Teaching & Learning Update

Dear Parents and Carers, 

As we approach the end of our fifth week back at school, we would like to thank you for your continued support; students in all years have been a credit to themselves and their families. We would also like to take this opportunity to provide further information regarding teaching and learning at AMSI within the ‘new normal’ framework. 

We have updated our curricula in all subjects to reflect any gaps that may have occurred as a result of the disruption to schooling from March 2020. The curriculum map for all years and subjects can be accessed via the curriculum tab on the school website. Our curriculum map will be updated as we progress throughout the year as a result of any assessments that indicate necessary amendments. There is also a list of suitable websites for learning for each subject, which can be used to support students’ independent learning. Within school, teachers are using a variety of techniques to assess students’ understanding and to support the retrieval of knowledge. We are also using lesson transitions as an opportunity to engage and develop students’ curiosity by sharing slides which have high quality academic language as well general knowledge and maths problems. 

Homework is set by all subjects in line with their department policy. Teachers ensure they log the homework set on classcharts which is linked to our school website. No login is required to see what homework has been set/due. More information on how to see what homework is set is explained on our school website. There should be at least one school day between the date homework is set and the date it is due, so students can ask for help if needed. To support our students, there is a daily after school homework club that they are able to attend to complete the work set and ask for help. Students are expected to record all homework in their planner. Subjects may give homework in a variety of ways, including using Google Classroom, Mathswatch, Educake and Active Learn. If there are any login issues then students should contact their subject teacher or Ms Dattani (r.dattani@amsi.school).

Please check that your child has their full equipment every day; this includes a scientific calculator, ruler, pencil and a selection of black, blue and red pens. It would also be helpful for your child to have a glue stick and a whiteboard pen for them to use in their diaries. A reading book is also an essential part of the necessary equipment.

We are currently preparing our students for the possibility of not being in school at some point(s) during this academic year. We have sent a Google Form to all students to establish whether they have devices and internet as well as a space to work; please check that your child has completed this essential form. It is our aim that, should we have to close the school to any year group(s), that the transition is smooth. In the event of a closure, we will send your child home with a paper booklet and any other necessary resources for all subjects; the paper booklet will supplement their normal timetable. We will continue to deliver the same timetable and will follow the same timings for school day. Teachers will be delivering some live content and pre recorded videos as well as sharing tasks for completion during the lesson time. We have a strict protocol for live lessons which includes cameras and microphones being switched off for the students. We have already begun to trial this with some students who are currently self-isolating. To support staff absences, we are also trialling the lessons that the Department for Education has recommended from Oak Academy. To support the smooth transition, please help us by asking your child to show you their Google Classroom for each subject and check that they know all of their login details for any of the other learning platforms that are used in the different subjects. If they are unsure of how to access any of the sites that subjects use, please ask them to email their subject teacher directly.

Last week, we reshared the June 2020 ‘Engagement’ data with students from year 8 to 11; they have placed this information in their diaries. We will be sharing ‘Attitude to Learning’ data from all subjects for all years at the end of this half term; please discuss this with your child. 

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant teacher or you can email me directly at j.stubbs@amsi.school

Yours sincerely, 

Mrs J. Stubbs 

Deputy Headteacher