24/3/20

Dear Parent/Guardian,

During this unexpected school closure, we are pleased to be able to continue supporting your child through online learning. Students were given an introduction to this last week, as we were expecting to close. They should all have tested their ability to access the platforms. If they are unable to remember their login, please contact the school. They should be able to log in with Office 365 using their school ID number and password.

Year 7 and 8

Students in year 7 and 8 have been set assignments by their teachers. These can be accessed through the home learning link on the website: Student learning links page (Home Learning)

They should also use Century Tech. This is an online platform with activities for English, Maths and Science. It uses artificial intelligence to learn what the students don’t know and to respond to this. There are videos and questions for them to use: Student learning links page (Century Tech)

Year 9 and 10

We have given all students’ access to GCSEPod. There is an app for this, and it is also available through the internet. As a subscriber, your child has access to GCSEPod’ s library of over 6,000 ‘Pods,’ 3-5 minute videos designed to deliver knowledge in short bursts.

In the core subjects’ teachers will be setting weekly assignments using Century Tech.  It uses artificial intelligence to learn what the students don’t know and to respond to this. There are videos and questions for them to use.

In subjects which include coursework elements, teachers will be setting work through the home learning link on the website.  We ask all students to check this area on a weekly basics.

During this period, teachers of year 9 and 10 will be setting your child weekly work assignments on GCSEPod for the subjects below.  Students should access and complete these activities on the GCSEPod platform, by going to MY ASSIGNMENTS on their GCSE POD page.

Weekly assignments will be assigned to your child on GCSE POD for the following subjects:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Maths
  • Science [Year 10 only – Year 9 will use century tech for their Science work]
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Studies
  • French, German and Spanish
  • Business Studies

After completing any assignments set on GCSEPod , it will self-mark the multiple choice questions and your child will get a personalised “Boost Playlist” of Pods relevant to their identified areas of weakness. Teachers will also be providing students feedback on answers to GCSE POD questions through the platform.

In addition, we ask that you encourage your child to make use of this amazing resource independently. Once they’ve activated their account, they can browse the GCSEPod library and create their own playlists – just as they would when they are listening to music and make notes whilst they are watching the pods.

Finally, in Maths and English Literature, students can test their knowledge independently using GCSEPod’ s fantastic, ‘Check & Challenge’ feature.  They must simply visit any Maths and selected English Literature playlists and click the purple “C&C”.  This will start a short self-marking assessment for students and provide feedback on areas of weakness.

Your child has already been registered with GCSEPod, so all they need to do is activate their account [instructions attached]. If your child has already activated their account but cannot remember their username and password, please ask them to contact hur@moseley.bham.sch.uk

For more ways to support your child using GCSEPod, please visit www.gcsepod.com/parents where you will find lots more information and resources.

If you have any questions regarding GCSEPod please contact support@gcsepod.com.

Students can also access work to complete for all their subjects by going to the student learning links page on the Moseley School website: student learning links page and also make use of Century tech for core subjects.

Year 12

Year 12 should use the home learning area of the school website to access work set by their teachers: Student learning links page

They may also wish to contact their class teachers via email.

Keeping you informed of your child’s learning

We will keep in touch with parents via text, letting you know if your child has not been engaging with the work set, as well as letting you know if they are completing an appropriate amount of work. It is important to us that students maintain the progress they have made during this time away from school.

In addition to school work, we recognise that this time offers opportunities for other learning. Cooking with your children, reading together, playing games, and so on are all valuable activities.

Please get in touch if you have any questions. Please contact form tutors and Heads of House in the first instance.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW:

Staying safe… reducing the risk of infection… protecting families

It is vitally important that everyone listens to the advice given by the health experts.

  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds throughout the day with soap and warm water.
  • Stay 2 meters apart from other people (known as social distancing).
  • Isolate completely for 7 days if you suffer the symptoms of continuous cough or high temperature. Stay in, do not go out.
  • The whole family needs to isolate for 14 days if you live with anyone that has the symptoms (above). This means not having any contact with anyone else outside of the home, at all.
  • This is called social isolation.
  • To prevent the spread it is vital that these simple steps are taken.
  • Young people might not show any signs of the virus but will still pass it on to other people.
  • If your family home contains elderly relatives or people with already existing health problems, the whole family must take responsibility and follow these simple rules. These families are at greater risk of catching the virus.

We do not want to place unnecessary stress and anxiety on our students and their families, so please take the sensible approach to helping each other stay safe during the weeks and months ahead.

One of the best ways to manage the current situation is to retain a sense of routine.  Staying busy and keeping the mind active can help to pass time and remain alert.  This letter has outlined many resources available to students to do just that while we are unable to provide face-to-face contact.  Please encourage them to take a full and responsible approach.

With very best wishes and thanks for your support.

Andrew Bate

Headteacher

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