Glossopdale School

Parental guidance for students working at home


The school will be closed to students from 23rd March until further notice. All students will be set work online via Google Classroom. We will update this page with regular guidance for parents in supporting their child at home.

Please read our FAQs document:

G:\Shared drives\All Staff\School Closure\Setting Work\Parents guidance setting work school closure.docx

More and more website are offering online resources for free; this is likely to develop over time. Please see below a selection of resources that will enable you to work with your children at home, ranging from KS3 to KS5.

https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/ (https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/)

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ (https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/)

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents (https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents)

https://thefamilygrapevine.co.uk/education/ (https://thefamilygrapevine.co.uk/education/)

https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-emergencies/coronavirus-school-closures/solutions (https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-emergencies/coronavirus-school-closures/solutions)

Some helpful advice for learning at home:

· Ensure your child logs on to Google Classroom every day to check the work that has been set for them. Some work will be structured into lessons or tasks, some will be more project-based and open-ended. It is useful to have a variety and for students to plan their week ahead to cover all of the work.

· Your child should be able to work for 30-45 minutes at a time with breaks in between each session. They should also complete varied and regular exercise every day, whether indoors or outside, being careful to practise social distancing.

· Setup a daily timetable with your child so that they balance their learning across all subjects.

· It is important that your child has access to a space which is quiet and where they can concentrate. Students may want to use headphones to listen in during live lessons if they have other distracting activities taking place in the home. However, we advise against listening to music whilst doing any school work, as most evidence points to it having a negative effect on concentration and learning for all but some creative tasks.

· A buzzing or vibrating phone is most often a big distraction. Putting phones in a different room while students are working is best; keeping up with the demands of remote learning will require focus and resilience so keeping mobiles out of reach would replicate the conditions of a classroom setting.

· Encourage your child to try to think through problems or issues on their own as far as possible. However, please do encourage them to ask for help if they are stuck, and, if you can, allocate time to quiz them and for them to summarise their learning for the day.

· Ask questions that help your child find solutions e.g. ‘where could you find the information for that?’ or ‘are there some resources online that could help’ or perhaps ‘what would your teacher say / think?’.