Please make sure you have read the guidance below before entering home learning.
Home Learning ToolKit. Click the link below
We hope you are all well. As we enter the summer term we wanted to update the guidance, answer some frequently asked questions and offer reassurance.
Home learning is a unique situation and is presenting a number of challenges for all of us. We simply expect parents to do their best with the resources provided by us in very difficult circumstances. We have received some fabulous examples of home learning from our pupils so please continue to send these in if you can. Well done.
- Help the children have a balanced routine including; work, breaks, contacting family and friends, exercise, fresh air, free time.
- Include helping with tasks in the home and supporting family members into the child’s routine, this is good home learning.
- Have some quiet reading time every day.
- Periods of learning will give purpose and structure to the child’s day. Use their lesson timetable as a guide as to what subjects to focus on each day.
- We expect pupils to attempt the learning that has been set and to work for between 30 and 50 minutes (not over) on each subject, importantly, then taking a 10min break.
- Each family will have a different method of managing this depending on their situation at home.
- Home Learning tasks will be added to the school website every Friday ready for the week ahead.
- There is also a link ‘Resources to support home learning’ below.
- We strongly encourage pupils to be working through the ‘Cultural Experience Challenge’ below, there are some fascinating links. (It could be something lovely to do as a family).
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Q. How long should my child be working for?
- A. Work for between 30 and 50 mins maximum on each subject. Remembering to take a 10 min break before starting the next subject.
- Q. Will a pupil get into trouble for not completing all the tasks?
- A. No. Pupils will not get into trouble.
- Q. What do we do if our child is finding the work difficult?
- A. If they get stuck or need guidance they can contact their teacher using the email addresses on the website. Please be patient and they will get back to you as soon as they possibly can.
- Q. I can’t print off the work, what should we do?
- A. There is no requirement to print off documents, use the resource from the website and then use pen and paper to answer. (If you want to show the teacher you can take a photo and email it to them)
- Q. I can’t work online as I am using a phone or tablet. What can I do?
- A. Use the resource on the phone and then use pen and paper, you don’t have to work online.
- Q. I can’t edit a PDF file.
- A. From Monday school is only using PDF files for information so there will be no requirement to edit them, you can use pen and paper or open a separate word document.
- Q. My child doesn’t know their username or password. Username:
- A. The username is the child’s first initial and firstname.lastname@example.org (all one word) Password: The password is the pupil’s school password. If this needs resetting email email@example.com
- Q. My computer is saying I have a restricted licence.
- A. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Q. I am having problems saving and editing the document.
- A. Watch the video in the red FAQs section below for a demonstration.
- Q. I have a message that I can`t open the Microsoft Word app.
- A. You do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Please download a free copy. Instructions below and on our FAQ page.
- Q. Can I use BBC bitesize and Oak National Academy resources?
- A. Yes, go to the school set work first and attempt these. Then see if you can find similar topic using the BBC and Oak Academy resources.
- Q. I can access home learning but the all subjects page does not load.
- A. Your internet browser may be out of date. Upgrade it or download Google Chrome/Microsoft Edge.
The red FAQs section below, has video tutorials that will help to access the work if you have any other difficulties.
For video tutorials and frequently asked questions click the above link.
Installing Microsoft Office
To access any of the home learning you will need to have Microsoft office installed on your computer.
If you do not have Microsoft installed you can download a free copy from our website. To download a free copy scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the HGCSC staff/student login.
Your username is the same one you use to log on to a computer in school in an email format. Your password is also the one you use to log onto a school computer.
example jbloggs2 = email@example.com
Once in, go to the top right hand corner and click install office. Follow the on screen instructions.
To access Word and PowerPoint on a tablet, download them from the App store and use your login details to sign in. You will then be able to edit and save any work to your OneDrive. You can also download Microsoft Teams and OneDrive apps as well. These will be especially useful for year 10 BTEC pupils.
Resources to support home learning
- The British Museum has made its online collections free to the public.
- The Natural History Museum has free virtual tours.
- The Tate Gallery has a 360-degree virtual tour online.
- View the latest exhibitions at The National Gallery virtual tours.
- Watch The Wind in the Willows stage production online.
- The Vatican has opened up its digital tours so the Sistine Chapel can be viewed.
- NASA Kids is perfect for space fans. Learn all about the universe we live in by viewing these online videos.
- Cartoon lessons on YouTube with Pete McKee.
- BBC iPlayer has many educational and arts and culture videos available for free.
- English National Balletwith live ballet lessons.
- Look at nature all around the world with Explore.
- Audible Stories has made all of its classic children’s stories free.
- Watch science experiments with Colorado University.
- For music lovers, there is a 21-day free trial to learn an instrument with Prodigies Music.
- Explore the world with videos capturing activity all over the planet with Project Explore.
To access home learning you will need Microsoft office installed on your computer (see red box above). When you access the home learning page you will see a list of subjects and folders sorted into weeks. It is important to start at week 1 and work your way through following your school timetable.
When you click on a file it will open as a read only file. You will need to either select edit file or open in app (blue buttonin Word and option in grey bar on PP) to make changes to the document. It is then advisable to click FILE then SAVE AS, to save it to your home computer. You may also get the option to save to your very own OneDrive online storage. To do this double click on OneDrive then click save. Saving your work at the very start will prevent you from losing your work altogether.
Alternatively right click on any file and select download. This will automatically download to your computers download folder.
To access your OneDrive account login at the bottom of this page and select OneDrive.
Once you have read the above information click on the link below.
All subjects are now in home learning.
If you have an issue with logging in please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For issues relating to work please contact the individual departments.
To contact your subject teachers please use the following emails:
- English email@example.com
- Maths firstname.lastname@example.org
- Science email@example.com
- Computer Science firstname.lastname@example.org
- Creative Arts email@example.com
- Geography firstname.lastname@example.org
- Health & Social Care email@example.com
- History firstname.lastname@example.org
- Modern Foreign Languages email@example.com
- PE firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sociology email@example.com
- Technology firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Online Educational Resources
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at secondary level. Note, this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Resources for English language learning
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
Free online audio books for pupils.
Exploratory science topics for today's world.
Online learning resources for upper KS3 and KS4 topics.
Online learning resource with a 'seat' in a virtual classroom.
Problem-solving and reasoning activities.
App for reading activities, ages 2-14.
Award-winning STEM science and arts projects.
Online languages learning.
National Deaf Children's Society
Finger-spelling and makaton
A wide range of subject and development-based learning resources.