Year 9 Remote Education

On this page you will find remote learning guides for parents, carers and students to support students working from home.  We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of all the subjects being studied by our year 9 students, a link to the topics that they will be covering each term and the online platforms that will be used as part of our remote education provision.  A copy of recent curriculum related home-school communications, as emailed to parents/carers, is also available.

Remote Education Provision

25th January 2021

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to parents, carers and students about learning remotely if local or national restrictions require entire cohorts or bubbles to remain at home.

How can students access remote education?

Each day, students will be able access all class work remotely in Google Classroom. Students follow their normal timetable and log into Google Classroom at the beginning of each lesson.  Teachers will generate and share links for accessing live lessons with students/classes in Google Classroom.

At Weatherhead High School, we use the following online platforms:
● Google Classroom (Google Suites)
● The Oak National Academy
● HegartyMaths
● The EverLearner
● SAM Learning
● PiXL
● Kerboodle
● LanguageNut
● Seneca Learning
● BBC Bitesize
These are our main platforms but this list is not exhaustive. Further information on our online platforms can be accessed by clicking here.

What type of work will be set?

Teachers will set the same topic and work linked to what is being delivered in school. Video clips from websites such as The National Oak Academy or BBC Bitesize may also be used to support students with their learning. For some subjects, students will be signposted to other online platforms, such as: HegartyMaths, The EverLearner and Languagenut. 

How will work be assessed?

Tasks completed by students will be assessed in a number of ways:
● Some work will be completed directly in Google Classroom and teachers will be able to see and produce feedback on this work online.
● Teachers may ask students to upload files or photos to Google Classroom, and it will be marked and returned to students.
● Work completed through online platforms such as HegartyMaths and The EverLearner will be automatically assessed and teachers may also provide individual or whole class feedback on this work.
● Assessments and tests are set in Google Classroom following the School’s Assessment Calendar.
Given the nature of the tasks, the type of feedback teachers can provide may not take the same format as marking an exercise book. Teachers are encouraged to ensure, when they set assessed work, that it is designed in such a way that meaningful feedback may be provided.

Subjects, Curriculum and Learning Platforms

Art & Design

Approximately 50 minutes per week

Computer Science

Approximately 50 minutes per week

Design Technology

Approximately 50 minutes per week

Drama

Approximately 30 minutes per week.
Opted students 1-2 hours each a week.

English

Approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes per week

Food

Approximately 50 minutes per week

Geography

Approximately 1 hours and 40 minutes per week

History

Approximately 1 hours and 40 minutes per week

Mathematics

Approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes per week

Music

Approximately 50 minutes per week

PE

Approximately 50 minutes per week

RE

Approximately 50 minutes per week

Science 

Approximately 1 hours and 20 minutes per week on each Science

Home-School Communication

Monday 1st February 2021 - Virtual Options Week

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I hope you and your family remain safe and well. 

This week will continue to be an exciting week for Year 9. If you haven’t already done so, please look at the Virtual Options Week on our website. You can access the information, which includes a presentation from Miss Whelan and subject videos outlining all the key information students need to know about GCSE and BTEC courses, by clicking on the link below:

https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/options/

Today and tomorrow, Mr Stringer and I are delivering live lessons to students supporting them with the options process. If you have any questions about option choices or the process, please contact Mr Stringer at the following email address:

options@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

I would like to take this opportunity to commend the way in which Year 9 students have approached their remote learning. I know that students are enjoying their live lessons and teachers are pleased with students’ enthusiasm for learning. Please be assured that the school is monitoring student engagement with remote learning and we will contact you if there are any concerns and offer support to our students.

 This week, students are invited to join a live form period with their Form Tutor. This is taking place on Wednesday 3rd February at 9.50. Information regarding how students should join the lesson will be posted in Google Classroom.

 If you have any questions regarding remote learning, please do not hesitate to contact me at following email: 

 curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

 My thanks for your continued support.

Mrs Rogers

Deputy Headteacher – Curriculum

Monday 15th January 2021 - The Introduction of Live Lessons for KS3

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I hope you and your family are safe and well. I would like to take this opportunity to update you regarding remote learning for KS3 students. 

The school is following the DFE guidelines and expectations regarding the delivery of remote learning and in summary, when teaching students remotely, our teachers will:

  • set meaningful and ambitious work each day in an appropriate range of subjects;

  • provide teaching that is equivalent in length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school (which equates to 5 hours each day for secondary students). At Weatherhead, this will include both recorded or live direct teaching, and time for pupils to complete tasks, assessments and assignments independently. Recorded lessons may be delivered by our teachers or from high-quality online resources such as Oak National Academy and Hegarty Maths.

From Monday 18th January, students will receive some live lessons to supplement the curriculum provision being delivered through Google Classroom. This will allow students to have contact with their teachers and to receive feedback on work completed remotely. In summary, KS3 students will receive a minimum of:

  • 2 live lessons each week in English, Maths and Science

  • 1 live lesson in History, Geography and Spanish

Each day, students must continue to log in to Google Classroom at the beginning of each lesson and either follow the link to the live lesson (that will be delivered through Google Meet) or engage in the remote lesson set in Google Classroom. I have attached an updated copy of the Parent/Carer Remote Learning Guide and I would like to highlight the importance of the protocols students must follow when engaging in live lessons. The Senior Leadership Team reiterated these expectations in the live assemblies that took place this morning.  

Please be assured that the school is monitoring students’ engagement with their remote learning and we will contact you if there are any concerns and offer support to our students.

If you have any questions regarding remote learning, please do not hesitate to contact me at following email: 

curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

My thanks for your continued support.

Mrs Rogers

Deputy Headteacher

Download the KS3 Remote Learning A Guide for Parents 15.01.21 (PDF)

Friday 8th January 2021 - Remote Learning for w/c 11th January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I hope you and your family are safe and well. I would like to take this opportunity to update you regarding remote learning for KS3 students. 

The school is following the DFE guidelines and expectations regarding the delivery of remote learning and in summary, when teaching students remotely, our teachers will:

  • set meaningful and ambitious work each day in an appropriate range of subjects

  • provide teaching that is equivalent in length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school (which equates to 4 hours each day for secondary students). At Weatherhead, this will include recorded direct teaching or recorded lessons from a high-quality online resource such as Oak National Academy or Hegarty Maths. Students will also be given time to complete tasks, assessments and assignments independently. 

Students will receive feedback on their work through Google Classroom or via the website the work was completed on. If students have any questions or queries about their learning, they should contact their teacher via Google Classroom.

Next week, KS3 students are expected to continue to access remote learning through Google Classroom and complete tasks and assessments set by their subject teachers. Students should login to Google Classroom at the beginning of their timetabled lesson.

From Monday 18th January, KS3 students will be invited to join some live lessons alongside work set in Google Classroom and I will provide more information next week, including the protocols for these live lessons.

If you have any questions regarding remote learning, please do not hesitate to contact me at following email: 

curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

My thanks for your support. 

Mrs Rogers

Deputy Headteacher

Friday 6th November 2020 - Remote Learning Guides for Students and Parents/Carers

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I hope you and your family are well. Please find attached a guide to remote learning for parents and carers and information to assist students when they need to engage in remote learning.

I will continue to update you regarding changes to the way remote learning is delivered, as and when necessary.

Please be reassured that we are continuing to ensure that all students receive the best possible curriculum at Weatherhead and that the quality of education is not compromised during the pandemic.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Rogers

Deputy Headteacher

Download the KS3 Student Guide 06.11.20 (PDF) and thhe KS3 Remote Learning A Guide for Parents 06.11.20 (PDF)