Updates to Online Curriculum

Dear Parents/Carers,

RE: Updates to Online Curriculum

Thank you for taking the time in these unique circumstances to make every effort for your child’s education to continue. We are aware that everyone will work differently at home and limit of access can sometimes be an issue with devices being used by both adults and children. Additionally, we have found that some students are unaware of how many hours to complete or how they should be structuring their time.

With the above in mind we have produced and attached a brief skeleton timetable for each year group in school should you wish to add some more structure and routine to your child’s home learning.

Work over the coming weeks will be set as closely to the work completed in school as possible, however we are realistic in the fact that this cannot always be the case and true learning is difficult to gauge when not in the classroom environment. As a leadership group and staff body we are currently reacting to government guidance and being as proactive as possible to ensure we are aware of any gaps and how to address them when we return to normal, whenever that may be. Over the coming weeks staff will be looking at how we can address these gaps and set work to consolidate learning in places where they may be identified gaps rather than delivering the curriculum as per the learning journeys in school.

Assessments will likely be in the format of low stakes testing and quiz format as well as exam practice for those in Key Stage 4. We understand as a school that replicating learning at home as in school is a challenge for parents and will be understanding and flexible to work in a variety of formats. Please see the posters that are on the pop-up link on the school website for key points to remember when working from home.

We are aware that much of the correspondence sent from school in the last few weeks has been of a serious and informative nature and this reflects the natural situation however we are keen to continue to inspire, excite and motivate out students in this unique time and will be releasing a series of weekly house competitions to take part in beginning on the 20/4/20. We hope you have a restful Easter break and manage to find some normality.
Finally, please see the school website for the latest copy of our newsletter.

Thank you for your continued support, take care and stay safe.

Online Learning Hours Guidance

The learning hours below are a guide for students and parents.  They show the number of hours per week that students would be studying different subjects if they were in school.  As you will see subjects like English and Maths have the highest number of learning hours.  We would expect that the work being done in subjects is proportionate to the hours below.

  Year 5 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
English 6 6 4 4 4 4 4
Maths 6 6 4 4 4 4 4
Science 2 2 3 3 4 4 4
Art   1 1 1      
Computing 1 1 1 1      
DT   1 1 1      
Geography     2 2      
History     2 2      
Music 1 1 1 1      
MFL 1 1 2 2      
PE 2 2 2 2 2 2 1
PSHE     1 1 1 1  
RE 1 1 1 1      
Discover* 5            
Explore**   3          
Options***         2-3 (each) 2-3 (each) 3


*Discover is made up of Geography, History, Art, DT and PSHCE.

**Explore is made up of Geography, History and PSHCE.

***Options – Students should see timetables to determine which option subjects are 2 hours or 3.