At Penwortham Priory Academy we remain committed to ensuring that all students have access to their curriculum and can access learning from home during the current health crisis. The school have devised a series of plans to ensure that all students can continue to learn remotely.
It is our view that, should a student be absent from school, they can access the lessons for that particular day or week. All students have been requested to check their login details and passwords for all online platforms. Please download the guidance below that further supports the login requirements for our learning platforms.
Guidance for remote learning
This is a dynamic situation, however, our expectations remain that pupils should follow their normal timetable should they be absent. Teachers have designed, and will continue to upload, lessons and activities that follow the curriculum plans. Students are advised to spend the same amount of allocated hours on each subject at home as they would if they were in school. You can download the overall KS3 and KS4 curriculum maps below.
For Key Stage 3 students of Years 7, 8 and 9 all work will be uploaded to Doddle.
Remote 'Brain Food' for the Summer Holidays
Below you can access a collection of activities to occupy your son/daughter over the summer holidays should you hear them utter those timeless words, "I'm bored!". There are wide ranging tasks and learning opportunities to attempt in each subject.
All the activities are optional; there is no obligation to complete them however, we have found that those pupils doing at least some learning with parental support over holidays, do find the transition back into schooling during term time a little smoother. The assignments have been selected to supplement the curriculum and home learning that has been taking place, so will be beneficial if completed.
Summer Brain Food Activities
Pupil Emails - A Reminder
A reminder that pupils should not use their personal email address to communicate with Priory staff. All pupils have been issued with a school email account. These accounts have been secured so that they cannot send/receive emails from outside of the school domain.
Pupils have access to Microsoft Office 365 through their email account which is accessible from home whereby they can upload files into OneDrive then use the school email address to send the files to their teachers. Once logged into Office 365 pupils can also access Teams which provides another avenue for pupils to communicate with their teachers.
All pupil email addresses follow this format: 19APupil@priory.lancs.sch.uk whereby the number is the year a pupil started at Priory ie, 19 for Year 7, 15 for Year 11, your initial and surname.
For further guidance on this, please go to www.priory.lancs.sch.uk/pupils/office-365
Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map
NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 school closures, remote learning has been taking place online. Some GCSE curriculum plans have had to be adapted during this time. You can download the curriculum plans for June and July for Year 9 and Year 10 if you so wish, here:
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Map
We would encourage looking at such resources as below and being aware of them, but only to add variety to our pupils’ daily routine and/or to complement the work being set by our staff, rather than as a substitute for it.
To help, staff here in school will continue to familiarise themselves with such resources and determine whether they feel any are of particular use to signpost our pupils to. We will continue to share this advice with you through our usual communication channels if so. We thank you for your continued support during this time.
StarLine - a new national helpline for parents
Whilst the school would always advocate contacting staff first should you require any particular support, there is a new national free telephone helpline for parents and carers that has been created to provide personalised support and advice on home learning in order to support pupils until schools re-open.
StarLine, a sector-led initiative supported by voluntary sector partners and the Department for Education, offers parents and carers personalised advice and support from a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts. Available to all parents and carers of school children nationwide, a team of education and parenting experts will share tips, techniques and resources to help young people continue their learning while schools are closed, and to support family wellbeing. Parents and carers will be guided to help their children create regular routines and study habits, offering practical steps to take and access to quality resources.
StarLine is open six days a week and covers all areas of the curriculum across all phases of education. In addition to qualified teachers, callers can speak to experienced education and parenting experts who can provide support and advice on behaviour, wellbeing and help for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities. All calls are confidential, and advice is available six days a week by phoning 0330 313 9162. For more information visit www.starline.org.uk
The paid-for audiobook subscription service owned by Amazon, has made more than 200 titles for children and young adults free to listen to without the need to sign up. See https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Oak National Academy
The Oak National Academy contains a series of 180 online lessons per week and is suitable for pupils through to Year 10. The online lessons have been prepared by teachers and education organisations: www.thenational.academy
The BBC has launched a new education service to help children keep learning through the lockdown. A series of lessons will be made available over 14 weeks, featuring a host of celebrities. The stars will be featured in 20-minute lessons tailored to each of the UK nations’ curriculums across six age groups.
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