School Closure – Working at Home

As you will know, Countesthorpe Leysland Community College closed on Monday 23rd March 2020 to students (apart from those whose parents are deemed critical workers), however this doesn't mean learning has to stop!

Our teachers are still busy setting work for our students, and these activities can be found each Monday at 8:30am on Show My Homework. We're also publishing news items, links and challenges on the Show My Homework notice board each day - keep checking to see what's new!

If you've produced some 'Beautiful Work' please let us see it and share it! Email the file or a photo of the 'Beautiful Work' to beautifulwork@clcc.college

We're also building up a list of useful websites with great learning activities that students can work on independently, and a list of software titles that students might find useful to download at home.

There is also a list of useful websites to help keep you mentally and physically healthy whilst staying at home.

Finally, we have a Q&A section where we answer many of the common queries from parents and students.

Home Learning Support and Show My Homework

Many of you have spent the last two weeks supporting your children with their home learning, a position none of us expected to be in. Some of you may have found this easy - your children were keen and compliant, and they worked independently to complete a good amount of work. Other children may have needed more persuading; more support and clearer direction and at the end of the week some parents will remain unsure as to what their child has achieved!

There is no magic wand here. Everybody's circumstances are so different that there is no expectation from educators for all parents to be doing the same work with their children. Indeed, some parents will be finding it difficult to get their child to complete any schoolwork; they are having to work from home too and aren't able to offer any support. This is perfectly understandable. Some parents will be trying to replicate school with timings, merits and homework. Again, perfectly suitable. Others will be trying to complete every social media challenge; YouTube video; Instagram lesson; celebrity Q and A, in order to provide an alternative setting to school. Absolutely fine.

Our students are under no pressure from us; we can give suggestions and helpful recommendations in these challenging times. However, we are hearing from a number of parents/carers and pupils who feel a little overwhelmed by it all. They are inundated with lesson activities, websites, free resources, home schooling tips and celebrity help but simply don't know where to begin or how to help their children. If this is the case, then we have designed a daily timetable for students which outlines; lesson timings, which subjects to complete throughout the day and creative activities. These are just suggestions and can be flexible. You can use the timetable completely; use it for a couple of days or not at all.  You can do this for four days a week and have a day for car cleaning and phoning family; replace a day with baking; or finish it at 12:00. It is entirely your choice, but it may be of some help to you.

Show My Homework have useful guides on their website with video walk throughs on how to do things. Follow this link to learn how to use the upload function to submit work to your teachers (please note not every task has been set as an online upload).

Each week your teachers will publish learning activities for you on Show My Homework by 8:30am on a Monday.

Years 7 & 8 won't be asked to hand work in, but you should keep a copy of all the work you complete. Year 9 will sometimes be asked to submit work via Show My Homework or by email to their teacher, if the work is part of coursework assessed subjects.

If you get stuck and need to ask for help, you should find some contact information in the description for the task. It might be your own teacher's email, or another member of the department, so use this email address to contact and ask your question. Try not to say "I don't get it!" - try to explain what you are struggling with. Teachers will get back to you as soon as possible. In the meantime carry on with a different activity.

Each week your teachers will publish learning activities for you on Show My Homework by 8:30am on a Monday.

Your teacher may ask for you to hand this in either via Show My Homework (as an upload) or by emailing it to them directly.

If you have a question about your work you will find details on who to contact in the activity description. It might be your own teacher's email, or another member of the department, so use this email address to contact them and ask your question. Try not to say "I don't get it!" - try to explain what you are struggling with. Teachers will get back to you as soon as possible. In the meantime carry on with a different activity.

Each day you will be set work by your teachers according to this timetable (click here to download the Sixth Form Timetable).

These tasks need to be completed and handed back in by 4pm each day. There will be guidance on each task about how to hand this in, but usually it will be by emailing your teacher, or another teacher in the department.

If you are struggling with a task and need some help, follow the guidance in the task description for how to seek assistance. Whilst you are waiting for a response from your teacher move onto another activity.

 

Useful Learning Websites

 

Useful Wellbeing Resources

⭐️ 9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro

⭐️ 10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman www.themathsfactor.com

⭐️ 11.00am - English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

⭐️ 12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://www.jamieoliver.com/feat…/category/get-kids-cooking/

⭐️ 1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ

⭐️ 1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel https://twitter.com/diversedance…/status/1241098264373592065

⭐️ 4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks

⭐️ Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule

⭐️ Feeling Worried? - This useful booklet might help https://www.clcc.college/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Beating-Your-Worries.pdf

 

Q&A

There is no requirement to inform the College if your child is ill and at home during the school closure.

However, if you are a critical worker and had arranged for your child to attend school then please let us know.

Students can contact their teachers using the school email system (Office365).

If students need help with work set on Show My Homework then they should contact the person detailed in the description for the work in Show My Homework.

Students can sign into Show My Homework using their College email address and network password (the password they use to log onto the computers in College).

Their email address will be their username (e.g. 20-JBloggs) followed by @clcc.college - for example 20-JBloggs@clcc.college

If they have tried this and still can't sign in because they have forgotten their password please email us at smhw@clcc.college

Symptoms: Windows laptop or desktop running Kaspersky Internet Security

Issue: Kaspersky internet security for some reason tries to intercept traffic during the sign-in process

Solution:

  1. Open up Kaspersky
  2. Go into the settings
  3. Go to the Additional section
  4. Click the Network link to go to the Network settings window.
  5. Under the section about Encrypted connections scanning can you open the Add website to exclusions options
  6. From this can you add these addresses to the list of exclusions https://fs.countesthorpe.cc/ and also fs.countesthorpe.cc

Symptoms: Windows laptop or desktop running BitDefender internet security

Issue: BitDefender is attempting to inspect traffic between the user's computer and our secure sign in

Solution:

  1. Open the Bitdefender interface.
  2. Access Protection on the left hand side menu.
  3. In the ONLINE THREAT PREVENTION pane, click Manage Exceptions.
  4. Click ADD AN EXCEPTION.
  5. Type the address https://fs.countesthorpe.cc
  6. Click ADD EXCEPTION to save the changes and close the window.
  7. Relaunch the web browser and try to sign in again

Symptoms: Windows laptop or desktop running Windows 7 and using Internet Explorer

Issue: Internet Explorer does not complete the sign in process

Solution:

Please download and install Google Chrome instead

If you would like a parent code so that you can view your child's homework please email us at smhw@clcc.college with your child's full name and tutor group.

Please note that parent accounts can view their children's homework, but won't be able to access some online activities such as online tests, spelling tests or quizzes.

If you are a critical key worker and have no other child care options and require your child to attend school, please email admin@clcc.college giving as much detail as possible including your name, your child's name, your job/role and when you require the childcare.

You will have likely seen in the press that the Government has launched a Supermarket Voucher scheme for the families of children who normally receive free school meals in College and this system is now in operation.

The Government Supermarket Voucher scheme will replace the vouchers and lunches we have been issuing during the College closure so far. This is great news as it is not only safer for everyone involved (parents making visits to College to collect vouchers from our staff), but there is also a wider range of supermarkets you can elect to shop at, with some supermarkets allowing you to use the vouchers online.

This Government Supermarket Voucher Scheme works as follows: Every Thursday between 00:00am and 23:59pm the Government sends out emails to families who normally receive Free School Meals. These emails are sent out by a Government partner called Eden Red (EdenRed.com).

Unfortunately, it seems for a number of people that these emails go into their Junk/Spam folders, so please make sure you check these. Additionally the Government has said that "it can take up to 72 hours for the email to deliver”. In the email is a redemption code and a link to the Government Free School Meal Voucher website - follow this link to access the website. You might find that when website loads you are placed in a queue with the expected queuing time displayed. Once the website opens you will need to specify your email address, the 16 digit redemption code from the email sent to you and the supermarket you want to use.

Once you’ve completed the information on the website, the Government partner Eden Red will send you a supermarket Voucher Code that can be used in store, or for some supermarkets, online. Please note that the vouchers are for food and groceries only. This email can take up to 24 hours to arrive, and again please check your junk/spam mail folders.

The Government have produced an excellent set of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers that can be found at https://bit.ly/3bslT4x and I would urge you to access this document as it provides lots of useful information.

Finally, if you have not received emails from EdenRed with a redemption code, please check your junk mail folders. If you still can’t find any emails from Eden Red please contact us for further assistance as soon as possible. We are here to help and want to support families in any way we can.

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)