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16/01/21

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nikki sturman

I thank you for all you are doing in a difficult time. You have made such a difference to my daughter. So important for our children to talk at the moment. Our children are suffering inside just as much if not more than us adults but don't know how to tell us. Well done! https://t.co/VXsbXEMvyl

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15/01/21

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MissKellyPE

As well as delivering live lessons, we launched a ‘Tokyo-Trek Challenge’ this week, encouraging pupils to stay active during this lockdown... Off to a good start over past 5 days!!! Pupils putting us teachers to shame, haha! https://t.co/VrfJ6KlGFg

15/01/21

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nathan jackson

653km now!

15/01/21

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Mrs T Parker

Got the balance right with the students in Live lessons, broken up by a period of no screen time to chat and hydrate, lunch time to refuel and a period at the end to discuss the day and clean down our areas. How quickly a routine can be embedded!

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10/01/21

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Victoria Butler

A timely reminder... even if it is on a screen... https://t.co/jEU2CnRbz6

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09/01/21

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Mrs T Parker

Later than normal as did not wake up until 9.00, mentally tired! But nothing like the Saturday morning Parker house disco to get me going. A great workout with the 'Cha Cha Slide' (I'll spare you the video :) ) This is the best part of my week! https://t.co/NFvcQI9d6s

08/01/21

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Mrs T Parker

Students are growing by the day. Live lessons; focused, interacting and time made for more chat on diversity, able to talk two other languages, being a twin, having dyslexia and the yearn to travel to see the Statue of Liberty and pyramids of Giza

07/01/21

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Mrs T Parker

Another good day with keyworkers with core subject covered together with a discussion on diversity. Shared their interests from golf to the Isle of Man TT and their coping strategies from walking, taking in surroundings to listening to The Beatles

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05/01/21

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Mrs T Parker

A lovely calm day with my keyworker bubble today. Maths and Science, broken up with a good chat and some affirmation posters for our well-being. https://t.co/GWZFRnOhDw

30/12/20

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Mrs T Parker

Had a front seat watching this just now. Wonderful creatures; resilient, family orientated, and definitely worthy of being my favourite animal. Beautiful! https://t.co/hCCpXq2BrY

28/12/20

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Mrs T Parker

Oh it's Saturday, so Parker disco time. This week is more like a service with a mixture of Christmas carols and songs. A good old bellow, good for the lungs and heart. Each one that comes on is my favourite. Feel free to join in!

24/12/20

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Mrs T Parker

Wishing all the community of staff, students, parents/carers and all our supporters a safe and relaxed seasonal break. Take time to reflect, time for self-care, to remember and prepare our mindset for the beginning of 2021. We enter this together.

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17/12/20

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Ian Beckett

Over 100 homemade cakes delivered to fabulous staff at - with huge gratitude from the and school governors for all their hard work and dedication in these very difficult times. Cakes made by our talented LAC vice-chair https://t.co/ayaMgguBMY

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17/12/20

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Mrs T Parker

The other joint runner up in the student/staff bake off. Well deserved. A huge thank you to all who took part. Pictures of the others will be shared tomorrow, let these have their moment. https://t.co/91dtWmpIn8

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17/12/20

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Mrs T Parker

Here we are, the winner (ginger bread people) and one of the joint runners up for the student/staff bake off. Amazing don't you agree! https://t.co/YbpUr4sXsV

17/12/20

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Mrs T Parker

Had a lovely day with the students of All was calm and orderly with quizzes subject based to keep the learning going but in a festive way. My favourite was blockbusters Science based with year 8. Great team spirit shown and competitiveness.

13/12/20

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Kerry Vidler

I’ve enjoyed baking these cakes today on behalf of the Local Academy Committee and the for the staff to say ‘Thank you’ for their hard work & dedication. https://t.co/MElyBehnij

13/12/20

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Mrs T Parker

Update, 6 cakes in (half) and I am bold over by the talent, commitment and creativity of both student and staff. It shows how building relationships with our students is so important Brilliant! https://t.co/lE3BFJG6tB

13/12/20

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Mrs T Parker

Just a few more to wait for, judging Tuesday. Out of all the memories I have made this beats them all. Purely because this shows that students work along side staff and strive to succeed despite all the hurdles that we have had to get over. https://t.co/ZlBWOwY39S

12/12/20

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Mrs T Parker

Nothing like Secret Santa to bring colleagues together. Thinking of others and sharing a common goal; to help bring a smile to their faces. Thank you staff for taking part.

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Homework

Rationale

“Homework is not an optional extra, but an essential part of a good education.” – 1999 White Paper, Excellence in Schools

Homework is work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. It is important in raising student achievement.

Not all homework needs to be completed at home. For some students who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks which may require resources (books, software, equipment) more readily available at school, Meteor Club runs every day where support is available.

Homework enhances student learning, improves achievement and develops students’ study skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum. It requires careful planning and integration into the scheme of work of each curriculum area. Homework is set and should be recorded in the student’s planner.

Aims

Homework enables students to:

  • consolidate and extend work covered in class or prepare for new learning activities
  • access resources not available in the classroom.
  • develop research skills.
  • have an opportunity for independent work.
  • show progress and understanding.
  • provide feedback in the evaluation of teaching.
  • to enhance their study skills e.g. planning, time management and self-discipline.
  • to take ownership and responsibility for learning.
  • engage parental co-operation and support.
  • create channels for home school dialogue

Expectations: How much and by whom? Below is a guide:

Key Stage 3

Time per week
Subject Year 7 Year 8
English 2 x 30 mins 2 x 30 mins
Maths 2 x 30 mins 2 x 30 mins
Science 2 x 30 mins 2 x 30 mins
Geography 30 mins 30 mins
History 30 mins 30 mins
MFL 30 mins 30 mins

 

Key Stage 4

Time per week
Subject Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
English 2 x 45 mins 2 x 60 mins 2 x 60 mins
Maths 2 x 45 mins 2 x 60 mins 2 x 60 mins
Science 2 x 45 mins 2 x 60 mins 2 x 60 mins
Other subjects 1 x 45 mins 1 x 60 mins 1 x 60 mins

 

National average

Year 7 & 8 = 45-90 minutes a day
Year 9 = 60 – 120 minutes a day
Year 10 & 11 = 90 – 150 minutes a day

 

The role of the Parents/Carers

The role of the parent/carer is crucial if a child is to gain success from homework. To reinforce its value through positive feedback will give students the confidence to persevere, work hard and reach high standards of achievement.

Parents/carers can assist by:

  • Providing a quiet and clear place to work.
  • Negotiating with their child when homework is to be done.
  • Checking the time spent on individual tasks.
  • Checking the student planner and Show My Homework for homework set and deadlines
  • Signing the homework planner each week
  • Ensuring that outside clubs do not hamper a child’s quality of work and put a child under undue pressure.
  • Checking presentation, spelling and content of all homework being returned to academy.
  • Testing them on the work that has been set; listen to them read aloud what they have written; and ask them to explain what they are currently studying.
  • Providing the academy with information about any problems through the student planner or by contacting the academy directly.
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