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Update 5 January 2021:

 

Online Learning at Denmark Road High School

Following the government announcement last night, we would like to make you aware of the remote learning provision that will be in place for Term 3. 

During the national lockdown, school will be closed for all students with the exception of children of critical workers and identified vulnerable students. 

 

Timetable

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school.

All students will follow their full timetable.  However, now students are at home we do not need to run staggered breaks and split lessons to separate bubbles.  We are also conscious of the demands and screen time pressures that an extended period of online learning can take on students.  We are therefore amending, and slightly reducing, the online lesson times.  This will enable students to have adequate time away from the screen, support those students with caring duties at home and enable them to take their daily outside exercise while it is still light.   Our homework and directed study timetables and expectations will remain the same.

New school day timings will start from tomorrow, Wednesday 6 January, and will run until school returns on-site.  This covers five-hours per day incorporating both live direct teaching time and time for students to complete tasks and assignments independently. 

8:30 - 8:45 Directed Independent Reading Time

8:45 – 9:30

Lesson 1

9:35 – 10:20

Lesson 2

10:20 – 10:50

Break

10:50 – 11:20

Tutor

11:25 – 12:10

Lesson 3

12:10 – 13:40

Lunch

13:40 – 14:25

Lesson 4

14:30 – 15:15

Lesson 5

15:20 - 15:50 Directed Independent Study Time

 

These changes are being made to our systems this evening and should be reflected in the ‘Timetable’ section of your SatchelONE and School Gateway apps tomorrow.   

 

Online Learning

We expect all students to be ready at the start of each lesson.  Students do not need to attend in uniform, but must wear appropriate clothing and access lessons from a space appropriate for work.  

Teachers will send a link on SatchelONE to access your live lessons which will take place on Google Meet.  Lessons will begin with a register.  Google Meet live lessons can be accessed on phone or tablet with the Google Meet app or any computer using the web browser.

During their lesson, students will be provided with a variety of activities with live elements on Meet, classwork and resources via SatchelONE and additional opportunities to share and work collaboratively with Google Docs and Google Chat.  Further activities will also be set using subject specific online resources or the GCSEPod application. 

To facilitate teaching and learning we prefer that students have their cameras turned on during the live parts of online lessons.  Staff may wish to use mini-whiteboards as a method of feedback so therefore please can students have these available to use in the lesson. 

If you do not have IT equipment to access live lessons please let us know.  We have laptops we can lend to support your online learning continuing.   

 

Engagement and feedback

We expect all students to attend every lesson on their timetable.  We will be registering students for each lesson.  If a student misses a lesson they will be contacted by one of our attendance officers. 

We regularly check progress and provide feedback.  This will continue in accordance with our usual feedback policy.  Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. 

 

Enrichment and support

We will be reintroducing some of the successful elements of our lockdown provision from the last academic year.  This will include the DRHS Reading Marathon, the DRHS Challenge and Year Group Chat rooms to help you stay in touch with each other.  Tutors will be the key point of contact for students.  Additional activities will be set in Tutorial time with tutors meeting different small groups within the tutor group each day. 

Further information will come from your Progress & Well-being coordinators in the coming days. 

 

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils.    Please see here for further information. 

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support during this period of remote learning.  Feedback from and engagement in online learning today has been fantastic.  Our students are continuing to work superbly during this time undertaking a huge variety of online learning approaches from our skilled teachers.   Individual progress continues to be impressive and opportunities for group work and collaboration are being relished. 

DRHS continues.

 

Supporting reading and communication skills during COVID19

Please click the links below for some resources produced by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to help you support your daughter/son at home:

7 top tips to support reading at home

Helping Home Learning: Read with TRUST Infographic

Helping Home Learning: Read with TRUST Comic

Helping Home Learning: Talk with TRUST Infographic

Helping Home Learning: Talk with TRUST Comic

Supporting Home Learning Routines: Planning the Day

Supporting Daily Routines During School Closures: Video

Supporting Parents to Undertake Brilliant Book Talk: Blog

Supporting the Learning of Mathematics at Home: Blog