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Remote Learning for Years 7, 8 & 9

On this page you can find all you need to know about remote learning for Key Stage 3 students, i.e. those in Years 7, 8 and 9.

 

timetable for Key stage 3 live sessions

The timetable of live sessions is below. If a student is organising their study time according to their normal timetable, they may have to move things around to make time for these live sessions.

You can also download a copy of this timetable from the bottom of this page.

Year 7 = YELLOW
Year 8 = GREEN
Year 9 = BLUE

 

How do students access remote learning?

All work is set and collected in on Google Classroom

We know that some students are still finding Google Classroom challenging to use and this is causing frustration for both students and their teachers. You can view training materials and videos about how to use Google Classroom on our IT Support page here.

Please could parents of Key Stage 3 student ensure that they have completed the survey we sent to them on 17 June with their child. This will ensure we have parents' consent for live sessions on Google Classroom and enable us to better understand the challenges faced by students and parents.

 

What kind of teaching & learning is available to students?

Teaching and learning for Key Stage 3 students will be a mixture of:

  • New learning set on Google Classroom (e.g. reading, research, skills practice).
  • Work to submit by student on Google Classroom (e.g. writing, solutions, practical pieces).*
  • Audio explanations of tasks (live and recorded).
  • Livestream lessons or drop-in sessions with departments.
  • Written feedback on Google Classroom and verbal feedback on face-to-face platforms.

*This is the work that is handed in for marking.  Many subjects are reporting that students are not attaching this piece of work.  Teachers cannot give feedback unless this piece is attached.  Please check with your child that they understand how to do this.

You can view more detailed information about each subject's provision further down this page.

 

How do teachers check students' progress?

We are monitoring every child’s progress. This is done by individual teachers and shared with colleagues at key stage level. When we have a concern about a child’s progress/learning we put in a range of support, including help with using IT, independent learning, managing lack of motivation/wellbeing/mental health issues, lack of technology.

If you are concerned about your child please, as ever, contact the key stage team.

 

How are students rewarded for their efforts?

Students are given reward points for every piece of work handed in. There are prizes for effort and improvement. Watch out for the virtual teacher certificates that will be coming out soon.

 

how do students access live sessions?

Students will be sent links to the live sessions by their subject teachers via Google Classroom. 

When a student clicks on the live lesson it will bring up further information about the class, including a link that says 'Join with Google Meet'.

When students click on this link:

  • If they are using a computer - it will open a new window with the live lesson.
  • If they are using a mobile device - it will open the Google Meet app.

If a student uses a mobile device and has not downloaded the Google Meet app they may be prompted to download it from the App Store or Google Play. We advise that students using mobile devices download the Google Meet app as soon as possible, so they are prepared in advance.

 

Information about each subject

We thought it would be useful for you to have an overview of remote learning for each subject in Key Stage 3.

Art  

How often is work set? Every week or every two weeks (depending on the length of the task).
In what form is work set? The work is set as a project with individual tasks within that.  We use YouTube videos and images of examples to help students see the work visually.
Live streaming sessions? No. Lessons and task examples are pre-recorded and can be viewed on YouTube, links to these videos are shared on Google Classroom. These videos will be continually updated and added to and will soon include “art skills” to support students with things like adding tone, drawing in proportion, mixing paint etc.
How often is work collected in? Every two weeks.  The deadline day for Art is Monday.
How is feedback given? Written feedback is given on Google Classroom.
A question your teacher would love to ask you… Have you found it easy or hard to lead your own learning, use your creativity and make more of your own choices about how you develop your project? 

Biology  

How often is work set? Weekly.
In what form is work set?

Powerpoint lessons. 

Extra content is given through Youtube links, Kahoot quizzes, Educake questions, workbook pages, answers on Google docs, word documents.

Live streaming sessions? Yes – please see timetable.
How often is work collected in? Weekly or fortnightly, depending on the task (might just be evidence that they have completed the work, self marking).  The deadline day for Biology is Monday for Y7 and Y8 and Wednesday for Y9.
How is feedback given? Comments on Google classroom, numerical scores, encouraging comments if self marked.
A question your teacher would love to ask you… Is there anything we are currently doing that they would like us to continue to do when we return?

Chemistry  

How often is work set? Every week for every lesson.
In what form is work set? Power points, questions + answers, notes + worked examples, video clips. Quizzes on Educake.
Live streaming sessions? Chemistry will not be running live streamed classes this half term.  Teachers are using pre-recorded audio presentations to explain work to students.
How often is work collected in? Weekly.  The Chemistry deadline day is Wednesday.
How is feedback given? Google classroom.
A question your teacher would love to ask you… What is preventing some of you completing the work?

Computer Science  

How often is work set? Every two weeks.
In what form is work set? Seneca learning tasks which are set on Google Classroom.
Live streaming sessions? Yes – please see timetable.
How often is work collected in? Every two weeks.  The Computer Science deadline day is Friday.
How is feedback given? Students get a percentage per topic and can see where they need to improve.  Feedback is given on Google Classroom.
A question your teacher would love to ask you… What are you finding hard – is there anything that stops you from doing the work?

Design & Technology 

How often is work set? Once a week.
In what form is work set? Google classroom – Multimedia research followed by questions set through Google classroom.
Live streaming sessions? Yes – please see timetable.
How often is work collected in? Weekly.  The D&T deadline day is Monday.
How is feedback given? Feedback on results is instant and the results are collected as an entire key stage.  The collective results are published within assemblies. Students that submit photos of the extended work tasks are given individual feedback from teachers.
A question your teacher would love to ask you… How can we get more of you to engage with the task?

Drama  

How often is work set? We set work once a fortnight with 2 tasks.
In what form is work set?

Google classroom assignment - Power point and PDF version.

A filmed version of teacher completing the tasks, showing ideas or performing the work.

Live streaming sessions? Yes – dates and times to follow shortly.
How often is work collected in? Every two weeks. 
How is feedback given? WWW and EBI given to each piece.
A question your teacher would love to ask you… Do you have any ideas for virtual Drama?

English   

How often is work set? Every 2 weeks.  The unit is broken down into activities with one big piece of writing to hand in at the end for feedback.
In what form is work set?

The unit is presented on Powerpoint and Word.

Some video and audio content.

Live streaming sessions? Yes – please see timetable.
How often is work collected in? Every two weeks. 
How is feedback given? WWW and EBI comments on Google Classroom. 
A question your teacher would love to ask you… How can we help you with the work? 

Geography  

How often is work set? Every other week a booklet is sent out designed to take the students 1.5 hours. Students are subsequently given an answer booklet to allow for self-assessment.
In what form is work set? Booklets for the students to fill in (digitally or by hand on paper). They get the answers from data in the booklet, hyperlinked websites like BBC Bitesize, YouTube clips, documentaries & films. The booklets aim to provide a variety of activities, some “fun” things and non-written and/or creative tasks. There will be some audio recordings to accompany and support the work.
Live streaming sessions? Geography will not be running live streamed classes this half term. We are using audio recordings and creating videos to accompany and support the work.
How often is work collected in? Every two weeks.  The Geography deadline day is Y7 & 8 Fridays. Y9 Tuesdays
How is feedback given? Students should self-assess their work using the answer booklet. Staff will acknowledge and aim to comment on the work submitted via Google classroom.
A question your teacher would love to ask you… Please let us know how you are getting on with the work?  We’d love messages from you on Google Classroom.  We want to know how you’re doing and how we can support you.

History  

How often is work set? Once a fortnight, covering the 3 lessons they would have had.
In what form is work set? Adapted Powerpoint, Youtube, website references, film suggestions.
Live streaming sessions? No live streaming sessions are currently being offered. The History department are using pre-recorded narrated PowerPoints and Loom video presentations to explain work to students.
How often is work collected in? Work is set once a fortnight and collected on Google Classroom or emailed to staff.
How is feedback given?

Y7 – 10 receive comments on their work on Google Classroom. This is generally to give praise and check any misunderstandings.

Y10 exam questions receive specific feedback and model answers.

Y12 essays receive specific feedback and model answers.

A question your teacher would love to ask you…

Are you able to work independently on the work we are setting? How can we further support you?

Do the narrated/ video presentations help with your understanding?

Would you like extra help? Just email us or send a comment on Google Classroom.

Modern Foreign Languages  

How often is work set? Once a week.
In what form is work set?

Work is set on Powerpoints, Google documents and Word documents.

Language websites – Espanol extra, Quizlet, BBC Bitesize, Youtube clips, recorded gap dialogue. Students are also directed to their online coursebooks either through a code or a personal password.

Live streaming sessions? Not yet.
How often is work collected in?

Once a week.  The Languages deadline days are as follows:

French Y7&Y8 – Monday Y9 – Wednesday

Spanish Y8 – Tuesday Y9 - Thursday

German Y9 – Friday

How is feedback given? Individual feedback Via the Personal Comments’ section of Google Classroom.  Group feedback based on collective mistakes made after marking a piece of homework. Students are encouraged to ask teachers when they are stuck through Google Classroom messages and their teacher will help.
A question your teacher would love to ask you… Is it useful to have the answers in the work as it is set?

Maths  

How often is work set? 3 lessons per week.
In what form is work set? Overview sheet explaining the tasks and due in date.  Students have a starter – based on mixed topics and suitable for their ability.  They then have a worksheet to complete and a video link with how to.  We also provide the answers for students to self-assess their work.
Live streaming sessions? Yes – please see timetable.
How often is work collected in? Once a week.  The Maths deadline day is Tuesday.
How is feedback given? Providing feedback to students as they hand work in.  Work is marked by students using self-assessment.  Teachers check progress.
A question your teacher would love to ask you… Are you finding the videos provided useful for helping you?

Music  

How often is work set? Once every two weeks – two tasks.
In what form is work set?

Google classroom listening tests linked with research, ‘Nando’s menu’ with variety of tasks from radio shows through to research, composition tasks and performance tasks.

There will be videos to accompany the work packs- these will explain the tasks and how to access them.

Live streaming sessions? Yes – in the last week of term we’ll have a live stream session to showcase our work.
How often is work collected in? Every two weeks. The Music deadline day is Tuesday for Y7 and Y8; Thursday for Y9. 
How is feedback given? Class feedback. We also highlight a favourite work of the two weeks.
A question your teacher would love to ask you… How could we celebrate your work more as a school?

P.E.  

How often is work set?  
In what form is work set?

Google classroom/Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/silverdalepe1

Video challenges/worksheets.

Live streaming sessions? No but there are lots of extra-curricular activities you and your family can get involved in.  Please see the information on extra-curricular activities above.
How often is work collected in?  
How is feedback given?  
A question your teacher would love to ask you… What type of activity do you enjoy the most?

Physics  

How often is work set? Weekly.
In what form is work set?

Powerpoint lessons. 

Extra content is given through Youtube links, workbook pages, answers on Google docs, word documents, PDF’s, audio files.

Live streaming sessions? Physics will not be running live streamed classes this half term.  Teachers are using pre-recorded audio presentations to explain work to students.
How often is work collected in? Weekly or fortnightly, depending on the task (might just be evidence that they have completed the work, self marking).  The deadline day for Physics Y7 and Y8 – Thursdays, Y9 – Mondays.
How is feedback given?

Comments on Google classroom, numerical scores, encouraging comments, self marked.

A question your teacher would love to ask you… Is there anything we are currently doing that you would like us to continue to do when we return?

P.S.H.E.  

How often is work set? Once a week.
In what form is work set? Each lesson is presented as a Powerpoint.  In each there are questions, videos, reading activities and an optional creative task (eg. poster/leaflet etc).
Live streaming sessions? PSHE will not be running live streamed classes this half term.  Teachers are using pre-recorded audio presentations to explain work to students.
How often is work collected in? Every week. 
How is feedback given? WWW and EBI on work and whole class feedback. 
A question your teacher would love to ask you… Is there anything that you would like to look at again as a class when we’re back in school? 

R.E.  

How often is work set? Weekly.
In what form is work set? Booklets. There are two versions – the ‘Bronze’ version is simplified.
Live streaming sessions? No. We will provide audio instructions with the booklets.
How often is work collected in? Weekly or every two weeks depending on the work being set. The RE deadline is Thursday for Y7 and 8 and Mondays for Y9.
How is feedback given? Whole class feedback each week when work is set.  Responding to individual questions and sending personalised messages for high quality work via email/google classroom messages.
A question your teacher would love to ask you… What are you really interested in learning about? Are there any debates you would like to see opened up amongst your peers, for example with the recent discussions surrounding Black Lives Matters?

 

Support for students

Don't forget that students who need support for their learning should contact their Key Stage team in the first instance. See here for their contact details.

If students need support with their wellbeing or are struggling with motivation, we have a wide range of resources on our student wellbeing page here. Students can also contact their Key Stage team.