Home Learning Resources
FOR LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS / CARERS
YEARS 7, 8, 9 and 10
At the end of each week we recommend students print off the attached Weekly Timetable Planner for their year group. You can find them attached at the bottom of this page, along with 'Planning your week during Lockdown' presentations created by our Raising Achievement Manager, Mrs Feather.
Please see below for lists of resources for students to try (in addition to work set on SMHW). We encourage them to learn a new language, skill or take this time to deepen their knowledge about subjects that interest them. Students can send in pictures or reports if they so wish to email@example.com for inclusion in our weekly newsletter.
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Mr Djaelani has created a full fitness workout which you can follow. It is a full 7 phase workout booklet which contains 77 workouts for students.
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A new tool is being rolled out by the Maths department to assist KS3 and KS4 students with their maths. Students should have had an email giving them login instructions for Nagwa. Nagwa provides instructional videos as well as self-marking worksheets so students can obtain the skills they need and then put them to the test!
The Maths Department have registered all Year 7 and 8 students for access to Times Tables Rock Stars. More information will be on SMHW but if students want to explore prior to this, they can use the link below and enter their MyMaths portal username and password.
We hope that students will use this fun and engaging online resource for 3-5 minutes every other day to improve their basic numeracy skills.
Guinness Book of Records TT attempt
Students in Years 7 and 8 have actively been encouraged by the Maths Department to regularly practise their times tables using the Times Tables Rock Stars application. We have been running weekly battles which has highlighted some rock legends. We have now been notified of a chance to enter a competition to gain the title "the highest score achieved on ‘Times Tables Rock Stars in one minute!" for the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.
To make an Official Attempt, players need to record a video of themselves achieving their highest score in the Studio* and send the video to firstname.lastname@example.org by 23:59 UK time on 4th June 2020.
Attached is a letter to pupils who may be interested, outlining the key requirements of their entry.
The highest scores TTRockstars have seen over the years have been 150+ in a single Studio game so we know the standard for this global title will be high.
Good luck to all those who wish to enter.
Our own Mr Harris is offering Maths sessions here:
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Please keep an eye out for the RSC 2018 Macbeth production to be aired on BBC. Once it has been shown, we will direct our students to watching this on BBC iplayer with a guided writing task.
Furthermore, we have set lots of work for Year 10 students to do on Google Classroom. If your son /daughter has not yet logged on, please can you encourage them to do so as all this work is being checked and marked every week by teachers.
We are in the process of making a bank of research and enrichment tasks for Years 7-9. This will be included in future resource lists.
Audible.com are currently releasing free audiobooks for students at home.
Bartleby publishes classic literature, poetry, non-fiction and reference texts free of charge.
An offshoot of Rap Genius, Lit Genius is a place where scholars have formed a community to annotate poetry and literature, both classic and recent. It’s an extremely helpful resource for English literature students in particular.
Similarly, Project Gutenberg provides free online access to texts whose copyright has expired; so far, it’s digitized more than 56,000 texts.
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We have a broad range of wider reading for current or future Sixth Formers.
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There is a virtual academy running at the moment on PQA's website with competitions for students only as well as lots of great things to do.
You can also find more details on their Facebook page PQAMaidenhead.
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One of the world’s leading MOOC platforms. MOOCs are offered for free to anyone wishing to learn, other major MOOC providers include Udacity.com:
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Their focus is raising standards across Key Stage 2, GCSEs and A levels and to raise self-esteem, improve life chances and broaden progression routes for all our students.
This resource is aimed at Years 10,11,12 & 13 only - students must check that they only use and refer to the relevant exam board.
Here you will find a number of educational websites.
Coursera covers a wide range of academic learning, allowing you to supplement your studies with some additional knowledge.
Seneca’s Home Study programme includes free podcasts for GCSEs and A Levels, and free lessons and videos on YouTube for students.
TED hosts thought-provoking talks given at events all over the world on the core topics of technology, entertainment and design – but in fact covering pretty much every aspect of human experience. The TED site is where you can find all the videos of these talks.
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Fancy a challenge…?
British Sign Language are offering hugely discounted courses including paying £3 (RRP £25) for all under 18’s. For full details please click the link.
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For group quizzes.
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Good for learning interesting facts from around the world, covering topics such as food, culture and science.
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This is one of the most useful online student resources if you like making and fixing things yourself. You can learn anything from how to make spaghetti ice-cream to how to fix a broken shelf.
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The science department has two main sites that we use for resources that all pupils have usernames and passwords for:
In addition, the Wellcome Trust Genome Centre have a pack of six useful home learning activities including building DNA molecules using sweets and DNA origami. These are suitable for all ages including primary.
The Field Studies Council (who we use for our A-level field trips) are offering free online sessions on the environment, climate and weather which look really good. Follow the link below to book.
We have provided 14 days’ worth of science activities devised by Ms Alston. These are simple science experiments that you can do in your kitchen. There is one that requires hot water so make sure you check with an adult before doing this. Again suitable for all ages.
If you are planning on taking A-level Biology, here are a list of books covering different aspects of Biology which it would be worth you dipping into.
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The MFL team are challenging students to complete ‘The British Council Languages Challenge’
Weekly tasks for MFL are detailed on SMHW class pages and include a mixture of language, grammar and culture! We are also encouraging students to spend time doing something they enjoy in French / German / Spanish (e.g. baking, listening to music, watching a film, U-tube, Computer gaming, reading / audiobooks)
** please contact your class teacher if you need a reminder about log in details.
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The Big Conversation is a unique video series from Unbelievable?
Each season consists of six special shows featuring video conversations between leading theistic and atheistic voices, exploring science, faith, philosophy and what it means to be human.
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While we may be unhappy about being stuck inside during this lockdown take a moment to think about those involved in the Travel and Tourism industry. As a Managing Director for one travel company has written “When the time is right, please support our travel industry – both in the United Kingdom, but also most importantly in all the third world destinations we support - as right now every driver, guide, porter and small hotel owner is facing a season without any income whatsoever, in countries which have no social security safety net.”
For now though, make use of this time to explore our world and places you may never have been. There are so many virtual tours you can go on from theme parks and zoos to museums and famous landmarks. Take a look at this website which takes you to Italy from the comfort and safety of your own home.
Or look at the ideas on this website to keep you and your family entertained this weekend.
Mrs Stimson writes: I may be about to start a big debate here but one of the reasons I love teaching Travel and Tourism is that I believe it has more links to the rest of the curriculum than any other subject. So even if you are not one of the lucky few to be studying Travel and Tourism, take a look at some of these ideas as they may well support your learning in other subject areas…
Use this link to:
Develop your knowledge of some of the most famous artists by taking a virtual tour around some of the best art galleries in the world - Art
Visit some iconic landscapes such as the Grand Canyon or Rocky Mountain National Park - Geography
Why not test your IT skills and develop your knowledge of Physics at the same time as training to be a pilot with the X-Plane free app?
Or brush up on your French:
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We encourage students to keep going with their award but they can change their activity if necessary.
If you need Miss Carty to assess your award, please upload evidence on EDofE.
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Try building a model of parliament and the Capitol like Miss Lewis has done.