Virtual School

January 2021 – Remote Learning

Virtual school will start at 8.30am each morning with the usual registration time
Students are expected to be online, checking in with their form tutor and taking part in form activities.

The information about all lessons for the day will be available by 9am each morning on SMHW.
Task should be completed in the correct order, matching the school timetable.
Class teachers will be available online for their classes during the usual lesson time.

In some cases, class teachers will host live streamed sessions on MS Teams, during lesson time.
Students will be informed of these on SMHW and can also view the live lesson schedule on their calendar on MS Teams.
In other cases, there will be video clips and tasks for students to complete. The class teacher can respond online to questions asked by the students.

Students should take breaks from the screen during the day and we encourage families to support their child in maintaining a regular ‘school day’ routine where possible.

If all work is completed and a student wants to study further, the links on the following pages contain some useful suggestions.

Key Stage 3
English

Students should visit the BBC KS3 Bitesize English website to watch videos and complete quizzes on the topic they are currently studying at school.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z3kw2hv

Maths

https://hegartymaths.com/

Log in to your account and complete a personalised ‘Mem-Ri’ quiz to practice your recall or a ‘Fix Up 5’ to work on 5 of your weaknesses.

Science

Students should visit the BBC KS3 Bitesize Science website to watch videos and complete quizzes on the topic they are currently studying at school.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zng4d2p

History

Students should visit the BBC KS3 Bitesize History site to watch a video relevant to their current topic of study and then complete the corresponding quiz.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zk26n39

PE

Don’t forget! Isolating people need to exercise too!

Try this!

Fitness

https://youtu.be/uwADPkoXui8

Football

https://youtu.be/uaRdec3-Lc8

Careers

Think about what career you would like in the future. What skills will you need? What advice is out there? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

https://gmacs.co.uk/

Key Stage 4
English

Students should visit the BBC KS3 Bitesize English website to watch videos and complete quizzes on the topic they are currently studying at school.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z3kw2hv

Maths

https://hegartymaths.com/

Log in to your account and complete a personalised ‘Mem-Ri’ quiz to practice your recall or a ‘Fix Up 5’ to work on 5 of your weaknesses.

Science

Students should visit the BBC GCSE Bitesize Science website to watch videos and complete quizzes on the topic they are currently studying at school.

Combined Science

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z8r997h

Separate sciences

Biology https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zpgcbk7

Chemistry https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z8xtmnb

Physics https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zsc9rdm

History

Students should visit the BBC KS4 Bitesize History site for AQA to watch a video relevant to their current topic of study and then complete the corresponding quiz. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zxjk4j6

PE

Don’t forget! Isolating people need to exercise too!

Try this!

Fitness

https://youtu.be/uwADPkoXui8

Football

https://youtu.be/uaRdec3-Lc8

Careers

In addition to resources on the BBC website students can research options on further study and apprenticeships using these links.

https://gmhigher.ac.uk/my-student-journey/my-higher-education-options/

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/

https://gmacs.co.uk/

Key Stage 5
English

All KS5 students will already have access to online resources for each subject they study.

They can contact their teachers in the usual way.

Maths

All KS5 students will already have access to online resources for each subject they study.

They can contact their teachers in the usual way.

Science

All KS5 students will already have access to online resources for each subject they study.

They can contact their teachers in the usual way.

PE

All KS5 students will already have access to online resources for each subject they study.

They can contact their teachers in the usual way.

Careers

Unifrog

Today would be an ideal day to spend a bit more time researching your further study options!

Log into Unifrog – www.unifrog.org

Research Universities, future job prospects, apprenticeships, and start to record skills & interests to be used for future CVs and personal statements.

Further Study for GCSE Subjects
GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
  1. The British Library

https://www.bl.uk/

This is your go-to site in terms of really good, challenging content for English Literature.  As a starting point, Google ‘British Library + Macbeth’ or ‘British Library + An Inspector Calls’ – you get the idea.

 

  1. BBC Bitesize

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zxqncwx

There’s lots here to consolidate your knowledge.  There are separate areas for both English Literature and English Language.  All aspects of the qualifications are covered.

 

  1. Sparknotes

https://www.sparknotes.com/

A similar(ish) website to BBC Bitesize.  You’ll find notes on most of the English Literature texts, plus quizzes to test your knowledge.

 

  1. Cliffs Notes

https://www.cliffsnotes.com/

There’s plenty here to help you revise the core English Literature texts – chapter summaries, character overviews, quizzes and essay questions.

 

  1. Universal Teacher

http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/

This website is one of my favourites.  It’s got comprehensive notes on most of the English Literature texts, and there’s also relevant information that you can use to help revise for English Language.

 

  1. The Stable Oyster Blog

https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/

This website contains some excellent blogs on the poems from the AQA Power and Conflict cluster.  Click on the website link and then type the name of the poem you want to revise into the search bar.

 

  1. Learning From My Mistakes Blog

http://learningfrommymistakesenglish.blogspot.com/2018/04/power-and-conflict-website-links.html

Another blogging website.  This one contains links to more resources on the poems from the AQA Power and Conflict cluster.

 

  1. The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/uk

It’s worth typing the name of the text (or area) you want to study into the search bar – it’s likely that you’ll find some decent stuff.  For example, there are a number of really good articles on Jekyll and Hyde and Macbeth.

 

  1. AQA

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse

You can find past papers, mark schemes and exam reports.  Look for the ‘assessment resources’ area and go from there.

GCSE Science
  1. BBC Bitesize Science

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z8r997h – Combined Science

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zpgcbk7 – Biology

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z8xtmnb – Chemistry

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zsc9rdm – Physics

These websites include summary notes, video clips, quizzes and exam practice questions. They are the digital equivalent of a revision guide and a great starting point when reviewing any science topic.

 

  1. Free Science Lessons

https://www.freesciencelessons.co.uk/

This very popular website contains all the free video clips and information about many other resources that Shaun Donnelly, (@UKScienceguy) produces.

 

  1. Kay Science.com

https://www.kayscience.com/

This relatively new website has been created by two science teachers. It contains video clips for all science topics. Students should pause the video clip and answer the questions, before continuing to play and checking the answers. There are free resources to download on this website too.

  1. Seneca Learning.com

https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/

Many students already use this website and can be assigned specific tasks by the class teacher. However, you can also sign up to access this free resource as an individual, rather than a member of your class. Remember to search for GCSE AQA, Trilogy for the Combined Science option. You can choose to revise for higher tier or foundation tier. The GCSE separate sciences are also on this website too.

 

  1. Malmesbury Education

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-TM-z1-tmX1iK_H4SxVhww

The science department at this school have produced a comprehensive set of videos for all science required practical experiments at GCSE. In each video a teacher carries out the practical so you can see how the equipment is used and what you need to consider when collecting and analysing data.

  1. AQA

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464 – Combined Science

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461 – Biology

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462 – Chemistry

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463 – Physics

You can download the entire specification, past papers, mark schemes and exam reports.  Scroll down from the starting page to read more information.

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