How to guides
The following guides are designed to help support pupils to use their devices more effectively. Pupil are taught how to use their devices in school and these ‘How to’ documents are useful refreshers at home.
Contingency Planning for School Closure
King Solomon Academy will continue to deliver high-quality education during periods of remote learning due to closure or groups of children isolating at home. Our priority is to ensure pupils have the best learning opportunities even if they are not in school.
You can read our contigency planning for Covid-19 related remote learning below:
Staying Mentally Healthy During School Closure
We want to make sure all our families are as safe and healthy as possible during school closure. Parents and pupils alike can contact the school using firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 563 6900 for general enquiries or call or email your teacher or Head of Year/Year Lead. Safeguarding concerns should be addressed to Ms. Deeks on email@example.com or Ms. Colmans on i.colmans@Kingsolomonacademy.org. Please see the pdf below for other sources of support for parents and pupils during this strange time.
Secondary and Sixth Form Home Learning Curriculum
Teachers across KSA secondary began welcoming pupils back from Monday 8th March and are enjoying the return to in person teaching.
While cases remain prevalent, we know that we will continue to have students self-isolating, both for short periods (e.g. following contact with a positive case) and for longer periods (e.g. as they are shielding). We have been so impressed with the resilience of our student community and their commitment to keep learning throughout the most recent lockdown and know that those who do need to learn from home will continue to engage fully in their learning.
All subject teachers will be uploading work to student share everyday to ensure all students can keep learning, even while working from home. Students will be directed to these resources by their Head of Year and should submit their completed work each day to their subject teacher.
A reminder of how to access MS Teams, email and SharePoint can be found by clicking on this document Student How To Guide.pdf
Primary Home Learning Curriculum
During school closure, all pupils from Nursery to Year 6 are posted home learning packs every two weeks. There are daily tasks for every pupil covering all curriculum subjects. Families and friends can access these packs in PDF format on this page during lockdowns or periods of isolation.
To support families and children learning from home, the primary team uploaded daily videos on our YouTube channgel. We also posted weekly recommended educational websites by subjects on our KSA Padlets section. You can still find a wonderful range of sources to capture the interest of any learner here.
During our Digital drop-down days pupils in Years 3-6 have learnt how to use flipgrid for their reading with expression competition and how to save bookmarks & passwords on the Google Chrome browser. All pupils should now have their homework sites bookmarked for easy access and the passwords saved so they can successfully complete their homework each night. If you would like to save other passwords or bookmark useful sites for homework and revision with your child at home, please watch this video find out how: How to save bookmarks & passwords.
Our KSA videos comprised of:
- Daily walk-through lesson videos to support home learning work
- Weekly assemblies
- Daily storytime videos
- Home Learning Workshop videos
While children are back at school, we have unlisted all these videos except for Storytime as this remains popular and we want to continue to promote the importance of daily reading. The two Storytime playlists for Summer 2020 and Spring 2021 during school closures can be found below.
- Storytime (Summer 2020): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsJRU8nR9IvHL6RcZeY6XKtcJpe0ftWgg
- Storytime (Spring 2021): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7l7PnMp0dFJ2j2_wfHoi8LEwaXoB4Zqc
YouTube tutorial video: Padlet walk-through
Direct KSA Padlet link: https://padlet.com/rholmesKSA/HLR
Individual Padlet subject links below
Primary reading with expression competition
From Friday 19th November, all pupils in primary have been set themselves the challenge of filming themselves reading aloud – with expression – from a favourite book, poem or playscript for 20-30 seconds. They can dress up, do it with their friends, or do it on their own.
Reading with expression means:
- Reading in a loud, clear voice.
- Using the punctuation. (Stopping for full-stops, pausing for commas, speeding up or increasing in emotion or volume for exclamation marks and going up for question marks.)
- Bringing emotion into your voice to help your reader understand the story – express excitement, fear, joy, danger…
- Doing different voices for different characters.
Pupils have been shown how to record them on Flipgrid and parents can watch this video to find out How to upload to Flipgrid with their children. Please remember to click the correct link for your child’s year group.
Upload your child’s video here and enter the guest password: KSAlovesREADING
- Year 6: https://flipgrid.com/d005a178
- Year 5: https://flipgrid.com/c3e60fcf
- Year 4: https://flipgrid.com/66914ee4
- Year 3: https://flipgrid.com/735a80a0
- Year 2: https://flipgrid.com/ad00d818
- Year 1: https://flipgrid.com/88f3ab78
- Reception: https://flipgrid.com/ce2515e8
- Nursery: https://flipgrid.com/bb3f87fc
Class teachers will watch all the videos and pupils watch a selection together in class to choose the winner in each class – to go forward to represent the class against all the other classes in the phase!
Primary Home Learning Packs - Spring 2021
WEEKS ONE AND TWO
RECEPTION HT4 wk 1 Home Learning Pack.pdf
RECEPTION HT4 wk 2 Home Learning Pack.pdf
YEAR 1 HT4 wk 1 Home Learning Pack.pdf
YEAR 1 HT4 wk 2 Home Learning Pack.pdf
YEAR 2 HT4 wks 1 & 2 Home Learning Pack.pdf
YEAR 3 HT4 wk 1 Home Learning Pack.pdf
YEAR 3 HT4 wk 2 Home Learning Pack.pdf
YEAR 4 HT4 wk 1 Home Learning Pack.pdf
YEAR 4 HT4 wk 2 Home Learning Pack.pdf
YEAR 5 HT4 wk 1 Home Learning Pack.pdf
YEAR 5 HT4 wk 2 Home Learning Pack.pdf
YEAR 6 HT4 wk 1 Home Learning Pack.pdf
YEAR 6 HT4 wk 2 Home Learning Pack.pdf