Last term saw Ark Charter Academy change from a bricks-and-mortar institution, as it has been since 1864, to an online learning hub for our community. Well done to our parents, students and staff for making sure we work together to keep learning- we very proud of you all and are keen to emulate this success again this term!
Student wellbeing and safety, however, remain our main priority. We are also aware that adapting to the increased responsibility of managing their own time is challenging for young people. As such, I have also included a recommended daily schedule for students in KS3 and KS4 to support them to manage their time effectively.
Teachers, tutors and our pastoral team will also continue to be in touch every week to ensure all students feel supported and motivated at this time.
While working at home, we recommend that students spend 20 hours each week on their studies. This should be divided equally over the course of the week. On the key stage pages are recommended schedules and learning activities for students.
The amount of time it takes students to complete work varies, so if your child finishes quicker than planned or would like to extend themselves, then Hegarty has plenty of exercises students can use to study independently.
The priority for all families is to stay well and healthy. Your child's form tutor will be calling once a week to update you on how your child is doing academically and to check on their wellbeing. Please let them know if you need more work for your child or if you're finding that there's too much work being set. We appreciate that in some cases it will be challenging for students to complete all the work being set - our form tutors will be passing your feedback on to our senior leaders and we will adjust the work being set accordingly. Home learning is a new experience for all of us, but by working together we can make sure our children are well-supported during this period.
All students have been directed to bring home the physical resources that they require to complete work. This includes:
- Exam Papers
- Revision guides
Students also have access to a range of online resources including:
In the event of a partial or full closure, all of the teachers in school will upload resources onto Show My Homework for students to complete. This includes:
- Lesson PPTs
- Worksheets and activities
Please see the video here for guidance regarding uploading work to Show My Homework.
There will also be live lessons taught following the normal school timetable via MS Teams.
Should you have any issues accessing these resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will assist.
Teams Live Online Lessons
Please go to www.office.com and click on sign in. Use your school email and password to sign in to Office. (If you are already signed in to Satchel it may go through without needing your email and password) . Click on Teams in the line of office icons. This will take you to Teams. Click on Calendar to see what lessons you have got when. A couple of hours after the lesson has taken place you should aslo see the link to the lesson on YouTube.
Satchel: Show my Homework
Please click here to access Show my Homework.
Support documents for Show my Homework:
Picture Guide for Students : Log in to SMH on the App
Picture Guide for Students : Log in to SMH on the Internet
IMPORTANT - Read this before you log in for the first time
Setting up and Logging on to Show my Homework
Parents Guide to Show my Homework
Students Guide to Show my Homework
FAQs for Parents about Show my Homework
Student email instructions