At Penwortham Priory Academy we remain committed to ensuring that all students have access to their curriculum and can access learning from home during the current health crisis. The school have devised a series of plans to ensure that all students can continue to learn remotely.
It is our view that, should a student be absent from school, they can access the lessons for that particular day or week. All students have been requested to check their login details and passwords for all online platforms. Please download the guidance below that further supports the login requirements for our learning platforms.
Guidance for remote learning
This is a dynamic situation, however, our expectations remain that pupils should follow their normal timetable should they be absent. Teachers have designed, and will continue to upload, lessons and activities that follow the curriculum plans. Students are advised to spend the same amount of allocated hours on each subject at home as they would if they were in school. You can download the overall KS3 curriculum map below should you wish to see topics pupils are currently working on.
For Key Stage 3 students of Years 7, 8 and 9 all work will be uploaded to Doddle.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map
We would encourage looking at such resources as below and being aware of them, but only to add variety to our pupils’ daily routine and/or to complement the work being set by our staff, rather than as a substitute for it.
To help, staff here in school will continue to familiarise themselves with such resources and determine whether they feel any are of particular use to signpost our pupils to. We will continue to share this advice with you through our usual communication channels if so. We thank you for your continued support during this time.
StarLine - a new national helpline for parents
Whilst the school would always advocate contacting staff first should you require any particular support, there is a new national free telephone helpline for parents and carers that has been created to provide personalised support and advice on home learning in order to support pupils until schools re-open.
StarLine, a sector-led initiative supported by voluntary sector partners and the Department for Education, offers parents and carers personalised advice and support from a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts. Available to all parents and carers of school children nationwide, a team of education and parenting experts will share tips, techniques and resources to help young people continue their learning while schools are closed, and to support family wellbeing. Parents and carers will be guided to help their children create regular routines and study habits, offering practical steps to take and access to quality resources.
StarLine is open six days a week and covers all areas of the curriculum across all phases of education. In addition to qualified teachers, callers can speak to experienced education and parenting experts who can provide support and advice on behaviour, wellbeing and help for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities. All calls are confidential, and advice is available six days a week by phoning 0330 313 9162. For more information visit www.starline.org.uk
The paid-for audiobook subscription service owned by Amazon, has made more than 200 titles for children and young adults free to listen to without the need to sign up. See https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Oak National Academy
The Oak National Academy contains a series of 180 online lessons per week and is suitable for pupils through to Year 10. The online lessons have been prepared by teachers and education organisations: www.thenational.academy
The BBC has launched a new education service to help children keep learning through the lockdown. A series of lessons will be made available over 14 weeks, featuring a host of celebrities. The stars will be featured in 20-minute lessons tailored to each of the UK nations’ curriculums across six age groups.
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