School Closure – Information for Parent/Careers

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 on 16/03/20.

Students can access all the online resources whilst they are at home.

A survey has been taken to ascertain which students do not have access to the internet and paper resources will be handed to them in the event of closure.

We have instructed staff members who are not affected by Coronavirus to set work weekly for students according to their daily timetables. Students should log onto class charts to find the work set. They should continue to read around subjects if they complete work set from school.

 

CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Unit) advice & support for parents when using the Internet for teaching their children at home.

Websites

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.

https://techwecan.org/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.

https://www.unifrog.org/student/moocs/start

 

FAQs

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

 

World Book Online https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html?usertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJUjA5MjAxNjoyOmNsaWVudDE2OTc6MTY5NzoyMjE2Mjg4OjE6MTU4NDM4MDExMzA2Mjp1cw==–

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. 

 

David Walliams

https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

Everyday David will read a from one of his books

 

Auidble

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Free access to a huge number of children’s audio books.

Epic

https://www.getepic.com/sign-in/educator

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.

 

Bitesize

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/

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

https://www.howstuffworks.com/

http://www.technologystudent.com/

 

STEM

https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_term=&utm_content=Browse%20here&utm_campaign=Home%20learning%20update%2020.03.2020

Load of resources from Primary right through to post 16, Science, Technology and Maths resources for home learning.

 

Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org

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.

 

Futurelearn

https://www.futurelearn.com

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).

 

Seneca

https://www.senecalearning.com

For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

 

Openlearn

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/

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.

 

Blockly

https://blockly.games

Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

 

Scratch

https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/

Creative computer programming

 

Ted Ed

https://ed.ted.com

All sorts of engaging educational videos

 

National Geographic Kids

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

 

Duolingo

https://www.duolingo.com

Learn languages for free. Web or app.

 

Mystery Science

https://mysteryscience.com

Free science lessons

 

The Kids Should See This

https://thekidshouldseethis.com

Wide range of cool educational videos

 

Crash Course

https://thecrashcourse.com

You Tube videos on many subjects

 

Crash Course Kids

https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids

As above for a younger audience

 

Crest Awards

https://www.crestawards.org

Science awards you can complete from home.

 

Construction youth trust

https://www.constructionyouth.org.uk/our-programmes/contextualised-curriculum

STEM lessons and worksheets for those studying construction L2

 

iDEA Awards

https://idea.org.uk

Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

 

Paw Print Badges

https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk

Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

 

Tinkercad

https://www.tinkercad.com

All kinds of making.

 

Prodigy Maths

https://www.prodigygame.com

Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

 

Nature Detectives

https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/

A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

 

British Council

https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find

Resources for English language learning

 

Oxford Owl for Home

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

Lots of free resources for Primary age

 

Big History Project

https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home

Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

 

Geography Games

https://world-geography-games.com/world.html

Geography gaming!

 

Blue Peter Badges

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges

If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

 

The Artful Parent

https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/

Good, free art activities 

 

DK Find Out

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/?fbclid=IwAR2wJdpSJSeITf4do6aPhff8A3tAktnmpaxqZbkgudD49l71ep8-sjXmrac

Activities and quizzes

 

I see Maths

http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/

Daily home maths lessons delivered by Gareth Metcalf. Also free resources to download and print out.

 

Mathletics

https://www.mathletics.com/uk/

Free 30 day trial on sign up

 

Whiterose Maths

https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/

Free resources for both primary and secondary students

 

 

Twinkl

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer

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)

EYFS https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/xrh0w

KS1 https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/qznc0

KS2 https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/1bm381

SEND https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/z2mha

KS3 https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/gywrf

GCSE https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/f5o2n

 

Plan Bee

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

https://icould.com/information-for-parents/ 

https://targetcareers.co.uk/career-sectors

 

Audible

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet

 

Routines

 

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:

 

9am Breakfast

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)

12pm Lunch

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.

 

Other resources

 

PE with Joe 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

Every day at 9am Joe Wicks will be live on his Youtube channel for a live workout aimed at kids.

 

Netflix

150+ Educational Shows on Netflix, too many to list but some popular topics

 

Animals:

  • BBC: Life
  • Tiger: Spy in the Jungle
  • Elephant: Spy in the Herd
  • Polar Bear: Spy on Ice
  • Dolphins: Spy in the Pod
  • Lions: Spy in the Den
  • Bears: Spy in the Woods
  • Penguins: Spy in the Huddle
  • Blackfish
  • Shark
  • The Lion in Your Living Room
  • A Dog’s Life
  • Tyke: Elephant Outlaw
  • The Crimson Wing
  • Bindi’s Bootcamp
  • Wings of Life
  • Born in China
  • 72 Cutest Animals
  • Growing Up Wild
  • Baby Animals in the Wild
  • Hidden Kingdoms
  • Terra
  • Ghost of the Mountain
  • Virunga
  • 72 Dangerous Animals: Asia
  • The Hunt
  • 72 Dangerous Animals: America
  • Africa’s Deadliest
  • 72 Dangerous Animals: Australia
  • Trek: Spy of the Wildebeest
  • Africa’s Deadliest
  • Leopard Fight Club
  • Animal Fight Night
  • Peculiar Pets
  • Race of LIfe
  • Wild Ones
  • David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities

History:

  • NOVA: Secrets of Noah’s Ark
  • The Vietnam War
  • The Pyramid Code
  • Vikings Unearthed
  • WWII in Colour
  • Nazi Mega Weapons
  • 9/11: Truths, Lies & Conspiracy
  • Nazi Megastructures
  • Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution
  • D-Day
  • The Royal House of Windsor

 

Entertainment:

  • Dream Big: Engineering our World
  • Origins
  • Brain Games
  • Dirty Money
  • Liquid Science
  • The “Who Was” Show
  • Explained
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • NOVA: Ultimate Cruise Ship
  • Mega Builders
  • Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby
  • The Magic School Bus
  • How to LIve Mortgage Free
  • Top 10 Architecture
  • World’s Most Extraordinary Homes
  • Amazing Interiors
  • Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown
  • Hollywood Weapons: Fact or Fiction
  • Somebody Feed Phil
  • White Rabbit Project
  • Lego House: HomeBrick
  • Print the Legend

Geography:

Travel the world from your home using these educational shows on Netflix.

  • Wild China
  • Wild Alaska
  • Afghanistan: The Great Game
  • Encounters at the End of the World
  • 72 Dangerous Places to Live
  • South Pacific
  • Saudi Arabia Uncovered
  • The Truth Behind Atlantis
  • Escape to the Continent