COVID-19 Parent Update
Newhouse Academy keeping in touch update - 22nd April 2020
I hope, under the circumstances, that you managed to have a good Easter break and enjoyed some very welcome sunshine.
The school has now re-opened to children who are vulnerable and those with a parent who is a key worker. In school, we are going back to a timetable of four sessions per day and are trying, as much as possible, to follow the National Curriculum subjects. It is vital that children working at home try and do the same.
One of my concerns is that during this uncertain period, if children do not have a routine of learning, they are going to fall behind their peers in other schools. To help support home learning, we have arranged two sets of resources, one for those families with IT access and a suitable device and one for those without access.
The information below explains what each subject will be using. We have tried to streamline this by using as few sites as we can:
Key stage 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9
Subject – English / IT based provision – Google Drive / Paper based provision – Booklet
Subject – Maths / IT based provision – Mathswatch / Paper based provision – CPG Revision & Workbook
Subject – Science / IT based provision – Doddle and Educake / Paper based provision – CPG Revision & Workbook
Subject – RE / IT based provision – Doddle / Paper based provision – CPG Revision & Workbook
Subject – History / IT based provision – Doddle / Paper based provision – CPG Revision & Workbook
Subject – Geography / IT based provision – Doddle and Educake / Paper based provision – CPG Revision & Workbook
Subject – Art & Photography / IT based provision – Instagram Challenge / Paper based provision – Booklet of challenges
Subject – French / IT based provision – Doddle / Paper based provision – CPG Revision & Workbook
Subject – Expressive Arts / IT based provision – Google Drive / Paper based provision – Booklet of challenges
Subject – Technology / IT based provision – Doddle / Paper based provision – Daydream
Subject – Computing, IT and Business / IT based provision – Doddle / Paper based provision – CPG Revision & Workbook
Subject – PSHCE / IT based provision – Google Drive / Paper based provision – Booklet
Subject – PE / IT based provision – Joe Wicks & Google Drive / Paper based provision – Booklet
IT based resources
Pupils should already have log ins to Mathswatch, Educake and Google drive. The log in details for Doddle, have
just arrived in school. Staff are selecting work for pupils to do and as soon as this is done, passwords will be sent out.
Paper based resources
The CPG booklets have arrived in school. They are packaged up and will be distributed to homes by staff over the next day or two.
Key Stage 4 – Year 10
All work in year 10 is based upon internet access. Where families have not had Wi-Fi and/or access to appropriate equipment, this has been provided by the school. All pupils can access Google Drive and should have log ins for
Mathswatch and Educake. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the resources, please contact Mrs Gregory-Harris or Mrs Fraser-Kelly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
English / Google Drive
Maths / Mathswatch
Science / Google Drive & Educake
RE / Google Drive
History / Google Drive
Geography / Google Drive & Educake
Art & Photography / Insta Challenge
French / Google Drive
Expressive Arts / Google Drive
Technology / Google Drive
Computing, IT & Business / Google Drive & Seneca Learning
PSHCE / Google Drive
PE / Google Drive
It is essential that year 10 pupils are following a regular pattern of work and trying to keep up to date. Even if they are able to return to school in a few weeks’ time, which is by no means certain, they will still have missed at least half a term’s work as a minimum. If they fail to keep up to date, they will significantly disadvantage themselves when it comes to GCSE exams next year.
I appreciate that it is difficult to motivate teenagers to do school work, especially when the weather is good, however, Doddle and Google Drive does allow us to see what individual students are doing and we are considering ways in which we can monitor this across the year group.
If you need any help accessing on-line resources or have concerns about what pupils are supposed to be doing, please contact subject staff via Edulink, in the first instance or email Ms Young, the Head of Year 10 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Free School Meals
The National Voucher scheme, to support families with children eligible for free school meals, is not accessible to us at present. We will therefore continue to send out Morrison’s vouchers to families until such time as this can be arranged. Also, if you have had a change of circumstances due to the virus, such as a redundancy, then your child
might now be eligible for free school meals. These can be applied for by visiting www.rochdale.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals. Please contact school if you need any help with this.
Mr S White
Head of School
On Monday, 23 March 2020 the government told the nation people will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes:
- Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible;
- One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household;
- Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
Read the prime minister’s address to the nation on GOV.UK – these measures will last for 3 weeks from 23 March 2020 before being reviewed.
Help reduce the spread of the coronavirus by following government guidance.
Year 11 Students and GCSE Examinations
We know that GCSE examinations will not take place in May and June of this year. The Government has said that Year 11 students who are in receipt of offers from colleges will be admitted to do their course. We have no information at the moment about apprenticeships or what will happen regarding students who do not have a college offer.
We are advising our Year 11 students to continue to work from home, to ensure there are no gaps in their knowledge that might disadvantage them in the future. Working from home will also assist students in developing good, independent study habits for post-16 courses
Students trying to access online learning platforms may experience difficulties at times as a result of students nationwide accessing them at the same time. Unfortunately, we have no control over this and suggest that your child checks google classroom for work, or tries other sites.
Google Classroom (G Suite) Access
If your child is having issues accessing google classroom we ask that they email their head of year in the first instance.
Year 7 – Mrs Mears – MearsK@newhouseacademy.co.uk
Year 8 – Mrs Gibbs – GibbsD@newhouseacademy.co.uk
Year 9 – Mrs Drysdale – DrysdaleP@newhouseacademy.co.uk
Year 10 Miss Younge – YoungeH@newhouseacademy.co.uk
Please continue to raise issues relating to learning with the school and we will do our best to solve those that we can.
You can contact school between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm on 01706 369436
Parents and carers can send messages to their child’s teachers through Edulink One.
We highly recommend you download the Edulink One app to your mobile device now if you haven’t done so already. If you need a reminder of your username and password please email email@example.com state your child’s name, year and form.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns relating to SEN provision.
Email email@example.com to report any safeguarding concerns relating to our students whilst school is closed.
Further information on staying safe
What you need to do and how to protect yourself
- Coronavirus: what you need to do on GOV.UK – all the information in one place from the UK government. It includes protecting yourself and others, employment and financial support, school closures, education, childcare, information for businesses, healthcare workers and carers, and more.
- Health information and advice from nhs.uk – includes what to do if you think you’ve got symptoms.
- Check the NHS website if you have symptoms – includes stay at home advice if you or someone you live with have either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough, how to access the NHS 111 coronavirus service, how to avoid catching and spreading it and more.
- Leaflet to all residents – helping and supporting our most vulnerable.
Information in other languages: the government has provided information in other languages on social distancing for vulnerable people.
School remains closed to students and only children of key workers who have no alternative arrangements available to them may access .