Home Learning

This page will be updated regularly – latest update 15 July 2020

 

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As part of our planning for this unprecedented event, as an academy, we have decided to implement online learning pathways wherever possible for our students.  All students were surveyed in school to establish what means of accessing electronic devices and internet connection they had.  We have established that the majority of our students have access.  For those students that do not have this access we will put in place alternative provision for them to continue their learning.

 

Please be aware that due to high demand on the network infrastructure across the country, you may encounter slow speeds when attempting to access home learning portals.  Be patient and keep trying!

 

ALL YEAR GROUPS

Microsoft Teams is the tool the academy and its staff want to communicate with its students, as well as parents and carers when supporting home learning.  We know how challenging  home learning can be.  Accessing online materials, not having resources at home to complete tasks let alone motivating our children to do the work is really stressful.  Because of this, no sanction will be placed on students who fail to complete their work.  However, this doesn’t mean we don’t want our students to try.  We work really hard to develop resilience in our students and resilience is what is needed at this time.  We are in the process of setting up a communication system through Microsoft Teams so teachers and students can communicate with one another reading work set.  This system will also provide weekly updates for parent’s and carers in terms of work set and completed.

Accessing Teams:

You can use this link: https://www.office.com/

Sign in using your school email address and password.  Start Teams by clicking on the icon.

Teams can be used in a few ways as a communication tool.  Every Team that you have access to has a message board.  This is the first page you will see on each Team but can also be accessed  from the Posts tab at the top of the Team.  This message board is only visible to people in the Team and all messages are visible to all Team members.  At the bottom of the page there will be a message bar.  This can be used to start a conversation with your teacher if they have enabled this feature.  Teachers can load content for you to access and complete within Teams.

Alternatively, you can download the Teams app to your phone or tablet – search in your app store for ‘Microsoft Teams’.

Click here for a full user guide

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)

KS3 students will also access Ed Lounge – use this link: feath.edlounge.com/

Here you will find the pathways that have been set up for English, Maths, Science, Geography, History and French.

Please click here for a guide showing you how to log on and complete the work.

Students can access Ed Lounge on any internet-enabled device.

 

KS3 students can access Accelerated Reader quizzes at home using this link: click here

Free books are available on Audible.  You can also access lots of free books on Kindle, including Harry Potter – the Kindle app is free to download from your app store.

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

KS4 students will also access GCSE Pod.

Please click here for a guide showing you how to log on and how to access information.

 

KS4 students will be set work on Seneca – click here for instructions.

 

Accessing Educake

All students will also have access to Educake.

Please click here to access the Educake guide.

 

Accessing your student email account

Please click here for a guide on how to access your student email account remotely.  This will enable you to communicate with your teachers regarding any queries you may have relating to your work while absent from school.

 

For any problems accessing any of these portals, please email [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 


 

The following guidelines from the Government are currently in place (correct as of 12.00pm Wednesday 18 March 2020):

  • if you or someone else in your house has symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • if you have coronavirus symptoms:
    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
    • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser

 

 

The Featherstone Academy