Students Home Learning

Home learning for the summer term

Learning and wellbeing

From 20 April and the start of the summer term, during school closure, students are expected to be studying at home using the online learning in Microsoft Office Teams set by departments, or the paper resources the school has provided for students who do not have access to online learning. We aim to support your child’s wellbeing by outlining recommendations of daily and weekly home learning. We aim to speak to all of our students to check their welfare, but if at any time you have serious concerns about their wellbeing or their mood, then please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Year 7, 8 and 9

If your child is in Year 7, 8 or 9, we recommend that your child spends a minimum of three a maximum of five hours per school day on school work, if they are well and able to do so. We recommend the following approach:

Hours

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Minimum per week

One hour per subject

Total = 3 hours

English

Maths

Science

English

Maths

Science

English

Maths

Science

English

Maths

Science

3 other subjects on a rota basis

Maximum per week- as above and below

One hour per subject

Total = 1 or 2 hours

Cover these subjects in turn:

History, Geography, French/Spanish, Art and Design, Music, RE, Citizenship and Ethics, Computer Science, Drama, PE, Food

 

Year 10

If your child is in Year 10, we strongly recommend they also study one hour each of English, maths and science four school days a week, and at least two hours a week of each of their GCSE/BTEC option subjects, as follows:

Hours

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Minimum per week

One hour per subject

Total = 5 hours

English

Maths

Science

Two  GCSE/BTEC option subjects

English

Maths

Science

Two GCSE/BTEC option subjects

English

Maths

Science

Two GCSE/BTEC option subjects

English

Maths

Science

Two GCSE/BTEC option subjects

5 hours of GCSE/BTEC subjects on a rota basis

 

Temporary curriculum

Below is a link to the new and temporary home learning curriculum overview and advice for parents/carers for years 7, 8, 9 and 10 for the rest of the school year. This is only a rough guide and should be adapted where needed for your child. Year 11 have resources in Student Resources in Microsoft Teams if they wish to continue their study.

Year 7 home learning curriculum overview & advice to parentsYear 8 home learning curriculum overview & advice to parentsYear 9 home learning curriculum overview & advice to parentsYear 10 home learning curriculum overview & advice to parents

Online access

If your child has access to online learning at home, they will need to log into Microsoft Office Teams Classes and go to every one of their virtual Classes to find work set in ‘Assignments’. Here departments have set work that will adapt the usual curriculum for home learning or provide a suitable alternative. Accompanying lesson resources will often be found in ‘Files’ in Classes to support these assignments. Be aware, that some subjects like maths are setting additional online work, for example MathsWatch and MangaHigh, and your child will need their login details for this. If they do not have them, they can email or Teams message their maths teachers or call the school.

Students should login using their school computer username. This is in the form of first initial + surname + intake year @willowfield-school.co.uk, e.g. if I am a student and my name is James Francis and I joined the school in year 7 in 2018 my username would be JFrancis18@willowfield-school.co.uk .

Please find user guides to assist your child in logging into Microsoft Teams.

Students Access from home GuideStudents Office 365 / Microsoft Teams Full Guide

If your child does not have access to our online home learning, please contact the school and we will provide paper-based work.

Deadlines for assignments

Lesson assignments set by teachers will have a due date, but from now on we will be setting a due date for the end of the school year (31 August 2020) so that students do not feel undue pressure to complete the work set by a fixed deadline. When we set assessment assignments, longer and more important assignments that will receive teacher feedback, these will also be given this deadline.

Support for home learning

If you wish to receive advice and guidance on how best to support your child with their home learning, please click on the link below.How to support home learning for parents

As ever, we welcome feedback on our temporary home learning provision, and if you wish to share your experiences or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via this email address Homelearning@willowfield-school.co.uk .

Online safety

It is vital that parents and carers make sure that their child is safe online and we include some highly recommended links to invaluable advice and guidance here:

  • Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
  • Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
  • UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers.
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