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Guidance for Students and Parents to support working remotely from home:
For students, parents and carers who would like to add something different to their home learning, please see the link below to enhance your home learning.
Key Stage 3 Challenge Packs
The English Department would like to recommend the following books for the students to read during lockdown:
Year 7 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M.Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables is the story of a young orphan girl, Anne, who is mistakenly delivered to an older couple looking to adopt a boy to work on their farm in Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. After the couple meets Anne, they decide to keep her despite her not being of the appropriate gender.
Year 8 - Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London
The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck. The story opens at a ranch in Santa Clara Valley, California, when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. He becomes progressively feral in the harsh environment, where he is forced to fight to survive and dominate other dogs.
Year 9 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice is set in rural England in the early 19th century, and follows the Bennet family, which includes five very different sisters. Mrs. Bennet is anxious to see all her daughters married, especially as the modest family estate is to be inherited by William Collins when Mr. Bennet dies.
You can access these texts for free by going to the following sites:
For those who read the recommended Classic books, the English department are running a competition, please click on the following link to view:
Exploring Shakespeare is to savour some of the most powerful language ever written.
In these packs there will be words and phrases unfamiliar to the students although we have included a number of links to support them as they journey deeper and deeper into the play or plays. There will be layers upon layers of meaning within the lines delivered by the characters and the activities will cultivate key skills of analysis and interpretation.
The Challenge Packs have been developed to provide extra challenge for those students who are completing their home lessons but then looking for something a little bit harder to stretch themselves. They are entirely optional – no student will be disadvantaged by not engaging with the packs.
Each pack is in two sections. The first section contains links to stretching materials for the whole year’s curriculum, unit by unit. The Year 7 and Year 8 resources are of basic GCSE level and the Year 9 resources are more advanced GCSE level. These resources include videos, PowerPoints and worksheets with answers. The second section contains links to extra-curricular resources like the Maths Challenge past papers and the NRICH website for games, puzzles and problem solving.
The packs are designed to be used without a teacher and no work needs to be submitted. Having said that, your teachers would love to see anything you’re particularly proud of, either by email or once we are back in school.
Each student can use the resources as they want. Some may want to start at Unit 1 and work through the units as consolidation and extension of the work studied so far. Others may want to work on the topics they particularly enjoyed, or just tackle some of the extra-curricular puzzles and problems. And others again will not want anything more than their weekly lessons.
The packs are intended for students who love maths and want to take themselves deeper into the curriculum or outside the curriculum in the broader context. Some of the resources have been chosen to be very challenging so they are meant to make your brain work hard. But if you are struggling and not enjoying it, then it’s time to stop.
Student Wellbeing Information:
The Wellbeing Team have been working hard to think of ways to communicate with our students during this time and how to offer help, support and advice. They have created a Virtual Wellbeing Board - take a look!
Update from Ofqual : GCSE and A Level Awarding, Summer 2020
Information has been released by Ofqual, giving details of the awarding of GCSE and A Level grades for Summer 2020. Parents and students have been contacted directly with information in regards to this update.
Ofqual have produced further guidance via a comprehensive document that can be accessed here:
Ofqual have released a blog detailing how this summer's GCSE and A Level grades will be awarded:
They have also released a short video for students to help them understand the process better. This can be accessed here: