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:
What are our expectations of students?
For every subject, teachers will direct students to do one (or more) of the following activities:
To support students with this work, you will find a simple guide to accessing the virtual classrooms, and a suggested timetable enclosed.
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.
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.
*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.