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How to assist your child at home?
For children aged 5 to 13, Routine is very important as children feel more comfortable with a predictable routine.
Using digital devices sensibly
Set age-appropriate parental controls on any devices your child is using and supervise their use of websites and apps.
Reducing screen time
Digital devices are not the only way to learn. Manage screen time with a timer and break up screen time by getting your child to:
·use books and other printed materials that their school has provided or that you have at home.
·write by hand – try asking them to complete work by hand, write a diary, a summary of things they have learned or done each day or ‘to do’ lists.
·be active and get away from the screen regularly.
·stop using digital devices at least an hour before bed.
A typical day
For all of our students, there is no such thing as a typical day that they all undergo, because we pride ourselves in offering a bespoke plan that suits the global learning of an individual student. We make sure that we foster critical thinking through all lessons, and recognise them for the independent personalities that they are. For those who sign up for a package of subjects, we might have a day that begins with a gathering together in a small tutor group so that they can have a daily catchup with their tutor, share news, receive notices and celebrate individual and collective achievements as well as to practice teaching one another some of their recent learning gains. From there they will embark on a morning with 3 hour long connected time sessions: English, Maths, Science. Either as 1:1 or in small-groups based on age and ability. From these connected time sessions, they will be introduced to the continuation work through their guided time learning. After lunch, they embark on guided time learning, and can ask tutors questions about assignments, or review feedback recently received. On certain days of the week and key dates in term, there is an opportunity to gather as a whole school for a talk from a tutor or external speaker.
All of our live lessons are recorded for Safeguarding, child protection and quality control purposes. Every Hyde Academy tutor has passed a rigorous selection and interview process and has had to go through a successful and enhanced DBS process of checking (UK Disclosure and Barring Service Police check). This is a statutory UK police check that reassures us that they are safe to work with children. Alongside this mandatory check, we have reference, ID and qualifications checks and all tutors have a quality review annually. All tutors sign up to our code of conduct staff agreement and have successfully undertaken our Safeguarding and child-protection review training.
All of our tutors have extensive experience in tutoring, and especially in online tutoring, and their teaching background demonstrates excellence and dedication to continuous learning themselves. All Hyde Academy tutors receive comprehensive training from the leadership team covering our pedagogy of learning, how to get the best out of students through online teaching, safe use of technology and our safeguarding policy and procedures.
Should a tutor have any concerns, they always have the ability to end a class with immediate effect, delete any inappropriate content and remove a student from a class. Inappropriate language is blocked from the entire platform. Students are blocked from sharing contact details with one another and are unable to post personal information. We always encourage both tutors and students to report a concern to the Principal, who is our chief safeguarding officer.
Our teachers recommended free online toolkit
BBC Bitesize have now launched online lessons, offering three new lessons each weekday, including videos and activities for Primary aged 3, through to Post School 16+. They also have a free online learning scheduleto help you plan your child’s homeschooling for the week.
Twinkl is a learning resource website often used by school teachers. There are various resources from nurseries, preps schools to senior schools. You can view the syllabus, download and print various template materials. Some resources of this website are free.
Oxford Owl is a site packed full of useful tips and activities to help parents support their child’s education. You will find lots of free reading activities, including some maths resources too, for Year 6 and below.