Remote Learning Policy
Please find a copy of the school Remote Learning Policy here.
Remote Learning Provision
Please click here to access a copy of our Remote Learning Provision overview.
Guides on how to access Remote Learning
Mr Morton has created these easy to follow video guides of how to log onto Synergy using a laptop or computer, to access classwork, upload completed work and log into live lessons on Teams.
Opening classwork on Synergy
Uploading completed work to Synergy
Logging into live lessons on Teams
Accessing live lesson recordings on Teams
Accessing Synergy using a mobile phone
Please find below some quick videos which show you how to access Synergy, view Lessons and Classwork, and upload completed work using a mobile phone.
Logging into Synergy on a mobile phone
Accessing your classwork on Synergy using a mobile phone
Uploading completed work onto Synergy using a mobile phone
Remote Learning using a Games Console
Remote Learning can also be accessed through games consoles, for example, Playstation or XBox. Click below for a handy instruction guide.
The school day during Remote Learning
From Monday 11th January, the school day will be as follows for all students whether learning at home or in school.
Students should log into their Synergy account to access the lessons.
Behaviour for Remote Learning
Please find a copy of the school Behaviour Policy here.
Behaviour Expectations during Live Lessons
By joining a live online lesson, students are agreeing to meet the following expectations -
When I participate in live lessons, I will:
- Make sure that I am muted, unless the teacher instructs otherwise
- Decide to turn my camera on or off
- Use a room that has a plain and appropriate background where possible
- Respect all participants
- Speak politely to all participants
- Have something to write with and on
- Not eat or drink during a lesson
- Only use the ‘chat’ feature with the teacher to ask/answer questions
- Be present for the whole session
- Dress appropriately (for example, no pyjamas or anything revealing)
- Not try to re-join the meeting once it has ended
- Not take screen shots or recordings of any part of the meetings
- Not post, manipulate or in any other manner display images or recordings from the meetings
NOTE: All live online lessons will be recorded by the teacher for safeguarding purposes. Students misbehaving may not be allowed to join future live lessons. Parents/carers will be informed of any poor behaviour
Parents/Carers Support with Remote Learning
Free Parent/Carer Support Course from Guide Education Learning Innovation
Support for parents/carers, inspiration for children - A free online course is available to enrich the teaching relationship with your child and gain insight into effective ways to complete school work from home. The course is available as a complete course, or just pick and choose the areas you would like help with. The course is very user friendly and resources are compiled by expert teachers and educators. Find out more by clicking here - Parent Support Course.
DfE Parent/Carer Guidance
Guidance for parents/carers of Secondary School children is available by clicking the link below. This update includes information on -
- Attendance during the period of national lockdown, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable
- Remote education
- Changes to assessment and exams
- Asymptomatic testing
- Free school meals
DfE restrictions on school attendance
The Department for Education have a number of restrictions regarding school attendance during the national lockdown. The following guides are available for further information, click the links below -
Please find below a document called 'Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: Schools'. Pages 25 - 27 cover Attendance.
In this time of Remote Learning and increased screen usage, you may find this tool extremely helpful. The ColorVeil screen colour filter and dimmer tool allows you to add a colour filter over your computer screen, which stays on until you turn it off, so it covers every program you use and every website you visit. You can download it as a Zip file so it can be easily accessed without changing any settings on your computer. Once you click run, you access the settings using an icon on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen to turn it on and off, or to change the colour or the opacity (density of the colour).
This tool would benefit students with dyslexia, or those who struggle to work on a screen due to eye strain. An orange coloured filter blocks out the blue light which is responsible for sleep deprivation. It really is so easy to use - click the link below to find out more information.
English - Literacy Online Learning
Miss Gardner and the English Department are running a competition through until Monday 12th April for Year 7 and 8. Read as many books as possible and pass as many quizzes on Accelerated Reader as you can, to be in with a chance of winning one of six £10 'Book, Bean & Ice Cream' gift vouchers.
The Deadline is Monday 12th April 2021 so there's plenty of time to get reading! Good luck!
Bedrock - The online vocabulary curriculum for schools
Bedrock Vocabulary is an online programme that helps you learn new vocabulary. It helps with learning tricky language that is often used in text books, lessons or exams. Further information is available below, and there is a link to the login.
Closing the Word Gap
Lexia Power Up Literacy
Lexia Power Up Literacy is a computer based program that tailors instruction to your child's specific needs. The activities support and build on lessons to help all children become proficient readers by focussing on word study, grammar and comprehension.
Find out more here -
If you experience any problems, please contact Mrs Hogarth on firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 7 students will be accessing spag.com in their usual English Catch Up session. This programme aids transition from Key Stage 2 and supports students with spelling, punctuation and grammar activities. Students have their individual usernames and passwords and should email their Catch Up or English teachers with any questions.
Lancashire libraries are free to sign up to and they have a free virtual book catalogue for students called 'BorrowBox'. It's extremely easy to register, and children will have access to all the books, CDs, DVDs, etc. within the library local to you, as well as eBooks or eAudiobooks online. You can also ask a Librarian using the link on their website. For more information or to sign up completely free of charge, click the link below -
Online Reading Resources
Miss Gardner has compiled a list of online reading resources and useful links to access books at home. Click below to find out more -
Virtual School Library from Oak National Academy
The Virtual School Library, is brought to you by Oak National Academy in partnership with the National Literacy Trust. Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. Click the link below to find out more.
First News - E-newspaper
News to get the young people talking. Find out more by clicking the link below -
Click the image here to access the articles that featured in the February 2021 issue of the magazine.
Mathematics - Numeracy Online Learning
There are many resources available for Mathematics online. Please feel free to investigate these safely and let the department know if you find any other websites that you find particularly useful.
Everyday Learning - Online Resources
Login - Students email address
Password - Created by students. Can be reset by contacting Maths teacher
Work set - Fortnightly homework. Catch up session work to help support work covered during lockdown
Extra features -
- Help videos with linked tasks for all topics covered in years 7-11
- Does also include primary topics for extra support
- All clips have linked building blocks to offer extra support
- Fix it 5, all students work is constantly reviewed and the 5 most appropriate questions are automatically set
- A review page for each student shows areas for improvement
Login - Students first name and surname with no gaps, can occasionally include a number
Password - First 3 letters of first name, starting with a capital letter, followed by 3245 with no gaps
Work set - Tasks set to support online lessons
Extra features -
- Online interactive tools to help support many topics in Mathematics
- The progress made by each student clearly shown on their own home page
Free online resources
Transum - Games and puzzles, support for all topics within maths split by level and available with increasing difficulty, specific plan to improve times tables, Maths map with links to support all areas of Maths
Corbett Maths - Online help videos for all topics. Worksheet with answers to support all videos
Nrich - Extension tasks and activities for all topics in mathematics. Activities and games to help reinforce understanding and interest in Mathematics
Maths use in everyday situations
Take the opportunity to use maths with your family in everyday life. Examples include -
- Estimating the price of your shopping as you walk around a supermarket
- The different shapes and their properties used in buildings and other structures you see
- Calculate the speed, time and distance of any journey you take and estimate the fuel needed
- Create a timetable of activities using the correct units of time
- Prepare a recipe using the correct units and quantities, this can also include changing the amount of people the recipe is for and therefore quantities
- Use maps and compass points to investigate the local area