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During a school closure we will ensure continuity of education using our Harris Academy Sutton Virtual School.
Show My Homework
Virtual Tutor Time
From week commencing 11th May, tutors will be running virtual tutor times through Teams.
From week commencing 8th June, we will be launching one daily Live Lesson. At 11am on each weekday students will be invited to join a live event on Microsoft Teams, where a teacher will deliver a 30 to 40-minute live lesson. This will be available to all students but is not compulsory for those unable to be online at this time.
The timetable offers a different subject each day, covering the same content as on Show My Homework but in a live format. This will give students an opportunity to receive some live teaching whilst not adding to their workload. In the third week we will offer a series of practical sessions to give them students something exciting to do! The timetable can be downloaded here.
Students will be expected to complete 40 minute lessons in five subjects a day. These subjects will follow the following timetables:
Every morning students should check Show My Homework for the day's lessons and complete them all over the course of the day. Lessons do not have to be completed in the order shown on the timetable. It is important that students attempt to complete all work set.
PE teachers will also provide a daily link to a workout video to ensure that students stay active and healthy whilst confined to their home.
If a student is unwell then they will not be expected to complete school work until they have fully recovered. This decision will need to be made by parents and carers.
After a student has recovered from a period of sickness they do not need to do extra work to catch up on the work they missed while unwell. Parents and carers should support their children in ensuring that they get the right balance.
It is recommended that parents and carers set 'school hours' for their children during which they must be completing school work with no distractions. For example this might be 9am until 3pm. These school hours should include scheduled breaks for snacks and meals. Students should keep themselves well hydrated whilst working. It is strongly recommended that they drink water and avoid sugary drinks.
Students will need access to a quiet space to complete their work. If they have their own mobile phone they should not be allowed access to it during school hours as it is incredibly distracting. If possible they should work in a separate area from games consoles and televisions.
Students will need their pencil case and exercise books. If they do not have an exercise book at home for a subject then they should use the Virtual School exercise book provided by the school, or paper. Students will need internet access in order to access Show My Homework every day. This can be done via the mobile phone app if necessary.
Some subjects will set homework on online platforms such as Hegarty Maths and Kerboodle - these are far better accessed on a computer, laptop or tablet rather than a mobile phone. We appreciate that families are sharing these devices so we will endeavour to set a variety of different types of work.
Communication and Support
Students are able to use Show My Homework to contact teachers directly with queries. However we strongly encourage them to use their initiative first and try to take a 'common sense' approach when they are unsure about something. They should not be anxious about being told off if they don't understand an instruction - they should just do what they can, and ask for help if needed. Please bear in mind that if a teacher doesn't reply to a message sent through Show My Homework it may be because they are unwell.
If a student can not access one of our online platforms such as Kerboodle, Hegarty Maths, Bedrock or Show My Homework they should email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. This email account will be monitored by Mrs Morgan during the school closure.
If you need support from the school for equipment and/or internet access, please email email@example.com.
If websites become overwhelmed with traffic and cease to function, please try again at another time. If the situation persists please consider sensible self-guided alternatives to the work that has been set. This might include reading a book, writing a story or making revision notes on topics studied so far this year.
Frequently Used Websites
Virtual Tutor Time: Microsoft Teams
All subjects: YouTube