DISTANCE LEARNING GUIDE
We appreciate that there can be challenges in ensuring your child is engaging with learning when they are not in school. This can become increasingly difficult as children get older! This resource has been designed to offer some guidance around the questions and conversations for your child to best support them in making the most of their and at the same time, develop their independence and learning skills. Ask these questions before, during and after a lesson or task and help keep them on track.
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Students can learn at home through online learning platforms for those who have internet access or through paper copies of work packs that can be collected from school reception.
If you are able to access online learning your Head of Year will invite you to one of our Google Classrooms where work will be provided.
Please do contact us if you have any problems or questions about student work whilst they are away from school.
For more information on how to log into MCA google Classroom and Google Meet click here.
HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD WITH DISTANCE LEARNING
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Whilst Manchester Communication Academy is closed due to Covid-19, we are committed to ensuring that your children, our students, continue to receive a high quality education. We want to ensure that their learning continues and that their time away from school is still purposeful.
We would like to outline to you how we aim to achieve this; what you can expect from us and how you can continue to support your child to continue with their education.
Where students have access to electronic devices-laptops, tablets or smart phones, they will be able to access daily online learning delivered and monitored by their teacher. In these cases, it is important that students know their school email address and password.
Where students do not have access to electronic devices, they will be provided with paper copies of resources and their teacher or another subject specialist will make contact on a weekly basis, using parental contact information, to monitor learning and provide feedback.
We know that supporting your son or daughter to study and learn from home can be very challenging and demanding. Please be reassured that we do not expect you to be replacement teachers, we will do all we can to provide support for our students so that they can continue to learn and they can contact us at any time. However, there are some other ways in which you can support your child to continue with their learning during this time:
Help them to structure a regular routine and habit. Can they have a daily schedule that includes when they will get up, eat meals, work on school work as well as contribute to household tasks
Where possible, help them to create a quiet space which is free from distractions
Ask them about the work they are doing-what have they learned? What has been challenging? Encourage them to email their teacher if there is something that they would like some further help with
Encourage them to read as much as possible. If they do not have access to books, they can access free audio books from Audible on Amazon. Could you listen to the same book and talk about this with them?
Most importantly, the physical and mental health and well being is our biggest priority for our young people. Many of our young people will be feeling disconnected from their friends so where possible, take time together to discuss how they are feeling or if they have any concerns or worries. If we can support you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact your child's progress leader or head of year.
Accessing online learning
Where possible, we are advising all students to access their learning online. All teachers are designing learning to ensure that students remember prior learning and are introduced to new learning that will help them to continue with the curriculum when we return to school.
Here is some guidance and some tips for accessing online learning so that children are able to continue with their learning, whilst school is closed.
Where can my child access their lessons?
Teachers are using google classroom to share learning and assignments with students. All students have been assigned to relevant classes for each of their subjects. This can be accessed via Google by clicking the apps button at the top right of the page. Google Classroom can also be downloaded as an app on all phones and tablets.
How does my child log in to Google Classroom?
Students will need their school email address to log in. This applies for the web access and app access. If they are not sure what this is, then they can email email@example.com from another email address who will be able to clarify this for them.
Will my child have to support work to their teacher?
Yes. Teachers will set assignments with deadlines that can be seen on the classroom page. Students will complete the tasks online and then submit using the classroom.
Will my child receive feedback on their work?
Yes. Teachers will mark work and provide feedback using the classroom.
IF YOUR CHILD IS IN KS3
Where students have already started their GCSE examination course in Year 9, students will receive lessons and assignments via google classroom during the slots where they would normally have this lesson if attending school.
Where students have not yet started their GCSE examination, they will be set learning and assignments on a weekly basis. It is important they check all the groups they are members of to ensure they do not miss any learning or deadlines. Students will be expected to submit work which will be monitored by their teacher.
While the school is closed this is a guided timetable to help all KS3 students (Y7,8,9) to access learning resources by using google classroom. All students have been allocated their academic class on the classroom. Please note that the times are only suggested and your child will be able to access work from a variety of subjects at all times. Where possible, staff will be online to monitor and help students.
MONITORING AND SAFEGUARDING
Heads of Year will send out daily updates and reminders via email and text.
Where students have access to electronic devices, teachers will monitor students through their attendance at Google Meet virtual lessons and through the submission of scheduled assignments. If teachers have concerns for students as a result of non-attendance or non-submission, the class teacher or Head of year will contact parents in the first instance.
Where students are continuing their learning using paper resources, teachers will make contact with students via parental contact details.
TIPS ON SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING AT HOME
Set up a daily routine, including healthy eating and sleeping habits as if they were in school
Provide a place and time at home for your child to work in a calm environment
Check on assignments, homework and classwork
Talk each day with your child about his/her timetable for the day
Promote literacy by reading with your child
Limit and monitor TV watching, gaming, social media etc…
Express high expectations and standards for your child’s learning
TALKING TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT THEIR LEARNING
Educational research tells us that students who are most successful, are able to plan, monitor and evaluate their learning through their knowledge of the task they are completing, knowledge of the strategies that they need to complete the task and an understanding of how they respond to the task and the challenges it could present.
The question prompts below are designed for parents and carers to help them to support their children in developing these skills. Engaging in these kinds of conversations can be so powerful. There are no right answers but encouraging young people to think in this way can make a significant difference to their long term learning.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR YOUR CHILD TO USE IF YOU WISH
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Free workout aimed at kids LIVE on joe's YouTube channel. A great way to stay active whilst at home.
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
For those revising at GCSE or A level.
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
Students to use their login details that have been provided to them.
Revision materials for most GCSE courses.