Distance Learning

 

Introduction from the Headteacher

Welcome to the new ‘distance learning’ section of our website.

We recognise that working from home can, at times, be extremely challenging for young people and their parents/carers.

With this in mind, we have brought together some essential information to help you to get the most out of our distance learning provision.

We believe that by working in partnership and by communicating effectively we will enable our students to continue to excel in these uncertain times.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any support or guidance with any aspect of your child’s learning.

 

We are always happy to help.

 

Ms Webster

 

Headteacher Updates

Click here to view Ms Webster’s May update letter.

Note: Any future updates from Ms Webster will appear here.

 

Curriculum

Wherever possible, we will aim to stick to the planned curriculum and ensure that students return to school ready to move on to the next stage of their education. 

This is a more straightforward proposition in some subjects than others.  For example: there are clearly challenges relating to practical work and as such our departments are currently reviewing their curriculum and resequencing where necessary to try minimise the impact of the school closure.

 

Expectations of Students and their Families

Despite the challenges created by the school closure our intent is to ensure that teaching enables students to progress in the curriculum.  

We are aiming to make our teaching as effective as possible, with feedback and assessment remaining a key element of the student experience. 

Currently our expectation is that teachers will provide an opportunity for students to interact with them once a fortnight. This might be in the form of returning feedback to students and responding to questions live (either via a group chat in google classroom or in google meet), through a live teaching stream using Google Meet, or via messages on google classroom.  

Live teaching interactions will only take place during a timetabled lesson and students will be made aware of in advance of when they are going to take place.

 

Feedback to students

Students can expect feedback on their work at least twice each half term. This will look different to the feedback which students normally receive in their books in school Feedback may take the form of:

  • Questioning during live lessons. Students may be asked to answer questions verbally or use the chat type facility in Google Meet
  • Comments on work in Google Classroom by the teacher
  • Feedback on quizzes taken on SMHW or other platforms e.g. Mathswatch
  • Updates on progress using monitoring trackers for each year group

 

Assemblies

Week Beginning 1st June – Ms. Webster – click here to view

Week Beginning 8th June – Mr Savage – click here to view

Week Beginning 15th June – Miss Molyneux – click here to view

Week Beginning 22nd June – Mr Callaghan – click here to view

Week Beginning 29th June – Miss Dann – click here to view

Week Beginning 6th July – Mrs Khan – click here to view

Timetables for each year group

The timetables will provide structure and routine for your child during school closure. However we fully understand that in households where there are multiple children working on computers/laptops and working parents there will be some flexibility in the timings provided. 

Details of the work set for each subject will be shared via Show My Homework which both parents and students can access.

 

Year 7

Day 9:00- 10:00 BREAK 10:30-11:30 11:30-12:30 LUNCH 1:30-2:30
Mon Geography  

SHAR English 

PLES Art

PLES English 

SHAR Art

  Maths
Tues Maths

SHAR Science 

PLES History

PLES Science 

SHAR History

English
Weds RS Science Maths Performing Arts
Thurs

Textiles/

Food

SHAR English 

PLES Science

PLES English Live Lesson

SHAR Science

Computer Science
Fri Science Design Tech. MFL Maths
It is expected that students engage in some kind of physical exercise each day as part of living a healthy lifestyle. Check the PE Sharples twitter for ideas

 

Year 8

Day 9:00- 10:00 BREAK 10:30-11:30 11:30-12:30 LUNCH 1:30-2:30
Mon

SHAR English 

PLES Geog

 

SHAR Geography

PLES English 

Science    Maths
Tues Maths Art History Science 
Weds RS

SHAR English 

PLES Maths 

PLES English 

SHAR Maths

Performing Arts
Thurs

Textiles/

Food

English SHAR Science  Computer Science
Fri PLES Science Design Tech. MFL Maths
It is expected that students engage in some kind of physical exercise each day as part of living a healthy lifestyle. Check the PE Sharples twitter for ideas

 

Year 9 

DAY 9.00-10.00

B

R

E

A

K

10.30-11.30 11.30-12.30

L

U

N

C

H

1.30-2.30
Mon Maths English

Science

Biology

Triple

Trilogy (Higher)

Trilogy (Foundation)

Option C

French/Spanish

History

Computer Science

Digital IT

Tue

Option A

Geography

Religious Studies

Performing Arts

Graphics

HSC

Art

Engineering 

Spanish

Creative Media

Enterprise

BTEC Sport 

English

Option B

Geography

Religious Studies

Photography

Art

Engineering

History

BTEC Sport

Maths
Wed Maths

Option D

HSC

Engineering 

Hospitality & Catering

Enterprise

BTEC Sport

Animal Care

Option C

French/Spanish

History

Geography

Computer Science

Digital IT

 

English
Thu

Option A

Geography 

Religious Studies

Graphics

HSC

Art

Engineering 

Performing Arts

Enterprise

Creative Media

BTEC Sport

English

Option B

Geography 

Religious Studies 

Photography

Art

Engineering

History

BTEC Sport

Science

Chemistry

Triple

Trilogy (Higher)

Trilogy (Foundation)

Synergy

Fri

Maths

 

Option D

HSC

Engineering 

Hospitality & catering

  

Science

Physics

Triple

Trilogy (Higher)

Trilogy (Foundation)

English

 

Year 10

DAY 9.00-10.00

B

R

E

A

K

10.30-11.30 11.30-12.30

L

U

N

C

H

1.30-2.30
Mon English Maths

Option D

HSC

Art  

Religious Studies

Engineering: 

Hospitality & Catering:

Btec Sport 

BTEC Performing Arts  

Animal Care

Business and Enterprise

Science

Chemistry

Tue

Option A

Geography –

HSC

HISTORY-

Religious Studies’

French

Graphics

Engineering: 

Computer Science

Maths

LIVE LESSON SEE LINK HERE 11AM START

Click Here

Option B

Geography 

Travel and Tourism

Art Mrs Fletcher

Btec Sport

History

Spanish

Creative Media 

Enterprise

English
Wed

Maths

English 10p1 only

Live Lesson 9-10am KTA

Please swap your timings for Maths  to 1.30-2.30pm

Option D

HSC

Art Mr Myers

Engineering: 

Hospitality & Catering:

Btec Sport 

Religious Studies

BTEC Performing Arts

Enterprise

Option C

Religious Studies

History.

Btec Sport

  French.

Photography

Engineering: 

Creative Media

English

DofE at 2.30pm

Thu

Option A

Geography

HSC

HISTORY

Religious Studies

French

Graphics

Engineering: 

Computer Science

English

Option B

Geography – 

Art Mrs Fletcher

Btec Sport

HISTORY

French

Creative Media (MCA Group)

Enterprise

Science

Biology

                  

Fri Maths

English

 

Science

Physics

Option C

Religious Studies

 French/Spanish – 

Photography

Engineering: 

History:

Creative Media (LWI Group)

 

Key Contacts

 

Ms Webster Headteacher a.webster@sharplesschool.co.uk
Miss Molyneux Deputy Headteacher, Year 10 c.molyneux@sharplesschool.co.uk
Mr Savage Deputy Headteacher, Year 11 l.savage@sharplesschool.co.uk
Mrs Power Assistant Headteacher, Safeguarding n.power@sharplesschool.co.uk
Mr Callaghan Assistant Headteacher Year 8 m.callaghan@sharplesscool.co.uk
Mrs Khan Assistant Headteacher Year 9 f.khan@sharplesschool.co.uk
Miss Dann Assistant Headteacher Year 7 r.dann@sharplesschool.co.uk
Mrs Paradine SENDCO j.paradine@sharplesschool.co.uk
Pam Paton Year Coordinator Year 7 p.paton@sharplesschool.co.uk
Alys Steele Year Coordinator Year 8 a.steele@sharplesschool.co.uk
Ben Stanier Year Coordinator Year 9 b.stanier@sharplesschool.co.uk
Jordan Whittle Year Coordinator Year 10 j.whittle@sharplesschool.co.uk
Linda Harrison Year Coordinator Year 11 l.harrison@sharplesschool.co.uk

How to use Show My Homework

  • Students: Click the tab that says “Student” and then the button that says “Sign in with Google” and use your school email address and password to sign in
  • Parents: Click the tab that says “Parent”. Enter the school as Sharples School and your email address and password.

 

 

How to use Google Classroom

  • Log into your school google account www.google.com/mail . All school accounts end in @sharplesschool.co.uk
  • Click “Join a Class” and enter the class code that the teacher will provide via SMHW

 

 

How to use Google Meet

  • Prior to a live lesson the teacher will provide a link to the Google Meet via the students school email
  • Click on the link to join the class. You will need audio on your device to hear the teacher.
  • Any device can be used as long as it is signed into your school google email account

 

During distance learning, teachers will provide students with feedback that promotes learning and progress.  These are examples of how work completed during distance or blended learning will be given valuable feedback. 

 

Preparing for Feedback

  • Class teachers will provide students with submission dates for work they will use to give feedback and it is expected that students meet these deadlines to the best of their ability.
  • Class teachers will provide clear success criteria and models of good practice before students begin work.
  • Class teachers will have high expectations of literacy at all times, e.g. demanding formal language from students and correcting spelling and punctuation errors.

 

Written Feedback

When possible, teachers will provide feedback according to the Sharples Feedback and Marking Policy.

Therefore, the minimum expectation is as follows:

KS3 

Non-core subjects will complete one piece of detailed marking with written feedback every half term. 

Core subjects will complete two pieces of detailed marking with written feedback every half term. 

KS4 

Examination subjects (GCSE / BTEC) will complete two pieces of detailed marking with written feedback every half term. 

  • Comments provided by the teacher will be diagnostic, outlining WWW and EBI which are clearly linked to any predetermined success criteria.  These can be in the form of individual comments to students or whole-class feedback sheets.
  • Literacy errors will be marked when possible, e.g. by highlighting SPAG errors that students should correct themselves and providing spelling corrections.
  • More regular feedback may be given with quizzes and retrieval practice activities that can be set as homework or in live lessons.  

 

Verbal Feedback

  • In live lessons after marking, teachers will go through common misconceptions and mistakes and encourage students to set themselves targets. 
  • Pre-recorded videos may be used to provide students with feedback.
  • Teachers will aim to provide verbal feedback in every lesson, e.g. praising student answers, correcting mistakes.
  • Teachers will verbally award ACE points in live lessons to motivate students.

 

Peer and Self-Assessment

  • As much as possible, teachers will use peer interactions to motivate students, e.g providing feedback to a peer’s work during a live lesson.
  • Teachers may encourage students to self-assess work to ensure it is completed to a high standard.   

Where can I find details of my distance learning timetable?

Timetables are shared each week on Sunday evening with students via Google Drive and Satchel One (SMHW).

Timetables are shared each Sunday via Satchel One with parents and on Monday morning all parents will receive a timetable for the week via School Gateway

 

What if we have no online capability or devices for my child to work online at home?

It is important that you let school know if this is the case.

Work packs can be sent out every half term by each subject to students who are unable to access online learning.  Contact your child’s SLT Link and let them know you require work packs (see key contacts section)

 

Where can I find the live lesson links for Google Meet?

Year 7 and 8 can find links on the Google Doc timetable – they will be placed there 5-10 minutes before the lesson begins. They will also be emailed to the invited students.

Year 9-11 can find links shared with them via their school email.

 

How often should I receive feedback or marking on my distance learning work?

See section “Distance Learning Feedback and Marking”

 

Who do I contact if I have an issue with the work set?

In the first instance you should contact your year coordinator. They will pass any issues on to your teacher to resolve.

 

How does my child submit their work?

The details on how to submit work will be made clear on Satchel One – SMHW. 

 

Will I be contacted about my child’s progress with Distance Learning?

During a prolonged period of lockdown we will endeavour to maintain our commitment to our annual schedule of formal feedback via reports to parents.

In addition school staff will contact individual parents/carers if there is an issue linked to your child’s learning and progress. In the first instance, this communication will be by telephone or email.

Regular updates from the Headteacher will be sent via School Gateway which is sent as a text or email directly to your mobile phone.  You must be signed up to gateway to receive these updates (see below)

 

What do I do if I am having problems with my Satchel One – SMHW login? What if I am a parent who is not signed up for Satchel One – SMHW?

Contact Mr Callaghan by email on m.callaghan@sharplesschool.co.uk and explain what the issue is.

 

How do I sign up to School Gateway to ensure I am receiving parental updates?

Ensure that your email address and mobile phone number are correct by emailing l.mckenna@sharplesschool.co.uk.  

Sign up to School Gateway using these details here:

https://login.schoolgateway.com/0/auth/register

@SharplesSchool

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