out at home if necessary.

SAMlearning – This learning platform is suitable for all age groups and has the facility to complete independent work along with the work the teachers has directed your child to do.

Seneca Learning - This learning platform suitable for all age groups and has the facility to complete independent work along with the work the teachers has directed your child to do.

GCSEPod – This learning platform is suitable for Years 9-11.  This is suitable for all age groups and has the facility to complete independent work along with the work the teachers have directed your child to do.

Microsoft Teams (accessed via office.com) – This is an online virtual classroom where teachers can assign work for students to do and where they can hand their assigned homework in online for teachers to mark.  This is something we are planning to roll out to Year 9 students from Monday 20th April.

In addition to these ‘virtual classrooms’, for Year 10 only, we are offering online ‘lessons’ via this portal.  The content of these lessons might be being delivered new topics, consolidation and recap of previous knowledge taught or teachers walking them through a past exam paper.  These happen in via Microsoft Teams.  The schedule of the lessons is as follows and resumes again from Monday 20th April.

 

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

9:30 – 10:30

English

Science

Maths

Science

Computer Science OR Dance OR Health & Social Care OR Performing Arts

10:45 – 11:45

IT or \ Rel St.

Sport  OR Spanish

History / Geography

Maths

English

Online Maths lessons for all (via https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/homeschool.html)

From Monday 14th April, ‘Maths Genie Home School’ will be launching. This will be a structured set of lessons to revise learning from school as well as introducing some new content. Each school day at 10.30 am a video will be launched to explain a maths topic and provide practice questions. Videos will premiere on YouTube and will be available on this website immediately after. At the end of each week there will be a recap lesson, and a mini online assessment from MathsGrader (https://mathsgrader.com/) .

There will be three streams to cater for a wide range of abilities:
Stream A: For students in Years 7-9
Stream B: For students in Years 10 and 11 (and high ability students in Year 9)
Stream C: For high ability students in Years 10 & 11 only

More information can be found on https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/homeschool.html

Online Theatre Productions

If you would like something more different and cultural to watch over these coming weeks, then why not try one of the following suggestions.  You could ask your child to watch one and then write a paragraph summarising the show or describing the parts they liked the best?

  • Andrew Lloyd-Webber, the famous English composer and creator West End musicals will be streaming a different West End Musical show every Friday night via You Tube, which will be available to watch for 48 Hours.  Google ‘The Shows Must Go On’ for more information.
  • The Globe Theatre in London will be streaming a variety of Shakespeare plays for free, ideal for our students studying Shakespeare at school!  Go to https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/watch/ for more information about the schedule of the shows being shown.
  • The National Theatre are streaming some top productions over the coming weeks, One Man, Two Guvnors, Jayne Eyre, Treasure Island, Twelfth Night are the shows being streamed during the rest of April.

The Government’s list of online resources

The Government today has published a list of online educational resources for home education.  Whilst some of them need a subscription to a site, the vast majority are free and could provide another useful resource for you to use during these difficult times. Google ‘Government list of online education resources for home education’ or click the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education#science-secondary

Year 9 Options

We understand that parents and students in Year 9 haven’t had the opportunity to discuss with teachers the subjects that their children will take in year 10 and 11.  We would like to offer the following online drop in session where teachers will do a short presentation about the subject and take questions and answers online.  To sign up for these session, please email the teacher directly using their email address below.  They will contact you with details about how to attend the sessions.  You don’t need any special software to access the online session, just an internet connected device.

 

 

Mon 20th April

Tue 21st April

Wed 22nd April

Thu 23rd April

5:00 – 5:30

Hospitality & Catering (scooper@bridgemary-tkat.org)

Enterprise (awoodall@bridgemary-tkat.org)

Performing Arts (nthrelfall@bridgemary-tkat.org)

Spanish (keustace@bridgemary-tkat.org)

5:35 – 6:05

Dance (chayward@bridgemary-tkat.org)

Religious Education (amcclarnon@bridgemary-tkat.org)

Sport Science (kdowell@bridgemary-tkat.org)

iMedia (pbanfield@bridgemary-tkat.org)

Break

       

7:00 – 7:30

Art, Photography, 3D Art, Graphics (ecairns@bridgemary-tkat.org)

Health & Social Care (jford@bridgemary-tkat.org)