At Harris, we have invested in a range of online tools to aid learning, home-school communication and also tools that help us maintain and enhance the safety of all of our students.
We introduced Satchel:One in September 2021 as a means of supporting students with their time management, organisation and homework. Parents and Carers are also able to login to see exactly the same information as their children, creating a transparent and efficient channel of communication.
Hegarty and Century are two programs that are being introduced during the academic year 2021/22. Hegarty focuses on Maths alone, whereas Century will support our students in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science.
From a wider perspective, Oak National Academy provides a raft of content for all curriculum subjects. This is easily navigable and has lessons, quizzes and videos to support learners.
To help support our students across all disciplines and to provide a complete online learning offering, we have also designed this site to not only guide students through independent learning, but also provide them with access to resources for each subject of study. It incorporates a guide to getting started, links to subject specific resources and our entire knowledge organiser collection. This runs alongside wider resources and recommended reading from other sources and websites, a complete curriculum map for all year groups so students know where to start their independent learning and finally, advice and guidance in the form of video clips explaining the best ways to learn delivered by cognitive psychologists.
Taken in its entirety, we are equipping students to drive their own learning, at a pace to suit them, with resources that provide them with exactly what they need. We hope you as parents and carers get the opportunity to see this site in discussion with your children.
Sitting behind all of these, as a tool for teachers and school staff, we have subscribed to the services run by CPOMS. CPOMS stands for Child Protection Online Management System and allows us to collate all information on students in one place. A tool such as this is so effective in helping us build a picture of what we can do as a school to support those students under our care who, for whatever reason, have been brought to our attention regarding matters aside from academia.
Enter the Virtual Faraday Challenge
The Virtual Faraday Challenge is open for anyone between 7-15, young people can do this at home, in school, individually or as a group or family.
Based on a real-world problem, the Virtual Faraday Challenge brings together STEM subjects (science, design and technology, engineering and maths) in an engaging way and encourages the development of young people’s problem solving and communication skills.
This season’s Virtual Faraday Challenge tasks young people to see if they can assist the work of Network Rail in helping them to sustainably manage the increasing numbers of passengers using their network and minimise their impact on the environment.