You can find the most recent letter sent to parents/carers regarding the coronavirus update here.
A list of some useful resources for students can be found below:
- Pixl EnglishApp
- Nation Literacy Trust
- Roald Dahl - Things to do Indoors
- Free Audi Books from David Walliams
- Into Film - Film Review Competitions
- Talk the Talk - Communication Skills
- BookTrust - Getting Children Reading
- St. Joseph's Moodle
- GCSE Pod
- SAM Learning
- Pixl HistoryApp
- Pixl GeographyApp
- BBC Bitesize
- Barclay's Life Skills Student Hub
- A list of resources from the Department of Education
Whilst there are instructions on Moodle for how students can use these websites to complete school work, we have also added some guides below:
- Student Guide for Moodle and Webmail
- Seneca Learning - Student Use Guide
- School Resources and Instructions
- Student Guide for Tassomai
Below, we have listed some top learning tips to help with the transition from working at school, to home:
- Take a break. Whether this be a short break after a burst of learning, or a longer break after a serious study session, find what works best for you. This will help with student’s concentration levels and getting that schoolwork completed. Some students may wish to follow the timetable of the school day for their schoolwork; others may do thins slightly differently so they can exercise or eat with family. As we said, find what works best for you.
- Get plenty of rest. Getting enough sleep is key to being able to learn and retain information, also boosting those concentration levels. Students should stick to a regular bedtime to help with routine. The average number of hours sleep needed for 11 - 16 year olds is 8 - 10 hours a night.
- Space to work. It is essential for students to have a desk-like space where they can spend their time on schoolwork and projects. Having a designated space for this will also help them to focus and learn new information.
- Eliminate your distractions. These can come in the form of a blaring T.V., radio or loud working space. Students work best when they are in a quiet, comfortable place and should be encouraged to find a method that helps them concentrate best. Remember: the mobile phone can be a distraction if it is not being used for learning, so check on its usage.
- Divide your work. Sometimes it can be difficult to find the motivation to complete a bigger project or task. Look at the task in hand and try to divide it into sections, and plan each of these before making a start. This way, students can monitor their own progress and achieve a sense of satisfaction when each section is complete.