Changes to home learning from 01/06/20

 

We are very proud of the way our staff and our students – and their
families – have adapted to home learning. It is a very different way of
working to normal school lessons and students have had to learn to be very
resilient and resourceful in a short space of time.

Feedback from all those involved in the process of home learning has been
positive but not without challenge. For this reason we have evaluated and
reviewed the Marden approach and decided to pare back the number of
subjects per day to two. This will make learning simpler for students and
alleviate some of the feelings of being overwhelmed by multiple subjects to
complete every day. Emails with instructions and resources will still be
sent out by teachers in the morning.

At key stage 3, each subject will have one slot every two weeks, except the
core subjects which will have 3. In Year 10 option subjects will have 2
sessions over a two week cycle and the core will have 4. Each session will
be between 1.5 and 2 hours of learning. The only exceptions to this will
be Personal Development and Physical Education which will focus on mental
health and wellbeing with suggested activities to complete at any time.
These can be found in the daily form time slides.

To give students a chance to catch up on any subjects that may be taking a
little longer, there will be one free slot per week for catch-up or
extension work in any subject.

Students will still be receiving support and feedback from teachers, form
tutors and heads of year and, as we all become more familiar with the range
of technology available to us, we are beginning to make effective use of
Google Classroom, screencasts, demonstration videos and other online
resources to ensure that students have the most accessible and engaging
learning experience possible.

Full details of the revised timetable and daily form time activities can be
found below and will also be shared with pupils.

If students are unable to work online, and if year heads have been
informed, a paper pack of work will be sent out over half term. This will
contain similar activities to the online work being set.

Revised Timetables for Home Learning – effective from 01_06_20

Work of the Week

Work of the Week for this week is now live on our website. Once you have logged in, just click the Work of the Week button on our homepage sidebar to see who each of our department’s has selected as the best work this week.

Well done to all students for their excellent work during this half term!

Community School Clothing Scheme

Marden’s Parent-Teacher Association are aware that many parents/carers will be struggling to afford school uniforms, coats, bags etc during this time.

All of which and much more can be found via the Community School Clothing Scheme which is completely free of charge. If you are interested in this service, please contact them as this is by appointment only. Details below:

COMMUNITY SCHOOL CLOTHING SCHEME

Our opening times during C-19 crisis

*Please note this is by appointment only. We can not let you in without an appointment unless you are a family support worker. Please do book in advance.*

COBALT

Mon to Fri 10am to 2pm

Call: 07305 963706
Email: info.communityschoolcs@gmail.com

Contactless donation zone towards the rear of the building

WALLSEND

Mon to Weds 10am to 2pm

Call: 07305 235838
Email: wallsend.communityschoolcs@gmail.com

Contactless donation zone at the back of the shop. Please ring the bell and step 2 metres back, we will pop out with a big thank you.

My direct contact (Freema):
Call: 07913 707573
Email: communityschoolcs@gmail.com

Please do call or email any of the above for appointments.

This Week’s Online Safety Tip

The dedicated SAFEGUARDING page on our website contains details about Safeguarding procedures during the Covid-19 enforced school closure.

There is also a handy list of online links to help students and parents as we become more reliant on the internet and online technology to stay in touch. Each week we will focus on a different online safety tip. This week’s online safety tip is related to safely navigating TikTok. Click the link to find out more.

Marden’s Got Talent is Back!

MGT AT HOME!

Our annual Summer Term talent show, Marden’s Got Talent, is back! Undeterred by the current school closure, we are still holding MGT, albeit in a very different, socially distant way! Please see the poster for details on how to take part!

A Message from Emblematic

I would like to thank you for your continued support in this period of uncertainty. We are currently also taking school orders via email as normal.  orders@emblematic.co.uk

After yesterday’s government update, I am pleased to say that we will be offering the following options to parents this summer.

As of tomorrow, we will be changing our website with the following information.

  1. Free delivery on all orders placed until the 1st July.
  2. After that, parents will either pay for delivery to home or use our “Click and Collect” option (starting date to be decided), They will not be able to order with “Delivery to School” as an option.
  3. I have a supply of paper tape measures for new starters (existing student should know the sizing etc….), please email tapes@emblematic.co.uk with the number you require and we will get them to you as soon as possible.
  4. We have put measuring videos on our website, which parents can use to purchase the correct size, using measurements they have taken at home.
  5. We currently offer a free returns system, where parents use our website to return items, parents must then make a new order for the correct size (i.e. this is not an exchange service, as garments must be safely stored (Covid-19) before going back into stock)
  6. We are also offering a “Click and collect” option in the future from our Benton shop only (date and times to be decided), but plan to stop this mid-August, so we don’t have the final rush of the summer with long queue’s (that we feel will be unsafe).

We will continue to follow the guidance and decide if/when our shops can re-open and what other changes can be safely made.

I would like to confirm that all our plans are working to time.

Our manufacturers have not missed any delivery dates as yet, so we will have a full stock available all summer and don’t foresee any shortfalls in supply for going back to School in September.

Please can you inform all parents of our proposals and express the need to order early (especially this year) so we can deliver all the correct uniform, with plenty of time available for exchanges.

Thanks for all of your help.

Glen from Emblematic

For many years, Netflix has allowed teachers to screen documentaries in their classrooms. However, this isn’t possible with distance learning currently taking place. As a result, Netflix have made many of their educational documentaries available on their YouTube channel.

If you do not have access to Netflix, you can now FOLLOW THIS LINK to access their YouTube channel, where they have released many educational documentaries such as Our Planet and their Explained series for free.

If you are a parent or carer, please check the ratings so that you can make informed choices for your children. Enjoy!