Home Learning

Home learning during school closure

Below outlines our approach to home learning during the school closures due to coronavirus (COVID 19). This is a new time for all of us (teachers, parents and students) so we know the new systems will take some getting used to. Some of you will feel very confident about using online learning platforms and enjoy working in this way, while others of you may be feeling a little apprehensive. That is okay. We are all working together to try and provide the best experience we can for our students in these unprecedented times. Do let us know if you need any further support and check back here for regular updates.

Answers to some of our most frequently answered questions regarding Home Learning can be found on the link below:

How to structure your day

It is important that you try to create some structure to your day while you are working from home. This will help you to study effectively and look after your wellbeing and mental health. We completely understand that everyone’s access to IT, a broadband connection and other resources vary, and we recognise that there are no simple options and answers to remote learning. We encourage you to just do your best. What is crucial is that you continue the habit of learning and do some work each (school) day for 3-4 hours a day.  We recommend that this is broken up with a morning and afternoon session.  You should also continue to take exercise daily and we recommend that 30 minutes per day is an absolute minimum.  Our PE team have sent out advice on exercise but there are a number of online activities and personalities currently streaming on a daily basis.  You should also take the opportunity to read for at least 30 minutes a day – before bedtime is ideal – and you should socially connect with friends.  We want you to use social media (responsibly)!

You may want to create a timetable to try and stick to so that you can organise what you will be doing at certain times of the day. The example below offers one simple approach. We appreciate that your timetable may look different to this. That is ok too. (Click image to enlarge)

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. Click on the myON logo to the left then click “Start Reading” to find some books that can inspire and engage you at home.

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.

Seneca

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