Dear Year 8 students,
Following the Government’s announcement on Wednesday evening, regarding the closure of schools, I am aware that, for many of you, this may be a confusing and worrying time.
As a school, we are working hard to ensure that we provide tasks and resources for you to continue to learn independently at home. Teachers will be updating these resources regularly, to ensure that you are still able to follow the curriculum at home and your progress will not be affected. Of course, in maths, you should continue to complete work on Hegarty and, in science, on Tassomai.
Once the current situation is over and we return to school, we will need to work extra hard to address lost learning time but, if you continue to work through the tasks on the website, you will be in a really good position and we will quickly be able to catch up.
It would be good for you to try to have sensible routines whilst you are not in school. My advice is to follow a normal school day and work through the tasks for each subject on your timetable, particularly in the core subjects of English, maths and science. The other thing you could do is read as much as possible – there is significant evidence to show that students who read regularly develop better vocabulary and better comprehension skills and so, generally, are more successful in examinations, than those who do not read.
I appreciate that you have not yet been informed of your option subjects for Year 9. Rest assured that, whilst the school itself is closed, a lot of work is going on behind the scenes, to ensure that the curriculum for next year is organised. We will update you regarding options as soon as we are able.
During these strange times, stay safe, keep busy with your home learning and I look forward to welcoming you back when schools are able to re-open.