Covid-19 information

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Accessing Remote Learning

Assessment and Feedback

Teachers will provide regular feedback to learners on pieces of work that they are required to submit. Under normal circumstances, not all pieces of work are formally assessed by teachers and this will continue to be the case.  Given the nature of the tasks, the type of feedback teachers can provide may not have the same format as marking an exercise book. Teachers are encouraged to ensure, when they set assessed work, that it is designed in such a way that meaningful feedback may be provided. Teachers will offer feedback on a sample of the work completed by pupils online, and will not rely solely on online quizzes and educational games for pupils to understand how well they are learning. Regular opportunities within remote learning should be planned by the teacher to allow students specific time to respond to the written/verbal feedback they have received. (DIRT - Dedicated Improvement Reflection Time)

  • At KS3 students will need to complete some form of exit ticket for all live lessons. Class teachers will use these to inform the planning of the next lesson. 
  • At KS4 all work completed during live lessons must be shared via Google Classrooms.  Class teachers will use the work submitted to inform the planning of subsequent lessons.

Possible methods of feedback:

  • Providing whole class feedback at the beginning of a live lesson to address common misconceptions
  • Feedback on individual pieces of work that have been submitted
  • Using the “Comments” function on online documents
  • Sending a direct message to learners with specific feedback / targets
  • Response to questions during a phase of the lesson
  • Automatically marked quizzes
  • Acknowledgement of submitted work
  • Pupils will receive some form of feedback at least once a fortnight 

Remote/Blended Learning at ACS 2020-21

Outlined below is the process we intend to use this year at ACS if your child is absent from school for an extended period due to Covid-19 or during lockdown periods.

To avoid disruption to students’ learning we have a simple online system to support them in the event of any absence. We have now moved to students following their normal timetable wherever possible, and we set/deliver learning that enables students to ‘keep up’ rather than having to ‘catch up’ at a later date.

Communication and work is set via Google Classroom and every student should have a code for their tutor group, year group and all subject classes.

Individual student absence:

If a student is absent at any time throughout the year they can simply access the relevant week/s they will be missing, e.g. they are absent for week 3 and 4 of Term 1, they complete the work for each subject for week 3 and 4. We know that online and remote learning doesn’t replicate actual teaching but we know that it can help to stop students falling behind their peers. The idea is that this process is ‘seamless’ and therefore staff will not need to be contacted to be asked what they should do whilst they are off school, students will know straight away. This process has been explained to students in the first week, so that they are confident and understand the new system, and an information sheet is provided to students in the event of a requirement to self-isolate.

We have catered for three scenarios:

Scenario 1- individual absence

Where individual students are self-isolating, a Daily task document will be shared via assignments on Google Classroom by the Key Stage Leader each day. At Key Stage 3, the majority of work is set using OAK Academy resources, Hegarty maths and Tassomai. Within the Daily task sheet, there are links to online resources. The work utilises the OAK Academy resources, which allows students to complete work independently.

However, at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 the majority of work will be set by individual teachers on their own individual Google Classroom pages, as this is a more personalised approach is required, as students are so closer to their exams.

There are two pastoral ‘check-ins’ each week for students and parents to ask questions with the Pastoral Lead.

Scenario 2- partial year group

Where a larger group of students have been told to self-isolate by the school and there is a partial closure of a year group, students will be provided with tutorials and some live lessons, which will supplement their daily task sheet. Students will find out about these additional sessions via their Google Classroom.

There are two pastoral ‘check-ins’ each week for students and parents to ask questions with the Pastoral Lead.

Scenario 3- full year group lockdown/full school lockdown

Where whole year groups are self-isolating, online, live resources will be provided for most lessons, following the principles of delivery detailed below. During each lesson, teachers are to provide a virtual 45 minute session through Google Meets/Classroom, which are recorded and saved to the Google Classroom page. If students cannot access the internet or don’t have appropriate ICT, where possible, these will be provided by the school. We are prioritising vulnerable students and those in receipt of the Pupil Premium with support in accessing E-learning. Please contact Peter.Smart@olympustrust.co.uk for further information.

During any period of self-isolation, students will work in their books. Whilst teachers will not be able to provide feedback on every piece of learning, where teachers need to assess student work, students will be asked to share a picture of their work via the Google Classroom. Staff will then provide feedback on these assessed pieces of work.

There are two pastoral ‘check-ins’ each week for students and parents to ask questions with their Tutor. 

Pastoral Check-ins- Where students are individually self-isolating, a weekly tutor phone call is to be made. This should act as a pastoral check but also ensure that students are able to successfully engage with their work.

If all the tutor group or Year group are isolating a Google meet is set up via the Head of Year or Tutor- and this is used to check in on students and this allows them the opportunity to ask questions.

 Remote Learning Provision from January 5th   Period 4 starts at 12:35 for all students

Year Group

Provision from January 5th

Y11&Y13

Live on-line lessons following normal timetable through Google Meet (Classroom)

Y7-10, Y12

Remote learning via Year Google Classroom

Children of Key Workers and Vulnerable learners

Y7-11 will be in school, based in computer rooms and will access the same work under supervision.

Remote Learning Provision from January 11th

ALL students should follow their normal timetable and for Y7-11 Period 4 starts at 12:35 for all students

Year Group

Provision from January 11th

Y7-13

Live on-line lessons following normal timetable through Google Meet (Classroom). The majority of lessons will be taught live, with of all lessons having live elements.

Children of Key Workers and Vulnerable learners

Y7-11 will be in school, based in computer rooms and will access the same work under supervision.

During the week most subjects will continue to teach lessons as normal and will teach these lessons live from school as per the timetable. Lessons will start at 8:45 a.m. each day and instructions for the day will be released on the Year Google Classroom each day from 8:30 a.m. All students should check the Google Classroom each morning.

If your child is requires any further support in accessing Google Classroom, or If you have any questions regarding any aspect of remote learning, please do not hesitate to contact either tutors or subject teachers.

How work will be set

Online live resources will be provided for most lessons, with students following their normal timetable. During each lesson, teachers will provide a virtual 45 minute session through Google Meets/Classroom, which are recorded and saved to the Google Classroom page.

Where students do not have a live lesson, work will be shared via their Google Classroom for that subject. It is important that students submit the work when asked.

During any period of self-isolation, students should work in their exercise books wherever possible. Whilst teachers will not be able to provide feedback on every piece of learning, where teachers need to assess student work, students will be asked to share a picture of their work via Google Classroom. Staff will then provide feedback on these assessed pieces of work.

Attendance is compulsory for live lessons and will be monitored. If your child does not attend we will contact home. 

Year Group

Google Classroom code

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Students should complete one session of guided reading per week as directed via their Google Classroom and complete one quiz per week by Friday 2:35 p.m.

This term, we are reading Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson and are doing this via our year group Google Classrooms. Each chapter has been recorded on a video, there is an accompanying powerpoint that highlights key vocabulary and helps with understanding the meaning of the text, and is completed with a fun quiz to check understanding.  Students do not need a copy of the text, although may want to consider ordering a copy to read along with the teacher.

All resources will be available via their year group Google Classroom and tutors will be able to share the success of your child in the quizzes. 

Please contact Laura.storey@olympustrust.co.uk should you have any queries. 

Please see here for further information. 

If you have any questions about work to do during lockdown, please contact your child’s subject teacher in the first instance or their Key Stage Leader 

Year

Key Stage Leader

Year 7

Seb.doyle@olympustrust.co.uk

Year 8 & 9

Sophie.gilmore@olympustrust.co.uk

Year 10 & 11

Richard.bendry@olympustrust.co.uk

Year 12 & 13

Gemma.shafto@olympustrust.co.uk

Lesson Structure

All lessons should follow the ACS Way Teaching and Learning Framework for Online Learning. We feel that these allow students and parents/carers to access the work, when it is suitable and appropriate for them. Live lessons are recorded in order for students to be able to access them at a later time, if necessary.

  1. Review previous learning in a quiz format
  2. Explain live or via video the lesson
  3. Model the new idea, topic or method
  4. Purposeful practice with answers, so students can self-mark.
  5. Reflection quiz and feedback

Useful Video Links on Using Google Classroom (coming soon)

How to use Google Classroom

How to check for work you need to complete

How to submit work

How to manage your assignments

How to log into Google Classroom

 

School Guide to G Suite (Google)

School Guide to downloading Office 365

 

Designated member of staff responsible for Remote Learning: Mr Dilley, Associate Headteacher. Ben.dilley@olympustrust.co.uk