Learning from Home – Summer 2020
It has been a difficult few months for everyone and we acknowledge the great work being completed at home by many of our students and their teachers. We have all learned more about how Microsoft Teams can support remote learning, and both teachers and students are increasingly more comfortable with delivering recorded and live lessons. Our teachers have risen to the challenge of devising engaging and accessible lessons for students and use the message thread for feedback and guidance. We recognise that the enforced closure of schools has been unsettling to families, and as a school, we aim to continue to support our students in every way possible. Our School is already preparing for next September and teachers are currently making amendments to their schemes of learning so that the gaps in learning, brought about by school closure, are addressed. As we begin the Summer holidays, our subject leaders have suggested a number of tasks and learning activities that will support our students in their next stage of learning. These will prepare them fully for the new academic year, in September. This learning is optional, but it is good to get into routines and to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills ready for September. Tasks and learning activities can be found below:
Learning from Home – 1st June 2020
As we start a new half term, tasks and learning activities will continue to be set for students on ‘Microsoft Teams’ with a note included on SIMS Parent/Student App. In response to the recent parental home learning survey, we have amended the way that home learning is assigned, so that the frequency and amount of learning activities for students is streamlined. As from Monday 1st June, we have asked teachers to set work using a timetable (see below) so that students and parents do not feel overwhelmed by the volume of work.
Microsoft Teams, Support and Resources
In order to support students when learning from home we have collated key content, tasks and activities for students to complete. Each subject area has identified work that should be completed for each year group / key stage. Further details are available from individual class teachers through Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft Teams has risen in popularity since lockdown measures were introduced. Our school has adopted this platform to help with remote learning. It has the ability to chat, video call and host online meetings with as many as 10,000 people. But as with any video conferencing software or live streaming app, there can be a number of things to consider around security and privacy. That’s why we are sharing this guide to help parents and carers understand exactly what ‘Teams’ is all about. Guidance for Parents
You should log in using your school username (firstname.lastname@example.org) and password.
Once in Office 365 or the Teams app you should select ‘Teams’ from the top/side of the screen. From here you will be able to access each of the ‘Teams’ for your timetables classes / subjects
Key Stage 3 Learning from Home – Click here
Key Stage 4 Learning from Home – Click here
Key Stage 5 Learning from Home – Click here
Students that have technical difficulties should email StudentITSupport@bkcat.co.uk
Resources to support parents and students in learning from home and the importance of reading during lockdown from the Education Endowment Foundation more details can be found at https://bit.ly/EEFres For more about routines at home go to: https://bit.ly/EEFvid
Here are just a few examples of the resources available:
Students can now access Accelerated Reader at home by clicking on the following link and logging in as they do when in school. Studnets will not be able to access AR if they try and log on using Google. So you can now read books and take AR Quizzes at home by using the following link https://ukhosted41.renlearn.co.uk/1916578
If you have any issues, please contact your teacher on Teams.