KJ Linked - Weekly Learning Toolkit

25/05/2020 - KJ Linked Issue 8 released!

As you will have seen, the Government is encouraging secondary schools to consider a partial return for Year 10 and Year 12 students from Monday 1st June 2020. Our view continues to be that it is important that we take appropriate, extensive and considered actions to assure the safety of all members of our school community to make the right decision at the right time.

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The coronavirus and home schooling section of the website is available on this link (Updated 01/06/2020)

There will be another Chromebook repair session on Friday 5th June 2020. 8:00am - 11:30am. If your child needs their chromebook repaired, please contact the school prior to this for details.

Coronavirus & Home Schooling

News and Latest Developments

All the latest news, developments and warnings regarding Coronavirus / COVID-19

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Letters to Parents and Students

All letters to Parents and Students that would normally have been issued physically will be available here.

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Learning Toolkit

Supporting Learning from home with a variety of King James recommended resources.

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Portico

Access your school work area from home

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Mutual Aid Groups Across County Durham

A huge list of support agencies willing to help support you and your family through Covid-19.

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National Advice

National Advice from the NHS and Gov.UK

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ClassCharts

Access Class charts here. If you have any issues accessing your work, contact the school by telephone.

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Friday 22nd May 2020

Dear Student / Parent / Carer

I hope that you are all well and thank you for all of your support through recent weeks.  It has been a really challenging time and we are all looking forward to welcoming you back to King James.

As you will have seen, the Government is encouraging secondary schools to consider a partial return for Year 10 and Year 12 students from Monday 1st June 2020.  Our view continues to be that it is important that we take appropriate, extensive and considered actions to assure the safety of all members of our school community to make the right decision at the right time. 

At the moment, and following discussions with a range of stakeholders, we are planning for an earliest return date of Monday 15th June 2020 for targeted students.  We have chosen this date in response to our local circumstances and in the hope that we will continue to see a fall in the national and local infection rates for Covid-19.  This date also provides teachers with the time to prepare to enhance their support for students and for essential health and safety upgrades to be completed across the Academy. 

We have undertaken a detailed risk assessment of our site and practices and we are implementing a range of measures that will enable us to provide a safe working environment and one in which the safety of your child, and our staff, has been fully considered. The Academy will be a very different place when more students return and we will seek assurances from parents regarding acceptable conduct and compliance with our revised policies (further details to follow).

It is anticipated that, from Monday 15th June 2020, Year 10 students will be asked to attend either AM or PM sessions, within identified groups (Monday to Thursday); exact details will be provided closer to the time.  The sessions will support students' engagement with online learning and the content that has been covered over the last term.  It is imperative that all students continue to take full advantage of the online lessons and learning activities being provided for all year groups by our dedicated teachers.

Year 12 students will, by invitation, be asked to attend Subject Tutorials across the working week from Monday 15th June 2020.  Again, further details will be provided in due course. 

We will also continue to support the children of Key Workers and Vulnerable students through our established on-site support programme.

Given that a return to our previous way of working may not happen in the near future, it is critical that we continue to revise and improve our online teaching support.  In response to parental and student requests, we will be implementing a weekly timetable for each year group, in June, that will help parents and children to plan their learning even more effectively.  Work will be set for two to three subjects per day, according to a published timetable, and we will ensure that teachers are available for an identified hour per subject, on each day, in order to deliver a lesson and / or to answer specific questions.  We will be aiming to increase the amount of 'live' contact in order to provide greater support for our learners.

If you have any questions, or you are struggling to access online learning, then please feel free to make contact with me or our It Technicians via the school email address (kingjames@kj1a.com).

Thank you again for your support and please continue to make contact if there is any way in which we can help you or if you have any suggestions regarding our current provision.

Stay safe and best wishes.

 

Nick Grieveson

 

Notifications

Year 11 Students Preparing For Sixth Form

Remote learning is now available for students wishing to continue into 6th form, at King James and all other 6th form pathways. Work can be accessed as usual via classcharts where new classes have been set up for this preparatory work. Also work can  be found on google classrooms, and students should check their gmail accounts for invites to join up. Should you have any questions please contact Mrs Nicholson on the form here

 

Year 11 Students Waiting to Start Careers or Other Further Education

While you are waiting to start career and Further Education pathways, you can now access work that will support your transition. Any questions should be directed to Mrs Stead or Anne Goddard.

 

GCSE / AS / A' Level Students

For further information - Please see below a link to a You Tube Ofqual announcement that is relevant to all Year 11 and Year 13 students.

https://youtu.be/VXuDOrtJY1Q

 

Outward Bound trip

Outward Bound trip cancelled. When we have more information available we will be in touch. Many thanks and stay safe.

 

No Computer? Use Your Phones!

TOP TIP for students and parents - If you are struggling to access a computer, or you are sharing a computer, why not use your phone to access Class Charts and find home-work that can be completed in the exercise book you have been given.  When you have completed the work, take a photograph and email it back to your teacher.

 

Staff Emails Addresses

All students should have received an email to their school email account containing a list of all email addresses.


Free School Meal Phishing Scam Emails

We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following:

‘As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported’.

I would just like to confirm this is a scam email and is not from the Academy / Local Authority. We urge you and parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond and delete it immediately.

 

 

Latest KJ Linked Newsletters:

KJ Linked - Issue 8

As you will have seen, the Government is encouraging secondary schools to consider a partial return for Year 10 and Year 12 students from Monday 1st June 2020. Our view continues to be that it is important that we take appropriate, extensive and considered actions to assure the safety of all members of our school community to make the right decision at the right time.

KJ Linked - Issue 7

Welcome to Issue 7 of KJ Linked. This week, the Government has confirmed that our isolation efforts as a nation are beginning to make a difference in controlling COVID-19, and in small steps, we can now begin to venture out more. This is great news, but we must still follow the guidelines and limit our contact with others.

KJ Linked - Issue 6

Welcome to Issue 6 of KJ Linked. In this issue, alongside a host of ideas to help you stay positive and busy in lockdown, we focus

on the next steps for Year 6 pupils who will be joining the Academy in September.

KJ Linked - Issue 5

Welcome to Issue 5 of KJ Linked. As we begin week 7 of lockdown it is good to hear in the news that our efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19 as a nation are working.