Out of Hours Learning

Please click here to download the letter explaining our ‘Out of Hours Learning Support’ for students. Below is more information about our use of Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams

Work for all students who are absent due to illness or isolation is set using Microsoft Teams. We have chosen this platform as it can be used to teach using live video but can also store and display lesson resources. From Friday the 25th September all work to support out of hours learning and students who are absent will be shared using Microsoft Teams. If your child is absent for any reason work should be accessed in this way. Details on how to access and use TEAMs is included in the file “How to access Microsoft Teams”. Using TEAMS your child will be able to access lesson resources for every lesson, these will include presentations, worksheets and also real teaching. In some instances, the teaching will consist of recordings (audio or video) of your child’s teachers, in others there will be a link to an external video to support their learning.


Accessing Microsoft Teams for Students


Live Learning

Live learning lessons are being offered at this time using the program Microsoft Teams. Please remember that these lessons will be advertised to students through their SJF email addresses, so please encourage them to check these. In addition, in future weeks we will be offering pre-recorded video lessons to support learning and we will update you on these in future messages.

The live learning sessions can be accessed using a computer, tablet or smartphone. No extra equipment is required. If your child is uncomfortable sharing live video of themselves, they can disable the video function or put in a different background. Instructions for doing this have been shared using your child’s school email address. We have in place policies and procedures to ensure appropriate online safety for both students and staff.

We would like to remind you that not all teachers will have the necessary IT equipment at home to carry out these sessions, so these will not be available from every teacher or every subject.

Other resources to support learning

There are two new sources of online learning available to students and parents, one from BBC bitesize  and one from ‘Oak National Academy’ which has been set up by the DfE We have looked at the resources on these sites and they are really high quality. BBC bitesize, in particular, has tutorial videos, excerpts from textbooks, and exam questions from the exam board of the child’s choosing. It also has video lessons that can be found on BBC iplayer.

Both of these resource banks are based around a virtual curriculum with lessons released day by day (bitesize uploads week by week). Some of our teachers may be using parts of these lessons if it fits into what they need to teach. If you would like extra activities for your child please do give them a look, they are interesting and informative.

Finally, don’t forget to exercise! I know many of our students and quite a few staff are taking part in Joe Wick’s daily exercise between 9am and 10am on weekdays.