In line with the government’s announcement, Northgate remains open only for children of key workers during this time. The majority of children will therefore be learning from home. We understand that this can be challenging for our pupils and for parents. We have put together the following information as a guide to support you at home.
Hours per week per subject
Teachers of all subjects will be setting work to cover the usual hours your child would have in their subject during the school week. This means that there should be enough work to fill this time and your child may need reminding of this so that tasks are completed thoroughly. We work on a two week timetable so the following shows you how many hours per subject your child would have a fortnight; these can then be divided to show you how much work your child should be completing per week.
As you can see, core subjects (English, Maths and Science) should be the priority when planning out the work your child needs to do. These are the subjects that colleges, apprenticeships programmes and employers will be looking for when your child leaves school. Therefore we recommend starting with these every day.
We recommend creating a timetable with your child to help them manage their work and to keep them in the habit of school work and a routine.
One way to do this would be to follow your child’s own school timetable. Alternatively you could decide together how to schedule learning and down time into your days.
Or you could create a checklist for your child so that all subjects are covered over the course of a week. We have created one at the following link, which can be printed from our website.
There are many websites that can aid you with this and there are also many templates that can be printed.
The following website has some useful ideas:
Teachers are setting work on Show My Homework. This is a system our pupils are already familiar with. Resources can be attached to individual piece of homework. Additionally, Heads of Department have added resources on the subject pages of our website. If your child cannot download something from Show My Homework, they should go to the subject page and scroll down to the Working Independently section and locate their resources via year group.
Please see below for links to the Subject pages of our website:
How do I access Show My Homework?
Show my Homework can be accessed online via their website and/or an app can be downloaded on your phone.
If you would like further help with Show My Homework, they have produced the following guides:
Help for students –
Help for parents –
What can I do if I am struggling to login?
Please see the link below for guidance on login details.
Teachers will make it clear how they wish to receive work. Most teachers will want it emailed to them so they can give comments and feedback. Some teachers will ask for it to be submitted via Show My Homework. If you are unsure then either email the teacher directly or you can message them directly on Show My Homework. Pupils must email teachers using their school email account. For safeguarding reasons, teachers cannot respond to emails sent on personal email accounts.
Please note that some tasks (such as tests and quizzes) will be self-marking so results will be given immediately.
How do I find a teacher’s email address?
Staff email addresses are their first initial and surname followed by @ng6.unity-ed.uk. For example Mr Darlow’s email would be: email@example.com
You can also follow the link below to access staff’s email addresses:
Work that requires feedback should be attached to the email for teachers to read and comment on.
Please try to send work to teachers during normal school hours and on work days and be patient, they may not respond immediately. If you are concerned a teacher is not responding, please double check their email address and then contact the Head of Department for that subject.
Every subject has a curriculum map that shows what topics or skills are being covered every term for each year group. These can be assessed on the subject page links above. Every subject also has Knowledge Organisers attached to each unit; these contain core knowledge and this is the basic expectation of the knowledge a child should have after studying a unit. These can be accessed on every subject page at the links above.
What if my child has only just started work? Can they catch up?
Yes. By accessing the calendar on Show My Homework or the Overdue tasks section, past tasks can still be seen and completed. However, in this situation we recommend that your child starts with core subjects (English, Maths and Science) and works through those in the first instance. It would be useful if you could contact your child’s Head of Year and make them aware of the situation at this point so they can contact staff on your behalf and offer other support.
How long should I spend on home learning?
Every child will learn at a different rate and be able to focus for a different amount of time. However, as teachers are setting the same amount of work as they would get through in the classroom, a home school day of 4-5 hours should cover the amount of work being set.
My child has SEN and is struggling – what should I do?
We appreciate that for some of our learners, this time has meant further challenges. We believe that you know your child best and must do what is best for them at this time. We would recommend that they continue to try the tasks being set, but that English, Maths and Science should be prioritised. If your child is doing other learning tasks not set by teachers and is working well this way then please let teachers know.
For further support from subjects please contact your child’s teacher using the links above or our SENCO Mrs Beasley at firstname.lastname@example.org
What ‘extra-curricular’ activities could I be doing with my child at home?
As we have seen in recent weeks, there are a huge number of new resources being created and new ways to interact with the arts, museums, PE etc. Now is a great time to make the most of these and all of them should enhance and enrich the curriculum work being set. However, we do want to stress that these do not replace our curriculum or the tasks being set by teachers. School work should still take priority and be supplemented by other tasks.
Mr Oldfield, our Head of RE and Citizenship, will add weekly Thought for the Week documents with interesting ideas to discuss and ponder at home.
WB 11th May – Forgiveness
WB 18th May – Strength
WB 1st June – Generosity
WB 8th June – Hobbies
WB 15th June – Time
WB 22nd June – Equality
WB 29th June – Freedom
WB 13th July – Holidays
Miss Breeze is continuing to make PART PowerPoint with lots of lovely news and updates from staff and pupils and other important notices. Your child should be receiving these via email every week and they are also on our social media pages.
The National Theatre Live
The Royal Shakespeare Company
Natural History Museum Virtual Tour
The British Museum
Virtual Tours of UK landmarks
The Science Museum
The National Portrait Gallery
Yoga for Teenagers
Unity Education Trust has put together a useful document with links connected to core subjects to give you some ideas of what is on offer online at this time.