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COVID-19 Update - Friday 3 July 2020

THE SCHOOL is OPEN for YEAR 10 Lessons ONLY

 

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.

 

Our fourteenth week of school closure draws to an end. This would have been the week 5 of our final half term leading up to the Summer break.

 

“You cannot control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and let life happen”

 

I cannot attribute this quote to anyone in particular but this week it seems particularly apt as the senior leadership team and governing body grapple with the latest government guidance on the full reopening of schools in September. There are many challenging decisions ahead! We will be spending the next few weeks considering our plans for enabling all pupils to return to school in the autumn term and we will of course keep you posted in good time for how this will work.

 

Year 10 lessons have continued to take place over the course of this week and there are so many contended staff on the back of being able to once more stand in a classroom and teach! Zoom sessions between chapter leaders and their chaptees continue to afford our students contact with their peers and make them feel that little bit less isolated and that bit more connected with the school. Together with the year 12 lessons these are simple but successful small steps we can celebrate as part of our journey towards fully reopening the school. 

 

YEAR 10 – home schooling

If you have a child in year 10 please continue to encourage them to complete work set by their teachers via their email accounts. We have noticed a drop off in work being returned since we have started face to face lessons.

 

EMAIL -  Likes

When your child sends a piece of work back to their teacher for feedback the teacher will, in the first instance, do one of two things:

 

1. They will click the ‘like’ button to indicate that the work has been received and that it is of good quality i.e. that it has responded to the success criteria set for the task.

 

OR

 

2. They will email your child back to indicate that the work has not met the success criteria and brief guidance on what your child needs to do to improve it.

 

Teachers will continue to follow up this initial step with either further individual feedback or group feedback.

 

ETON COLLEGE – Online courses

A reminder that we have secured FREE quality online training provided by ETON COLLEGE. The two courses on offer are:

 

     Reslience–self study   Making an Impact

 

Click this link to see an overview of the two courses. We will open this offer up to our current year 10 on Tuesday of next week if Year 11 and Year 12 students have not taken all of the available places.

 

We are here to help and support

If you are struggling financially in any way please do contact the school in confidence. There are many things we can do to signpost you to support.

 

A Uniform Appeal - reminder

If your child has grown out of their uniform, including pairs of shoes where there is still a good deal of life left in them, we would really appreciate your donations. If you could wash the items you wish to donate (not the shoes of course!), put them into a bag and drop them off outside reception when you are next on one of your socially distanced walks we would be most grateful.

 

Safeguarding

If you are worried about any member of our school community, please either visit https://swgfl.org.uk/whisper/twf1 or send a text message (anonymously) to 07860 021 323 starting your message with TWF1. This facility can be used by students, parents, carers and other family members.

 

If you are worried that someone is in immediate risk of significant harm, please do not use this reporting facility, but dial 999 immediately.    

 

This coming week in school:

 

Don’t forget:

  1. chapter TEAMS meetings for years 7, 8 and 9 are weekly recurring events.
  2. Year 10 lessons are taking place

 

Accessing student work online

Year 9 and 10 pupils should be logging into their school email to check out direct communications from their class teachers. We will now send a weekly reminder text to all year 9 and 10 parents to remind you that your child should be logging into their school email account each Monday morning. We are now emailing work to both students and parents/ carers to help you know what work is being set and enable you to support your child in managing their time to complete the work.

 

Pupils in years 9 and 10 should be logging into their school email accounts on a daily basis in order to access the work teachers are setting for the week ahead. All work is set by the Monday morning of each week and follows a standardised format. In particular, to support parents, we have included success criteria for what a good piece of work looks like as well as supportive guidance notes, which will often include links to useful tutorial videos.

 

Please encourage your child to pose questions to their class teacher if they need help completing a task and encourage them to submit completed work back to their class teacher.

 

Class teachers are constantly on the lookout for outstanding pieces of work from students that they can include the in THE GALLERY showcase.

 

Class teachers are awarding 50 Trackit points for work submitted by pupils that responds to the success criteria indicated for each task. Where they feel a piece of work is of notable quality they are awarding a further 100 points for including it in the weekly GALLERY.

 

Year 7 and 8 pupils should be using the school website to access their school work for the coming week. We will now send a weekly reminder text to all year 7 and 8 parents/ carers to let you know that the work for the coming week is loaded onto the school website.

 

Pupils in years 7 and 8 should be accessing the school website under the STUDENT tab in order to collect the work set by subject teachers for the week ahead. In a similar fashion to year 9 and 10 all work set by subject teachers follows the same standardised format with the same level of supportive guidance. Work set for year 7 and 8 pupils is closely linked to the subject curricula so it is really important that your child is completing the work set to the best of their ability – taking particular note of the success criteria. Please encourage your child to pose questions to their class teacher if they need help completing a task and encourage them to submit completed work back to their class teacher.

 

Class teachers are constantly on the lookout for outstanding pieces of work from students that they can include the in THE GALLERY showcase.

 

Class teachers are awarding Trackit points for work submitted by pupils that responds to the success criteria indicated for each task. Where they feel a piece of work is of notable quality they are awarding a further 100 points for including it in the weekly GALLERY.

 

For technical issues, parents and carers are asked to email their request to our IT team at: ictsupport@thekings.staffs.sch.uk

 

Recommended online platforms:

MyMaths          (school subscription)

SAMLearning   (school subscription)

GCSEPOD          (school subscription)

Musicfirst         https://thekings.musicfirst.co.uk       (school subscription)

 

Again if there are any issues accessing platforms where we have a school subscription (e.g. forgotten login names/ passwords) contact ict support. If your child does not have access to a laptop please contact the school in order for us to see what we might be able to do.

 

The following are currently free platforms and recommended for use

 

Duolingo

www.thenational.academy

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

https://stories.audible.com/discovery

 

Head of School Weekly Challenges to challenges@thekings.staffs.sch.uk

 

The entries for the Parables challenge will be sent to the governors for deciding on winning entries. Thank you to all of those who have taken part.  If you still have an entry on your desk at home it’s not too late to get your entry in…..

 

If you took time as a family to think about the ‘I love being a teacher because….’  challenge, then click here for the answers.

 

Challenge 1: I song I LOVE to sing on karaoke is ………..

Here is another of our family fun challenges where you find out a little bit more about the staff here at The King’s. Members of staff have told us which song they LOVE to sing on karaoke. Whether that’s live in a bar or just howling in the car or wailing in the shower at home see if you can work out who sings what (click here).

 

Challenge 2:

Yes, I have been finding time to watch some television again this week. Challenge 2 attracts a £20 Amazon voucher to the winning entry, as judged by the school governors. The challenge is to watch Series 1 of ‘The Planets’ series, available on BBCCatchup. ‘The Planets’ series in itself is just mind blowing, especially the way they re-create the beginnings of our solar system. Once watched you need to produce a summary of the key information/ learning.

 

The detail in your summary can include your own images/ graphics. Ensure that you provide sufficient information in your summary as the governors may not have watched the programme. I have watched it of course and can guide the governors on the accuracy and thoroughness of your summary.

 

It only remains for you to now click across and check out our Gallery: week 14. Enjoy!

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