Minerva Learning Trust

Home Learning

Easter Holiday

As a school we have not set any official 'school work' for students to complete over the Easter holidays. We think it is really important for them to have a break from work during holidays and even more so given the current situation which is not easy for anyone.

Instead we would like our students to use the time to try something new, something they have maybe thought about doing, but never quite had the time. Now we have the time to enjoy; creating, making, cooking, playing, talking, listening, helping, reading, exercising, learning about the wider world.

Below are some interesting links and ideas to ignite some excitement over the holiday, along with a cultural challenge we would like you all to try.

We will be adding help and tips for learning at home for parents and students after the holiday, when more school work will be added to the website.

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 Ballet with 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.


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 = jbloggs2@hgcsc.co.uk    

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.  

Accessing Home Learning     

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 button) 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 any of the links below.

To access the following subjects click on the links.

To access all other subjects and additional content click below.


Resources to support home learning


Follow the Sheffield Peregrine Falcons

                          HOME LEARNING FAQ'S

                     For video tutorials and frequently asked questions click the above link.

To contact your subject teachers please use the following emails:

  • English   english@hgcsc.co.uk
  • Maths   maths@hgcsc.co.uk
  • Science   science@hgcsc.co.uk
  • Computer Science   ict@hgcsc.co.uk
  • Creative Arts   creativearts@hgcsc.co.uk
  • Geography   geography@hgcsc.co.uk
  • Health & Social Care   health@hgcsc.co.uk
  • History   history@hgcsc.co.uk
  • Modern Foreign Languages   mfl@hgcsc.co.uk
  • PE   pe@hgcsc.co.uk
  • Sociology   sociology@hgcsc.o.uk
  • Technology   technology@hgcsc.co.uk

Free Online Educational Resources

Khan Academy
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.

BBC Learning
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

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

British Council
Resources for English language learning

Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
Geography gaming!

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.

BBC Bitesize
Online learning resources for upper KS3 and KS4 topics.

Online learning resource with a 'seat' in a virtual classroom.

Problem-solving and reasoning activities.

Reading Eggs
App for reading activities, ages 2-14.

Award-winning STEM science and arts projects.

Muzzy BBC
Online languages learning.

National Deaf Children's Society
Finger-spelling and makaton

A wide range of subject and development-based learning resources.