School Closure Work

School will remain open for the children of Key Workers. Each Faculty will make every effort to provide work for students to undertake from home.  Please see additional guidance from each Faculty on the separate pages under the tab "School Closure Work". These pages may highlight work set on W drive:\Faculties and Subjects, Google ClassroomSeneca, Sam Learning, text books or revision guides. It is important that students check their school email regularly during term time. Where appropriate teachers will email students with details of new work and times when they are available online for each class. Where possible students should use the timetable of online contact sessions to work with their teachers. Students experiencing technical difficulties accessing the materials should email their teachers.

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Dear Parents/Guardians
 
It is a big change moving from face to face teaching of classes to online learning. For parents/guardians and students who are wondering how to cope, what we are doing and what is expected of them please read on.
 
When we first became aware that students and staff were going to have to be off school to self-isolate we began developing tasks for students to be working on from home. These can be found in faculties under the Parents tab.
 
We recognise that some students and parents will be anxious about getting things right and that students are not in the usual position of being able to put their hands up and ask for help. Students should not worry if they cannot meet a deadline or if they are unsure about what to do at the moment. We have created and implemented a timetable for when teachers will be online and available to answer questions for different groups that they teach. Teachers will have been letting students know about these through their school emails or through Google Classroom. If students have questions about the work they should bring them to these online sessions.
 
Details of the timetable are now available under the Online Teacher Support tab. Please be aware that this may be subject to change and there will be times when staff are unable to follow this due to a variety of factors which may include things like: childcare issues, caring for others in the family, illness, poor internet connectivity and having to be available in school to care for the children of Key Workers. Where possible they will let students know in advance.
 
Thank you for all your support at this difficult time.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Mr P Russell

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GENERAL WORK GUIDANCE FOR STUDENTS

During school closure students may find themselves with insufficient work to do.  Should this happen the following guidance should be followed and can be applied to any subject.

Summarise your exercise books

A good habit to get into is to review and summarise your exercise books.  This involves going through your exercise book, identifying the topics you have studied and making very short notes on each one.  You should aim to get about 40-50 lessons worth of work onto one side of A4.  For English and Maths where you have 8 lessons per fortnight, this is equivalent to a ‘big term’.  You can simply make notes, create a mind-map or create revision cards but the important thing is to summarise as far as you possibly can.  Reduce your notes to the most basic information.

In doing this you will not only create a great revision source for end of year exams but you will also re-learn the material by going over it again.

Read ahead

You can access the curriculum maps on the school website.  Look ahead at what you will be studying in your subjects for the remainder of the year and read around those topics.  There is a great deal of information in books and online that you can access.  Even if it isn’t exactly on the topics within the curriculum plan, all reading such as this will benefit your learning.  You might also want to find news stories which relate to the topics you are going to be doing.

Make notes from your text book and do the questions

You should use your text book to enhance your exercise book notes.  You can either make new notes or annotate your exercise book with the additional notes.  All text books also have questions.  Don’t wait for your teacher to set you the questions, simply do them.  Whilst you might not know if they are right you will often find that the answers are within the main body of the text book anyway.

Re-write past essays and re-do past tests

If you have done an essay or test in the past then do it again, try to get even more marks.  Even if you got full marks there is no harm in trying to make it even better.

Get creative

Turn your knowledge of each subject into a visual and informative display.  This is more than a poster!  Look at information sheets such as the London Tube Map or other infographics in newspapers and on the BBC website.  Can you create something like that for the topics you have studied in your lessons?  Your teachers will look forward to seeing these when school re-opens.

Don’t forget practical subjects

Art, music, cooking and PE are all curriculum areas that you should do from home too.