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.
Students in Years 7-13 are taught through our chosen platform of MS Teams. Students should follow their existing school timetables, and complete work in their timetabled subject.
Work will be available in one of three ways:
- ‘Live lessons’ these lessons can be accessed through the TEAMs calendar and will only take place when that lesson was scheduled to be taught. E.g., if a student has an English lesson timetabled between 10am and 11:05am this is the time the live English lesson will be scheduled. Not all lessons will be taught ‘live’.
- Resources accessed through the ‘files area’. If a live lesson is not scheduled, then this should be the area that a student accesses to find their lesson work. It can be accessed by going into the relevant TEAM and clicking on the files TAB at the top. Lesson resources are dated and subdivided into folders.
- In line with our assessment policy, every 4-6 lessons subject teachers will set an assignment. These assignments can be viewed by clicking on the ‘assignments tab’. These assignments should be completed by the deadline set and returned to the teacher using the ‘submit’ feature.
Details on how to access and use TEAMs is included in the file “How to access Microsoft Teams”.
Accessing Microsoft Teams for Students
Engaging with, Live lessons, Lesson resources and Assignments
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.