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Home Learning on Google Classroom

Hi Everyone,

All lessons, resources and video lessons will now be posted on our Google Classroom:

http://www.classroom.google.com

Your form tutor will have been in touch to give you the login details. You have all been assigned a colour for the classroom you should join, so that you are working at the most appropriate level for you. You will also be able to contact your teachers on there with questions you might have about the work that has been set.

If you have any questions, your form tutor will be able to help, or direct your query to the right person.

Good Luck!

Batchwood School

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Home Learning Tasks

Hi Everyone,

In addition to the tasks that we will continue to set as best as possible, here are some tasks that can be completed each day, or as and when you’d like:

Newsround:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

They publish a short video news bulletin online every morning which is easy to watch and very informative. It’s a good way to keep informed on current events and interesting news stories.

The Newsround website is also very useful, with easy to read stories, short videos and quizzes. It might be good to explore it a little every day, as they update their content regularly.

Literacy Planet:

https://www.literacyplanet.com/uk/

We have a school subscription to this website, and logins have now been sent to all parents and carers. Students should complete tasks from the Quest section of the website. The games focus on skills relating to spelling, punctuation and grammar, and they should be adjusted to the level of the individual student.

Online PE Lessons with Joe Wicks:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Joe is running an online PE lesson for half and hour every weekday morning at 9am from his YouTube channel until all the schools re-open. The class is suitable for children/young people of all ages.

Free audio books from Audible:

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Audible have made a library of audio books available for free whilst the schools are closed. There are a range of titles from pre-school, to teen fiction and some literary classics. You don’t need an account, or a login, you can stream directly from a laptop/desktop, a tablet or a phone.

English Live Online Lessons:

https://www.facebook.com/englishwithhollytutoring/

Live English lessons available on weekdays at 11am. Past lessons can also be watched from the Facebook page.

Guardian Opinion:

We also recommend our GCSE students complete some wider reading where possible; sources from the exam board have advised that the articles they include in the exam paper are often sourced from Guardian Opinion.

Their articles are free to read online here:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/commentisfree

It maybe helpful to get into the practise of reading some of these articles regularly to get used to the style of writing.

You should also try to think about:
What is the writer trying to say?
How are they trying to persuade me?
Can I identify any techniques the writer uses to try and persuade?

We’ll add more tasks and ideas in the coming days and weeks.

Good Luck!

Mrs. McCabe

GCSE Poetry: My Last Duchess and The Prelude (Videos 14 & 15)

Hi Everyone,

Here are the last two videos for the final two poems in this poetry cluster. The reason I have put them together is, as per the best advice we have been given; these two poems are more challenging than the other 13 poems in the cluster. It is felt that these are unlikely to be the named poems in an exam paper. They are more likely to have been included, so that higher ability students can use them as a comparison or companion poem to a named poem in the exam paper. Having said that, there are obviously no guarantees that this is the case, so it is still advisable to revise them alongside the others.

As we now know that the exams have been cancelled for our current Year 11s, this post is more aimed at our current Year 10s, who may wish to start looking at the poems ahead of their exams in 2021.

All fifteen poems in the Power and Conflict cluster have now been posted on this blog alongside a video lesson for that poem. They have all been tagged as GCSE Poetry. You can find the whole collection by clicking on the GCSE Poetry tag on the right hand side of this page if you are reading this on a computer screen, or a tablet in landscape, or it will be at the bottom of this page if you are reading this on a phone, or a tablet in portrait.

The two final poems are: My Last Duchess by Robert Browning, and The Prelude by William Wordsworth:

Here are the videos:

Good Luck!

Mrs. McCabe

Boggle 23rd March

Good Morning,

At school, we run a weekly Boggle challenge, where students and staff compete to get the highest score. I thought it might be good to give it a try with everyone working at home this week. I’ll post the rules and this week’s board below. If you email me with your list of words by this Friday, I’ll mark them and let you know how you did next week:

emccabe@batchwood.herts.sch.uk

If you really enjoy the Boggle, then here is a free website that generates the boards for you:

http://projects.exeter.ac.uk/brad/boggle/braggle.htm

Good Luck!

Mrs. McCabe

Additional Home Learning Resources

Hi Everyone,

I thought I would let you know about a couple of free home learning resources that I have seen over the weekend, that I thought I would share with you all:

Online PE Lessons with Joe Wicks:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Joe is running an online PE lesson for half and hour every weekday morning at 9am from his YouTube channel until all the schools re-open. The class is suitable for children/young people of all ages.

Free audio books from Audible:

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Audible have made a library of audio books available for free whilst the schools are closed. There are a range of titles from pre-school, to teen fiction and some literary classics. You don’t need an account, or a login, you can stream directly from a laptop/desktop, a tablet or a phone.

I hope they’re helpful.

Mrs. McCabe

GCSE Poetry: Exposure (Video 13)

Hi Everyone,

We’re aware there is currently some uncertainty regarding this summer’s exams, but I thought it best to still post this week’s video, and we’ll see what information we are given from the government in the coming days, which we will of course share with you when we know.

This week’s poem is Exposure by Wilfred Owen:

Here is this week’s video:

Good Luck

Mrs. McCabe