This document has been written to reassure pupils joining us in Year 7, September 2021. While Covid-19 impacts upon our typical day to day ways of working, some of our usual processes will have to alter but hopefully it won’t be too long before we are back to Barr Beacon School’s ‘normal’.
Before you start in September, we will send you clear instructions on where to enter the site and our safety procedures so these are not included here. Instead, we’ve aimed to give you a flavour of what ‘normal’ will look like when we get back to school fully.
Each lesson lasts from 60 minutes. We don’t have bells here so your teacher will tell you when a lesson is drawing to a close and its time to move to your next lesson. You will be expected to walk into your classrooms sensibly and quietly, take out your equipment and wait to be invited to be seated. All of your teachers will have allocated you a seat when you first begin so you will know where you are to be seated.
Each lesson will be different. You will usually have a book for a lesson where you will capture all of your learning. Teachers will give you feedback in your books too so it’s essential that you keep them safe and take them to each lesson.
Lessons are chunked into sections by the teacher so that your learning is being built upon over the hour. Some of the ways that we help you to learn and recall knowledge are: quizzing, using knowledge organisers, experiments and practicals, reading, discussing ideas and topics and recording or reporting through writing.
We will check your progress through regular assessments and give you feedback on how to improve or develop your ideas.
We use Red, Amber, Green and Purple so that you can see how you have achieved against your targets. If you are Red, you have underachieved against your baseline but if you are Amber you are on target. You will be given targets and actions to take to make progress for each assessment that you complete. Your baseline is the minimum level you should be aiming for.
You can buy refreshments at break and lunch time. You will be informed where you will dine when you start in September. Leadership will supervise you during break and lunch. We do not go ‘out to play’ at lunch time as we only have 30 minutes to dine. At the end of each break and lunch session, you will be dismissed straight back to lessons.