School Closure – Remote Learning
We have looked at a blended approach where about 50% of the lessons (more in years 10, 11, 12 &13) will be live (12-14 lessons per week depending on which year group), these are spread across the week and days so not to overburden students. A core timetable indicating when these lessons will take place for each year has been shared in a recent parental mail.
If a student cannot attend a live lesson, due to other family members needing their device then they are expected to catch up by viewing the recording as soon as they possibly can.
For other lessons (approx. 50%) staff will set learning tasks on Google Classroom or Class Charts for students to complete independently by a set deadline. Parents can view these tasks via Classcharts.
Yr 8-13 G Suite for education introduction
The school has provided a number of online resources for students – please see below list of websites for your information.
Mrs Williams sent out to all students earlier in the year their passwords to access the online resources, however, this information has been re-sent to students’ school email addresses.
Students can access all the online resources whilst they are at home.
Mental Health Week Resources
Government list of online education resources for home education.
CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Unit) advice & support for parents when using the Internet for teaching their children at home.
For something a little different, students can visit the British Museum or take a tour of the dinosaur exhibition at the Liverpool Museum from the comfort of their own homes.
Subscription sites – all of these sites have a username and password which has been emailed to individual student microsoft 365 accounts www.office.com
All subjects -GCSE POD https://www.gcsepod.com/
Science – Kerboodle https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login
Spanish – Pearson Activelearn https:/www.pearsonactivelearn.com
Maths – Mathswatch https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/
Method maths (yr 11 only) https://www.methodmaths.com/login.html
TT rockstars https://ttrockstars.com/
Accelerated reader https://ukhosted43.renlearn.co.uk/2171850/
Unifrog – carers related https://www.unifrog.org/sign-in
Tech We Can
Tech We Can is a set of free lesson plans designed to be taught to both boys and girls. Originally set up to be taught by teachers in the classroom but now available to parents and carers for teaching at home.
Unifrog for KS5
Also access to MOOCs (Massive open online courses), ideal for those worried about entry onto courses post 16 and 18, prove to Colleges and Universities that you have remained focused during this time and completed some free online courses in fields that interest you. They are all delivered by top universities such as Harvard.
Q: What is a MOOC? Definition of MOOC.
A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is an interactive step-by-step course aimed at reaching an unlimited number of participants worldwide to create a community of lifelong learners.
Q: Why study a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)?
Is there a niche topic you’ve always been interested in, but never had an opportunity to explore it? Studying in sync with thousands of online learners has massive benefits. As a MOOC Learner, you will build upon your knowledge of a special interest subject. Your CV will grow with extra-curricular initiative. Plus, employers will notice your commitment to Continuing Professional Development.
Q: How much does a MOOC cost?
Absolutely zilch. Zero. Nada. You can enrol on any MOOCs free of charge. All required course material will be provided for you online, which is also 100% free! Most platforms charge a small fee for access to certain tests and a certificate to prove you have completed one of their courses, but you do not need this certificate to mention taking the course in your university Personal Statement or job application. Some platforms offer a small number of courses on a pay-for basis only. The exact cost will depend of the platform and the course chosen.
Q: Why would a university offer their expertise for free?
There is a growing need to make learning as open and accessible as possible, Universities are now having to consider the digital revolution and blended learning as playing a major part in the way their students study.
Q: What does a MOOC look like?
Nothing like it sounds! All MOOCs are available on the FutureLearn website platform, which is very easy to use. Learners have 24:7 access to traditional course materials, such as readings and problem sets, plus interactive tools, such as videos, quizzes, user forums, social media chats and articles that all generate discussion and debate.
Q: Who can study a MOOC?
Each course is open to anyone with internet access across the world. We like to call these switched-on individuals who sign up to study with thousands of others our ‘Learners’.
Q: Who teaches a MOOC?
Our MOOCs are all taught by academic experts in their field. We call them the ‘Educators’ of the course. They will support your learning by actively engaging in online forums, discussion boards and , if you’re lucky, they might even Tweet you.
Q: What do I need to start my MOOC?
That wonderful brain and internet access is all you need! The entire course will be delivered online, so basic computing skills are essential to get the most out of the course.
Q: How long does a MOOC take to complete?
A typical MOOC will run anywhere from 2-10 weeks depending on the depth of the topic, requiring between 2-6 hours of study per week. Content will be accessible at any time of the day or night throughout the duration of your course.
General websites, academic and creative
FREE online education resources, alongside the password protected websites that we subscribe to please find below a list of websites that you may find useful. It is worth exploring these with your child to check difficulty levels and subject relevance, the list has resources aimed at all year groups
They have just made their fabulous collection of over 3,000 ebooks and audiobooks available for free for children to access at home. They have books suitable for all ages.
Everyday David will read a from one of his books
Free access to a huge number of children’s audio books.
I’ve signed up for this so if students use class code dke8407 they can get access to a digital library for kids in year 8 and under.
BBC bitesize resources, great for all age groups and across all subjects.
Fun DT resources https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/blog/end-term-fun-dt-students
Load of resources from Primary right through to post 16, Science, Technology and Maths resources for home learning.
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home.
Construction youth trust
STEM lessons and worksheets for those studying construction L2
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
I see Maths
Daily home maths lessons delivered by Gareth Metcalf. Also free resources to download and print out.
Free 30 day trial on sign up
Free resources for both primary and secondary students
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures. Enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS for a month free
Learning packs to download and print ( I have included all key stages if you have younger children at home as well)
KS1 Maths: https://zcu.io/hzws
KS1 English: https://zcu.io/tiRj
LKS2 Maths: https://zcu.io/7NhM
LKS2 English: https://zcu.io/AZ45
UKS2 Maths: https://zcu.io/YIRb
UKS2 English: https://zcu.io/u0bw
Primary maths but might be good for revision of topics or going back to basics for mums and dads
Careers related websites for those worrying about their future
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet
We recommend where possible trying to get your child into a routine so that learning at home becomes part of their normal day, a sample is below:
10-11am Spend time on school work
11-12 spend time on creative activities (the list of websites has a number of opportunities, Scratch for example)
12.30 help around the house
1-2pm Revision time for year 11-13, reading time for all other year groups
2-3pm Creative activities
3-4pm Spend time on school work
Between 5-8pm spend 20 minute chunks revising to total 2 hours per night is also recommended for years 11 and 13.
PE with Joe
Every day at 9am Joe Wicks will be live on his Youtube channel for a live workout aimed at kids.
150+ Educational Shows on Netflix, too many to list but some popular topics
Travel the world from your home using these educational shows on Netflix.