Year 7

Dear Year 7,

We hope that you have had a restful Easter break with your families and that you are all staying safe and keeping well. In these unusual times it is important that you all look after each other and keep active. It is also important that you keep your brains active and engage with home learning.

Your teachers are proud of how quickly you settled into secondary school during your first terms. You worked hard both individually and as part of a team, showed respect for your school and it is clear that you have ambition to do well.

Now comes a new challenge for you all- to motivate yourself to work independently at home. For those of you who have access to online learning your teachers will continue to post lessons and tasks on Office 365 Teams as you did before the Easter break. To contact your teachers, simply log in to Office 365 Teams, find the room/teacher you want and make contact.

If you are unable to access learning online, you may access BBC Bitesize on a phone:

BBC Bitesize Daily is a newly-established improvement to the existing BBC Bitesize resource. It includes videos, quizzes, activities, animations and practice tasks organised by year group and by subject, focussing primarily on Core subjects (English, Maths, Science) with four distinct ‘lessons’ per day.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

If you are feeling anxious during these difficult times you should share your feelings with your family. You can also access the school wellbeing webpage which has links to sites such as Young Minds. Here you will be given some coping strategies, again do share these with your family.

https://www.starbankschool.co.uk/information/emotional-health-well-being/

We look forward to seeing you again and listening to your stories and experiences of life during lockdown.

Best Wishes

Mrs Qureshi    Head of Year 7
Mrs Alcock       SLT lead Year 7

Distance

Learning

Menus:

Year 7 : 06-07-20 to 20-07-20
English
Maths
Science
History
Geography
Spanish
Creative Subjects
RE
Computing
PE
Year 7 : 22-06-20 to 03-07-20
English
Maths
Science
History
Geography
Spanish
Year 7 : 06-06-20 to 19-06-20

English
Maths
Science

Accessing Online Learning

GCSE Pod www.gcsepod.com:

GCSE Pod is an on-line learning platform. It hosts a wide range of subject and exam-specific resources including videos covering course content, assignments and self-check tasks. GCSE Pod also tracks the progress of individual students and personalises ‘next steps’ to best support your development and GCSE Progress. At time of writing, all bar 35 Y10 students have activated their GCSE Pod accounts – let’s have 100% activation by the end of the week!

Students can access a section on GCSE Pod called “My Courses.”  Here you can view upcoming exams (including exam dates) and view playlists of Pods covering the topics relevant to each exam.  I encourage you to review topics that have been taught in class and revise your prior knowledge: tick the star icon to ‘favourite’ any Pods you wish to return to.

Finally, in Maths and English Literature, you can test your knowledge independently using GCSE Pod’s fantastic ‘Check & Challenge’ feature.  To do so, visit any Maths and selected English Literature playlists and click the purple “C&C”.  This will start a short self-marking assessment.

If your parents would like to know more, please direct them to www.gcsepod.com/parents where they can find lots more information and resources.

Logging in to GCSE Pod:

  • Go to gcsepod.com and click “Login” in the top right-hand corner
  • Click “New here? Get started.”
  • Select “Student”
  • Enter your name, date of birth and the school name.
  • Create a username, password, and a password hint to help them remember the password.

If you have any questions regarding GCSE Pod please message support@gcsepod.com

Seneca www.senecalearning.com:

Seneca is a similar learning platform to GCSE Pod that will support students learning Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Hospitality & Catering. Your Science teachers may also direct you to specific tasks set up on Seneca.

Logging in to Senca

  • Go to senecalearning.com and click “students start here” on the first button
  • Click the title of the unit that you wish to study,
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to answer the questions.
  • Seneca will mark your responses and suggest next steps personalised to individual need.

Mathswatch vle.mathswatch.co.uk:

Mathswatch is an electronic learning platform dedicated to Mathematics. This is another excellent resource that also tracks your responses and sets tasks personalised to your own areas for development, based on your responses to questions.

Logging in to Mathswatch:

  • Go to vle.mathswatch.co.uk and enter ‘username’ and ‘password’,
  • Click the title of the unit that you wish to study to access the video,
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to answer the associated questions.
  • Seneca will mark your responses and suggest next steps personalised to individual need.

Active Learn www.pearsonactivelearn.com:

Active Learn hosts resources to support Spanish revision; a great platform to practice your skills and immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture.

Logging in to Active Learn:

  • Go to pearsonactivelearn.com and enter ‘username’ and ‘password’,
  • Click the title of the unit that you wish to study to access the video,
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to answer the associated questions.
  • Seneca will mark your responses and suggest next steps personalised to individual need.

BBC Bitesize Daily https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons
(ideal for those without computer access)

BBC Bitesize Daily is a newly-established improvement to the existing BBC Bitesize resource. It includes videos, quizzes, activities, animations and practice tasks organised by year group and by subject, focussing primarily on Core subjects (English, Maths, Science) with four distinct ‘lessons’ per day. As much of the content is video based, this is accessible for students who have access to the internet but not necessarily a computer of their own to work on.

It is well worth a look and the daily update adds a pleasing sense of structure and progression. You can check it out here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

Microsoft Teams

Every teacher has set up individual Team pages on Microsoft’s Teams online platform. That means you will have a ‘virtual classroom’ coordinated by each of your timetabled teachers, for every subject that you would study in school.

These online classrooms are ideal for the following activities to take place:

  • Teachers to set tasks specifically for your group,
  • Teachers to post resources for you to download or links for you to follow up,
  • A chat host for you to ask questions and clarify details with your teachers…
  • …and with each other through (on task!) discussion and debate,
  • Students and teachers alike to share examples of good practice and to encourage one another to engage.

In addition, although your teachers may post at any time, we also have a time-table which specifies when we will be ‘active’ on-line: this means you could, if you so wished, complete a five-lesson day interacting with your teachers at the times listed below:

Online Subject
09:00-10:00 Creatives: Art, DT, Music, Food, Photography
10:00-11:00 Higher Maths, Foundation Maths
11:00-12:00 Science: Triple, Higher, Foundation
12:00-13:00 English Lit, English Lang
13:00-14:00 Humanities: Geog, Hist, RE
14:00-15:00 Spanish, iMedia, PE

Subject Leaders

Finally, if you have specific questions or concerns (or your parents do), you can contact Subject Leaders directly via email. Please allow 24 hours for reply.

Mental health and wellbeing

Studying is helpful to maintaining a positive mental perspective by creating a sense of purpose and structure to your days. However, we do find ourselves in unusual circumstances and our physical wellbeing impacts equally on our overall health. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep, eating healthily and taking time to exercise as best you can: I recommend the Joe Wicks PE workout sessions daily on YouTube as a great means of keeping yourself active and fit (I am completing these myself – half an hour doesn’t sound like a long time to exercise until you’re doing the actual exercises!).

Should you have concerns or worries regarding emotional or physical wellbeing however, we have compiled links on our school website that will direct you to support and guidance. You can find that here: https://www.starbankschool.co.uk/information/emotional-health-well-being/

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