Letter to parents/carers of all students – UPDATE regarding Home Learning 15.1.2021
CLICK HERE to read a letter to parents/carers of all students from the Executive Headteacher and Head of School – 15.1.2021

CLICK HERE to read Parent Guide to Home Learning 15.1.2021

CLICK HERE to read Student Guide to Home Learning 15.1.2021


FROG Online Learning Platform:
FROG is our online learning platform for homework and to support students who are not in school due to illness or self-isolation.

CLICK HERE to visit our Online Learning Portal.

CLICK HERE to watch our video: Frog Guide for Students and Parents

CLICK HERE to view student help videos how to use Frog and Office 365

All students have been taught how to log into FROG and how access their work using FROG. They can also watch videos how to use FROG including how to complete and hand in work on their FROG homepage

Remote Education Provision: information for parents/carers  

(this information is for the following scenarios: in the event of a national lockdown, delayed start to a term or where individual students need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school)

The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home
A student’s first day of being educated remotely will look different from in-school teaching, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching. Work will be assigned via the school online platform FROG for all subjects on the student’s timetable and this can take at least a day to assign. Live Lessons will also be scheduled so that the student can join the lessons and receive teaching by their class teacher via Microsoft TEAMs and this can take at least a day to assign to students.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day?
All students are emailed a letter reminding them of how to access their work on the online platform (FROG) and also on Microsoft TEAMs for Live Lesson input. A letter to you as parent/carer is emailed with the same information regarding how to support your child to access school work and what to do if internet access is an issue. This information is also available on the school website.

Students can begin accessing work on FROG usually from the first day of their absence and join their first Live Lesson via Microsoft TEAMs as soon as it is scheduled.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
If your child doesn’t not have internet access and/or access to a suitable gadget, please contact the school so that we can support with either internet access or access to a suitable gadget or provide a paper work pack.

Student work can be accessed as downloadable work packs from the website and there are instructions for how to download and print the work. This may support families who are sharing IT equipment between siblings. Alternatively, work packs can be requested by contacting the school by phone or emailing info@cockburnschool.org The pack will be sent in the post along with a letter outlining how to complete the work and details of returning the work to school.

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

Yes, we broadly teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate.

However, we have made some adaptations to subject curriculums specifically for learning at home. Curriculum content that has already been taught will be revisited and revised with higher frequency during longer periods of home learning than in the classroom so that knowledge is firmly embedded alongside new content.

Examples of task adaptions are:

  • PE, Music, Drama, Dance tasks have been adapted so that students are not required to work in groups, practical tasks have been adapted in some cases and replaced with theory-based tasks to consider limited equipment or practical spaces that students have access to at home;
  • Maths tasks have been adapted to make greater use of the online platform Hegarty Maths which the teacher sets at the student’s ability level;
  • Science tasks such as live demonstrations and practical experiments have been replaced with video links to demonstrations;
  • Art, Photography and Technology tasks have been adapted to accommodate a limited range of materials that students have access to at home.

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

While at home, it is important that your child follows their timetable as far as possible. This is to maintain the excellent learning routine they have in school and not fall behind with their work. When they return to school having completed work at home, the transition back to lessons and learning is straight forward with very little catch up required. Your child’s timetable can be found in their planner and is also available to view on SIMs parent app. If your child does not have their planner at home and you do not have access to SIMs parent app, we can email or post a copy to you.

We expect that remote education, following the school timetable, will take students broadly the following number of hours each day:

Secondary school-aged students not working towards formal qualifications this year

(Year 7 – 10)

Approximately 5 hours (6 subjects per day)

 

Secondary school-aged students working towards formal qualifications this year

(Year 11)

Approximately 5 hours (6 subjects per day)

 

How will my child access online remote education you are providing?

Accessing your child’s Home Learning
Your child’s Home Learning has been assigned by their subject teachers which can be accessed via the school website http://www.cockburnschool.org/home-learning/

Home Learning will need to be completed on a laptop, PC or tablet. Your child will receive Live Lessons using Microsoft TEAMs. Microsoft Teams is a communication platform that allows the teacher to stream their lessons live to the students at home. In our case, this will be what is displayed on the interactive white board, along with their teacher teaching their lesson and answering student questions in a similar way to how teachers work in a classroom. If your child is experiencing difficulty logging into Microsoft TEAMs then please refer to the instructional video Microsoft TEAMs Guide for Students also on the school website or on our Facebook social media page.

The resources for your child’s lessons (example: handouts, worksheets, links to videos) will be assigned on FROG. FROG can also be downloaded as an app on a mobile phone or tablet. Your child will need to log in using their FROG login (their normal school computer username and password), which can be found in your child’s planner. If your child is experiencing difficulty logging into FROG then please refer to the instructional video Frog Guide for Students and Parents also on the school website or on our Facebook social media page. If problems persist please email info@cockburnschool.org

How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:

  • Live Lesson input by the teacher to the class through Microsoft TEAMs
  • Recorded lesson ppts prepared by the teacher
  • Directed instructions to complete tasks through FROG
  • Subject-specific powerpoint presentations and accompanying worksheets or workbooklets
  • Completing practice questions or past papers, particularly for those in examination years
  • Working through relevant exercises offered by external providers (e.g. Educake, HegartyMaths, GCSEpod)
  • Watching a relevant video resource and completing tasks based on it
  • Reading a text, completing exercises or questions from a common subject area textbook, revision guide or electronic resource, making notes on new material.
  • Completing a listening exercise (eg in MFL or Music)
  • Written responses to prompt questions, essay plans etc.
  • Completion of Home Learning work packs.

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

Expectations for Students:

  • Be prepared to learn by not having distractions around them (TV/ Music/ Social Media on etc)
  • Be equipped with their planner, pencil case and paper to write on
  • Check their school email before 8:50am daily to access Microsoft Teams Live Lesson invites and FROG for lesson resources.
  • Access their email via www.office.com and click on the link sent in the calendar.
  • Enable access to TEAMs and FROG on any internet enabled device (mobile phone, laptop, tablet, PC computer).
  • Be punctual for all Live Lessons.
  • Be respectful to everyone in the online live lesson, do not dominate the chat or ask questions that are not relevant to the lesson.
  • Not record or share images of the lesson, and adhering to the school’s expectations of appropriate internet use, respecting the privacy of our teaching staff and other students.

Students should email the appropriate year group email address if they are experiencing problems with access and an alternative can be arranged.

Year11@cockburnschool.org       Year10@cockburnschool.org      Year9@cockburnschool.org

Year8@cockburnschool.org      Year7@cockburnschool.org

All emails to year group addresses or subject specific addresses will receive a reply during school hours.

Expectations for Parents/carers:

  • Ask to see your child’s planner so that you can see their timetable and what lessons and work they will have for that day, their timetable is also available on SIMs parent app.
  • Ensure your child accessing online Live Lessons using an appropriate device
  • Ensure your child adheres to the school’s PDFL policy and updated protocols for home learning shared on the school website
  • Ask your child if there’s anything you can do to help with their work or if they are struggling – please refer to the guidance on the website as the solution to the problem might be a quick fix.
  • Discuss where they will complete the work and remind them to follow the school day including taking regular breaks during the day.
  • Contact the school without delay regarding any area of concern.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
We have a number of ways to monitor student engagement with their work.

  • Attendance to Live Lessons is monitored as a register is taken at the start of each Live Lesson Input. We fully appreciate that students may experience connectivity issues so attendance is checked again at the end of the Live Lesson for this reason. Absences to Live Lessons are followed up with parents/carers and student on a daily basis.
  • Access to work on FROG and other online platforms is monitored as they allow the teachers to view if the student has accessed the work and also when they have completed the work.
  • FROG alerts the student that the work is overdue with an icon in the FROG app or PC/laptop view if the deadline is not met. If the work is not completed, this will be followed up with an email to the student and a phone call home where necessary.
  • Alerts are sent to parents/carers regarding engagement in online learning via the parent app.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Feedback can take a number of forms and does not always mean extensive written comments for individual students. Our approach to feedback on student home learning work is as follows:

  • Students can receive verbal feedback during a Live Lesson on their answers or work they have uploaded.
  • Students can receive feedback via FROG in the form of written feedback or score depending on what the teacher has set.
  • Student work is automatically marked on online platforms used for Maths, English and Science (Hegarty and Educake). The student will receive a score and there is also an option for the student to give feedback about how difficult they found the task, the teacher to respond to this in the form of a written reply.
  • Students can submit work completed on paper-based Home Learning packs in the following ways: by emailing photographs of completed work via a mobile phone or bringing completed work with them on their return to school to their class teacher for feedback.
  • Parents/carers will continue to receive their child’s Key Assessment Report during the school year containing attitude to learning scores and progress information. Details of student report dates are available on the school website.

Additional support for students with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?
We recognise that some students, for example some students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those students in the following ways:

  • The SENCO and/or the teaching assistant who would normally support the student in the classroom will contact home to provide the opportunity discuss home learning and give further support.
  • Home Learning work packs can be requested which some students find easier to complete workbooks than online.
  • Additional resources or modification of resources can also be requested such as reading rulers, coloured overlays, enlarged text, further scaffolding of tasks, additional reading materials, suggest alternative websites for online learning.
  • Additional resources to support EAL students are also available translated in a number of languages.

Letter to parents/carers of all students regarding Mobile Data 4.2.2021
CLICK HERE to read an updated letter to parents/carers of all students from the Head of School – 4.2.2021

To provide additional support for children to access their home learning, a number of mobile phone providers are offering an increase in their mobile data allowance. The scheme is open to children who meet the following criteria:
• do not have access to a fixed broadband connection (the request may be unsuccessful if the account holder also has broadband)
• cannot afford the additional data needed to access educational resources
• have access to a mobile device that uses a participating network
• are facing disruption to their face-to-face education

The mobile phone operators who have signed up to this scheme are:
• BT Mobile
• EE
• Tesco Mobile
• Lycamobile
• O2
• Three
• Sky Mobile
• Virgin Mobile
• SMARTY
• Vodafone

What data you will receive depends upon your mobile network. Some networks cannot offer data to Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) customers. Requests can only be made by school and you would need to provide school with the following information:
• the name of the mobile phone account holder
• the number of the mobile device
• the mobile network of that device (for example Three)

If you meet the requirements outlined above and would like school to apply for an increased mobile data limit to enable your child to access their home learning please complete the Google form: https://forms.gle/MrcLS67FjPFFt9yB8

Once a network provider has completed a data increase, they’ll send a text message to the account holder.

Full details of each provider offer can be found below:
BT Mobile
Be aware that until the end of February, it may take BT Mobile some time to process requests.
• The recipient will get unlimited data per month until 31 July 2021.
• The offer is available to both Pay Monthly and active Pay As You Go
customers.
• The recipient must have been a BT Mobile customer for at least 3 months.
• A text message will be sent to the nominated device once the additional
data has been added to the account.
EE
Be aware that until the end of January, it may take EE some time to process requests.
• The recipient will get unlimited data per month until 31 July 2021.
• The offer is available to both Pay Monthly and active Pay-as-you-go customers.
• The recipient must have been an EE customer for at least 3 months.
• A text message will be sent to the nominated device once the additional
data has been added to the account.
Lycamobile
• The recipient will get 20GB of additional data per month until 31 July 2021.
• The offer is available for active Pay as you go customers with a Lycamobile SIM card. They must have had credit, and made and received calls, in each of the last 3 months.
• The recipient must have an active £10, £15 or £20 bundle, which includes data.
• The monthly data increase can only be given if the recipient continues to have an active £10, £15 or £20 bundle each month. If the qualifying bundle expires, Lycamobile will not provide additional mobile data.
• A text message will be sent to the nominated device once the additional data has been added to the account.
O2
Be aware that until the end of January, it may take O2 some time to process requests.
• The recipient will get 40GB of additional data per month until 31 July 2021.
• The offer is available to both Pay Monthly and active Pay As You Go customers.
• The recipient must have been an O2 customer for at least 6 months.
• A text message will be sent to the nominated device once the additional data has been added to the account.
Sky Mobile
• The recipient will get 100GB of additional data.
• The offer is available to Pay Monthly customers.
• Sky Mobile customers will be able to see the data uplift in their piggybank.
• Sky Mobile will aim to process the request within 14 days.
SMARTY
• The recipient will get unlimited data until 31 July 2021.
• The offer is available to both Pay Monthly and active Pay-as-you-go customers.
• A text message will be sent to the nominated device once the additional data has been added to the account.
• SMARTY will aim to process the request within 14 days.
Tesco Mobile
• The recipient will get 20GB of additional data per month until 31 July 2021.
• The offer is available to both pay monthly and active pay as you go customers.
• A text message will be sent to the nominated device once the additional data has been added to the account.
• Tesco Mobile will aim to process the request within 14 days.
Three
• The recipient will get unlimited data until 31 July 2021.
• The offer is available to both Pay Monthly and active Pay-as-you-go customers.
• A text message will be sent to the nominated device once the additional data has been added to the account.
• Three will aim to process the request within 14 days. Virgin Mobile
• The recipient will get 20GB of additional data per month until 31 July 2021.
• The offer is only available to Pay Monthly customers. It’s not available to
Pay-as-you-go customers.
• A text message will be sent to the nominated device once the additional data has been added to the account.
• Virgin Mobile will aim to process the request within 14 days.
• Wi-Fi hotspots are open to all existing customers, including those on Payas-you-go. Customers on Pay-as-you-go will need to have a minimum of £5 credit. Instructions to download the app and find their nearest hotspot can be found by going to www.virginmedia.com/wifiapp.
Vodafone
Be aware that until the end of January, it may take Vodafone some time to process requests.
• The recipient will get unlimited data until 31 July 2021.
• The offer is available to both Pay monthly and active Pay as you go customers. Pay as you go customers must have a Big Value Bundle worth £10 or above to be eligible.
• A text message will be sent to the nominated device once the additional data has been added to the account.


More online learning links:
Click the links below to view some useful websites:

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

www.thenational.academy/

https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/

www.bbcbitesize.com

www.leedspathways.org.uk

www.artcyclopedia.com

www.npg.org.u

www.wikipedia.co.uk

www.ocr.org

www.technologystudent.co

www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk

www.mymaths.co.uk