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Parent information - Summer Term 1.6.20

1st June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope you are all continuing to keep safe and well and following the guidance as best as you can. The half term gave all the students a chance to have a break from the home learning that they have been busy filling our inboxes with and I hope you, too, got some time to enjoy the sunshine and take stock of the past couple of months. 

There are many conflicting messages being thrown around in the public regarding the guidance on keeping safe and also the wider opening of schools. I thought I would take this time to provide you with information on how we, at Plympton Academy, will be managing this last half term. 

 

Year 7 & 8

There is no guidance suggesting that these students will return before the summer holidays. Their learning will continue to consist of:

  • 20 minutes work per timetabled lesson each day

  • Teacher directed tasks to recap learning from Semester 1 - Semester 3

  • New Semester 4 content gradually introduced

  • Hegarty maths online learning

  • Optional stretch activities

  • Tutor time reading

  • Guided PSHE tasks

All tasks are set on ClassCharts and all work is uploaded onto Google Classrooms. 

 

Year 9

There is no guidance suggesting that these students will return before the summer holidays. Their learning will continue to consist of:

  • 30 minutes work per timetabled lesson each day

  • Teacher directed tasks to recap learning from Semester 1 - Semester 3

  • New Semester 4 content gradually introduced

  • Hegarty maths online learning

  • Science Seneca online

  • Tutor time reading

  • Guided PSHE tasks

All tasks are set on ClassCharts and all work is uploaded onto Google Classrooms. 

 

Year 10

Guidance has been provided to schools to enable students to have some face-to-face contact to support their on-line learning. As such we will be opening the Academy for Year 10 students from 15th June. Only a quarter of students can be allowed on site at any one time and so a rota will be put in place allowing students to have one full week of face-to-face support with subject specialist teachers. Individual timetables and further health and safety guidelines will be sent to all parents of Year 10 students on Monday 8th June indicating which week their son/daughter will be asked to attend the Academy. The day will consist of two, two-hour lessons with one break. Start of the day will be from 09:30 and the day will finish at 14:30 to allow for students who need to travel to avoid rush-hour on public transport. 

The work completed whilst at home will be as follows, with details about the work completed in school to follow:

  • 30 minutes work per timetabled lesson each day

  • Past papers/worksheet supporting the work from semester 1 - semester 3

  • New semester 4 content gradually introduced

  • Hegarty maths online learning

  • Science Seneca online learning

  • Tutor time reading

  • Guided PSHE tasks

All tasks are set on ClassCharts and all work is uploaded onto Google Classrooms. 

 

Year 12

Guidance has been provided to schools to enable students to have some face-to-face contact to support their on-line learning. As such we will be opening the Academy for Year 12 students from 15th June. Due to the small numbers in many of our Sixth Form classes we are able to offer four weeks of face to face support for all Y12 students with subject specialist teachers.  Individual timetables and further health and safety guidelines will be sent to all parents of year 12 on Monday 8th June. The day will consist of two, two-hour lessons with one break. Start of the day will be from 09:30 and the day will finish at 14:30 to allow for students who need to travel to avoid rush hour on public transport. 

The work completed whilst at home will be as follows, with details about the work completed in school to follow:

  • 40 minutes work per timetabled lesson each day

  • Past papers/worksheet supporting the work from semester 1 - semester 3

All tasks are set on ClassCharts and all work is uploaded onto Google Classrooms. 

Please do remember that all work should be completed to a good standard, with ClassCharts points awarded for effort and excellence. It was lovely to see that so many of our students achieved this recognition last term. There are also some wonderful assemblies that staff are creating, with their Head of Year, to keep in touch with the students. 

The Academy will continue to be open to our more vulnerable students and those whose parents are critical workers, however please only send your child in if this service is essential. Staffing is now in place for Years 10 and 12 and as such there is only limited staffing for this group of students. Good communication regarding the need for this service is critical if we are to continue to staff this appropriately. 

I would also like to share some staffing news for you:

  • We are sad to say goodbye to Mrs Payne (Maths) and Mrs Hutton (Science), who both come to the end of their contracts with the Academy. Our thanks to both of them for all the support they have given our students in their time with us. We wish them well in the future. 

  • We welcome back Ms Francis-Lang (Maths) who returns to us from her maternity leave. Welcome to Teddy who has become the fourth member of their household. 

  • We also welcome back Mrs Turner (Art & Photography/Head of Year 10) from her maternity leave. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Turner on the wonderful addition of Pixie to their family. 

With the new, wider opening of the retail sector, outside cafes and schools it is easy to forget the risk that the virus still poses. We will be doing all we can to ensure that our students are kept safe and have the best possible learning experience in the current situation and we ask for your support by ensuring that your child does not come onto the Academy site unless they have the expressed permission of the Academy; this includes meeting up with their friends at the end of the school day to walk home in groups. This will clearly increase the level of risk within our local community. 

Keep safe, please contact enquiries@plympton.academy with any questions, and I hope to see you again in the near future.

 

Warm regards

Ms L Boorman

Principal