COVID-19 – Information and Updates

Update – Wednesday 1st April 2020 (1:40 pm)

FSM Update

Please see the attached letter – FSM Update 01 April 2020

 

GCSE Guidance – Y11s

Please see the attached letter – GCSE guidance

 

Important Notice to Parents

Please see the attached letter – Working From Home

 

Trip Update

Please see the attached letter – Trip Update

 

Online Learning Update

To ensure our students can continue learning and making progress, we have prepared work for each year group up until the Easter Break. This can be found on Show My Homework. In light of the indefinite closure of schools, following government guidelines, we will continue to provide work for students on a weekly basis. We would suggest they follow the timetable below each day so that they continue to keep up their learning across all subject areas. This timetable will hopefully also provide them with some structure and ensure that they do not feel overwhelmed with work.

Year 7 & 8 students should spend approximately 1 hour on each slot on the timetable, making a total of 3 hours per day.

Year 9 and 10 students should spend at least 3 hours per day on work set.

Year 11 already have revision tasks set. It is important to emphasise that the academic year has not been cancelled so the Year 11 students should continue to study. In particular, it is vital that Year 11 students engage with subject specific learning that will prepare them for the subjects that they will be studying from September.

We do not expect parents to be the experts and all students are welcome to email their class teachers with questions. Any work that is not completed online can be completed on a Word document and emailed to the class teacher. Alternatively, students can write their work on paper and then send a photograph of the work. Going forward it will probably make more sense to type written work. If you don’t have the Microsoft Office package with Word etc at home, your child can download it via their school Office 365 account. Please email c.allen@unity.lancs.sch.uk or t.hemissi@unity.lancs.sch.uk if you have any problems with this.

Our staff are not on holiday and are ready, willing and available to support your child throughout the school closure. Please limit contact with staff to school opening hours if possible.

The following web link is intended to provide you with support and resources to help you learn about online safety at home with your child – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

Parent Help sheet for Secondary Schools – Parents Helpsheet

 

Free school meals
See the attached letter regarding Free School Meals – FSM vouchers.

 

Year 11s
A message for all year 11s – A message to all of Year 11.

 

Key workers / vulnerable childen.
Key Workers
Vulnerable Children

 

System Logons

As per the closure letter, requests for access to Show My Homework should be sent to a.hodgson@unity.lancs.sch.uk.

All requests for other systems should be sent to enquiries@unity.lancs.sch.uk.

If you request a password reset for Office365 via the website, the password will be initially reset to Password123. Please allow up to an hour for this to happen.

 

Coronavirus Support for Students and Families

Guide to helping children cope with stress: Helping Children Cope

Follow our wellbeing instagram account for tips and resources:

Ann Freud Learning Network: https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

Young Minds advice for Coronavirus: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/

Newsround: News friendly for young people: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

Happiful: Free online mental health magazine: https://read.happiful.com/

Place2Be: How to answer questions from children? https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/

MH England: Looking after your mental health during Coronavirus https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Mindshift: Healthy Young Minds Anxiety Support App https://healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk/resource-centre/apps/mindshift/

Catch It: NHS Mood Tracker https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/catch-it/

Mood Path: Mood Journal  https://mymoodpath.com/en/

Headspace: Mindfulness App  https://www.headspace.com/

Breethe: Meditation App  https://breethe.com/

Reflecty: Reflection App https://reflectly.app/

Calm: Meditation and Sleep App https://www.calm.com/

Whats Up?: Mental Health App https://apps.apple.com/us/app/whats-up-a-mental-health-app/id968251160

Kooth: Online Support for Young People https://www.kooth.com/

Shout for support in crisis Text ‘Shout’ to 85258

The Mix Essential Support for Under 25’s 0808 808 4994 

Talk Zone Lancashire County Council Webchat https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/youthzone/get-in-touch/ Text 07786 51 11 11 Phone 0800 51 11 11