As parents will be aware from this letter texted during the Christmas holidays, all students will be working from home via ‘Live Lessons’ with their teachers starting on Monday 4 January until at least February half-term. The first session is at 8.25am, with students joining their Tutor in their usual Tutor/Registration group. The only students in school will be a small number of vulnerable and critical worker children, by prior arrangement.
There is information for those students in Years 10/11 who were due to sit examinations in January/February, and parents have been contacted by text with details.
The vast majority of lessons will be ‘Live’ with the teacher in person. Where there is teacher absence due to illness, there may be the occasion where work is set in a GoogleClassroom for students to follow independently, and then submit online when complete. We will communicate this to the students in their Registration period where relevant.
For the week commencing Monday 4 January, for ALL students at home the school lesson timings are as follows. The changes have been made to facilitate Live Lessons. There will be one Registration and five one hour lessons each day.
All of these will be ‘Live’ where students are expected to join an online GoogleMeet, and participate in the lesson, delivered by the teacher in person. A register will be taken at the start of each lesson, and where students do not join, a phone-call will be made home. Teachers are based in the same room, so there is no delay with them moving from lesson to lesson.
A reminder that the lesson GMeet link will be placed into the relevant classroom only at the very start of that particular lesson.
We understand that all students are now able to access ‘Live’ Lessons, after intensive work with families since March and again in September. As ever, any issues with technology access can be discussed by emailing email@example.com
We have written detailed guidance including videos to remind students how to access their Google Classrooms (where we already set homework each week anyway) and thus how to follow the GMeet links to their lessons. In the classrooms they can access other materials to use during the Live lessons, and upload evidence of working afterwards too where required.
We’d like to thank parents for their feedback since July on Live Lessons, where they occurred when whole year groups were self-isolating. Overall it has been very positive but with some issues. During last term we invited parents of some years to complete a survey about any issues, and we were grateful for responses.
We have collated a list of additional tips for Live Lessons that we have found, in discussion with parents:
As explained in Computer Science lessons and several assemblies, it is vital that students check their school GMail email accounts and follow the links to their classes, or use the Google Classroom App to accept invites to their classes that have been sent to them, which will then contain the Google Meet (‘GMeet’) code to join the live lessons (published at the start of each lesson only) The invites and GMail links can be checked in advance, but the GMeet code will only be posted in the classrooms as the lesson starts.
*The timings of lessons from Monday 4 January are as above, but also shown here:
8.45am-9.45am Period 1
10.00am-11.00am Period 2
11.00am-12.00 Period 3
12.30pm-1.30pm Period 4
1.30pm-2.30pm Period 5
Students should join their usual lessons, as shown in the timetable glued into their Planners. To support younger students in Years 7 and 8, we have reproduced each Tutor group’s timetable at the bottom of this page. For students in Years 9-11, this is not possible due to their individual nature because of Options and sets.
We would appreciate all parents checking with their child and confirming they have their Planner and their Timetable, so they know which lessons to join. The session on Monday is obvious, being their Tutor Registration, where we can help further. From Monday, we will be able to help via firstname.lastname@example.org where timetables are mislaid.
Parents and students will note that because students are at home, the break and lunch times have been altered to facilitate Live Lessons.
We of course ask that parents strongly encourage their children to be involved from the very start, as joining lessons is compulsory and we are taking registers, and phoning home where students do not join. Where a student is too ill to participate, the usual attendance reporting procedures should be used, and there is a summary here: www.normanby.outwood.com/contact
Please can all parents remind themselves of this guidance and read through with their child by clicking here
If you are having challenges or require extra help, please email us via the dedicated email address email@example.com with your child’s name. We will then email you new log-in details for your child, and be able to advise on any technology issues you might have. It would of course help our capacity to support if students made a big effort to recall their details, and only get in touch if they have genuinely forgotten.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs Beaumont recorded this video in the autumn term, and it was shown in assembly to all students in assembly. We hope it is useful to parents too as you kindly support us with Live Lessons via Google Classrooms.