Home Learning

Introduction

We are making some changes to your home learning for after the Easter holidays, which we hope will help support you and your parents/guardians manage your learning at this difficult time.  This guide outlines how we have organised home learning from Monday 20th April 2020 to help give learners structure and routine to each day.

Our school website now has a Learning from Home tab on the website which will contain key information, such answers to Frequently asked questions (FAQs) such as how to upload work onto SMHW. It will also contain all your knowledge organisers, e-mail addresses of your SALs, and safeguarding information. This page is under development so keep checking back regularly for new updates and information.

School Day

To help you have some routines at home, we recommend following a daily timetable. We recognise that every family is different, so sticking to this timetable rigidly may not be possible, but it is important that you have some established routines, otherwise you may not be able to complete all of the home leaning and adjusting to returning to school will be very difficult.

Daily Registration

One of the main purposes of registration in school is to make sure you are present and ready for learning, and for the school to know that you are well and safe. The process of registering daily by logging into SMHW (using your own login details and password) by 11 AM will therefore continue. If you use the SMHW app, you will need to log into, and out of the app daily for it to count as a mark for registration.

If we do not see that you have logged onto SMHW by 11 AM each day, your SAL or ASAL will be in touch with your family, just as they would have done if you did not come to school. Your safety is always of paramount importance to us, and this will not change whilst you are not in school. 

Personal Development & Fitness

It is very important that you devote some time each day to help keep yourself mentally and physically fit, and developing yourself as an individual. You will be set two 30 min challenges a day which will support you with this. Many of these challenges can be completed with your family, which could make the task very enjoyable!

The daily Fitness challenges will be uploaded by the PE department onto SMHW with a link to the HHS PE Instagram page and/or HHS YouTube channel.

Miss Bowen and Miss Guthrie will be setting daily personal development challenge on SMHW, which will be similar to the form time activities. These will encompass topics such as current affairs, health, careers, and even a weekly Kahoot quiz!

Home Leaning Tasks

Work will continue to be set for the week on SMHW on a Monday morning. We will no longer set daily reminders, as this can cause you to have too many notifications and cause confusion. We will set all quizzes, SENECA tasks, and work from other online platforms on a Monday morning too (apart from Maths.) Completing and submitting the quizzes is very important, as it helps your teacher assess what you have learnt, and adapt your future home learning if necessary.

You can either follow the suggested HHS timetable on the first page, or complete the home leaning at a time you choose, though do note the importance of spacing out your work over the week. All tasks should be completed by Sunday evening. If you do not have a printer at home, you can complete work on some paper or on a Word document and submit that. If you have a mobile camera phone, it is recommended that you download the SMHW app, and upload evidence of your work by taking pictures of it from your camera phone (https://help.teamsatchel.com/en/articles/2912000-submitting-my-work-online.)

Please do ensure you ask your teachers (via SMHW) if there is any confusion over the tasks given or if you need help with the home learning.  They will aim to respond to all queries within 24 hours, during the weekdays.

The following Monday, your teachers will check that you have completed and submitted evidence of your home learning. They will award achievement points for high quality work, and contact your parents if they have not received your work by Sunday evening. Mark schemes will also be issued a week after the home learning has been set (if relevant) so that you can self-assess your work.

The table below shows what sort of work each year group will be set, and an explanation of why we are setting that work for examination classes.

Year Group Task
Year 7-10 Your teachers will be setting you home learning tasks based on topics that you would normally be learning about in school.  For most subjects you will asked to do a combination of the following:

–       Read an article or extract from a book/textbook/magazine.

–       Complete a worksheet or some extended writing

–       Work through an adapted PowerPoint presentation with links to videos to watch.

–       Use your knowledge organiser to remember key facts.

–       Quizzes on SMHW, SENECA, or similar online platforms.

–       Completing tasks on Hegarty Maths and the PIXL Maths App

Once you return to school, you will set assessments by your teachers to understand how much you learned whilst at home.

 

Year 11

Whilst you will not be sitting any examinations this summer for your GCSE courses, it is still important that you keep studying as would have done in school to make sure you are prepared for further study in the Sixth Form or at college. There will also be an opportunity for you to sit GCSE exams in Autumn 2020, if you are not satisfied with your calculated grade. To give you a good chance of being successful with these exams, should you choose to take them, you must continue working on your GCSE courses.

For subjects in which you have not completed the GCSE syllabus, teachers will be setting you home learning tasks based on topics that you need to complete. For most subjects, the syllabus has been completed, and you will be set revision tasks. Some of the tasks you will expected to complete are listed below:

–       Read an article or extract from a book/textbook/magazine.

–       Complete a worksheet or some extended writing

–       Work through an adapted PowerPoint presentation with links to videos to watch.

–       Use your knowledge organiser to remember key facts.

–       Completing past paper exam practise.

–       Quizzes on SMHW, SENECA, or similar online platforms.

–       Completing tasks on Hegarty Maths and the PIXL Maths App.

The Sixth Form team will also organise and place transition tasks you can complete for subjects you may want to continue studying in Year 12. These will be placed on the HHS Website, and you will be notified once this is ready.

 

Year 12

A-Level: For subjects that have not yet completed the AS-Level syllabus, teachers will be setting you home learning tasks based on topics that you need to complete. Once you have completed the AS syllabus, home learning will be focused on the A-Level Year 2 content.  Some of the tasks you will expected to complete are listed below:

–       Read an article or extract from a book/textbook/magazine.

–       Complete a worksheet or some extended writing

–       Work through an adapted PowerPoint presentation with links to videos to watch.

–       Fill in your knowledge organiser.

–       Completing past paper exam practise.

–       Quizzes on SMHW, SENECA, or similar online platforms.

–       Completing tasks on Hegarty Maths and the PIXL Maths App.

Note that once we return to school you will complete assessments based on Year 12 content, so it is vital that you continue working to secure and extend your knowledge.

BTEC:  You will be set home learning based on completing your BTEC assignments. Deadlines for submission, and re-submission (if relevant) will be set, and feedback given via HHS Sixth Form E-mails.

 

Year 13

Whilst you will not be sitting any examinations this summer for your A-Level or Level 3 BTEC courses, it is still important that you keep studying as you would have done in school to make sure you are prepared for further study at university. There will also be an opportunity for you to sit exams in Autumn 2020, if you are not satisfied with your calculated grade. To give you a good chance of being successful with these exams, should you choose to take them, you must continue working on your courses.

A-Level: For subjects that have not yet completed the syllabus, teachers will be setting you home learning tasks based on topics that you need to complete. For most subjects, the syllabus has been completed, and you will be set revision tasks. Some of the tasks you will expected to complete are listed below:

–       Read an article or extract from a book/textbook/magazine.

–       Complete a worksheet or some extended writing

–       Work through an adapted PowerPoint presentation with links to videos to watch.

–       Fill in your knowledge organiser.

–       Completing past paper exam practise.

–       Quizzes on SMHW, SENECA, or similar online platforms.

–       Completing tasks on Hegarty Maths and the PIXL Maths App.

BTEC:  You will be set home learning based on completing your BTEC assignments. Deadlines for submission, and re-submission (if relevant) will be set, and feedback given via HHS E-mails.

Pupils who are following the “Learning by Mail” programme, will continue to receive their home learning via the post. Please allow for a short time delay for this to arrive.