Free Home Learning Resources
Barclays LifeSkills- a free employability programme
Home Learning Resources from The British Army
STEM Mode In: On Lockdown with the Stemettes
Carol Vorderman free website really useful for up to 12 year olds.....
Kahoot and IntoFilm have just made many of their premium resources free to all to use for home learning:
Audible are offering free access to all children's books and this include teens. The link:
Also, World Book Online are offering free access to 3000 books online to read. The link:
The Red Cross have released Coronavirus activities for free here
here's a link to the online Baylis library, Eclipse https://eclipse.microlibrarian.net/ which can also be found on the Baylis website under portals.
Generic log-in user name: baylis and password: baylis, all in lower case.
From the home page you can access 'Links' which gives links for both students and teachers to some useful websites.
You can access 'Search' which will let you search the whole library catalogue. Two useful icons are;
"Globe" which will give you access to over 12,000 useful weblinks to curriculum support resources.
Also; "Meet The Author movies" which will access over 100 videos of popular authors talking about their work.
Additionally, Renaissance UK (Accelerated Reader) have made available a selection from their MyOn eBook collection free to browse on this link; https://readon.myon.co.uk/library/browse.html which is also available via 'Links' on Eclipse.
Gareth Malone's Virtual Choir: https://decca.com/greatbritishhomechorus/
Virtual tours of art galleries:https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours
Dear Parents and Students
Summary of main points:
It was announced on Friday 3 April 2020 that teachers will be asked to calculate GCSE and A-level grades this summer. Students who feel that their grades from the summer do not reflect their ability, will have the opportunity to take their examinations in the autumn series or in summer 2021. Ofqual, the watchdog for examinations, said that students would be able to use the higher of the two grades.
In calculating grades, Ofqual wants schools and colleges to make a “fair and objective” judgment of the grade they believe each student would have achieved, if they had sat their examinations this summer.
Please note that these calculated grades are not the same as:
- working at grades (the grade a student is currently working at)
- target grades (often set a little higher than likely to be achieved, to motivate students)
- GCSE predicted grades provided for sixth form and college applications
- A Level predicted grades provided to UCAS in support of university applications
Teachers have been asked to use students’ prior attainment and how they have performed so far on their GCSE or A-level course. Teachers must take into account the full range of available evidence when they grade students, including non-examination or performance assessment, for example in Dance, Drama and PE, the results of any homework assignments or mock examinations and any other records of student performance over the course of study.
The examination boards will monitor these grades to make sure schools are not overly generous. If a school awards a lot of A*s at A level or 9s at GCSE, without having achieved those grades in previous years, examination boards and Ofqual could downgrade results. Within each grade, teachers will be asked to rank candidates from strongest to weakest. Teachers will have to sign a declaration, as will their Heads of Department and the Principal.
In a letter to students and their families Sally Collier, Ofqual’s Chief Regulator, urged students not to ask teachers or any other members of staff what grade they are submitting. Staff will not be allowed to share the calculated grades or the ranking of grades with students or parents. The grades must remain confidential.
A-Level results were due to be published this year on 13 August 2020 and GCSE results on 20 August 2020. However, it is expected that results will be issued a little earlier than in previous years. As soon as Ofqual confirm the exact dates for results, we shall let you know.
Baylis Court School
Here is a useful link from Ofqual, Sally Collier, Chief Regulator
Grading in 2020 - information for students by Ofqual
COVID-19 and Your Wellbeing – #Coping Guides for Children, Young People and Families
Over the past few weeks, the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has caused major disruptions to family life, through the introduction of social distancing, school closures and now effective lockdown.
In difficult times like these, looking after our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health. It’s normal for everyone to feel anxious at the moment, and children and young people of all ages are just as affected as adults by the worry and stress coronavirus can cause.
Families may also be overwhelmed by the constant influx of information and misinformation, online and elsewhere. Yet helping children and young people to build their resilience and to deal with change and uncertainty has never been more vital.
Children and young people are having to cope with sudden change in their social lives, daily routines and access to education while families face challenges associated with spending extended periods together at home.
To support the wellbeing of children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic, East Berkshiore Clinical Commissioning Group have put together three concise guides for parents and carers and for children and young people themselves.
The guides list some of the best reliable and free sources of information and advice to help children and young people and their families to cope with life under lockdown.
To download these guides and for more information, click here
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Cultural Enrichment Project
To continue to develop your Cultural Enrichment you should take part in the activities below alongside your academic curriculum.
Choose what interests you and upload your evidence with your NAME on it to your year group/form group Cultural Enrichment folder on Teams.
All evidence can count towards you achieving your Enrichment award and this will continue from home.
Art task: choose one of the following influential artists and create your own version of their work
Vincent van Gogh
Classic Film review task: Watch and review a classic film from the list below
The Wizard of Oz
Singing in the Rain
The Sound of Music
All Quiet on the Western Front
Cookery task: create a healthy family meal, you can VLOG your process or take photographs on your phone as you go. Add your VLOG/ photographs to your folder with a review from a family member.
Cultural Enrichment visit: Visit one of the following virtual tours and take screenshots of your experience and write a 250 word review.
Young Scientist Task: Choose one of the science experiments from the website and film/photograph your experiment
Music Task: Research one of the following genres of music, create your own interpretation either by singing in that style or composing your own piece of music
Rhythm and Blues
Join the online choir and share your video: https://decca.com/greatbritishhomechorus/
Creative writing task: write a short story, play, poem or song from one of the following themes
Good vs. evil
Coming of age
Power and corruption
Courage and heroism
Leadership task: Watch an announcement from the House of Commons. Write/Record a response that you could deliver as a member of the Youth Parliament
Nature all around you documentary task: Create a VLOG or BLOG documenting chosen feature of nature around you
News article review and journalist task:
Read and analyse an article from the following newspaper publications:
Create your own report on the topical issue that most interests you, this can be in the form of a broadcast video/Vlog or a written article with a photograph.
Short Film task: create a short film (10mins) from one of the following genres
Sport Task: create a 10minute exercise video that teenagers can do at home and in their garden or a workout timetable to incorporate 20 minutes of exercise in your daily routine.
Influential Literature task-read and review a book on the list below or a Classic book from https://openlibrary.org/subjects/accessible_book#ebooks=true
Key Stage 3
Year 7 - Age 11-12 Years
1. Tracy Beaker Series by Jaqueline Wilson
2. Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
3. Gangsta Granny by David Walliams
4. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
5. Matilda by Roald Dahl
6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
7. Holes by Louis Sachar
8. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
9. Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Year 8 - Age 12-13 Years
1. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
2. Watership Down by Richard Adams
3. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by john Boyne
4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
5. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
6. Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
7. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
8. Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet
9. Looking For JJ by Anne Cassidy
10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Key Stage 4
Recommended Reading for DEAR time
Year 9 - Age 13-14 Years
1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
2. The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
3. Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
4. Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
5. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
6. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
7. Lord of the flies by William Golding
8. Forever by Judy Blume
9. The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
10. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Year 10 – Age 14-15 Years
1. The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
2. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
4. The Hobbit and The Lord of the rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien
5. Discworld series by Philip Pullman
6. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
8. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
9. Auggie and Me by R. J. Palacio
10. The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
Year 11 - Age 15-16 Years
1. Divergent series by Veronica Roth
2. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brasheres
5. The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London
6. Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngoxi Adichie
7. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
8. Anita and Me by Meera Syal
9. The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
10. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
Key Stage 5
Recommended Reading for DEAR time
Sixth Form - Age 17-18 Years
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
3. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
5. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
6. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
7. 1984 by George Orwell
8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
9. Emma by Jane Austen
10. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
HISTORY CULTURAL ENRICHMENT TASK:
students are to document this momentous unprecedented event by every week, day or month making a diary entry or a drawing documenting how they feel, what they are doing during this time.
The History department will then, when we come back, put a selection of the best into a Baylis time capsule so future Baylis students can learn about our experience showing that we are all a part of History and are living and making it
COVID-19 and your Wellbeing - Further Mental Health & Wellbeing resources
- Mental Health Awareness Week - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
- Number 22 - free and confidential counselling for adults and young people - https://number22.org/
- Health at Home - Slough Borough Council tips for coping with being at home - https://www.publichealthslough.co.uk/campaigns/health-at-home/
- Free Resources to bust boredom - https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home
- Coronavirus anxiety advice - https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/
- Coronavirus guide for children - https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/
- Tips on gaining confidence, blasting anxiety and life - https://riseabove.org.uk/topic/my-mind/
- Coronavirus Book for children - https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/library/covibook-supporting-and-reassuring-children-around-world
- Calming meditations on youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChSpME3QaSFAWK8Hpmg-Dyw
- Children's Society - https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/
- NSPCC - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
- Staying safe online - https://www.sloughsafeguardingpartnership.org.uk/scsp/scsp/staying-safe-on-line/staying-safe-online
- Advice about abuse - https://www.sloughsafeguardingpartnership.org.uk/scsp/scsp/children-and-young-people/staying-indoors-because-of-coronovirus-is-difficult-for-everyone-but-is-it-maki
Year 10 Safety Measures for Return to School
Please see this video, by some of our Year 10 students, on the safety measures in place in school for Year 10.