As we begin our second week of doing things differently, we would like to thank you for your support whilst we have been getting used to the new norm. Many of our staff are working remotely to support our students with their learning and wellbeing. School has remained open for a small number of students who are unable to be at home due to their parents being critical workers. This arrangement will also continue throughout the Easter holidays. We ask that critical workers keep in touch with us regarding their requirements for each week by e mailing or by sending a text/MyEd app message.   


Be a Social Distancing Champion

During this period of school closure we'd like to remind you of the importance of staying at home in order to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.  For the most up to date advice and guidance you should visit: 


Home Learning

For a reminder about how to access the online resources to be able to keep in touch with your teachers and complete the work they are setting visit the Home Learning page on our website. If you haven't done so already you should also sign up for Seneca Learning.  It can be accessed on a phone, tablet, laptop or computer.  


There is no excuse for being bored this week. Here's a few ideas of how our students can fill their time.....


Learn a new language 

Rosetta Stone is a great way of learning a language online and has won lots of awards (even NASA use it!). They are now offering 3 months free for students so it would be a great way for students to practise their French or Spanish, or learn a new language such as Arabic, Portuguese or Japanese - more options online.  


Listen to a story

Audible Stories, a service from Amazon is now free for as long as schools are closed.  Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.


Read some historical fiction 

Miss Bancroft has suggested the following historical fiction books. If you don’t have copies at home already you could borrow them as an e book or an audio book from BorrowBox. This is free of charge if you are a member of a Tameside Library.  

  • Street Child by Berlie Doherty – Jim’s mother dies and he is alone in London. He is sent to the workhouse but quickly escapes. A story based on the boy who inspired Dr Barnardo to found his famous children’s homes. Berlie Doherty’s book Street Sisters tells of Jim’s sisters. 

  • Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse – It’s Amsterdam, 1943, and Hanneke is rebelling against the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands by working the black market. 

  • Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally – Based on the story of Oskar Schindler, member of the Nazi party and rescuer of Polish Jewish people. 

  • Wolf Children by Paul Dowswell – It is July 1945 and Berlin is in ruins. Living on the edge of survival in the cellar of an abandoned hospital, Otto and his ragtag gang of kids have banded together in the desperate, bombed-out city. 

  • Goodnight, Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian – A young evacuee leaves a terrible life and finds a loving home with a gruff, kindly man, but what will happen when he has to return home? 

  • A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley – A young girl lives in the manor of the Babingtons and travels back to the time when the family was caught up in plots to free Mary Queen of Scots. 


Research some cool science stuff 

Science Website of the Week  - Visit NASA  

Aimed at Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9) students, you can find out who is on the international space station and practice driving a rover on Mars! 

Try and get a Blue Peter badge 

All the information is on the Blue Peter website.  


Learn some sills for life by helping out at home 

We really hope that our students are doing their bit to support their family by helping out with household chores. Why not use this time to learn skills for life such as using the washing machine, ironing the clothes, cleaning the bathroom or helping to cook the meals?  


Recipe ideas