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Virtual Classroom

Thank you for the support you are giving your child in creating a space where they can continue learning. Below you will find information on the way in which your child’s learning will be delivered and where you can access information:

Work will be set using Go4Schools so that you will be able to see what is being asked of them.

Work for your child will then be available on their individual classes in Google Classroom for all year groups. This will allow for monitoring by individual teachers.

At key stage 3 the work will be project based and each subject/ faculty will provide enough resources that will allow your child to complete the equivalent of 3 hours a day, for the 5 weeks in Summer 1.

Year 10 and 12 work will be provided by individual teachers to support usual timetabled hours.

Your child will be expected to submit work at each suggested submission point in the individual projects, this will usually be through Google Classroom.

Students can complete work in Google Docs, in exercise books or on paper, but should take clear photos of it and upload them to Google Classroom.

Teachers will give feedback to your child through Google Classroom and use LEEP points on Go4Schools to reward and praise work as usual. 

Please ensure that both you and your child use your child’s TLA account to access Google Classroom. We will not be able to provide access through personal emails or Google Accounts.

If your child has forgotten their email or password, please contact Network Services networkhelpdesk@tla.woodard.co.uk including your child's name, registration group and a short message and they will be able to help.

Should you need any support please contact classroom teachers in the first instance. We will endeavour to get back to you within 48 hours.

 

Google Classroom

Follow these steps so your child can continue to complete learning activities, hand them in, and get feedback from teachers while they can’t come into school.

If your child cannot remember their log-in details, contact the network services team networkhelpdesk@tla.woodard.co.uk referencing ‘Google Classroom’ and stating your child's name and year group in the subject line.

  • Your child should already have access to the classrooms for all classes on their timetable, select the desired classroom for the chosen subject.

  • The default view is the ‘stream’ page where teachers can share links, post reminders and make announcements.

  • Select the ‘Classwork’ option to display all work that has been set.

Smartphones and tablets: download the free Google Classroom app

Android devices

iOS devices (iPhones, iPods, and iPads)

  • Open the Play Store app

  • Search for ‘Google Classroom’

  • Tap ‘Google Classroom’

  • Tap ‘Install’

  • Open the App Store app

  • Search for ‘Google Classroom’

  • Tap ‘Google Classroom’

  • Tap ‘Get’

Once the app has downloaded, open it and log in to your child’s G Suite for Education account. 

Computers and laptops: log in to Google Classroom

To access google classroom, log in using the VLE:

  • http://vle.tla.academy or via ‘Quick Links’ the link on the academy website

  • Log in and click on the Google Classroom icon at the top of the screen

How to get and hand in work (computers and laptops)

  • Go to Google Classroom

  • Click ‘Classwork’

  • Click on an assignment, then ‘View assignment’

  • On the right-hand side of the page, click ‘Add or create’. Depending on the type of work the teacher has set:

    • You can take photos of your child’s completed work, upload them to your computer and then upload the photos in Google Classroom – click ‘File’, then ‘Select files from your device’, then ‘Upload’

    • Or, your child can type up their answers in a Google Doc – click ‘Docs’ to load a new Google Doc

    • Once your child has finished their work, click ‘Hand in’, then ‘Hand in’ again to confirm

How to hand in work (mobile devices – Android or iOS)

  • Open the Google Classroom app

  • Tap on your child’s class, then ‘Classwork’ (at the bottom)

  • Tap on an assignment, then the arrow at the bottom

  • Tap ‘Add attachment’. Depending on the type of work the teacher has set:

    • You can take photos of your child’s completed work, upload them to your computer and then upload the photos in Google Classroom – click ‘File’, then tap the file on your device

    • Or, your child can type up their answers in a Google Doc – tap ‘New Doc’ to load a new Google Doc

  • Once your child has finished their work, tap ‘Hand in’, then ‘Hand in’ again to confirm

If you have made a mistake, you can click ‘Unsubmit’ to return the work to you, then follow the steps again to resubmit work.

Once work has been marked, your child will be told by email

On a computer or laptop

  • Go to Google Classroom, then click ‘Classwork’

  • Click ‘View your work’

  • Click ‘Returned with grade’ on the left-hand side

On a mobile device (Android or iOS)

  • Open the Google Classroom app

  • Tap on your child’s class, then ‘Classwork’

Once you’ve found the assignment, click or tap on any attached files to see the teacher’s feedback.

 
 

Tips on creating a space for learning

We acknowledge that you are possibly trying to balance your home environment with a number of people in the house, only a certain number of electronic devices for everyone to use and your own workload or responsibilities. 

We also acknowledge the challenges with getting young people in a focused mindset when home is home, it can be difficult for them to see home as a place for learning all day, every day. 

We have issued some guidance to support organising a day of learning:

  • Create a space that is ready for work. If you can find a space that isn’t your child’s bedroom, do. Clear tables ready to start, making sure your child has all they need for the work they are doing. 

  • Create a timetable in advance with clear timings for learning, breaks and creative/ down time. This is not fixed, it is good to have routine and it is important to have shorter sessions to keep it manageable. An example of this might be:

 

Time 

Activity 

09:00-09:45 

School project work

09:45-09:55

Break (prepare next activity)

09:55-10:40

School project work

10:40-11:00

Break - refreshments 

11:00-11:25

Physical activity (perhaps PE with Joe Wicks from the morning/ walk/ activity outside)

11:35-12:20

School project work

12:30 

Lunch 

13:00 onwards

Activity chosen by child. Reading for pleasure/ game/ practical based school project 

  • There is lots of published advice out there (some of it you will see in useful links). Most  suggest that ‘play’ is really valuable and will promote positive mental fitness. Creativity doesn’t mean arts and crafts, we are not all that artistic! You can keep items, boxes and bottles etc, to get crafty. However, equally cooking lunch or dinner together can be just as creative. 

  • Although we have suggested keeping sessions short and manageable, equally feel free to be flexible with a piece of work if your child has got into something that needs more time to finish. You can rework the timetable to fit. 

  • Please remember breaks are vital, fluid and movement are essential for keeping the brain functioning properly.

  • Finally, if you are struggling more one day where the day before your child was productive, please do what you need to to remain calm and happy in the household. This is about creating opportunities and space to learn, it's not about creating a space for stress! The most important thing is that you and your child/ren keep safe and well, do what works for you and your child. 

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