Our Virtual School - Learning from home
Between us we can limit the disruption to your child’s education.
Please read the following guidance carefully and access it daily while the school building is closed.
Through the virtual school we are providing your child with the appropriate standard and amount of work to be completed at home. Your child should use Ark St Alban’s virtual school resources whilst the academy building is closed.
Home Learning Timetables
How you can support your child
Whilst operating the Virtual School, you can help to create the right conditions for learning at home.
- Your child should give full attention their work and should work free from distractions; so it is important that they work alone and in silence. If possible, your child should have access to a quiet place to study with a desk and no distractions. They may need to use their mobile phone to access work that has been set online but it is advised that you monitor this so that they are not being distracted.
- A daily routine is really important. Try to make sure that your child gets up at their usual time and follows their daily timetable (it will be written inside their planner). As well as giving a sense of normality, it will also ensure that weaker subjects are not neglected. Your child will potentially be distracted by the draw of video games, television and social media. However, we suggest that these are used as a reward at the end of a day of studying, rather than throughout the day.
- We advise your child has regular breaks to keep them motivated and able to maintain a high standard of concentration and work.
- If there is only one laptop or PC available, you may need to give priority to children in examination year groups.
Students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 will we able to complete 3 hours of learning to complete per day using online resources.
Students in Year 10, Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 will be able to complete 6 hours of learning per day using online resources plus homework.
Examination groups in Year 11 and Year 13 are also expected to complete additional revision activities as they would if the school were open. Download guidance for parents in support of GCSE and A-Level revision.
Year 12 and Year 13 online resources by subject
Your child can access the following online learning platforms for each of their subjects:
|Online Learning Resources|
|Biology||SharePoint, Seneca, Kaboodle|
|Chemistry||SharePoint, Seneca, Kaboodle|
|Physics||SharePoint, Seneca, Kaboodle, Isaac Physics|
|Computer Science||SharePoint, Yacapacca, Isaac Computing|
|Applied Science BTEC||SharePoint, Seneca, Kaboodle|
|Business Studies BTEC||Email communications|
|English Literature||Email communications|
|Mathematics||Active Teach Online, Email communications|