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School update advice to Parents/Carers 23.03.20

Monday, March 23, 2020 General Information

Please note that Porthcawl Comprehensive School continues to be closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus. However, Bridgend Council has opened a number of Hub schools, that are open to look after the children of ’’key workers’’. There is an application process, for the allocation of places at the Hubs and there is a form to be completed. There is a copy of the form on the website in the section ’PARENTS, Letters Home’. Then please email completed forms back to BCBC at [email protected].
However, please do not send your child/children to a Hub school, unless this is your last resort for childcare.
Thank you

19 March 2020

Dear Parent / Carer,

Whilst school remains closed we will do our utmost as a staff to maintain continuity of learning during normal school hours. This will be done via the following methods:

1. Use of Google Classroom
– Classrooms have been created for every class for every subject.
– Access codes have been created for each child for all the classrooms they need access to. Codes have been distributed on paper to each child. If a child has been absent codes have been sent home electronically.
– Where children have not yet joined the classes they will be reminded to use their code via the Parent App.
– Staff have prepared and uploaded work including video tutoring and voice over Powerpoints.
– Work can be submitted to the class teacher for marking and feedback.

2. List of online resources.
A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus,
compiled by home educators.

Khan Academy
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level.
Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.

BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language
learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC

For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher
level material.

Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it.
Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young

Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges
cost but are optional.

All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden!

British Council
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
Geography gaming!

The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities

Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater

Education Games

Educational online games

DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes

This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access.

3. ICT support remote for all learners.
Students can email [email protected] if they get issues with google classroom at home and we’ll get back to them as soon as possible.

4. Paper based resources for those without technology.

5. Access to Health and Wellbeing classroom for all pupils, including mental health support.

6. Parental queries that come in to school will be re-routed from the central mailbox to the relevant staff if possible.

We appreciate your ongoing patience, support and understanding at this challenging time.

Yours sincerely

A Slade

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