Resources to support your child at home
How can I help my child succeed when Remote Learning?
- Be ambitious for your child. Fill your child with a sense of belief and self-confidence every day. Be a proud parent. Talk positively about their future and engage with our Careers Advisor, Mrs Sandy. With your support and guidance they can achieve great things!
- Set clear rules and boundaries - especially on access to computer games, mobile phones and social media before bedtime. Ensure your child is in bed by 21:30 on school nights (without access to computers or a mobile phone) and that they have plenty of digital downtime. Promote a healthy lifestyle including eating breakfast before lessons start, taking daily exercise outdoors, enrichment activities and spending time with family and friends within the current government guidelines.
- Ensure your child attends school on time every day. Absenteeism leads to underachievement. All students must be online at 08:35 daily. You wouldn't be permitted to arrive late for work so we have a duty to take punctuality seriously.
- Be prepared for school. Students must take responsibility for organising equipment for each lesson. Keep a watchful eye to ensure their children are well prepared for school whilst encouraging independence.
- Promote a love of reading. Take the time to discover the magic of books by reading aloud with your child, talking to your child about the book you are reading or the book you enjoyed as a child. Role model reading to your child.
- Talk to your child about their schooling. Ask them to show you their work or teacher feedback and discuss any upcoming assessments and reports. Always promote a growth mind-set and be solutions focused.
- Prepare a workspace at home. Ensure your child has access to a calm and quiet space to complete their remote learning. Get in touch with your Key Contact if there you need any support.
- Attend virtual school events and parents evenings to support your child. Supporting your child at virtual parents’ evening and other school events shows them that you care. If you can’t make it, contact your Head of Year for alternatives.
- Take note of all school communications. Monitor the school website, emails, text messages, Facebook and Twitter accounts for regular updates. Take note of key dates and always communicate with the school in a polite and respectful manner. Keep in regular contact with your child’s Key Contact as a first point of call.
- Uphold and promote school initiatives. We can make a difference to children’s lives by having sky high expectations of them. A call may be made home because our teachers care enough to never ignore low standards. If we all row in the same direction our children will be on course to great things!
Resources to support in English
English Language: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zcbchv4
English Literature: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zxqncwx
Resources to support in Maths
www.puzzlemaker.com (great for supporting literacy)
Resources to support in Science
Seneca Learning - a revision platform that covers all Science courses and is free. https://senecalearning.com/
https://app.senecalearning.com/courses?Price=Free&Age+Group=GCSE&Subject=Combined+Science&Exam+Board=Edexcel For the Combined Science Course
GCSE Bitesize- gives revision and assessment question practice https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z98jmp3
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zqkww6f For Combined Science
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zcq2j6f For Separate Biology
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zy984j6 For Separate Chemistry
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zqpshv4 For Separate Physics
Gojimo, a revision app which gives access to a substantial amount of practice questions for all subjects.
Free Science Lessons- Has work books which can be bought but also has a YouTube channel, which is free and give solid factual revision videos.
Primrose Kitten- Student recommended You Tube Channel, which is free. Make sure you pick the Edexcel playlist.
Science with Hazel- Student recommended You Tube Channel, which is free,
Physics Online- Student recommended You Tube Channel, which is free
Oak Academy- Topic specific lessons created in first lockdown, covers all 4 science syllabuses.
Resources to support in French
UK Language Gym
Reading, listening and writing practice in French. Use the joining instructions your teacher has shared with you.
This Is Language
Listening, vocabulary and grammar practice in French. MFL department have issued student logins
Online learning and testing of GCSE content
GCSE French specification vocabulary available for practice.
Resources to support in ICT
https://www.onlinegdb.com/online_python_debugger - for testing your Python code (year 7 term 3, year 8 term 4)
https://www.teach-ict.com - as support for many ICT lessons this and next term, as well as wider reading materials; contact your ICT teacher for the school username & password (all years)
www.theanimator.co.uk - a free online animator (year 8 term 3)
www.flipanim.com - another free online animator (year 8 term 3)
free software downloads:
office software: www.libreoffice.org
graphics editing software: gimp.org
stick animator: http://pivotanimator.net
sound editor: https://www.audacityteam.org/
iMedia past exam papers R081 (Y10 and Y11; Y9 thinking of options)
Resources to support in Geography
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z2f3cdm (click on GCSE and AQA for KS4 content)
- https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=geography+hawks (excellent revision clips for GCSE)
Resources to support in Drama
Some links for drama practitioners for KS4
Resources to support in Food
Resources to support in PE
Resources to support in Music
Slow Motion instruments (Metalica)
How does a grand piano work?
Resources to support in Dance
A day in the life
Meet the dancers
Scottish Ballet Talks Christopher Bruce
Getting Into Character
A dancers journey
Jerome Robbins: A Brief History
Remembering Jerome Robbins
West Side Story: Making of a Classic
Bob Fosse Documentary
Sweet Charity Documentary
See DVD – Sweet Charity: From Stage to Screen
Michael Bennett interview: A Chorus Line
Baayork Lee on Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett: A Joyful Noise (watch all parts)
Donna McKennie on A Chorus Line
This is Me Tutorial
Meet Ashely Wallen: Ghost the Musical
Choreographing The Greatest Showman
HISTORY OF JAZZ
Jazz and Tap History
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES IN PERFORMING ARTS
Play Write https://youtu.be/uZ0fjDnrXtQ
Choreographer #1 https://youtu.be/3UmS7YfcqAE
Choreographer #2 https://youtu.be/4v3GyKG6ZGk
Musical Director/Composer https://youtu.be/e9FRmpJE_O8
Assistant Director https://youtu.be/pJ5A292ybAU
Stage Manager https://youtu.be/D7VM_xvd9aE
Lighting Designer https://youtu.be/wqMYsjHU5rU Up to 4 mins
Lighting & Sound Operator https://youtu.be/buDijqRDQAs
Sound Designer https://youtu.be/w3LZwTUn_bo
Deputy Stage Manager on Book https://youtu.be/lrGGbHZl4eQ
Costume Designer https://youtu.be/cLW45yeCoNA
Costume Assistant https://youtu.be/WJkbAMp7MfM
Set Designer https://youtu.be/2nMeDeZp9LU
Assistant Set Designer https://youtu.be/9pGVlGTXNWc
Set Construction Team https://youtu.be/0hGDssL16Vk
Make Up Designer https://youtu.be/K0hsrNUUF_w
Production Manager https://youtu.be/yuAjzzDTNOw
Agents and Representation