3rd July 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Latest from the Headteacher Student Resources

For those Parents / Carers who are Keyworkers, this should be an absolute last resort but if you need to send your child(ren) into school week commencing (13.07.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (09.07.20). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

For Year 10 students only, the school will continue to be partially open for the last three weeks of school. This has been communicated separately to the students involved. Only those in year 10 or those who are LAC or have an EHCP are now expected to attend their allocated school sessions week commencing Monday 06.07.20.

For all other students who do not fall into the criteria above please continue with the home-schooling provision via Classcharts.

 

Message from Mr Knowles

 

The Department for Education have provided two documents to help explain:

 

1. School provision between now and 31st August

What parents and carers need to know

 

2. School provision from September

What parents and carers need to know

 

Whilst these are generic documents they contain useful insight and the facts rather than media interpretation. As a school we will communicate more with you before the end of the summer term to outline our plans, which will differ in some ways from these generic documents, but always be in line with government regulation and guidelines. We will always put student safety and education at the forefront of our thinking.

 

Year 10

We would like to highlight some key messages to our Year 10 students

You should be accessing Class Charts every day to see the work that has been set by your teachers. More and more lessons are being delivered online (via Zoom with full safety precautions). These are linked to your Class Charts classes and can be accessed by any device with an internet connection.

We have set up online learning conversations for small groups of students and your class teachers. Through Class Charts, you will receive a link to a Zoom meeting from your class teacher. This can be accessed on the web, but ideally you would have downloaded the Zoom app in advance. In the conversation, you will be joined by up to eight others from your class. Your teacher will check on how you have been doing, talk through the most crucial work you should be doing and suggest ways you can work independently to stay up to date ahead of a return in September.

These learning conversations, together with the extensive work set on Class Charts and phone calls from your tutor, will be in-place of any physical face-to-face sessions. However, we continue to look at other ways to support your core learning.

 

Home Learning

We hope you are continuing to enjoy the more interactive lessons this week and all of the challenges that are being shared on Facebook; we are loving the responses so please keep them coming!

Remember to check Class Charts every day to keep up with the work being set. If a Zoom invitation is received, remember that it is beneficial to have downloaded the app prior to the meeting.

Yr10 students will continue to receive Zoom meeting invitations which need to be attended unless they are in school. It is imperative that our Yr10 students attend these Zoom sessions.

In addition to the Zoom meetings during normal school hours the schedule below details departments that will host after school hours Zoom meetings to support those who are unable to attend during normal school hours. Staff could invite you to attend but all after school sessions will end at 6pm.

  • Monday – English (Lit and Lang)
  • Tuesday – Maths
  • Wednesday – Science
  • Thursday – Humanities
  • Friday – Non Core subjects (inc tech and French)

There is a new section on our website under the student link which is titled ‘Home Learning’. Here you will find some helpful guides to safety online, Class Charts and zoom lessons.

Can I once again remind everyone that students should be constantly uploading their work to Class Charts; this allows class teachers to give feedback, and ensure progress is being made. If students need any specific help with tasks, please contact the school and we will direct you to somebody who can help.

The welfare of our students is obviously still our primary concern and we would like to stress that it is imperative that regular breaks are taken for fresh air and refreshments. We are always looking into ways to improve our online content and hope that the recent improvements will continue to increase the variety in our delivery and enthuse our students.

 

Year 6 Students

Lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic has been essential but it has made the transition for Y6 to secondary school very difficult. Even with lockdown rules relaxing, the guidance advises that no transition activities for Y6 should take place. However, here is a list of the transition support that has happened and what is still to happen.

So far:

1)    A ‘Welcome to Hetton School’ pack was posted to Y6 students & parents. This asked for confidential information to help us get to know your child and also included information about the school; a map of the school; guidance on school & PE uniforms; pictures of Heads of House plus other important school policies.

2)    A Virtual tour of the school was placed on the school website.

3)    The school website transition page was increased to include the names and faces of key staff who are mentioned in the virtual tour.

4)    The school website transition page was increased to include some Frequently Asked Questions.

5)    Year 6 welcome assemblies that cover key points are on the school website.

6)    The Heads of House have made welcome videos which are on the school website.

7)    Welcome postcards from the Heads of House have been posted out.

 

Still to come:

 

1)    Virtual meetings with Year 6 teachers & students are taking place where possible.

2)    Welcome emails will be sent directly to parents so they can have any individual questions answered.

3)    A virtual presentation to parents from the Headteacher will be available on the school website.

 

Class Charts

Just reminder that if you are having difficulty with Class Charts please see the help sheets links, additionally to that please contact the school and we will get back to you.

Class Charts for pupils guide

Class Charts for parents guide

If your child wishes to discuss lesson content with their teachers, they can email teachers directly.

 

Student Wellbeing

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s metal health and you would like to talk to someone from school or for school to contact you individually, in addition to the tutor calls that are taking place, then please contact the school by email.

 

Social Media

Departments have been setting challenges for you all to join in with, we look forward to posting your responses next week.

Monday – Mr Watson’s posted round five of the staff baby photo competition.

Tuesday – Mr Ferguson set the ‘5K’ P.E. challenges. Mr Watson & our English department are continuing the challenge to create a Tik Tok style rap. This will remain open to all this half term and the winner gets a £25 Amazon voucher.

Wednesday – Our Humanities department set you the ‘Hetton Geographer of the week’ challenge. The task is to take a picture of something geography related. This might be something you see on your daily exercise or from a previous holiday you have been on or even something in your home. Submit your answers to Miss Sewell.

Mr Busby set you a challenge using different materials to create a piece of headwear to commemorate a country, for example make the Eiffel Tower made out of cardboard. Please photograph your efforts and then email them to Mr Busby.

Thursday – The science department set you the ‘Experience Gravity Free Water’ task and Miss Naisbitt set you a Media challenge to create your own news report for an issue which is NOT currently being reported in the news. You could choose to create a TV video broadcast, a radio recording, or a media print. Please send you submissions to Miss Naisbitt via email.

Friday – Mr P will host his weekly Friday quiz at 2pm today and Miss Small has set a Business department treasure hunt . We have issued our HoY weekly bulletin on social media which rounds up all the fantastic things our students have been doing this week. The answer for the staff baby photo will be announced later today.

New challenges will be set next week, please keep social media and we would like you to join in with us!

 

Student Achievement

Our reward system at Hetton School is something we make a big deal out of as it is used to reward students with WOW point for their contribution to work in lessons and school life. Huge congratulations to Abbie who has achieved the following award this week, well done!

 

Abbie Swallow – 900 WOW points – Governors Award

 

Email – hetton.school@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

Hetton School updates

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26th June 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Latest from the Headteacher Student Resources

‘Last resort childcare for eligible children’

Hetton School is currently closed with no students attending. For those Parents / Carers who are Keyworkers, this should be an absolute last resort but if you need to send your child(ren) into school week commencing (06.07.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (02.07.20). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

 

For Year 10 students only, the school will partially open for the last three weeks of school. This has been communicated separately to the students involved. Only those in year 10 or those who are LAC or have an EHCP are now expected to attend their allocated school sessions week commencing Monday 29.06.20.

 

For all other students who do not fall into the criteria above please continue with the home-schooling provision via Classcharts.

 

Message from Mr Knowles

Please follow the link to the latest message from Mr Knowles.

 

Year 10

We would like to highlight some key messages to our Year 10 students

You should be accessing Class Charts every day to see the work that has been set by your teachers. More and more lessons are being delivered online (via Zoom with full safety precautions). These are linked to your Class Charts classes and can be accessed by any device with an internet connection.

We have set up online learning conversations for small groups of students and your class teachers. Through Class Charts, you will receive a link to a Zoom meeting from your class teacher. This can be accessed on the web, but ideally you would have downloaded the Zoom app in advance. In the conversation, you will be joined by up to eight others from your class. Your teacher will check on how you have been doing, talk through the most crucial work you should be doing and suggest ways you can work independently to stay up to date ahead of a return in September.

These learning conversations, together with the extensive work set on Class Charts and phone calls from your tutor, will be in-place of any physical face-to-face sessions. However, we continue to look at other ways to support your core learning.

 

Home Learning

We hope you are continuing to enjoy the more interactive lessons this week and all of the challenges that are being shared on Facebook; we are loving the responses so please keep them coming!

Remember to check Class Charts every day to keep up with the work being set. If a Zoom invitation is received, remember that it is beneficial to have downloaded the app prior to the meeting.

Yr10 students will continue to receive Zoom meeting invitations which need to be attended unless they are in school. It is imperative that our Yr10 students attend these Zoom sessions.

In addition to the Zoom meetings during normal school hours the schedule below details departments that will host after school hours Zoom meetings to support those who are unable to attend during normal school hours. Staff could invite you to attend but all after school sessions will end at 6pm.

  • Monday – English (Lit and Lang)
  • Tuesday – Maths
  • Wednesday – Science
  • Thursday – Humanities
  • Friday – Non Core subjects (inc tech and French)

 

There is a new section on our website under the student link which is titled ‘Home Learning’. Here you will find some helpful guides to safety online, Class Charts and zoom lessons.

Can I once again remind everyone that students should be constantly uploading their work to Class Charts; this allows class teachers to give feedback, and ensure progress is being made. If students need any specific help with tasks, please contact the school and we will direct you to somebody who can help.

The welfare of our students is obviously still our primary concern and we would like to stress that it is imperative that regular breaks are taken for fresh air and refreshments. We are always looking into ways to improve our online content and hope that the recent improvements will continue to increase the variety in our delivery and enthuse our students.

 

Year 6 Students

Lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic has been essential but it has made the transition for Y6 to secondary school very difficult. Even with lockdown rules relaxing, the guidance advises that no transition activities for Y6 should take place. Therefore, we wanted to highlight for you the actions we have and are taking to support Y6 transition to Hetton School.

So far:

1)          A ‘Welcome to Hetton School’ pack was posted to Y6 students & parents. This asked for confidential information to help us get to know your child and also included information about the school; a map of the school; guidance on school & PE uniforms; pictures of Heads of House plus other important school policies.

2)  A Virtual tour of the school was placed on the school website.

3)  The school website transition page was increased to include the names and faces of key staff who are mentioned in the virtual tour.

4)  The school website transition page was increased to include some Frequently Asked Questions.

5)  Year 6 welcome assemblies that cover key points are being placed on the school website and Facebook & Instagram pages this week.

6)  The Heads of House have made welcome videos which are being placed on the school website this week.

Still to come:

7)  Year 6 students will receive a welcome postcard from the Heads of House.

8)  Mr Willson is in the process of arranging Zoom meetings with Year 6 teachers to take place with Y6 students in Primary schools where possible.

9)  When all parental and primary school forms are returned, following this Year 6 students will be placed into their tutor groups for next year. Students will be notified of this and will be able to access a virtual welcome from their tutor which will be available on the school website and Facebook page.

10)  A virtual presentation to parents from the Headteacher will be available on the school website.

 

Class Charts

Just reminder that if you are having difficulty with Class Charts please see the help sheets links, additionally to that please contact the school and we will get back to you.

Class Charts for parents guide

Class Charts for pupils guide

If your child wishes to discuss lesson content with their teachers, they can email teachers directly.

 

Student Wellbeing

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s metal health and you would like to talk to someone from school or for school to contact you individually, in addition to the tutor calls that are taking place, then please contact the school by email.

 

Social Media

Departments have been setting challenges for you all to join in with, we look forward to posting your responses next week.

Monday – Mr Watson’s posted round four of the staff baby photo competition.

Tuesday – Mr Hardman set the ‘mini sports day’ P.E. challenges. Mr Watson & our English department are continuing the challenge to create a Tik Tok style rap. This will remain open to all this half term and the winner gets a £25 Amazon voucher.

Wednesday – Our Humanities department set you the ‘geocam’ challenge. The task is to click on a webcam from around the world and explore that place, then you have to create a passport page which included pictures, a flag and amazing things you can see and do. Submit your answers to Miss Sewell.

Mr Busby set you a challenge in your garden using flowers / rocks or even mow your lawn to create a recognisable international flag or shape of a country. Please photograph your efforts and then email them to Mr Busby.

Thursday – The science department set you the ‘Astronaut hovercraft experiment’ task and Miss Naisbitt set you a Media challenge to create your own news report for an issue currently being reported in the news. You could choose to create a TV video broadcast, a radio recording, or a media print. Please send you submissions to Miss Naisbitt via email.

Friday – Mr P will host his weekly Friday quiz at 2pm today and Miss Small has set an ICT challenge ‘Hetton gamer of the week’ where you have to create your own animation. We have issued our HoY weekly bulletin on social media which rounds up all the fantastic things our students have been doing this week. The answer for the staff baby photo will be announced later today.

New challenges will be set next week, please follow us and we would like you to join in with us!

 

Student Achievement

Our reward system at Hetton School is something we make a big deal out of as it is used to reward students with WOW point for their contribution to work in lessons and school life. A huge congratulation to the following students who have achieved the following awards this week:

 

William Swift – 600 WOW points – Senior Leader Award

Alfie Spottiswood – 500 WOW points – Exceptional Award

 

Email – hetton.school@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

Hetton School updates

Blog – www.hettonweb.co.uk/wordpress/ or Facebook / Instagram

 

19th June 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Student Resources

‘Last resort childcare for eligible children’

Hetton School is currently closed with no students attending. For those Parents / Carers who are Keyworkers, this should be an absolute last resort but if you need to send your child(ren) into school week commencing (29.06.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (25.06.20). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

Students who LAC or have an EHCP are now expected to attend school week commencing (29.06.20.)

 

Message from Mr Knowles

Please follow the link to the latest message from Mr Knowles. There will be a further update on Monday

 

Year 10

We would like to highlight some key messages to our Year 10 students

We have previously asked our Year 10 students to identify a non core subject that they would be willing to drop in order to spend more time in the core areas of study. We want to thank everyone for their prompt replies and we can confirm that we have been able to restructure the academic timetable for next year to ensure that 100% of students who replied will get their preference. Separate details will be sent out about this to individual students and parents.

You should be accessing Class Charts every day to see the work that has been set by your teachers. More and more lessons are being delivered online (via Zoom with full safety precautions). These are linked to your Class Charts classes and can be accessed by any device with an internet connection.

We have set up online learning conversations for small groups of students and your class teachers. Through Class Charts, you will receive a link to a Zoom meeting from your class teacher. This can be accessed on the web, but ideally you would have downloaded the Zoom app in advance. In the conversation, you will be joined by up to eight others from your class. Your teacher will check on how you have been doing, talk through the most crucial work you should be doing and suggest ways you can work independently to stay up to date ahead of a return in September.

These learning conversations, together with the extensive work set on Class Charts and phone calls from your tutor, will be in-place of any physical face-to-face sessions. However, we continue to look at other ways to support your core learning.

 

Home Learning

We hope you are continuing to enjoy the more interactive lessons this week and all of the challenges that are being shared on Facebook; we are loving the responses so please keep them coming!

Remember to check Class Charts every day to keep up with the work being set. If a Zoom invitation is received, remember that it is beneficial to have downloaded the app prior to the meeting.

Yr10 students in particular will continue to receive several Zoom meeting invitations to ensure that we can conduct lessons and learning conversations with them face-to-face. It is imperative that our Yr10 students attend these Zoom sessions.

In addition to the Zoom meetings during normal school hours the schedule below details departments that will host after school hours Zoom meetings to support those who are unable to attend during normal school hours. Staff could invite you to attend but all after school sessions will end at 6pm.

 

Monday – English (Lit and Lang)

Tuesday – Maths

Wednesday – Science

Thursday – Humanities

Friday – Non Core subjects (inc tech and French)

 

There is a new section on our website under the student link which is titled ‘Home Learning’. Here you will find some helpful guides to safety online, Class Charts and zoom lessons.

Can I once again remind everyone that students should be constantly uploading their work to Class Charts; this allows class teachers to give feedback, and ensure progress is being made. If students need any specific help with tasks, please contact the school and we will direct you to somebody who can help.

The welfare of our students is obviously still our primary concern and we would like to stress that it is imperative that regular breaks are taken for fresh air and refreshments. We are always looking into ways to improve our online content and hope that the recent improvements will continue to increase the variety in our delivery and enthuse our students.

 

Year 6 Students

The Year 6 parent contact and confidential information document and primary teacher student information documents should now have been returned. This information is now being collated to ensure Hetton School is aware of individual student need. If you have not received a Year 6 parent information pack or not returned it then please could you contact Hetton School as soon as possible.

 

Class Charts

Just reminder that if you are having difficulty with Class Charts please see the help sheets links, additionally to that please contact the school and we will get back to you.

Class Charts for pupils guide

Class Charts for parents guide

If your child wishes to discuss lesson content with their teachers, they can email teachers directly.

 

Student Wellbeing

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s metal health and you would like to talk to someone from school or for school to contact you individually, in addition to the tutor calls that are taking place, then please contact the school by email.

 

Social Media

Departments have been setting challenges for you all to join in with, we look forward to posting your responses next week.

 

Monday – Mr Watson’s posted round three of the staff baby photo competition. Miss Ruddell has continued with the fantastic Art Challenges.

Tuesday – Miss Ridley set the ‘Bullseye’ P.E. challenge. Choose a sporting activity of your choice and see how many times you could hit the target out of 20 attempts from 5 meters away. Mr Watson & our English department are continuing the challenge to create a Tik Tok style rap. This will remain open to all this half term and the winner gets a £25 Amazon voucher.

Wednesday – Our Humanities department set you the ‘get creative’ challenge. The task is to choose your own project relating to one of the following topics, History, SRS or geography. You could build a model, bake something or even draw a picture then submit your answers to Miss Sewell. Mr Busby set you a challenge using different coloured items of food or other household materials to recreate a national flag. Please photograph your efforts and then email them to him.

Thursday – The science department set you an investigation task ‘Design an Arctic research station’ and Miss Naisbitt set you a Media challenge to create your own news report for an issue currently being reported in the news. You could choose to create a TV video broadcast, a radio recording, or a media print. Miss Naisbitt would like you to send in your submissions to her.

Friday – Mr P will host his weekly Friday quiz at 2pm today and Miss Small has set an ICT challenge of creating your own dance party animation. We have issued our HoY weekly bulletin on social media which rounds up all the fantastic things our students have been doing this week. The answer for the staff baby photo will be announced later today.

 

New challenges will be set next week, please follow us and we would like you to join in with us!

 

Student Achievement

Our reward system at Hetton School is something we make a big deal out of; we reward students with WOW point for their contribution to work in lessons and school life. A huge congratulation to the following students who have achieved the following awards this week:

Lucy Bowden – 600 WOW Points – Senior Leader Award

Natasha Gale – 600 WOW Points – Senior Leader Award

Lily Horrocks – 500 WOW Points – Excellence Award

 

Email – hetton.school@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

Hetton School updates

Blog – www.hettonweb.co.uk/wordpress/ or Facebook / Instagram

24th April 2020 – School Update

COVID-19 Updates General Student Resources

‘Last resort childcare for eligible children’

Hetton School is currently closed with no students attending. For those Parents / Carers with ‘eligible students’ who need to access school for example Keyworkers, LAC and students with an EHCP, this should be an absolute last resort but if you need to send your child(ren) into school week commencing (04.05.20) can you please let us know by 11:30am on Thursday (30.04.2020). We will reissue this message on a weekly basis in line with Government guidelines.

 

Free School Meals

As it stands, Free School Meal vouchers have been ordered for ALL of Hetton school’s eligible students, which we are delighted about. Vouchers are still taking a few days to get to parents once they have been uploaded, but if you don’t have your vouchers by Monday 27th, do call the school number to check we have your correct details.

 

Home Learning

Thanks so much to all parents/carers for your efforts in helping your children to complete the work we are setting on Class Charts. We know this is a challenging time and really appreciate your support. We hope that our students in Key Stage 3 are enjoying the projects and that our Yr10 are finding their GCSE work interesting; remember that work can now be sent directly to class teachers through Class Charts so we can give feedback. There have been a number of resources released online this week including Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize. Our teachers are looking at these and will direct students to the relevant work if appropriate. If students wish to complete extra work then these resources are of course available to you. Please don’t hesitate in contacting the school if you have any queries and you will be directed to somebody who can help. Above all, stay safe.

 

Class Charts

As mentioned previously Class Charts is the platform for teachers to set work for students. Once the work has been submitted teacher will provide feedback on your child’s work in a timely manner. Please do encourage your child to act on the feedback they receive, it is an opportunity to address misconceptions and move their learning forward. If you are having difficulty with Class Charts please see the help sheets links, additionally to that please contact the school and we will get back to you.

Class Charts for pupils guide

Class Charts for parents guide

If your child wishes to discuss lesson content with their teachers they can email teachers directly.

 

Email – hetton.school@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Hetton School – 0191 5623322

School Comms – text the gateway via your app

 

Hetton School updates

Blog – www.hettonweb.co.uk/wordpress/ or Facebook / Instagram

Learning at Home

COVID-19 Updates General Hetton School Life Student Resources

Learning at Home – A guide to Hetton School-led work set by your child’s teacher and list of other useful free resources 

Hetton School set learning in the event of closure or partial closure 

Three remote access student learning systems will operate:
  1. ClassCharts – all students, parents/carers and teachers have access to ClassCharts online or via the app. We would use this platform (the homework section) to deliver work for lessons, including explanations and instructions via mp3, mp4, MS word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and other applications. Students have all been given passwords. The parent app can be downloaded at https://www.classcharts.com/parent/login , the student app here https://www.classcharts.com/student/login , and other Microsoft applications here https://www.openoffice.org/

  1. Messenger Class Groups – as ClassCharts does not have a ‘chat’ function, some teachers may use Messenger as a mechanism for students to pose questions, for the teacher to respond and to send out messages and reminders. Class teachers will organise the setting up of such groups and will ensure that no individual interaction will be permitted; this will be monitored carefully.

  1. All students have a Gmail account set up via the school. Whilst the school bears no responsibility (and indeed has no control), over the use of this site, it is a mechanism where a teacher could send learning materials to students through email and Google Classrooms.

Year 11 students will also be issued with revision packs. This should be used in addition to work set by teachers using ClassCharts.
Some subjects may give students ready-made hard copies of the work that is expected to be completed but this will be indicated on ClassCharts.

Please could you help your child by ensuring that they have somewhere quiet to work. In the event of an extended school closure, we would ask that you create conditions that are conducive to allow for up to 5-6 hours of good quality work each day.

Best online learning options 

GCSE Pods – All Year 10 and 11 students should know their log in for this video and audio-based platform. The ‘pods’ are 3-5 min bursts of GCSE learning, rigorously quality assured and mapped to all major GCSE exams boards.
Children’s University of Manchester - Interactive site that covers KS3 Science quite well
BBC Bitesize - Wide ranging site that most students will be aware of
Activity Village - KS3 Art and Design links
Twinkl – Create a free account during this difficult period. Downloadable resources for KS3 and KS4
Chatterpack – The link leads to a fantastic list of links for all subjects. The main site is also a great resource set up for students with special educational needs and/or disabilities
Seneca – Extensive secondary age learning platform, great for KS4 revision in particular

US sites that are well produced, but may have content that is not 100% relevant 

Khan Academy – Khan Academy offers no‐ cost YouTube instructional videos in a wide range of content areas, including all levels of mathematics, English language arts, science, history, computer science and programming.

Prodigy Math – Prodigy is a free, online maths program that uses a fun video game‐ style interface to engage learners. Aimed at 5-14 yr olds.

Duolingo – Free online learning for French

No Red Ink – This free, online writing and grammar resource helps learners of all ages to practice and refine their writing skills. Sign up as a teacher (you can use your home as a school), create a learner profile for your child, and then allow your child to log in to the student account and get practicing.

Mystery Science – Mystery Science is offering free memberships for up to one year, with engaging lessons in a variety of science‐ related areas, including timely topics such as, “How do germs get inside your body?” Video lessons are complemented by hands‐ on experiments and downloadable activities.

Codecademy – This spring could be a great time for young people to learn in‐ demand skills like coding in different programming languages, web development, design, and data science. Codecademy offers free access to basic lessons, with the option to pay for more advanced courses if your kids get really into it.

Marginal Revolution University (MRU) – A possible site for KS4 Business students,  the dynamic, self‐ paced introductory economics courses offered for free through MRU could be useful. These are also great classes for you to learn alongside your child.

TED‐ Ed – TED‐ Ed offers a free suite of high‐ quality videos on a variety of topics for learners of all ages, including supplemental materials, discussion questions, and opportunities to probe deeper into areas of interest. Register as an educator and you can help to customize your child’s learning experience, or let your child explore independently.

Smithsonian Institution – Many museums, including the Smithsonian Institution and especially its open access Learning Lab, offer free, online resources and activities for learners. Why not check out the websites of top UK and US museums to see what free, digital education tools are available.

Open Culture – Access 1,500 free, online audio and video courses from top universities, as well as 1,000 free audio books.