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Home Schooling

As we now start an extraordinary time of social distancing and isolation, we wanted to reassure you that we are here to help you manage your child’s learning. We are working on a schedule to minimise the number of staff in school but those staff who are well, but not in school, will be contactable by email.

If you or your child has any queries regarding a lesson or require feedback for work, please contact the relevant teacher in the first instance. All our staff email addresses follow the same protocol: staff initial followed by their surname with no gaps. For example, mine is [email protected]. The staff names are all on the website in the curriculum area which can be found in ‘our school’. Students can also search for email addresses in the school email system. To ensure a response, I would suggest including myself and the head of department in any emails.

Students in Key Stage 3 would normally complete approximately 2½ hours of English, Mathematics and Science a week, 1 to 1½ hours of most other subjects whilst Citizenship, Food and Textiles are allocated 1 hour a fortnight. I would suggest using your child’s timetable as a guide. At Key Stage 4, students have approximately 3 hours of English, Mathematics and Science a week and 2 hours of each option subject. Again, I would suggest using their timetable as a guide.

To ensure your child continues to progress, it is important that in addition to the schedule outlined above, about 20 minutes is set aside for reading and 20 minutes for basic mathematics. This could be extended in the holiday time when the work from school may take less time. Kindleunlimited and are providing free access to support families. We also have ebooks available from wheelers. Unfortunately, we will be unable to offer any library loan services during this time of isolation.

Simple Mathematics activities could include asking your child to work out how much the shopping cost, how much was saved on multibuys etc. If you have a smart-meter, they could work out the cost of running appliances and how money could be saved. They could work out how long the pasta or toilet rolls will last! Engaging young people in everyday mathematics helps them see the relevance of it.