HOME LEARNING

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Home learning is fast becoming blended learning at our school and is a term being used to describe a methodology which includes online and face to face teaching. At Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi this approach combines the traditional class with digital activity through the use of tablets, smartphones and other technological devices which catch students’ interests more effectively than simply face to face or online lessons.

 

This approach that began in March 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 forced our staff to accelerate their learning in how to teach effectively in this way. Our school utilises the HWB platform in which our pupils have access to Microsoft Windows free as well as other software which supports their creativity, learning and communication.

 

The biggest advantage of this style of teaching is that it enables us to turn the classroom on its head. In a flipped classroom the responsibility for the teaching process is in a sense transferred to the students, who can control access to content, spend all the time they need to learn and assess their understanding.

 

This blended or flipped approach to deep and meaningful learning will involve the following elements:

 

  • An introduction on the subject to be covered

  • Provide some guidance on identifying reliable sources

  • Provide clear and attainable objectives that the lesson aims to achieve;

  • Support the learning through some form of direct contact

  • Providing some form of assessment or self-reflection

  • Encourage and facilitate pertinent questions

  • Develop class discussion and critical thinking

  • Creating products: mind maps, PowerPoints, videos.

 

Where possible pre-recorded introductions to tasks will be used when direct contact is not possible. Pupils should make notes or answer questions prior to starting their research and watching videos or browsing the internet for sources suggested by the teacher.

 

 

We are aware that for some families distance learning has been, and will continue to be, difficult to manage. Some learners have found it hard to maintain motivation when working at home. Our approach to distance learning will always be mindful of the different circumstances families and learners might be facing during this period. In line with the education minister’s statement, supporting learners’ well-being whilst learning at home will always form part of our face to face well-being programme of support. 

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Hwb is the digital platform for learning and teaching in Wales. Hwb provides its users with access to a range of centrally-funded, bilingual, digital tools and resources. It is the Welsh Government's strategic digital channel to support the delivery of the curriculum in Wales.

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'Blutick provides pupils with immediate and intelligent feedback when they make mistakes in Maths, The software is like having your own personal tutor in the room. It has been created by some of the leading mathematicians in the country and put together in small digestible chunks to aid learning and retention.'

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Google Classroom is a free web service developed by Google for schools that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.

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Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create "grids" to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called "topics," and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display.

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Moodle stands for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. Moodle is used primarily for teaching our I.T. course and is well established as part of the main teaching tool. It is a robust, secure and free platform to create and deliver personalized learning.

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GCSEPod is the perfect resource to help your child learn, retain and recall all the information they need to achieve their GCSE goals. This one resource that does it all, online or offline, in or out of class. It is a resource that we can rely on and content we can trust.

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Microsoft Teams is a communication platform developed by Microsoft, as part of the Microsoft 365 family of products. Teams primarily offers our  teachers the opportunity to chat and video teach, our pupils face to face 

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Khan Academy is a free resource which provides short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary exercises and materials for teachers to use to promote students to practice their skills and apply their knowledge in an interactive way. 

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Kahoot allows our teachers to assess prior knowledge, introduce new concepts or preview content. It Identifies topics that need follow up and help students practice for their tests. The software uses analytics from game reports to assess class learning and progress being made