COVID-19 Update - Friday 3 April 2020
THE SCHOOL REMAINS CLOSED
Our second week of school closure draws to an end. I hope you are as inspired as I am by the way the country is pulling together by complying with social distancing measures and only travelling when absolutely necessary. Please continue to do your part in following government advice on staying at home in order to protect the NHS and other frontline services.
Isaiah 46:4: ‘I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.’
The school continues to provide a childcare service to those parents and carers who are key worker and those students who are most vulnerable students. That said, our message remains clear, those children who are able to remain at home, must stay at home.
EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
We continue to offer remote support for children who we know need support. If you think your child would benefit from this, please email email@example.com in order to start the conversation with the team.
We continue to be able to access the Mental Health Support Team (Trailblazer Project) and they are working with students via phone or video call during this unprecedented period. Please have a conversation with the team in order to request a referral to this service.
Our inclusion team have launched a Facebook page for the whole federation. Please do "like" the page if you are interested in the support that this will offer to you. Search for @Wadeinclusion on Facebook to find the page.
The government released information this week about helping parents and carers to support their children's wellbeing during this period: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES
Our SEND team are working hard to launch their virtual environment on 20th April. If your child receives support from the school's SEN team or is on the SEN register, then the team will make direct contact with you on 20th April about this and how it works.
Continuing to study
As mentioned in last week’s update, it is important that pupils continue to have a school work routine and not see this unexpected break in their education as an extended holiday. My top tip for this week is to share the school work routine I have set up for my own children – one in year 7 and one in year 9:
9am start – showered/ dressed and breakfasted/ mobile phones handed in (!)
20 minute Yoga style exercise with mum using a YOUTUBE video
9:30 – 10:20 50 minute session on maths
10:20 – 10:40 20 minute break
10:40 – 11:30 50 minute session on English
11:30 – 11:50 20 minute break
11:50 – 12: 40 50 minute session on other curriculum areas on rotation across the week
12: 40 Mobile phones returned for the day
As parents we have chosen to emphasis maths and English every day for our two children as we understand their importance in under pinning success in other subjects.
Accessing student work online
The following guidance for accessing work set by teachers remains the same:
All pupils should be using their Office365 account and have received an email with a link to their own work folder from which to access all subjects. If your child is struggling to access their Office 365 account or specific subject material there are two avenues of support:
- help in accessing the Office365 account is available her: https://thekings.staffs.sch.uk/online-learning/.
- For technical issues, parents and carers are asked to email their request to our IT team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As time goes by the power of home learning will increasingly need to come from pupils self-directing their studies. To that end please be aware that both the MyMaths and SAMLearning online platforms have the facility for pupils to select their own areas of study. We also recommend GCSEPod for our year 10 students as this platform contains material bespoke to the examination boards that we use for GCSE examinations and again pupils can self-direct their studies on this platform.
One further platform is proving popular with students and that is Duolingo (for studying French) – the Head of School referred to it during his challenges update video on Tuesday of this week.
GCSE Results 2020: Update
OFQUAL has today released guidance on how schools are to submit GCSE and A Level grades. Please click on the following links to take you to the full details on how this process will work:
We have further information on the PETXi free training offer- which we are making available to both year 11 and year 10. Please click on the following links to find out more details:
If you are interested in your child taking part , then email email@example.com heading your email subject PETXI.
Weekly Challenge 1: solutions
Welcome back to the weekly challenges section. First of all a round up of the solutions from last week:
The anagrams for the most commonly misspelt science words become:
Reciptal sistom apleebrame sunclue
Particle mitosis permeable nucleus
Remains a live challenge. Can you learn to recall with speed and accuracy the 21 key times table facts? Click on this link to take you to the 21 facts document.
See the Head of School’s Friday Facebook post to see a successful solution.
Weekly Challenge 2
See the Head of School’s Friday Facebook post. Click on this link for a copy of the map needed.
See the Head of School’s Friday Facebook post. Click on this link for a copy of the steps needed.
This is a physical challenge. Click on this link to view the video explaining what you have to do.
We hope as many students, parents and carers as possible take up these challenges. We would love to hear and see you success stories.
We’ve set up a dedicated email address so you can do just that - firstname.lastname@example.org. We will share some of your replies at our next Friday update.