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New Look Live Lessons go Live in Plymouth - 15 June 2020
Marine Academy Plymouth is undoubtedly over this past year one of the most improved schools in the country and it is no surprise that we have launched our very own online live and recorded lessons which are utterly bespoke to Marine Academy students from 15th June 2020.
Over the last month our teams have heavily researched the current online provision for students both in the U.K and in the U.S and have created a new ‘gold standard’ provision of online learning. As the pandemic continued we quickly realised that online teaching would become far more crucial for our young people than ever before. When embarking on this our mantra remained: online teaching is still teaching.
Previously and like most schools we had been up-loading power points and work sheets for core subjects only. Now we are delivering interactive live lessons for all subjects across the whole school, fulfilling all the hours of the curriculum. Utilising Google Forms there are links to the live lessons, links to the recorded lesson and links to the multiple choice questions that follow each lesson. The recorded lessons can be used by pupils time and time again making them a valuable asset to the school and useful for pupils who may be unwell or not able to attend the live version of any lessons.
The interactive live lessons give pupils immediate real time access to their teachers as they can ask questions in the chat area and their mic can be unmuted by the teacher so they can discuss questions in further detail. Each lesson is delivered by two teachers, one delivering the lesson and one handling the chat. The lessons are delivered to the whole year group opening up lines of communication and interaction between many pupils rather than within the confines of just their class.
This new way of working has been carefully considered, providing extensive training and coaching to all the teachers on how to either deliver a lesson or handle the chat. When teaching online we have worked incredibly hard to make it structured, concise and engaging to ‘dissolve the screen’ encouraging pupils to maintain their studies.
While we may not be able to use core techniques such as circulating and using our physical presence to encourage, build relationships and set the tone and expectations, some of the key elements of our effective practice will be hugely amplified. Whilst we cannot recreate the classroom, the online lessons give our students the opportunity to increase their authentic contact with their school and the ability to see and interact with their teachers every school day.
Whilst the pause and ‘relive’ functionality of the recorded lessons allows students to go at their own rate and return to learning when they need to, ask parents to watch, explain and support, where before the classroom lesson would be very one dimensional.
Miss Hill a school parent comments:
“The live lessons have been really useful and Lucy has been getting on really well with all the work set. The lessons are really easy to access once you know how. I would recommend that other parents encourage their child to use them as they have been really helpful.”
One of our pupil’s Griffin Vincent comments:
“I have found the lessons really helpful and engaging. It has helped me keep on top of my work and helps me keep in contact with my teachers if I am stuck on anything.”
Head Teacher Leigh Withers comments:
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be launching our new look live lessons that really sets the standard for online learning, enhancing the pupils experience and providing them with the very best resources. It allows for a more student centred personalised process, which our staff, parents, carers and wider community can have access to. The pupils and staff have embraced this new way or working and the new look live lessons are testament to the hard work that all our staff have put in over the recent months.”
Whilst providing a method to deliver the curriculum is extremely important, it is also important to ensure that students feel they are part of the school and wider community and that they have a sense of belonging during the pandemic. There are a number of initiatives that we have also been and will continue to do, to supplement the live and recorded lessons.
Our heads of year have been running online assemblies keeping our students in touch with their school and wider communities. These have given the heads an opportunity to praise students for their hard work ethic and setting weekly challenges for students and their families to get involved in. For example we teamed up with Plymouth Argyle Football Community Trust programme who delivered make your own pizza from scratch challenges to over 30 of our disadvantaged families.
Our P.E team have created the Marine Academy Plymouth P.E podcast where students can engage with athletes by sending in questions, learn about their mental health and more. This audio resource provides a different way to engage with the pupils and has featured Jack Stephens an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League club Southampton. Olympic gold medallist rower Matt Gotral and Olympic rowers Sam Courty and Holly Hill also featured.
We have also launched our own weekly work out ‘beat the teacher’ for the school community which encourages both students and staff to work out, each week we have a different member of staff subject to the recorded work out covered in sweat!
Head of P.E Chris Watmore comments:
“We are so thankful to all the professional athletes who are taking the time to participate in our P.E podcasts, it certainly enhances the learning experience for our students. Feedback so far has been extremely positive. We’ve had an overwhelming response from the MAP community to keep active whilst in lockdown, students are fully engaging with our progressive workouts and have loved attempting the ‘beat the teacher’ challenge set each week by a different member of staff.”
Our culture at Marine Academy is constantly striving for excellence and ensuring every student has the opportunity for a world class education that will prepare them for university and beyond. Our new recorded and live lessons are structured to the highest standard which will continue to enable our students to achieve and through our additional initiatives we strive to stay connected, even though for some of us we remain apart.
You can access Marine Academy’s new look lessons here https://www.marineacademy.org.uk/tapintomap
Please Note: All secondary students are due back to school on the 31st October 2019 at 8:30am after the half-term break.
Students are able to attend free breakfast club from 7:30am.
Dyslexia Information Evening: Tuesday 12th November 2019. Time: 3:30pm - 5pm
This event will explore: what dyslexia is; how dyslexia impacts on pupils; how pupils can be supported with their learning and how to use Plymouth's Dyslexia Guidance. Presenters are Clare Hetherington (Joint Acting Principal Educational Psychologist) and Jim Barnicott (SEND Advisor), Plymouth City Council. Book by emailing Sarah.Williams@marineacademy.org.uk or calling 01752 213939.
Sixth Form Open Evening
The next Sixth Form Open Evening at Marine Academy Plymouth will be held on Thursday 21st November 2020.
*NEW* Secondary Video for Marine Academy Plymouth
Our new secondary video is now available to view: