Notices

Distance Learning

15th June

In order to support with the return of Year 10 students to our site we have had to make changes to our Distance Learning timetables. Please see the changes to the timetables below.

Though the school is closed we continue to offer education to our students through our Distance Learning programme. At its best this will involve students regularly engaging with all subjects across the curriculum but this should not be seen as a replacement for school. As such we propose students engage with two subjects a day, one in the morning, one in the afternoon.

What does Distance Learning look like?

We have been working hard with staff to develop a common approach to Distance Learning. Our preferred format is through the use of an online platform Google Classroom. This can be accessed from a phone, tablet, laptop or most other internet enabled device. Support on how to engage with this online work can be seen in videos below.

We know that access to the internet looks different in all houses which is why our timetables should used as guidance. For this reason these online tasks are being printed into offline tasks that can be collected from the school site. We have also produced this guidance document to support students with offline work. A printed copy of this will be handed out with your work pack.

Work Packs can be collected from main reception here in school at the following times each day:

10:30 – 11:00 Yr7

11:00 – 11:30 Yr8

11:30 – 12:00 Yr9

12:00 – 12:30 Yr10

FAQs

How do I access the work?

Students should sign into Google using their school email address and go to Google Classroom. Here they will see separate classes for each of their subjects. This can also be done through the Google Classroom App on a phone or tablet.

Is there an offline alternative?

Though the most immediate way to access the work will be online we understand that access to this may be limited. In these cases printed alternatives will be made available. These will cover a weeks worth of work and be produced retrospectively. If you require a printed copy of resources please email distance@springwestacademy.org.

What do I do if my child has forgotten how to access their school email?

Should you need support with usernames or password resets please email distance@springwestacademy.org

What if I cannot motivate my child to engage?

We recognise the challenge this situation has put you under as a parent. Remember, you have not opted to homeschool your child and should not feel pressured to deliver education on our behalf.

We have purposely reduced our timetable to offer a more accessible style of learning. We suggest that establishing a routine, or timetable, or activities in your household will help to structure your day.

Relentless praise and reward is the best way to motivate. It might provide a good talking point at the dinner table. You may even find that the boredom of lockdown leads to a want to work! You can speak to your child’s form tutor for more pointers with this.

Can I contact my child's teacher?

Yes. We welcome all contact from our parents. Staff email addresses are generally f.surname@springwestacademy.org they can also be found on your child’s Google Classroom.

Timetables

Subjects will produce work in accordance with the timetables shown below. Materials will be posted at 10am for the morning session and 1pm for the afternoon session. Where possible, teachers will be online at these times to offer feedback and support.

Year 10

All students, whether onsite or learning from home, have received an email detailing their group and personal timetable. These timetables are also shown below.

Sessions in yellow represent Distance Learning tasks. Those in blue represent lessons that are taught live on site.

If you are not attending site recordings of teaching will be posted in your Year Group Google Classroom with live support from a teacher.

All students are expected to engage with the work that is being set to this schedule and should keep in contact with their teachers when additional support is needed.

Year 9 Timetable

Note that from the 15th June we only expect students to undertake work in subjects that they will be studying at GCSE. This currently only inlcudes English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and Languages.

Year 8 Timetable

Year 7 Timetable

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