Supporting learning during Covid-19 school closure
The primary method of supporting home learning is Google Classroom, which is how you can communicate directly with your teachers and how work can be set/submitted. Some subjects - particularly Science and PE - are setting their home learning through the EverLearner platform. Beyond this, there are two online sources of content launching for the summer term (from Monday 20 April) - BBC Bitesize and Oak National Academy. Details of all of these and how to access them are below.
Year 10 Guidance for Independent Home Learning
Health and Well Being: It is very important that you actively work on keeping mentally and physically healthy while at home. In the student area of the LHS website there is a section on staying safe during school closure. https://www.longbenton.org.uk/students/useful-links. Here, you will find a number of mental health apps to support you during this very difficult time as well as links to meditation and mindfulness apps. We would also encourage you to find time for exercise whether this is a daily walk, an online fitness class, a bike ride or even a jog! This will help you to stay positive and feel proactive.
Timetable: It is important for your mental health that you keep to a routine. You should be using your normal school timetable to organise your home learning. Your teachers are setting tasks that should fit the time they would normally have with you. As Year 10 students, you should be working on developing self-discipline, independence and learning to organise and manage your time. These are really important life skills.
Contact: Your teachers are here to help. If you need clarification of a task, your subject teachers do want to hear from you. You can contact them on Google-Classroom through a private message, on the class-stream or by email. No questions are silly questions! Do not struggle at home by yourself, be pro-active and seek help.
Google Classroom: As you are aware, the majority or your work is on Google Classroom. Some subject areas are also using Everlearner, BBC Bitesize, My Maths, Oak Academy and Seneca. You need to look at your subject classrooms so you know where and how to complete the tasks you have been set. You do not need to print any of your work. If you cannot complete it online, then you should write it up on paper, take a photograph, upload it and hand it in through Google Classroom. If you are having any issues with accessing IT, please let school know immediately.
Communication: Communication is key to home learning. Teachers will be in regular contact with you to ensure that you are completing work, to give you feedback and direct you towards useful resources. It is your responsibility to complete the work and your teachers communicate regularly with me about how you are getting on. You must communicate with your teachers if you have been unable to meet deadlines and explain why you have not completed the work so the right support can be put into place to help you.
Key to success…
Create a Routine Constantly Communicate Be Self-Disciplined
Y10 students: You will have a Google Classroom set up by your class teacher for each of your subjects. Please use this to access individual work and to submit work in the first instance. All of your updates will be through Google Classrooms.
*NEW* EverLearner Resources for Year 10 students https://www.theeverlearner.com
SCIENCE will be setting tasks for Year 10 students using The Everlearner after Easter. Mrs Anderson has sent out the student guide out via Google Classroom but it is also below in PDF format, along with a parent guide.
PE are also continuing to set content through the same platform.
Other departments are looking to do the same as soon as possible once their subjects are up and running in this format, so please bear with us.
BBC Bitesize Year 10 Daily Lessons - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zr7447h/year-10-lessons/1
From 20 April, you’ll be able to access regular daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, in an expanded version of the BBC Bitesize website and also on special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
BBC iPlayer and the Red Button service will host Bitesize Daily. These are six different 20 minute shows, each designed to target a specific age group, from ages five to 14, and for pupils throughout the UK. Experts and teachers will be involved, covering what should be learned that day for the different year groups and key stages. Maths, Science and English will be covered in dedicated programmes, and other subjects such as History, Geography, Music and Art will also be covered.
For older students, BBC Four is also joining forces with Red Button for evening programmes to support the GCSE and A Level curriculum.
In addition, BBC Sounds is also launching separate podcasts to support everyone learning at home. The daily shows, each around 10 minutes long, will link with content on Bitesize.
To support the work of schools in delivering remote education, the Oak National Academy is also due to launch on Monday 20 April. This brand-new enterprise has been created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by government grant funding. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10 https://www.thenational.academy
FAQs (please also see the PDF below - 'Getting Started on Google Classroom')
How do we upload student’s work into Google Classroom?
For some assignments, mark schemes and answers have been provided. Aside from this, you should upload the work back to the Google Classroom that it came from.
Instructions on how to do this are as follows:
Step 1: Go to classroom.google.com
Step 2: Click the class > Classwork > the assignment
Step 3: To attach an item: Under your work, click Add or create > select Google Drive (if you have completed the work in a Google doc, slide sheet or drawing), Link (not likely to be used) or File (if you have completed the work on software such as MS Word). Then select the attachment and add.
Step 4: Click turn in and confirm!
What if we don’t have MS word?
There are a number of viable options, either you can use Google’s own version of word (docs) with your child’s school Google account (should be the same details as their Google Classroom account) or you can download a software called Open Office (https://www.openoffice.org/) which is an open-source, free version of MS word and will create documents in exactly the same way.
In addition, if you know the details of your child’s school email account (email is the same as Google Classroom, password is the same as the password they use to log in to the computers at school), you should be able to get Microsoft Office for free (https://www.microsoft.com/engb/education/products/office).
My child has forgotten their password, what do I do?
Please contact the IT support team at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com - we can then change the password to 'password' and it will prompt for a new password when you log in again.
Some additional useful links
Mr Bruff's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM2vdqz-7e4HAuzhpFuRY8w
GCSE Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zxqncwx
The British Library (for extra challenge!): https://www.bl.uk/works/macbeth
ww.mymaths.co.uk – online lessons and homework tasks for all topics
corbettmaths.com – tutorial videos and worksheets for all topics
mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html – exam practice questions with video tutorials for all topics
Free science lessons YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw
Malmesbury science and tech YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-TM-z1-tmX1iK_H4SxVhww
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