Year 8 COVID Online Learning

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14 December 2020
Dear Parents/Carers
We are committed to ensuring your child continues with their education during their period of self‐isolation. Whilst we understand that families are facing a lot of challenges with the current COVID crisis, we are also under no illusion of the importance of education in supporting your child both now and in the future.
Please find below your child’s timetable starting tomorrow 15 December 2020. Students are expected to undertake the ‘live’ lessons as indicated on their timetable and use the additional time throughout the day to complete homework, revise, etc. We would appreciate your full support with ensuring your child is ready to learn, undertakes ‘live’ learning with the right attitude and completes any follow up home learning.
Please be aware that whilst your child is undertaking ‘live’ lessons, it is not appropriate for parents or carers to speak to the member of staff teaching at this time. If you wish to speak to any member of staff, please continue to go through the normal channels and telephone us on 01375 489000.
Year 8 ‘Live’ Timetable. We are currently on Week 2 and the online learning will start tomorrow Tuesday 15 December 2020, with Maths for X band and Options for Y Band at 8.30 am.


Period 2 Mon 2 Tue 2 Wed 2 Thurs 2 Fri
08:30 - 9:40   Maths Maths

Business Studies/History


10:00 - 10:50   English PE


/Business Studies

10:50 - 12:00          
12:00- 12:50     English

Art/Drama/Design Technology


13:10 - 14:10  

Drama/Food Technology

/Dance/ PE/ Design tech



Period 2 Mon 2 Tues 2 Weds 2 Thurs 2 Fri
08:30 - 09:40


Food Technology/PE

/Design Technology/Music


History/Business Studies


Drama/Design Technology

/Food Technology/PE

10:00 - 10:50   English Maths Maths  
10:50 - 12:00          
12:00- 12:50     English English  
13:10 - 14:10   Maths      
Please share the following with your child:
Student expectations of on‐line learning:
Ready to Learn
 Set yourself up in a space that is appropriate for learning e.g. kitchen table, a quiet area of the house.
 Log on five minutes prior to the start of the lesson.
 Make sure your name is displayed on screen as it appears on the register.
 Ensure you are ready for learning (equipment, books, camera switched on).
 Ensure your backdrop is appropriate for learning and you are dressed appropriately.
 Only use the chat function in connection with your learning.
 A reminder that positive behaviour for learning will be awarded and disruptive behaviour will be sanctioned in line with the Academy’s Behaviour Policy – first warning, final warning, removal from lesson.
 Remember you do not have permission to record the teacher (this is breach of GDPR regulations and against the law).
 All lessons will be recorded.
Live Learning will be conducted through zoom.
 Be positive about your learning (for example, if you do not understand a concept, ask the teacher to explain in more detail).
 Be open to this new way of learning.
 Be kind and respectful to each other and the teacher delivering the lesson.
Home Learning
 Log on to Google Classroom and complete any work that has been set.
 ‘Turn in’ completed work.
 If you did not understand any part of the lesson ask for support in your next live lesson.
 Keep track of due dates
Can I take this opportunity to apologise for the closing of the Year 8 ‘Bubble’, however, the health and safety of our students and staff will always be our top priority. We understand that students are disappointed to be unable to finish the term in the Academy and are missing out on our Christmas celebrations, as a result we will do some online ‘festive’ activities and have our end of term assembly online also for our students.
We look forward to welcoming our Year 8 students back to the Academy on Tuesday 05 January 2020 at 8.30am.
Kind regards,
Yours sincerely
Mrs G McLaughlin

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