Welcome to the Home Learning section of the website.

 

Parts of this section are still under development.

 

Teachers have prepared a number of resources to enable you to continue your learning at home during the school closure.

 

Please select from the options in the left hand menu to navigate to subject areas, where you will find a number of documents, all clearly labelled with the year group they are intended for. You can view these documents on the page, or download them to your own device.

 

At the bottom of the list, you will find User Help Guides if required.

 

Please keep any work completed safe so it can be shared with staff when the school becomes fully operational again. 

 

Please be patient whilst staff create and upload additional resources.

 

Working at home: advice for all students

 

Create a designated space to work. It needs to be somewhere quiet, and away from other distractions. It’s not a good idea to work sitting on your bed, for example; this can cause difficulty separating school work from the rest of your day. Although your work needs to be taken off the school website, wherever possible, try to work on paper to give yourself a break from screens.

 

Follow a routine. Get up and get dressed in the morning – even though you’re not going anywhere, being ready for the day gives your brain the signal that it’s time to start work. Try to follow your timetable; we design timetables to give an appropriate amount of time to each subject area based on your key stage, so that’s a good place to start. It will also mean that you take regular breaks.

 

Look after your mental and physical health. Try to eat sensibly, at regular intervals, and to move your body during the day. There are lots of resources available online for excellent home exercise routines which can be done with minimal space and equipment. Stay in touch with friends and family whilst being sensible and protecting your health. If you find things are starting to get on top of you, we have collected together some mental health resources which can be found towards the bottom of the list of menu options on this page.

 

How will this work be assessed? Many of your subjects are using websites that assess your work as you go while others are making sure that this material will be used when you returns to school.

 

Going further. There are some great resources out there, for example on the BBC Bitesize site which features daily lessons and at the new Oak National Academy. If you want to use this time to really develop your knowledge on key subjects you should look here for inspiration.

 

Advice for parents

 

Be realistic about what you can do. You're not expected to become teachers and we aren't expecting children to learn as they do in school. Provide structure, a place to work and encouragement to keep trying with their learning.

 

Remember that every household is different. The routine you create may well be different to other families you know, and that’s fine. It’s important that you find systems and structures that work for you and your children. If you have more than one child, consider combining their timetables. 

 

Take care of your own health and wellbeing. This will be new for your entire household, so give it time to settle. The practice of mindfulness can be a helpful tool in managing anxieties and maintaining good mental health. Pearson Education has some useful resources to get you started, both in supporting yourself and your child.

 

Follow a routine.  This is what your children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas! Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership. Having said that – be flexible. Check in with your children as they are working; if a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible.

 

Separate school and the rest of your home life. Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over. Try also to distinguish between weekdays and weekends; there is no need to do school work at the weekends.

 

How will this work be assessed? Many of the subjects make use of websites that assess your child’s work as they go while others are making sure that this material will be used when your child returns to school.

 

Going further. There are some great resources out there, for example on the BBC Bitesize site which features daily lessons and at the new Oak National Academy. Children who want to use this time to really develop their knowledge on key subjects should look here for inspiration.

 

 

Internet Safety

 

Learning at home means an increase in the amount of time spent online. With that in mind, Durham Constabulary have some excellent tips for parents and carers on setting up the right controls and privacy settings to ensure your child stays safe online, which can be found in their advice booklet.