Home Learning

Summer Holiday Learning Opportunities

The school holidays are an important time to relax, re-energise and spend time together as a family. This year we have all had to overcome a number of challenges and many of us will be looking forward to a break. During this time we will also be thinking ahead to September and how we can best support all students to return to school safely and be as prepared as possible to continue their learning. In particular, for those students who will be sitting exams next year it is crucial that we start the year purposefully and fully focussed. To ensure that students are ready for this challenge we have put together a simple list of learning opportunities for students to engage with over the summer holidays.

Update: Online learning expectations for students

Thank you so much for the feedback with regards to this weeks’ new timetable for online learning. We are trying to provide regular face to face contact for our students and with this in mind, we have made some slight amendments moving forward.

Changes to Q and A sessions

  1. Year 10s will now have Q and A sessions running on a Monday and Friday to reduce subject clashes.
  2. Lesson times will begin earlier for year 10 to give them the chance to attend the majority of their subjects (please note: these are drop-in sessions where students can ask questions – they are not compulsory nor do students have to attend the full session if not needed).
  3. Timings have been adjusted slightly to provide a 15-minute gap between all Q and A session. This allows students to have a break and/or prepare for the next Q and A session.

 

Day

Year group

Lesson 1 (9:10-9:45am)

Lesson 2 (10:00-10:45am)

Lesson 3 (11:00-11:45am)

Lesson 4

(12:00:-12:45pm)

Lesson 5

(1:30-2:15pm)

Lesson 6

(2:30- 3:15pm)

Monday

Year 10 Maths French Drama Geography History Music

Tuesday

Year 7 English Maths Science  

Wednesday

Year 8 English Maths Science  

Thursday

Year 9 English Maths Science  

Friday

Year 10 Technology Spanish Science PE Voc Ed English

*Year 12s are not included in the Q and A sessions as they will be receiving face to face lessons with their teacher.

 

Changes to ‘live lessons’

  1. Some subjects may choose to prerecord their lessons. If so, these may be sent out during the week to help stagger work load for students.

Our online learning offer is continually evolving with the help of yours and students’ feedback. We will continue to work with staff, students and parents to make sure the online learning here at TCS provides a range of subjects and support for everyone.

For further guidance about our online learning expectations, please read below.

Live Lessons

  • Lessons may take a variety of forms including live/ streamed lessons, audio/video accompanied power points, YouTube videos, etc.
  • Clear instructions on how to access these will be put on Class Charts or emailed to you and your child.

Day of ‘Live’ Lesson

Year Group

Monday

Year 12

Tuesday

Year 7

Wednesday

Year 8

Thursday

Year 9

Friday

Year 10

 

Q and A sessions

  • There will be one live ‘Question and Answer’ (Q and A) session per week for English, Maths and Science, per year group (7, 8, 9 and 10).
  • Options subjects will deliver one live Q and A session for Year 10 students. However, due to multiple options, students will have to elect which Q and A session they attend depending on their learning needs that week. This is flexible and students can choose different options each week.
  • All Q and A sessions will be held over Google Meet as all students have had logins created for them and password details sent to their school email address.

Please note the following safety measures we are putting in place to protect your children and our staff when using online platforms.

  • Live and/or streamed content will be recorded for safeguarding purposes. Having content recorded also means that recordings can be downloaded by students to watch at a time which suits them if unable to access content live that day.
  • We strongly suggest that students should not enable their webcams when joining sessions. If they do, parents should be aware that you are consenting to your child’s image being recorded as part of the lesson.
  • Students can only enter Google Meetings using their student ID/ email.
  • When attending the Google Meeting please ensure students are in a communal living space (sitting room, kitchen, dining room, etc).
  • Please ensure students are dressed appropriately if they are choosing to turn on their camera.

We understand that this may well be a change to how your child has been working at home and we appreciate how flexible you have been so far in helping us to support your child. We are looking forward to being able to meet with students and find out how they’ve been getting on in their subjects. Please do get in touch if you have any questions by contacting either Samantha Atkinson (samanatha.atkinson@teignmouth.devon.sch.uk) or Lea Carpenter (lea.carpenter@teignmouth.devon.sch.uk).

If you wish to contact your child’s teachers directly then follow this link which will take you to the staff list and their email addresses.

Top Tips for working from home (Adapted from the BBC)

  1. Get Dressed – For some students, the prospect of staying in their pyjamas all day is the most tantalising aspect of studying from home. But washing and getting dressed will not only improve your state of mind, it will psychologically prepare you to start studying.
  2. Establish Boundaries – At school you will have a timetable and a set of lessons that happen at a particular time. It is important that you try to stick to these where you can. Be ready to start your day at the same time as you would normally go to school and finish your day at the same time as you would normally get home. At the end of a day, it’s best to switch off your computer and tidy away papers and other items. Space allowing, set aside a specific, separate area for studying so that you can go into another room or area when the day is finished.
  3. Stay Active – We are recommending at least 30 mins of physical exercise each day. You may want to do more. During your break and lunch times try to go outside in the garden and get some fresh air.
  4. Stay sociable – When you are at school you have lots of opportunities to talk and discuss your work with friends and teachers. Make use of teachers who are using online lessons, post comments on Google classrooms and ring a friend if you get stuck.  During break and lunchtimes connect with friends virtually or using social media.
  5. Take Breaks – It is important that you keep you day varied so that it doesn’t become boring and monotonous. Don’t stay glued to your screen all day or working every hour. Get up and have a drink or stretch your legs. Also think about the type of work you are doing. If you have just been completing some written work, try a quiz next or a revision video. Then you could try some project work. This will help you to keep motivated and doing your best.

What work should I be completing?

Our new Home Learning Grids outline our key expectations for students working from home during the school closures. For each year group you will find information on when and where work will be set, what resources students will need and how they can submit their work to receive feedback. If you have any questions about home learning then please contact Samantha Atkinson samantha.atkinson@teignmouth.devon.sch.uk

Newsletters

To further communication between students and school, a newsletter containing updates, school information and advice for each year group will be released every fortnight.

All newsletters can be accessed here

Keeping Busy

We appreciate that not all our students will be able to complete all the work set due to a range of different factors. This is fine. We don’t expect you to do everything, but we do expect you to keep busy, keep learning and keep staying safe. To help you out when things are challenging, or you want a break from studying we have put together some ideas to help you keep busy based on different ideas. Have a look and see what you might like to try.

Online Learning Platforms

We are using a number of online learning platforms. Log in to Class Charts to see what your teachers have set this week. Below are links to access everything you need.
If you are having trouble accessing any systems from home, we have a separate IT Support Information page which can be found here.

Class Charts

We have an excellent tool, ‘Class Charts’, which enables all homework to be set clearly, with support materials provided, and actually takes away some of the stress for students and parents trying to understand and stay on track with homework tasks. We are now using this tool across the school and it is a basic expectation that all homework is set using Class Charts and in line with departments’ policies – in nearly all cases on a weekly basis.

Parents can access Class Charts by clicking on the logo. If you do not have a login, please contact the school IT Helpdesk by emailing: helpdesk@teignmouth.devon.sch.uk

Accelerated Reader

In view of the current situation we are relaxing our restrictions to enable our Year 7, 8 and 9 students to quiz from home.

We advise students to complete quizzes unaided. However, if parents/carers wish to support their child, they can do so in the following ways:

  • Discuss the book with your child as the book is being read
  • Ask your child to read the question aloud
  • Re-word questions for your child, if necessary
  • Ask your child which answers are notcorrect

You can access Accelerated Reader by clicking on the logo. Daily reading is a crucial factor in development and we thank you in advance for all your support.

TCS e-library available 24/7

Students and staff are able to borrow up to two items from the new e-library. To access it you need to login using your google school account username and password.  You can browse the collection or search for a specific book title, author or publisher and loan the book chosen. It is then assigned for a 2 week period. If you finish reading it sooner just return it so that you can borrow something else…

Digital Magazine Collection

If you are interested in Science, History, Music, Geography, Ecology, or Current World Affairs – then you may well enjoy reading articles from a collection of 10 digital magazines – kindly provided free to us whilst schools are closed by exact editions. Students and staff will be sent an email with details of how to log on to this brilliant up-to-date collection, which includes current issues from this year and a considerable archive of back issues for each title.

Exact editions have set us up with remote access via a “library card” login system. This will allow all staff and students to access the titles using a numeric code that is unique to the school. These details should not be used by anyone outside the school, this is why they are being sent out by email rather than being advertised on our school website.

To log in using your six-digit library card number please follow the steps below.
1. Visit our login page: https://login.exacteditions.com/login.do
2. Select the “library card” option in the top right-hand corner.
3. Enter your 6 digit code into the “card number” bar and login.

Audible

Audible have made hundreds of children’s books available for free to stream whilst schools are closed and children are at home. You don’t need an audible account to access them and they can be listened to immediately on a laptop, tablet, smart phone or ordinary desktop computer

Quizlet

Quizlet is a free learning and revision tool.

myON

Running out of reading books? No longer a problem – thanks to Renaissance learning providers of Accelerated Reader – who are currently giving access to over 700 full text online books both fiction and non-fiction. The books cover a whole range of topics including science, maths, literacy, sport, hobbies, animals and different fiction genres plus graphic novels. These books can be used for quizzing too, and there are additional news articles going up regularly on interesting current affairs topics.

Student login: Go to myon.co.uk and enter your login information:

School Name: Teignmouth Community College   (type the first few letters and select from the drop-down menu)

Username: teignmouth139student

Password: (see Class Charts for Password)

Click on the Sign In button, select a book, and start reading!

ClickView

ClickView is a video learning platform that allows teachers and students to access curriculum related video material, over a wide range of subjects, to help with their learning/teaching. If teachers ask you to access this application you need to use your school google account login and password.

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