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.