Working from home can be especially challenging and we want to thank you all for your hard work and perseverance at this difficult time. To help, we want to make home learning as easy to navigate as possible.
Portmeirion members are working with a range of devices at home to access work. Wherever possible we would ask pupils to use TEAMS, as this is the best way to pick up work and have it marked, as well as allowing students to chat to one another or get advice from teachers and TAs. We know that this is not always possible, depending on the devices students are using, so if you are not able to access TEAMS, then all students have a school email account and work can be sent directly to teachers.
To help to organise the working day, students can use the timetable below if they wish.
When will new work be set and how much work should I do?
New work will be put on TEAMS on Monday of each week and we would ask that students do at least 30 minutes per subject, but should aim to work at their own pace. It is really important for students to look after their mental health and not get stressed about work load.
Where can I find help for work?
There are a lot of useful websites to help, particularly BBC Bitesize for all subjects which is an excellent starting point. Recommended English subject websites include Mr Bruff for English GCSE, spellingplay.co.uk, phonicsplay.co.uk websites, while maths sites such as Math is Fun forum and Brightstorm has lots of free videos that take you through maths concepts step-by-step. For exercise why not look on You Tube for the Joe Wickes workouts to get you moving. There is also lots of information on Teams signposting you to Yoga, matters of mindfulness etc.
The above are just guidelines. You can adapt the tasks and activities according to the student’s concentration span and your own commitments daily. At the end of the day if you and your child are enjoying an activity and decide to take it further or in a slightly different direction— learning will be taking place. Please don’t hesitate to send this work to their teacher, so they can see the learning journey that has taken place.
Feedback and marking
If you can, please give your young person instant feedback and praise on their work and then return it to the staff in any form you are able. Please upload to TEAMS if possible, but we also have students taking photographs of their work, as they are unable to send it any other way and emailing it. Just make sure that when doing this that you take a photo from above the work, as this makes it easier to read. Whatever works for you is fine. We will aim to mark work and give feedback as soon as possible.
We know that this is a worrying and stressful time and want you to know that we are here for you. If you have any problems or queries, please email and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
We are thinking of you. Stay safe
From all the staff in Portmeirion