Headteacher’s Blog – Remote Learning Update 19th June 2020
In this blog I will be updating you on remote learning activities for each year group in the final four weeks of the academic year. We do not know what schools will look in September, but I can reassure you that we are planning for different scenarios and will be ready, to ensure we give students the best provision we can. In the meantime remote learning remains the predominant mode of education for students.
Wider Reopening for Year 10 and 12
The opening of school more widely to Year 10 and 12 has gone exceptionally well. Attendance for Year 10 has been around 85% and for Year 12 over 95% of children have attended. This is a real sign of the confidence that families have placed in the school and also an encouraging sign that students are keen to get back to school.
Year 10 students have had time with tutors and senior staff to find out what work they have been doing at home and to support them in next steps with remote learning. They are also having some taught sessions in English, maths and science. Year 12 students have been having 90 minute lessons in each of their option subjects.
Remote learning by Year Group
Year 12 students will be set work during their lessons in school, or via online communication from teachers if they are unable to attend. There will be an increasing focus on assessment of students’ work as a key element of their progress on the new units or topics that are being taught by teachers. The feedback given by teachers will enable students to reflect on their progress and address any misconceptions as they complete new topics in their chosen subjects.
Year 9 should have now submitted their responses for Unit 1 to their teachers, via Microsoft Teams. They will now be receiving information from their teachers about Unit 2, which they will be working through in the remaining weeks of the term.
Year 8 students will be receiving units of work to complete through Microsoft Teams, from Monday 22nd June. There will be a range of approaches from subjects and we hope students will enjoy the new work that is being set.
Please see How to get started with Microsoft Teams for further information.
Lessons from the Oak Academy will remain as per the timetable below. There are also a number of projects being set across a range of subjects that we hope students will enjoy! We are going to be launching a Key Stage 3 Creative Faculty competition and there will be projects from drama, art and PE to name a few! There are also Citizenship/RE activities to do, with a booklet on Worship in Islam already set and new booklet on celebrations coming next week. Year 7 students have also been enjoying meeting up with their tutors, doing quizzes and competitions.
Tutor group meetings
To support student well-being in the final few weeks of term tutors will be setting up video meetings with their tutor groups. This will be via Teams and students will receive a link to the meeting in the app on their device and via e mail. Students are encouraged to attend and join in, as we think it will help students to see their fellow tutor group members. The meetings will take place between Monday 22nd June and Friday 3rd July and students will receive a personal invite from their tutor.
PLEASE CAN ALL PARENTS/CARERS AND ALL STUDENTS DOWNLOAD THE MICROSOFT TEAMS APP SO THEY CAN RECEIVE WORK, RETURN WORK AND ACCESS LIVE SESSIONS
GO FOR SCHOOLS WILL CONTINUE TO NOTIFY STUDENTS AND PARENTS/CARERS WHAT IS BEING SET