Daily Message

Every day a member of our school team will post a video for pupils, parents and guardians. We’ll use this forum for daily updates for our community and as a way of keeping in touch.

There is now a new section on the menu bar above for Remote Learning. Within this is a Google Classroom Introduction Video and the Classroom Codes to help pupils join the correct Google Classes.


Technical Support

If you have problems logging in to HWB or Google Classroom, please ensure you have watched the introduction video linked above.

UPDATE: Please check the following if you’re having problems with classroom codes:

The introduction video outlines a potential problem if using a shared computer or if you have a personal Google Account – the account may switch to another google account, which will not accept the codes.

You can test this by clicking the circle at the top right corner of google classroom, and making sure the account is the pupil’s HWB email account.

If you are still having difficulties or need a password reset, please email help@penyrheol.on.spiceworks.com with your full name and contact telephone number and we will call you back. We are experiencing a high number of requests at the moment but we will get in touch as soon as possible.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Thank you for your patience at this challenging time. Behind the scenes we have been working on developing our Remote Learning Platform using Google for Education. Pupils can access this using their Hwb account details and then entering classroom codes for the correct subject areas. These Google Classroom Codes can be found within the Remote Learning tab on the menu bar above.

Additional Resources

We have gathered a list of additional websites that can also be used to supplement learning alongside the Google Classroom areas.

  1. Key Stage 3 – English, Maths and Science.

    • https://uk.ixl.com/
      A website split into year groups that allows pupils to practise thousands of topic-based skills in live tests. Membership is not required, just click in to the relevant year group and the subject required.

    • https://www.researchify.co.uk/
      A website that has been made specifically for students to help them research effectively and easily. You can search by topic e.g. ‘Roald Dahl’ or by subject e.g. ‘Maths’ and you will be taken to a variety of articles/webpages for that particular topic/subject.

    • My Maths
      Pupils regularly use this site in school but will need their log in details.

    • Maths DIY
      Exam papers and topic booklets; with full worked solutions for marking at home.

    • Mr Barton Maths
      Resources and video explanations of all maths topics.

    • Science Mini Projects
      A collection of projects with signposted research for pupils to follow.

    • KS3 English Booklets
      9 booklets for KS3 pupils each linked to an author.

  2. Pupils in Year 10 or 11 (KS4) should use the Revision Calendars tab on the school website which will take pupils to a list of subjects and documents that can support their revision practise. Pupils should also continue to use GCSE POD – which is also linked to our website. Again, they will need their login details for this.

  3. The following is a list of reliable websites that cover a range of subjects for pupils:

    • https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
      It is split into Primary and Secondary resources and then by UK country; pupils can access specific work on all their subjects in both the KS3 and KS4 curriculum.

    • Linguascope
      Pupils have passwords for this resource as it is used in school on a regular basis.

    • Duolingo
      Language learning app

    • Smartick
      Comprehensive adaptive maths programme for 4 – 14 year olds

    • Anki
      A spaced-repetition flashcard app.

    • Quizlet
      Another spaced repetition flashcard app

    • Times Tables Rock Stars
      Making times tables fun.

    • Hegarty Maths
      This is designed to supplement school maths lessons by providing homework practice.

    • Diagnostic Questions
      Banks of questions designed to target misconceptions.

We will keep you updated as to the progress of the work we are undertaking and we hope in the meantime that this advice and guidance will provide structure for our pupils at home.

Year 11 – WBQ Individual Project

Important news for Year 11 pupils

Our school deadline for the completion of all sections of the WBQ Individual Project is Friday 3rd April. We have received information today from the WJEC that where the project has not already been completed there is no requirement to complete it and your grade will be based on the work that has already been completed. However, we would like to give you the option of completing your project, if you would still like to, by Friday 3rd April. You can only do this if you were in school during the last week before we closed and you transferred your project to OneDrive so that you can work on it remotely. If you have done this and would like to complete it, please do so and email it to your WBQ teacher via the Hwb email address that they gave you. This will mean that your final grade is based on your completed work rather than being an estimate based on what you have completed so far.

Many thanks. Stay safe and stay sane!

Regards,
Alan Tootill (Headteacher) and Tara Tate (WBQ Coordinator)