HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD WITH DISTANCE LEARNING
Whilst your child is self-isolating 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.
If you are self isolating at home then work will be available through online learning platforms for students 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.
MONTORING 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
Click on the blue title for the website or document.
As part of their English curriculum, year seven learners use the Accelerated Reader program. This allows them to develop essential literacy skills, build a wider vocabulary and expose themselves to a wide range of reading material.
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.