Month: May 2020

Distance Learning Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian

Distance Learning Newsletter

We hope you are keeping safe and well in these challenging times.

We are writing to explain our refined approach to Distance Learning for the remainder of the summer term.

At Thistley Hough Academy, we are committed to ensuring that every student makes excellent progress, develops outstanding character and is successful in life, education and employment. Whilst our school building is closed, our commitment to achieving this mission is as strong as ever. We would like to thank you for your hard work so far in encouraging students to engage with schoolwork at home.

It is crucial that students continue to study at home in a structured and rigorous way so that they do not fall behind in their learning, and are ready to hit the ground running when they return to school. We have decided to refine our approach to Distance Learning to make it simpler for students and parents/carers to understand the school’s expectations and easier for students to access work.

Students have been provided with the following:

  • Distance Learning virtual classrooms – these classrooms, set up for each subject, outline what students are expected to complete in each subject each week.
  • Subject resources – these resources will support students to complete the tasks in the Distance Learning Booklets if they do not have access to the internet.


What are our expectations of students?



For every subject, teachers will direct students to do one (or more) of the following activities:

  • Watch a YouTube lesson uploaded by their teacher, taking notes and completing any short tasks set on paper
  • Engage with an online platform, completing the activities they’re instructed to (e.g. Oak National Academy, BBC Bitesize, Educake)
  • Read through a specific knowledge organizer, or other work packs that have been sent home and repeatedly self-quiz until they get no questions wrong.


To support students with this work, you will find a simple guide to accessing the virtual classrooms, and a suggested timetable enclosed.



  • It is essential for students to submit their work each week so that their teacher can see how much they have engaged with the activities and how much they have learnt. Students should submit in the one of the following ways:
    • Completing work online where requested through the virtual classroom
    • Taking a photo of any work completed in a book and uploading this to your virtual classroom
    • Dropping completed work into the Thistley Hough post-box in reception


Heads of Year, classroom teachers and Form Tutors will all be monitoring the level of student engagement with the Distance Learning work to ensure that all work is being accessed and completed.


We will also be uploading the timetable onto the school website for you to access. However, if you need any additional support interpreting the work or have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s classroom teacher, Form Tutor or Head of Year.


We would like to re-iterate our appreciation for your hard work in supporting your child’s learning at home so far. Please continue to hold them to account for completing their work at home and do let the school know if we can be of any assistance in supporting you to do so.


Yours sincerely,

Alexander Laney

Vice Principal


 Accessing the virtual classroom


The virtual classrooms that have been set up for each student has been set up using the Microsoft Teams platform. Students already have access to Microsoft Teams via their school Microsoft email account.


Students can access their school email, alongside a number of other Microsoft tools, such as Microsoft Teams via the link below:


From 8th June 2020, classroom teachers will be using Microsoft Teams to outline the work expected to be completed by students each week. The virtual classrooms can be used exactly like an ordinary classroom. Students can ask questions of their teacher, hand in work and receive feedback on their work through the Teams platform. The link below gives guidance on how to use teams:


Distance Learning timetable

The timetables below should be followed by students to ensure they maintain a structured approach to their study.


Year 7

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
English Mathematics Science Science Geography
D&T PE ICT MFL History
CPA Art RE English Mathematics



Year 8

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Geography Science Science English Mathematics
MFL ICT History D&T PE
English RE Mathematics CPA Art



Year 9*

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Science Geography English Mathematics Science
History MFL D&T PE ICT
Mathematics English CPA Art RE


*If you do not study History, Geography or MFL please take this time to complete your Travel & Tourism work.  Travel and Tourism work will be set for all Year 9 students to complete alongside the timetable outlined above.

Closure Update and Letter Home

The Department for Education has confirmed the phased re-opening of schools in England, starting on 1 June 2020 at the earliest. The actual re-opening date is yet to be confirmed.


We expect to be able to clarify by Friday 29 May which year groups are expected to return to school in the first wave. Secondary school remains open for vulnerable children and children and wards of key workers. All other pupils will continue remote learning from home until the next phase in the lifting of restrictions.


We will notify parents and carers as soon as the DfE instructions become clear. In the meantime we are keen to reassure families of the diligence with which Thistley Hough Academy is implementing the detailed guidance provided by the Department on social distancing, safeguarding and the continuance of educational provision under these challenging conditions.


When school does re-open, please anticipate that arrangements will be different from those that the children experienced prior to the current closure period.


Closure Update Letter

VE Day Cupcake Competition

To pay homage to the VE Day Celebrations and to extend them a little further we ran The Great Thistley Hough Bake Off.

This was our first Stay At Home competition and we encouraged our students to decorate 12 fairy cakes to the VE Day theme (red, white and blue). They got extra points if they baked the cakes themselves too.

We had some great entries but the winner was Poppy’s wonderful individual bakes. Each cupcake was decorated differently and she baked the cakes herself too. So well done Poppy. She received a Principal’s Award and an Amazon voucher for her prize.

It was a close competition with some amazing cupcake designs entered. We hope everyone enjoyed taking part in our first competition, and do look out for more to come.