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From Monday 23 March, until further notice, Ashington Academy is operating virtually, to minimise disruption to students’ education as much as possible during this difficult and unprecedented time. We are committed to ensuring that students are able to continue their learning and we are therefore providing students with work to complete at home. We expect all students to follow a simplified version of their usual timetable.

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Time Years 7 and 8 Years 9, 10 and 11 Sixth Form
08:50-09:00 Registration: Log in and check email, prepare for the day
09:00-10:00 Maths Maths Follow usual timetable
10:00-11:00 English English
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:15 Science Science Follow usual timetable
12:15-12:55 Lunch
12:55-1:00 Log in and check email, prepare for afternoon learning.
1:00-2:00 Follow timetable of other subjects:

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Geography
History
Geography
History
RE

Option A
Option B
Option C
Option A
Option B

Follow usual timetable

2:00-3:00 Follow timetable of other subjects:

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

MFL
RE
MFL
PSHE
PSHE

Option C
Option A
Option B
Option C
Independent study

Follow usual timetable

In the pack that students received, there are resources to support your child's learning in each subject. As well as the resources in the pack, work will be sent out on our Student POD and on online platforms such as Seneca Learning and Hegarty Maths.

For students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, we have also provided a blank exercise book and stationery pack for each student to ensure they can complete work neatly as they would in school.

Students - what you should do:

  • It is really important for your future to keep working hard and follow the school routine as far as you can.
  • Log on to your school email at least twice per day at 08.50am and 12.55pm, to check for messages from teachers and make sure you understand what work you need to complete. You can do this by clicking the ‘Student POD’ link at the top of our webpage www.ashingtonacademy.co.uk
  • Follow your normal timetable, sticking as far as possible to the times specified.
  • Complete all work to the best of your ability and as neatly as possible. Use the exercise book provided where appropriate.
  • Communicate with teachers by school email during school hours if you are not sure what to do. Wherever possible, teachers will respond promptly to queries.

IT/online learning help:

  • You will also need your email address to log into student POD and to Seneca Learning.
  • If you have any IT queries, you can email ict.support@ashingtonacademy.co.uk and someone will aim to respond to you as quickly as possible.

PARENTS / CARERS - WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOUR CHILD IS WORKING AT HOME:

  • Provide a quiet space for your child to work in.
  • Encourage your child to complete all work to the best of their ability and as neatly as possible.
  • Ask your child about the work they are doing and help them where you can; a great way of doing this is by testing or quizzing them on what they have learned.
  • Keep your child’s email login details safe and remind them of them where necessary.
  • If you have any general queries, please contact the school enquiries line on info@ashingtonacademy.co.uk

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD IS ILL:

  • If your child in unable to attend school because they are unwell or because they are self-isolating because of a family member being unwell, please report this as usual to school. 
  • Please follow NHS guidance in relation to Coronavirus: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

 

We understand that this is a difficult and worrying time, and we aim to keep parents and students updated and informed regularly in relation to what is happening with school. Please continue to check our website for further updates.

 

Resources

English:

Audible: free access to stories on desktop, laptop, phone or tablet on Audible for the duration of school closures.
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Project Gutenberg: a library of over 60,000 books that you can download or read online. The texts included are mostly older literary works so if you’ve always fancied reading a classic, from Frankenstein to Jane Eyre, or Sherlock Holmes to Oliver Twist, you’ll find them all available here!
https://www.gutenberg.org/

National Theatre: every Thursday at 7pm the National Theatre will stream a play on their YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/ntdiscovertheatre

The first play is the comedy ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ on Thursday 2 April and features James Corden. This play is rated 12A.

Royal Shakespeare Company: the RSC will be screening six of their past productions on BBC iPlayer. The times and dates are to be confirmed but keep your eyes peeled for updates on Romeo and Juliet (2018), Othello (2015), Much Ado About Nothing (2014), Hamlet (2016), Macbeth (2018) and The Merchant of Venice (2015).

Maths:

Your maths teachers will be setting you a range of tasks through Hegarty Maths.
https://hegartymaths.com/

Maths teachers may also be setting you work through Corbett Maths.
https://corbettmaths.com/

Science:

The Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures: watch the Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures for free online. There is an extensive range of fascinating topics covered including the hidden numbers, rules and patterns that secretly control our lives and how to survive in space.
https://www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures/watch

Periodic Videos: a YouTube channel for all things chemistry! A video about each element in the periodic table.
https://www.youtube.com/user/periodicvideos/about

Geography:

National Geographic for Kids: a website packed with interesting articles, facts and quizzes.
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

Geography in the News: lots of interesting articles from around the world.
https://www.geographyinthenews.org.uk/

World Geography Games: test your geographical knowledge.
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html

History:

The Big History Project: a fascinating website that examines our past, explains our present and imagines our future.
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/chapters/1#

Business and Enterprise:

The Peter Jones Foundation: Tycoon weekly enterprise challenges
https://www.tycoon.com/#block-block-3

ICT:

iDEA: An international programme that helps you develop and demonstrate your digital, enterprise and employability skills for free! 
https://idea.org.uk/

Code Cademy: free online courses to learn typing skills, ICT skills or computer coding.
https://www.codecademy.com/

Scratch: programme your own interactive stories, games and animations.
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/

Free Typing Tutor: complete typing lessons, typing tests and typing quizzes.
https://www.typing.com/

Coding Tutorials: one-hour tutorials on how to code.
https://code.org/learn

MFL:

Learn a language for free using either Duolingo or BBC Languages:
https://www.duolingo.com/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/

French magazines to download from Milan Presse:
https://www.1jour1actu.com/culture/lire-et-sinformer-en-restant-confine

Music:

Making Music: learn the basics of making music, with no need for prior experience or equipment!
https://learningmusic.ableton.com/

General:

Ted Talks for Kids: animated videos and talks on a wide range of topics with associated quizzes that you can test yourself on after watching.
https://ed.ted.com/

BBC Bitesize: helpful web pages to support your learning across all subjects.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Keeping Active:

The Body Coach, Joe Wicks
If like us you are missing your PE lessons, Joe Wicks is streaming a PE lesson live on his YouTube channel every morning at 9am. This is also available at any time of the day after the live stream. Joe also has a range of other workouts available for you to do at home.
https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html

Darebee (body weight exercises)
If strength training is more your thing then workouts on Darebee.com are ideal. You will find a range of exercises that target different muscles groups using either your body weight or hand weights if you have them available.
https://darebee.com/workouts.html

DEAM calendars (drop everything and move)
You may be finding that you are pretty stationary at home at the moment so why not try some of the ‘DEAM’ activities to get you up and moving again in no time!
https://openphysed.org/activeschools/activehome

Skipping challenges
Dust off your skipping ropes and get moving.

Skipping isn’t just for the playground. It’s a great way to get your heart racing with a combination of simple moves. Daily skipping gives health benefits of increasing both your fitness and coordination.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1pvJl3dLyswVpWwq6bkGGqP/the-skipping-challenge-makeyourmove
https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/images/uploads/jump-rope/Teachers_Resources/JRFH_TeachersManual_Web_version_Part_3.pdf

Just Dance (YouTube)
You don’t need a games console to take advantage of Just Dance tracks and routines. If you load up YouTube you will be spoilt for choice with how many Just Dance tracks are available to you. Don’t hold back with this one, go for it!

STRUCTURED WORKOUTS

The next few links are full at home workouts. You really are spoilt for choice as many providers have made workouts easily available. There really is something for everyone! Enjoy!

Pop sugar fitness
https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit

All workouts are free for the duration of this period so just click on the video that you wish to use.

Les Mills workouts
https://watch.lesmillsondemand.com/at-home-workouts

Scroll past the subscribe button on the website – all workouts are free for this period.

X-HIT Daily
A full range of workouts from Pilates to boot camp, all of which can be done in your front room!
https://www.youtube.com/user/XFitDaily

200 calorie workout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj2lgl0PsYw

Yoga for Teens: a 30 minute energising flow yoga class designed especially for teens.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6erFaJZqP4

Wellbeing:

Please also see our Keeping Active resources

Audible: free access to stories on desktop, laptop, phone or tablet on Audible for the duration of school closures:
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Project Gutenberg: a library of over 60,000 books that you can download or read online. The texts included are mostly older literary works so if you’ve always fancied reading a classic, from Frankenstein to Jane Eyre, or Sherlock Holmes to Oliver Twist, you’ll find them all available here!
https://www.gutenberg.org/

National Theatre: every Thursday at 7pm the National Theatre will stream a play via their YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/ntdiscovertheatre

The first play is the comedy ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ on Thursday 2 April and features James Corden. This play is rated 12A.

Royal Shakespeare Company: the RSC will be screening six of their past productions on BBC iPlayer. The times and dates are to be confirmed but keep your eyes peeled for Romeo and Juliet (2018), Othello (2015), Much Ado About Nothing (2014), Hamlet (2016), Macbeth (2018) and The Merchant of Venice (2015).

Ted Talks for Kids: animated videos and talks on a wide range of topics with associated quizzes that you can test yourself on after watching.
https://ed.ted.com/

Edinburgh Zoo Live Webcams: watch the animal antics live from Edinburgh Zoo through panda cam, penguin cam, tiger cam, koala cam and rockhopper penguin cam!
https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/

Georgia Aquarium Live Webcam: you can also tour under the sea!
https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/

Virtual museum tours: visit museums around the world from the comfort of your sofa in these free, online tours.

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en

https://mumsdotravel.com/2020/03/how-to-explore-londons-top-museums-from-home/

Explore the architecture and history of Rome: by joining the free online course provided by the University of Reading (be careful to click on the free option rather than one with a payment!) you’ll get 7 weeks’ access to walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city of Rome.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/rome/8/register?return=b5vf4pil

Virtual Tours of World Landmarks: although world landmarks are closed, you can still visit a lot of them virtually. Tour Boston Children’s Museum, Yellowstone National Park and even Mars following the links here!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/preview?fbclid=IwAR2lN47dK-NtjWUJUPchpdxJSS_kvqLn2kTa_Oa3g1WWvEIZGiEEZ1J4KoQ&pru=AAABcQQzAQc*j_OXW40DQiYeT7z8bagfiA

Yoga for Teens: a 30 minute energising flow yoga class designed especially for teens.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6erFaJZqP4

Mindfulness
If you’re looking for a bit of balance, this is a free, Australian mindfulness app that allows you to practice daily meditation and mindfulness exercises from any device.
https://www.smilingmind.com.au/smiling-mind-app

In the garden: simple ideas of how you can help wildlife in your yard / garden. From building a bug hotel to creating a log shelter!
https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/actions