Quarantine Learning Material
Quarantine Curriculum/ Blended Learning approach BSCS 2020-21
Outlined below is the process we intend to use this year at BSCS if your child is absent from school for an extended period due to Covid-19.
In all cases we ask you to contact the School Absence Line immediately on 01454 868842, as we need to report all cases to Public Health England.
To avoid disruption to students’ learning we are putting in place a simple online system to support them. In essence, we will be running a parallel online curriculum for students to follow and we will publish this at the start of each term. The parallel system means that the work being done in School will be replicated for students to do at home. In almost all subjects they will be using the OAK Academy resources produced by the government. Having used these excellent resources during lockdown, we are confident of their quality.
The Quarantine Curriculum map and link to all the resources for Year 7-11 can be found here, all other resources can be found on your child’s Google classroom pages under .
The Google classroom codes for all classes can be found here for Year 7-13.
At Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8), the map and resources will also be available on every Google Classroom under ‘Classwork’. We will also publish it on our website under the Learning tab and Quarantine Learning resources. This illustrates what students will be studying in every subject for the first term and what resources they can use to do this at home. Drama and Product Design do not have these OAK Academy resources unfortunately, so they will be setting students a 2-week project to complete that will utilise a number of practical skills used in these areas.
At Key Stage 4 and 5 (Years 9-13), classroom teachers of the Core subjects will utilise the OAK Academy resources similar to the Key Stage 3 model. However, as GCSE subjects have an array of exam boards and specifications, setting appropriate work is more challenging. For work to be relevant, teachers of these subjects will be placing the work delivered each week on Google Classroom following each lesson, so students can do the same work at home.
If a student is absent at any time throughout the year they can simply access the relevant week/s they will be missing, e.g. they are absent for week 3 and 4 of Term 1, they complete the work for each subject for week 3 and 4. We know that online and remote learning doesn’t replicate actual teaching but we know that it can help to stop students falling behind their peers. The idea is that this process is ‘seamless’ and therefore staff will not need to be contacted to be asked what they should do whilst they are off school, students will know straight away. This process will be explained to students in the first week, so that they are confident and understand the new system.
All OAK Academy lessons follow a similar 3-part format and can be completed independently without a teacher or parent support. This is important, as teachers do not have the capacity to teach full time in school and support students at home.
The lessons follow this format:
1. A recap quiz on previous learning, where students are given an automated score and
2. A modelled video/PowerPoint, where students watch a video, make notes and answer
questions they are asked. They are expected to pause the video at relevant points and will
mark their own work; and finally
3. A recall quiz to check their understanding.
Students will be asked to make notes in their books, take a screen shot of their scores from the quizzes and email them to their teacher or submit them via Google Classroom.
Home Learning Timetable
Whilst absent from school, students will be expected to follow a similar timetable to their one in school and should complete the work on the relevant day.
Google Classrooms and Online Learning
If we experience another partial or full lockdown, we will continue to use Google Classroom to communicate and teach our students. All students have been allocated new Google Classrooms for all of their subjects if they are new to the school or subject this year. All existing Google Classrooms will continue and all existing and new classroom codes can be accessed here.
Students need to follow the instructions in this video and enter the appropriate classroom code for their new subjects. Students must ensure that they are logged in using their BSCS account and not their personal account, as they will not be able to access their work from their personal account. Once logged in, they can access their work for all of their individual subjects and teachers. All students apart from those in Year 7 have had really good understanding of working remotely, so should be able to navigate around Google Classroom and submit work in the usual way. All the work for them to complete will be set as an assignment or will be in Classwork in a folder called ‘Quarantine work’
(please see the picture below).
Students should only complete this work if they are absent from school.
If you have any questions about work to do during lockdown, please contact your child’s teacher in the first instance.
If you have any further questions please email Mr Lynch direct on firstname.lastname@example.org