At this time, it is important that students complete the work set via Microsoft Teams and take part in any live lessons as per their normal timetable. Students must also attend AM/PM registration. Registers are taken each lesson.
As always, your feedback is important, and we would like to thank those parents/carers and students who have responded to the remote learning survey. Student engagement with remote learning is high and we have received overwhelming positive feedback.
Timings of the Day: Whilst students are learning online, the school day is quite intensive, and we are conscious of the amount of screen time. Timings of the day have been reviewed to provide more time between lessons, as well as a mid-morning break.
AM and PM registration will remain unchanged, but from Monday 18 January, new lesson timings will be:
The above timings will apply to all students whether learning online or in school until school re-opens.
Balance between teacher directed, interactive and independent learning activities: Staff have been reminded of advice previously issued to adapt live lessons to include some interaction where possible, for example question and answer sessions, as well as provide time for students to carry out some independent work or study.
Feedback and assessment: Teachers will continue with the normal assessment schedule (milestone assessments etc.) and should also provide students with the opportunity to respond to assessed pieces of work where appropriate. Teachers will also try to provide helpful verbal feedback in lessons.
Pastoral staff are also available to help and support. If your son/daughter is experiencing difficulty or if you need further help or support, then please contact the College.
REMOTE LEARNING AT GARTH HILL COLLEGE
Microsoft Teams is our portal for remote learning at Garth Hill College. Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations,content, assignments, and apps together in one place, helping teachers and pupils to work in a vibrant learning community that is collaborative and connected – even if you are not physically in school. Every pupil in the College will belong to a Microsoft Team for each of their classes and their tutor group.
Microsoft Teams can be accessed using the Webmail or Office 365 link on the College’s website. Once logged into Office.com,pupils can access Microsoft Teams, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Microsoft outlook and many more Microsoft applications. From here, pupils can open Office apps in their web browser using the app launcher button (the button with nine dots) of any Microsoft Office web page.
Please email email@example.com should you have any problems.
Home Learning will be set on MS Teams as an assignment and written in the pupil’s planner. If a pupil relies heavily on MS Teams to guide their Home Learning they are permitted to write ‘On MS Teams’ along with the due date in their planner.
All home learning and class work is set on MS Teams as this allows for a better interaction and communication with pupil and teacher. We no longer use Class charts to set home learning. Pupils can complete the work in their book, on paper, or using any Microsoft Application ensuring that all assignments are complete and submitted before clicking on the ‘Turn in’ assignment icon. Once the work is complete it should be uploaded to MS Teams using the following guidance document > Here.
Microsoft Teams classes: Every pupil will belong to a Microsoft Team for each of their classes and their tutor group. In the MS Team pupils will see the following teachers:
Procedures: pupils who are self-isolating or not attending for other reason/s but able to study, and pupils belonging to the Learning Support Bubble, should continue to follow their normal school timetable accordingly, completing all of the tutor and teacher assigned work through Teams.
The PowerPoint and resources that will be used in your lesson will be uploaded to the class MS Team for pupils to complete the work.
When setting work for pupils accessing learning remotely, teachers will:
Remote Learning - Accessing lessons
Where possible, pupils may join live lessons through Teams. Pupils should be available on Teams while working at home at theallocated lesson time according to the pupil timetable. If the teacher feels it would be beneficial for the pupil to access the lesson live, pupils should be ready to accept the invitation and join the lesson.
Joining a live lesson in MS Teams
Download and print the 'Remote Learning Checklist' to help with your remote learning.
Download and print the 'Remote Learning Top Tips' to help with your remote learning.
Download and print the 'Live Learning with Microsoft Teams' to help with your remote learning.
FOLLOW THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE GARTH HILL COLLEGE PUPILS
1. Attend and be punctual
Using your timetable as a schedule for your week, ensure you are actively engaging with work that is set in each subject. Spend approximately 60 minutes per lesson on completing work that is set. If your teacher is available online, then interact appropriately with the teacher and pupils.
2. Present yourself well.
Online - be polite and courteous, showing respect for yourself and others as you would in a normal classroom environment. A virtual classroom is a professional environment. Write as if you were drafting an essay. Correct spelling, grammar, and style are expected in all scholarship and academic writing.
3. Behave impeccably.
Do not post anything that is inappropriate or that you would not say in a normal classroom environment. Be respectful and contribute in a positive and productive manner.
4. Follow instructions and rules.
Engage with resources positively and do your best to complete assigned tasks. Follow instructions in the chat.
5. Do not disrupt learning.
Complete the work posted online to the best of your ability. When you are online with your peers and teacher, stay on topic and ask appropriate questions in line with the learning. Actively engage in the posting and online discussions in a polite and respectful way. Stay on topic, don’t be disruptive to others and be productive and helpful. Ask questions in an appropriate way and remember your ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
6. Be kind and helpful to others.
If someone asks a question, try to help them. Be kind and respect of other people’s differences and opinions. We are all in this together and it is important to support and help each other. Be courteous and kind, not posting anything you wouldn’t say in our normal classroom.
7. Always try your very best.
Engage in the assignments, quiz, lessons that have been posted or uploaded. Attempt to complete as much of it as possible as you would do in class. Ensure you are working in an academic way and trying your best.
ATTENDANCE AND ENGAGEMENT
We expect all pupils to attend tutor time and lessons according to their college timetable. We have an excellent attendance figure of 90% in all year groups across the week. Pupils should register with the teacher and engage in all activities completing the work to their best ability. We shall send communication home to parents if any pupils miss a live session to allow for a communication and dialogue to begin. Please continue to communicate with the college if you feel that support is needed by using the email addresses provided.
Pupils should complete all work that is set and upload it to Microsoft Teams. Please see the guidance section for support documents. Work could be completed in their exercise books or on the documents provided by teachers. We use forms, polls, whiteboards and other interactive platforms to encourage engagement from all pupils.
REMOTE ACCESS - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
PRAISE AND REWARDS AT GARTH HILL COLLEGE
‘We are constantly seeking ways to praise and reward students for their excellent work and high levels of engagement. As we adapt to online learning, this has not changed. Achievement points are still being awarded by classroom teachers, and our rewards chart is still being actioned with praise being communicated home. We are also making the most of the Teams software by giving achievements instantly by using the Praise add in, so children are seeing that they are doing well in that moment.
We are also encouraging staff to communicate personalised praise home when a student completes something well or has an outstanding attitude towards lessons.’
An example of the praise and rewards pupils can achieve at Garth Hill College
MICROSOFT - USEFUL GUIDANCE FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
MICROSOFT TEAMS - TOP TIPS & USEFUL INFORMATION
Important information for pupils and parents/carers on remote learning using Microsoft Teams
During this pilot of Microsoft Teams, when staff and pupils gain experience and working knowledge of the application, the chat, posting, and video call functions will be disabled to allow teachers to support pupils in a safe and structured way. We will review pupils’ use of Microsoft Teams by end of week beginning Monday 27 April with a view to determining the date when all learning can be set using Microsoft Teams.
To help prepare for using Microsoft Teams, please take some time to watch the training links below. If you have any questions, please also read the help documents in Microsoft Teams. If you still require help and support with IT access please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Working as a team: 4 short video clips - True Teamwork in Microsoft Teams
We will keep you updated on the progress of this pilot and plans to move all learning to Microsoft Teams.
How should my child complete and submit work?
Your child can complete the work in their book, on paper, or using any Microsoft Application. These are all free and available once you have logged into Office 365. Once the work is complete it should be uploaded to MS Teams using the guidance document below. If they are completing work on paper or in books they should upload to Microsoft Teams using the free scanner tool: Microsoft Lens, or simply take a photo and upload it.
Heads of departments have prepared some suggested resources. It is very important to acknowledge these are only suggested and if you would like to use them, revise or review some learning. It may also be that you would like to catch up on some topics. If this is the case you can find the suggested resources on the college Website. We would also like to remind you of the curriculum page on our website that holds all of the Knowledge Organisers and resources for your son / daughter to review.
REMOTE LEARNING - SEND
The majority of SEND pupils will be supported in remote lessons through high quality wave 1 teaching practice. Teachers will set differentiated independent work, incorporate time within the lesson to check in with SEND learners and be available on the chat or verbally to support their independent work. Teachers will develop subject specific vocabulary and oracy which will benefit SEND learners. Teachers will endeavour to work collaboratively with parents to highlight any concerns related to SEND pupils attendance and interaction in Virtual lessons keeping the SENCo always informed. Those pupils with very high needs that are supported with an EHCP will have a bespoke package of support. This could include the following:
FAQs: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
REMOTE TUTORIAL PROGRAMME
The remote tutorial programme continues as usual and has adapted for the needs of pupils at this time. As well as checks on their wellbeing and remote learning, pupils will engage in a variety of activities to compliment the curriculum. This includes literacy and numeracy activities and challenges, assemblies and ‘Character and Culture’ sessions based around a termly theme. Within this programme, pupils will also have opportunities to discuss current affairs and celebrate and recognise their successes.
Monday – Weekly Assembly shown and shared by your tutor
Thursday – Character and culture session with your tutor
TUTOR GROUPS IN MICROSOFT TEAMS
Form Tutor will be available for you to interact with through Microsoft Teams. This will be an opportunity for you to interact with your fellow tutees and Form Tutor through the chat. Please click the link to learn how to do this at how to access Microsoft Teams. If you still require help and support please email email@example.com.
Form Tutors will be available once a week to support you with the work that will be assigned each week relating to the Character and Culture theme of ‘kindness’, literacy and numeracy activities and signposting notices from the bulletin. It will also be a way for your Form Tutor to check in with you and make sure everyone in the tutor group is feeling OK.
There will be a small quiz assigned to you on Microsoft Teams at the beginning of each week which you need to fill in. This will help your Form Tutor know how you are feeling, gain information about what activities you have been up to and your opinions about different topics.
Your Head of House and Assistant Head of House will also interact with you regarding House news and competitions. We want to help you feel part of your House and tutor group community from home.
Your Form Tutor will contact you by email before half term to check in with you and ensure you are able to access Microsoft Teams.
When interacting on Microsoft Teams, you must follow the Seven Habits ensuring it is a safe and supportive forum. The expectations are the same online as they would be in College.
GARTH HILL COLLEGE CHALLENGES
Our weekly challenges are back! Please try and complete at least one a week and why not get the whole family involved. When you have completed a challenge please send it in to the relevant email address and we shall share entries in our bulletin, socials and website.
Physical activity: PE teachers are setting different activities in lessons working towards our ‘Run to Kenya’ challenge. These activities are set to be completed in lesson time, but students are encouraged to be physically active outside of normal lessons as well. Teachers are providing other resources including links to workouts and other activities.
Creative Arts: The Art, Drama, Music and Performing Arts Departments will be setting a weekly challenge to engage you in the arts. Arts participation can improve your wellbeing, improve mental health, and gives you an opportunity to express yourself in a fun way. Your work will need to be sent to Mrs Raby by each Friday and Achievement Points will be issued for each entry.
Literacy: Independent/Class Literacy Puzzles!
In place of a formal literacy challenge, please use some of these games with your tutor groups!