Portslade Aldridge Community Academy

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Home Schooling

Learning From Home

We ask that parents, carers and pupils familiarise themselves with the information below. It covers both our approach to maintaining teaching and learning and advice about maintaining a routine.

Our general approach

Our overall teaching approach is to make sure that all students keep learning. This means:

  • We explain what pupils are learning. This may be delivered through books, revision guides that we have issued, material we upload to Google Classrooms or on web-based learning platforms, which might include videos.
  • Pupils have purposeful tasks to apply their new understandings.
  • We give feedback to pupils on what they are learning, what successes we see and where we see mistakes or misconceptions and so where they need to be doing more work. This will require students to submit work online. This may involve students photographing work and uploading it, or completing work through web-based learning platforms. 
  • Pupils are supported and motivated through the ongoing monitoring of their work. We will do this through maintaining contact with students through Google Classroom, and live online teaching for selected groups to sustain students’ motivation and attention. Where we are losing contact with students we will contact parents through Xpressions. Where we feel students are drifting away from their education we will make contact with families to see how we can help.

 

How we set and receive work for students

  • All work is set on ‘Show My Homework’. We do this because we know parents are familiar with this app so it allows parents/carers to track what is being set and the deadlines their children have for the set work. From ‘Show My Homework’, instructions will direct students to a range of other platforms to complete the work. A guide on how to use these platforms can be found here.
  • Google Classroom is the way we give more detailed information on tasks to students and the way we give 1-1 personalised feedback on pupils’ work. Students will also receive feedback through online platforms that automark their work.
  • We use a range of additional online platforms to support students learning, including Heggarty, Seneca and Century Tech. For more info on platforms we use please see PACA Learning from Home Guide.
  • If work is not submitted by deadline, teachers will send our reminders through the Xpressions app to offer support and extend the deadline.  If work is still not submitted, then the teacher will refer this up to the head of department.
  • Alongside the work we set online with submission dates, we will also place work on Google Classroom for ‘Free Choice’ optional activities. This allows you to pick up activities for the afternoon. Each of these will develop skills and knowledge in the creative subjects.  There is the option to submit work done / photos in these subjects through Google Classroom, which will allow your teachers to give feedback on these. Free Choice subjects include Art, PE, Performing Arts, Religious Education, Music, Dance, STEM and Food.
  • We are not setting additional homework. We know that students are doing a huge amount of independent work already.
  • We will do everything we can to keep learning going. We expect students to keep going too!  We commit to reviewing work completed and progress made. P points will continue to be awarded. Heads of Year will continue to celebrate students who are getting P points and making progress. Staff are encouraged to give information to Heads of Year on who is doing well. We will use online live teaching to maintain contact with students and maintain a sense that we are a community of learners.
  • For any IT queries regarding passwords and issues with platforms, please email: parents-it@paca.uk.com

 

Routines for teaching and learning

The tables below show a suggested timetable to help you to space your work out during the week. It is of course entirely up to you as to whether you follow these, but it is worth noting that teachers will be setting work to fit in with this timetable. We have set this up so all year groups follow the same structure; that way if you, as a parent, have more than one child attending PACA you can organise all your children’s day so they will all have the same subject at the same time.

In addition to the lessons set out below, we recommend that students draw on the Free Choice activity suggestions, Enrichment activities and reading for pleasure in the afternoons. These activities are optional and some parents may prefer to organise their own practical activities, exercise, creative activities and project-based learning.  

The deadlines for submission of work are important as they will help teachers to track progress and allow for timely feedback. Please note when each subject will set their work. To streamline the process all work is set on Mondays and Thursdays. If work takes considerably longer than the time given on the virtual timetable for that subject, students should submit what they have completed at this point or contact teacher to agree extension.

 

Years 7 and 8 – Suggested timetable (when you study each subject)

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

09:00 – 10:00

Maths

Maths

French / Spanish

Maths

Maths

10:00 – 11:00

English

English

PSHE

English

English

BREAK

11:30 – 12:30

Science

French / Spanish

History

Science

Science

12:30 – 13:30

History

Science

 Computing

Geography

Geography

LUNCH

14:00 – 15:00

Optional Free Choice / Enrichment activities

 

When work is set by teachers and submitted by students:

The virtual timetable will allow all students to complete their work in time for the deadlines outlined below. Teachers set work on Mondays and Thursday with the expectation that students will use the virtual timetable or their own planning to complete it in time for the submission dates. The expectation (as per this table) is that all work is completed and submitted within ~3 days of it being set.

Subject

Work set by → Work due by

Maths (4 hours per week in 2 blocks)

Monday 08:30  →  Thursday 12:00

Thursday 08:30 →  Monday 12:00

English (4 hours per week in 2 blocks)

Monday 08:30  →  Thursday 12:00

Thursday 08:30 →  Monday 12:00

Science (4 hours per week in 2 blocks)

Monday 08:30  →  Thursday 12:00

Thursday 08:30 →  Monday 12:00

French / Spanish (2 hours per week  in 1 block)

Monday 08:30  →  Thursday 12:00

History (2 hours per week  in 1 block)

Monday 08:30  →  Thursday 12:00

Geography (2 hours per week  in 1 block)

Thursday 08:30 →  Monday 12:00

Computing (1 hours per week  in 1 block)

Monday 08:30  →  Thursday 12:00

PSHE (1 hours per week  in 1 block)

Monday 08:30 → no submission required

Free Choice

Monday 08:30 (not all Free Choices will be set weekly)  →  various submission details will be given for different activities

Enrichment

Enrichment tab (include link) will be added to on a rolling basis → no submissions required

 

Years 9 and 10 - Suggested timetable (when you study each subject)

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

09:00 – 10:00

Maths

Maths

History / Geography

Maths

Maths

10:00 – 11:00

English

English

French / Spanish

English

English

BREAK

11:30 – 12:30

Science

Science

Option 1

Science

Science

12:30 – 13:30

History / Geography

French / Spanish

Option 2

Option 1

Option 2

LUNCH

14:00 - 15:00

Core PE (exercise)

PSHE

Revision

Core PE (exercise)

Revision

 

When work is set by teachers and submitted by students:

The virtual timetable will allow all students to complete their work in time for the deadlines outlined below. Teachers set work on Mondays and Thursday with the expectation that students will use the virtual timetable or their own planning to complete it in time for the submission dates. The expectation (as per this table) is that all work is completed and submitted within ~3 days of it being set.

Subject

Work set by → Work due by

Maths

Monday 08:30  →  Thursday 12:00

Thursday 08:30 →  Monday 12:00

English

Monday 08:30  →  Thursday 12:00

Thursday 08:30 →  Monday 12:00

Science

Monday 08:30  →  Thursday 12:00

Thursday 08:30 →  Monday 12:00

French / Spanish / History / Geography / Option 1 / Option 2

Monday 08:30  →  Following Monday 12:00

 

Textbooks for home learning

Some parents have asked about buying textbooks to support their children's learning at home. If you are looking for recommendations, our Heads of Department have suggested the following:

History

These would be great for year 9 and 10:

  • Year 10 –  Cold War text books- main or foundation level
  • Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91 Student Book

ISBN 9781292127279

  • Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Foundation Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91 Student Book

ISBN 9781292258317

  • Year 9 – Medicine through time text book – main or foundation level
  • Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Medicine through time, c1250-present Student Book

ISBN 9781292127378

  • Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Foundation Medicine through time, c1250-present Student Book

ISBN 9781292258348

Geography

  • For key stage 4 Geography, we use the OUP text book for AQA (a new edition is coming out in April so parents may be able to get a cheap secondhand original version):

https://www.amazon.co.uk/GCSE-Geography-Student-Book-Gcse/dp/019913549


We don’t have a course text book for KS3 but can recommend these Geog1/2/3 text books:

Computing

For Year 9 or Year 10 students who are taking Computer Science GCSE, I would recommend:

  • OCR Computer Science Complete Revision & Practice by CGP. 

or 

  • Revise GCSE 9-1 Computer Science Revision Guide by Pearson

English

For GCSE, we recommend the following from CGP:

  • ETWI41 New GCSE English - An Inspector Calls Workbook (includes answers)
  • ETWM41 New GCSE English Shakespeare - Macbeth Workbook (includes answers)
  • ETWCC41 New GCSE English Literature – A Christmas Carol Workbook (includes answers)
  • ENAS42 GCSE English Language AQA complete revision and practice
  • ACHW42 New GCSE English Literature – Power and Conflict Workbook (includes answers)

For KS3 we could suggest some CGP workbooks for them as well:

  • EHW35B Key Stage Three English The Workbook (includes answers)
  • EGW31B Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for KS3 (includes answers)

MFL

French:

  • Y7: Studio 1
  • Y8: Studio 2 (vert or rouge = foundation or higher level)
  • Collins KS3 French Revision - All-in-One Revision and Practice
  • Y9: Collins KS3 French Revision - All-in-One Revision and Practice. 
  • All pupils also have access to AQA Foundation textbook online at www.kerboodle.com - email your teacher if you don't have your login details 
  • Y10: All pupils have access to AQA Foundation and Higher textbooks at www.kerboodle.com (pupils have their logins and know how to access this)
  • GCSE AQA French revision guide and workbook by CGP (if you don't already have these)

Spanish

  • Y7 : Viva 1
  • Y8: Viva 2
  • CGP Key Stage 3 Spanish study guide. 
  • Y9: CGP Key Stage 3 Spanish study guide. 
  • All pupils also have access to AQA Foundation textbook online at www.kerboodle.com - (pupils have their logins and know how to access this)
  • Y10: All pupils have access to AQA Foundation and Higher textbooks at www.kerboodle.com (pupils have their logins and know how to access this)
  • GCSE AQA Spanish revision guide and workbook by CGP  (if you don't already have these)